Peace Corps Deputy Director arrives in Kathmandu

Himal Press 15 May 2024
Peace Corps Deputy Director arrives in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: David E White Jr, the deputy director of the Peace Corps, arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday for a five-day visit to Nepal.

Issuing a statement, the US Embassy in Kathmandu said White will meet with government and civil society representatives to thank them for their long-standing support of the Peace Corps program since its founding and discuss plans to expand Peace Corps programming in Nepal. “Deputy Director White will also participate in the swearing-in of 10 Peace Corps Response Volunteers that recently arrived in Nepal. This is the first-ever group of Response Volunteers to serve in Nepal.”

The Peace Corps Response Program brings US citizen volunteers with experience targeted to complete short-term high-impact service assignments in countries that request them. The volunteering period lasts from nine to 12 months.

According to the embassy, White will also meet Peace Corps volunteers and their counterparts across Nepal.

These volunteers are working on prioritized projects in the agriculture, education, and health sectors, learning the Nepali language and other local languages to effectively communicate and engage with communities. At present, 40 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in seven districts of Nepal teaching English in government schools and working on food and nutrition security in rural communities.

The Peace Corps first established operations in Nepal in September 1962. More than 4,000 US citizens have served in Nepal working in multiple sectors and across the country so far.

Published On: 15 May 2024


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