Tuesday, August 20, 2013 – 23 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in at the residence of the Chargé d’Affairs of the United States of America in Ouagadougou. Ranging between the ages of 22 and 69 years old, they will be working in Burkina Faso’s Education Development sector during their 2 years of service.
The Volunteers received 11 weeks of training in Léo (Southern Burkina) where they strengthened their technical skills and cross-cultural language learning. Throughout their training, they lived with host families who helped to facilitate their learning. Three Volunteers demonstrated their newly acquired knowledge and skills through Thank You speeches in three local languages: French, Jula and Moore.
Peace Corps now has a total of 127 Volunteers serving in Burkina Faso. This high number reflects a commitment of Volunteers and the dynamism of the Peace Corps administration to work alongside with Burkina Faso.
Peace Corps Burkina Faso has three main programs: Education, Community Health and Community Economic Development. This Swearing-In ceremony presided over by Ministry of National Education Koumba Boly indicates the commitment and friendship between the people of Burkina Faso and the American people.