President Obama Announces Re-Opening of Peace Corps Program in Tunisia

October 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 7, 2011 President Barack Obama announced the re-opening of a Peace Corps program in Tunisia. This announcement was made during President Obamas meeting today with Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid el Sebsi, attended by Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams.

"We are honored that the government of Tunisia has asked Peace Corps to re-open our program in Tunisia, said Director Williams. The return of the Peace Corps to Tunisia offers our countries the opportunity to resume a partnership with a long and productive history. This Peace Corps program will contribute to the Obama Administrations efforts to support the Tunisian people by working side by side on important education and economic initiatives.

The first group of Peace Corps volunteers is scheduled to arrive in Tunisia in 2012. Volunteer assignments will focus on English language training and youth skills development. These two programs will build local capacity and help prepare Tunisian students and professionals for future employment.

Between 1961 and 1996, nearly 2,500 Americans served as Peace Corps volunteers in Tunisia, working in the fields of agriculture, architecture, education, health, and rural and urban community development.

A fact sheet on the President's announcement is available through the White House.

About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

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