KATHMANDU, Sept 9: A contingent of 20 Peace Corps volunteers has arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday.
They were greeted by US Ambassador Peter W. Bodde and his souse Mrs. Tanya Bodde at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
This year marks the 50th anniversary since Peace Corps first came to Nepal in 1962. The new volunteers are the first group to work in Nepal since Peace Corps left in 2004.
It is noted that as many as 4,200 volunteers have already served in Nepal before this, and over 9,000 Peace Corps volunteers are currently serving in 75 other countries.
While greeting the volunteers, Ambassador Bodde noted that Peace Corps volunteers have played a special role in the development history of Nepal, adding that many Nepali colleagues had shared life-changing stories with him with the effect of the works by Peace Corps volunteers in Nepal.
The group of Peace Corps volunteers will undergo twelve weeks of training in Sindhupalchowk district. After attending the training, they will be assigned to the three Western region districts – Baglung, Syangja, and Parbat – to work on food security, sanitation, and health projects.