Peace Corps voluntaries start their work in Kosovo

Peace Corps voluntaries start their work in Kosovo

Pristina, August 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

On August 20, the first group of the Peace Corps voluntaries from the USA, have completed their training in the communities of Kamenica, Koretin, Topanica and Hodonic and now, they will start their two year voluntary service.

Peace Corps in Kosovo has been engaged in the country since September 9, 2013 and an agreement has been signed between the Peace Corps and the Republic of Kosovo. The Peace Corps is looking to have a long and effective relation with the government of Kosovo. The second group is comprised of 35 voluntaries, which will arrive in 2015.

The Peace Corps dates back since 1960, when the then senator John F. Kennedy challenged the students of the University of Michigan to serve their country under the cause of peace by living and working in the developing states. This led to the creation of a federal government agency dedicated to peace and worldly friendship.

The new group of voluntaries took their oath in front of the Head of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler Radelet in a ceremony which saw the participation of president Atifete Jahjaga, US ambassador, Tracey Ann Jacobson, Regional Peace Corps directress, Kerry Lowry, heads of communes and communities that helped in the training program.

This ceremony marks the official start of work for the young volunteers who will be part of the two year service in the 25 communities in Kosovo, reads the press statement of the US embassy to Pristina.

Head of the Peace Corps in Kosovo, Stephen Kutzy said that: “Communities of Kamenica, Koretin, Topanica and Hodonic, who welcomed the voluntaries during the training, have shown a great hospitality for the voluntaries in their homes and helped them to learn the Albanian language. This is an excellent example of cooperation between our countries”. /ibna/