Kasungu, August 24 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today swore-in a group of 65 new Peace Corps Volunteers at a ceremony in Traditional Authority Njombwa in Kasungu. This group marks one of the largest cohorts of Peace Corps Volunteers ever sworn-in in Malawi. For the next two years, the new volunteers will support rural health clinics, secondary schools, forestry reserves, and agricultural offices across the country.
In her remarks at the swearing-in ceremony, Ambassador Palmer observed that while it is true that Malawi faces many challenges, she has confidence in what Peace Corps Volunteers do to inspire, teach, and learn together with their host communities. “It seems like everywhere I go I meet a Malawian who was taught by a Peace Corps Volunteer years ago, or who attended a camp that a Peace Corps Volunteer once hosted. For many Malawians, the interactions they have with their local Peace Corps Volunteer will be the only experience they will ever have with an American—and many Malawians speak fondly of the energy and enthusiasm of ‘their’ Peace Corps Volunteer.”
Prior to being sworn-in, the volunteers underwent 12 weeks of intensive language, technical, and cultural training at Kaphaizi and Mangwazu Villages in Kasungu, where they lived with Malawian host families and learned to speak Chichewa, Chitonga, and Chitumbuka.
Since 1963, more than 3,000 American Peace Corps volunteers have partnered with Malawians to build capacity in the areas of health, the environment, and education. These 65 additional volunteers now 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/
Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy
Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy