Viet Nam to Welcome Peace Corps for First Time

Carrie Hessler-Radelet in Viet Nam
Carrie Hessler-Radelet in Viet Nam

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2016 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and the Government of Viet Nam announced today an historic partnership to establish a Peace Corps program for the first time in Viet Nam. The announcement coincides with President Barack Obama’s trip to Viet Nam and underscores the United States’ broader commitment to supporting the people of Viet Nam through English language learning.  

“Peace Corps’ partnership with Viet Nam is an opportunity for our countries to continue to develop a strong and enduring relationship, and build friendships that will last a lifetime. I am excited to welcome Viet Nam as our 142nd Peace Corps country,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “We’re grateful that the Government and the people of Viet Nam have invited Peace Corps volunteers to serve in their country. This new partnership will further strengthen and deepen our two countries’ people to people engagements, and the volunteers will learn the rich traditions, culture and history of this great nation.”

Peace Corps’ efforts in Viet Nam will focus on English language education. Once in-country, volunteers will undergo three months of comprehensive cultural, language and technical training before they are given their volunteer assignments where they will serve for two years. 

Education is the Peace Corps’ largest program area with 37 percent of volunteers serving in that sector. Education volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, parents, and communities.

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