Peace Corps Volunteers Returning from Serving as Members of First-Ever Group in South Africa; Forum On Their Experiences Scheduled for Tuesday, July 20 in Washington, DC

July 14, 1999

Washington, D.C., July 14, 1999—Last month, 20 Peace Corps volunteers finished their two years of service in South Africa just as the country, devastated by apartheid, went through elections and bid farewell to President Mandela. Six of these volunteers, having just returned to the United States, will participate in a forum at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, July 20 to talk about their experiences, challenges, and observations while living in this extraordinary country.
WHAT:Forum with first South Africa Peace Corps volunteers
WHO: John Keith, Champaign, IL C.D. Glin, Washington, DC Nina Hernandez, New York, NY Jude Cleland, Covington, LA Steven Douglas, Baltimore, MD Michelle Chen, San Francisco, CA WHEN: Tuesday, July 20, 1999, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Peace Corps Headquarters 1111 20th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. Background: The Peace Corps' entry into South Africa began with President Mandela's state visit to the White House in October 1994, when he asked President Clinton to help him address the social and economic challenges facing his country. The first-ever volunteers arrived in South Africa in February 1997.
Currently, nearly 6,700 Peace Corps volunteers are working in 77 countries to bring clean water to communities, teach children, protect the environment, help start new small businesses, and prevent the spread of AIDS.

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