Peace Corps visiting Cape Verde to assess return to the country

Peace Corps visiting Cape Verde to assess return to the country
Peace Corps visiting Cape Verde to assess return to the country

Africa-Press – Cape verde. In response to a formal request from the government, a team of eight members of the US Peace Corps is visiting Cape Verde until February 19, to assess the possibility of re-establishing a program in the country.

According to a note from the Peace Corps, its team should meet with various government institutions, representatives of civil society and Cape Verdean citizens across the country, to assess opportunities for programs in the areas of English language teaching, development youth and environment.

With scheduled visits to the islands of Santiago, São Vicente, Santo Antão, Sal, Maio and Fogo, it also intends to assess living conditions that impact potential Peace Corps volunteers, such as in the areas of health, safety, protection, transport and housing.

“The team’s assessment will play an important role in determining the feasibility of re-establishing a Peace Corps program in Cape Verde, but it is just one aspect of a comprehensive deliberative process”, he indicates, explaining that the pronouncement on the eventual resumption of operations in Cape Verde will entail an extensive evaluation process and the availability of funds.

Peace Corps – Cape Verde

Between 1988 and 2013, 527 Peace Corps volunteers served in Cape Verde, working in the areas of education, youth and community development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and small business development.

The Peace Corps was created in March 1961, by executive order of President John F. Kennedy, with the mission of promoting peace and friendship in the world.

Since then, and only upon invitation from host governments, more than 241,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 143 countries, working alongside community partners on locally-regarded priority projects.

Volunteers are US citizens, at least 18 years of age, and have committed to 27 months of service.

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