Peace Corps volunteers take oath to serve in the Kyrgyz Republic

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(August 5, 2022) – A new group of 10 Peace Corps volunteers were sworn in yesterday in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Over the next two years, the volunteers will co-teach English with local teachers in secondary schools in Chuy, Naryn, Issyk-Kul and Talas regions.

Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United States Embassy, ​​Peace Corps volunteers and staff, host school counterparts and principals, and other guests attended the ceremony.

Working alongside local English teachers in secondary schools, volunteers will exchange teaching best practices, support students on their English learning journey, and provide assistance to their schools and communities to establish or develop English teaching resources. They will serve as regular faculty members at their schools and participate in extracurricular activities, such as holding English clubs and computer training.

Peace Corps volunteers arrived in June 2022 in the Kyrgyz Republic, making the Kyrgyz Republic the first country to host volunteers in the Europe, Mediterranean and Asia region since all volunteers worldwide were evacuated in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to today’s swearing-in ceremony, these Volunteers underwent an eight-week training program, which included Kyrgyz language and culture lessons and technical teacher training that prepared them for their assignments in two years across the Kyrgyz Republic.

Addressing the Volunteers, Chargé d’Affaires Sonata Coulter said, “You will be joining an illustrious group of 1,250 Peace Corps Volunteers who have provided over 2,000 years of service to the Kyrgyz Republic and its people since the creation of the program here in 1993… You represent the best of America and its tradition of volunteerism. Just as you will have a huge and positive impact on the communities in which you serve, your host family, students and fellow teachers will have a huge and positive impact on you, you will build friendships and learn about Kyrgyz culture and traditions . »

About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 220,000 Americans have served in 140 host countries. Peace Corps service is a 27-month engagement, and the mission is to promote peace and friendship around the world and better understanding between Americans and the peoples of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

Peace Corps volunteers are in the Kyrgyz Republic at the invitation of the government of the Kyrgyz Republic, based on an agreement it signed with the United States government in 1992. As a key partner in the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic Peace Corps Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) project aims to increase professional, academic and personal opportunities for teachers, students and members of the community through improved teaching of English skills and learning methods.

Click https://www.peacecorps.gov/kyrgyz-republic/ for more information about the Peace Corps in the Kyrgyz Republic.

For more information, please contact Aisuluu Gazieva, Executive and Communications Assistant at agazieva@peacecorps.gov, 0555756100, 0312 650494.

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