PEACE CORPS TO CLOSE COUNTRY PROGRAM IN COMOROS

(Washington, D.C. | Friday, April 26, 2024) – The Peace Corps announced today that the agency will close its post and country program in Comoros. After nearly two decades of close partnership with the people and government of Comoros, operational challenges prevent the return of Peace Corps Volunteers to service in the foreseeable future.

In March 2020, the agency evacuated 27 Volunteers from Comoros as part of the worldwide suspension of Volunteer activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the absence of Volunteers serving in-person, Peace Corps Comoros staff facilitated Virtual Service Pilot engagements with the University of Comoros and staff-led programming with local partners, including digital literacy and mentorship activities. Volunteers did not return to Comoros when the agency resumed overseas operations in March 2022.

The legacy of friendship and partnership between Comoros and the United States will endure through the fellowship among returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Comoros and the host families, colleagues, and friends they lived and worked alongside. Between 1988 and 1995, and from 2014 to 2020, a total of 197 education sector Volunteers taught English together with community counterparts at the invitation of the government of Comoros.

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