63 Peace Corps Volunteers Start their Service in Malawi

Today the United States Ambassador Robert Scott, administered the official oath of service to 63 new Peace Corps Volunteers at a ceremony in Njombwa Village, Traditional Authority Njombwa, in Kasungu District. Officials from the Ministries of Education, Health, and Agriculture attended the event, with Minister of Education Dr. William Susuwele-Banda the guest of honor.

For the next two years, these volunteers will live in rural villages around the country and support health clinics, secondary schools, forestry reserves, and agricultural offices.

Prior to the swearing-in ceremony, the volunteers completed a 10-week intensive technical and cultural training in Njombwa Village, where they lived with Malawian host families and learned to speak Chichewa, Tonga, Tumbuka, and Lambya languages.

In his speech, Ambassador Scott stated, “For many Malawians, the interactions they have with their local Volunteer will be the only ones they will ever have with an American. I am proud that the group standing before me today will be representing their country in such a meaningful way.”

More than 3,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Malawi since the establishment of the program in 1963. These new additions bring the total number of Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in Malawi to 122.

For more information on Peace Corps in Malawi please visit: https://www.peacecorps.gov/malawi/