Peace Corps Welcomes Trainees to Viet Nam in a Historic First

October 28, 2022

The arrival of this inaugural cohort of Trainees is a significant milestone for bilateral relations between the United States and Viet Nam.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peace Corps has announced that 10 Peace Corps Trainees arrived safely in Hanoi, Viet Nam, in an historic first.

Earlier this week, Peace Corps headquarters staff organized a sendoff event in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the landmark occasion. The Honorable Nguyen Quoc Dzung, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the U.S., offered the Trainees his support for their service. Next week, the U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam, the Honorable Marc Knapper, will welcome the Trainees to Viet Nam at the Peace Corps office in Hanoi.

Formalizing our country partnership with Viet Nam began with discussions in 2002, which led to the signing of an implementing agreement in 2020, and culminated in yesterday’s joyous moment when the first Trainees stepped foot on Vietnamese soil,” said Peace Corps Chief Executive Officer Carol Spahn. “I am grateful to the Vietnamese government and staff of Peace Corps for their steadfast dedication and hard work that brought this historic partnership to fruition.”

After 10 weeks of comprehensive training, Trainees will swear-in as Peace Corps Volunteers in late December and begin co-teaching with Vietnamese teachers. Together, they will promote English language learning and literacy in secondary schools.

With the arrivals of Trainees in Viet Nam, the agency currently has more than 900 Trainees and Volunteers serving in 45 countries around the world.

For all inquiries related to Viet Nam, please contact Troy Blackwell, Peace Corps’ Spokesperson, at [email protected]

About the Peace Corps:  The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps volunteers work alongside community members on locally-prioritized projects in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development and youth development. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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