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New US peace volunteers arrive in Phl

Ghio Ong, Helen Flores - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A new group of peace volunteers from the US has arrived in the Philippines, the US embassy said yesterday.

The new volunteers, whose ages range from 21 to 74, will undergo an intensive 10-week technical training that includes language and cultural studies, the embassy said in a statement.

These new volunteers joined the more than 8,000 Americans who have served as peace volunteers in the country since 1961, making the Philippines the US’ second oldest Peace Corps program.

The goal of the US Peace Corps is to promote peace and friendship between the two nations as volunteers work side-by-side with Filipinos to promote friendship and help build better lives for their communities, the US embassy said.

They will be assigned to work in communities throughout the Philippines in the fields of education, youth development and environment for a period of two years, it said.

 

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