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September 26, 2020

New Peace Corps volunteer group begins mission in Romania

A new group of 44 Peace Corps volunteers began their two-year mission to Romania on Friday, when they were sworn in at US Ambassador Mark Gitenstein’s residence in Bucharest, Agerpres reported.

“In the last half century it has become much more than that. Indeed, it has, especially here in Romania, provided technical assistance, in particular teaching English and American values to young Romanians. In so doing, you provide an invaluable bridge for peace and understanding between Romania and America and in the process you educate yourselves about the rich culture of this wonderful country,” the US ambassador told the volunteer group.

Gitenstein also underlined that over the past 20 years, more than 1,000 Peace Corps volunteers “have worked hand in hand with Romanian host agencies, schools, communities and citizens to improve the quality of life in Romania, as well as to increase mutual understanding between our two countries and cultures.”

The US envoy also advised volunteers to harness in their efforts “the greatest asset America has to offer the world – not its military power, or its consumer culture or its financial resources – all of which are unsurpassed. No, our greatest asset is you, our people and the values you hold dear.”

In the last 11 weeks, Peace Corps volunteers were in Targoviste, to attend intensive classes of Romanian language, culture and history. During the training session, they were hosted by Romanian families, most of which were present at the ceremony.

Peace Corps Romania was set up in 1991, at the Romanian Government’s request. At the moment, a total of 81 volunteers work all over the country. Since the programme began in 1991, more than 1,000 volunteers have worked in support of four types of programmes: teaching English as a foreign language, economic development of communities, institutional development and environment management and education.

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