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U.S. Swears in 18 New Peace Corps Volunteers for Service in Sierra Leone

KAMBIA, Sierra Leone – The U.S. Embassy’s Peace Corps team hosted an official swearing-in and commissioning ceremony for new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers in the presence of Sierra Leonean authorities this Friday, September 29, 2023, at the Peace Corps Training Center in Kambia.

These 18 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in after completing their ten weeks of intensive training, including instruction in Krio, as well as technical and cultural training.  “These volunteers follow in a long-standing tradition in the United States of public service. As they leave to join their host communities in the coming days, they will work together with local counterparts to support health and education projects in rural communities throughout Sierra Leone,” said Ambassador Hunt during the swearing-in ceremony.  In addition to Embassy personnel, the swearing in ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Basic and Secondary Education and community stakeholders.  

The United States Peace Corps in Sierra Leone [BSA1] serves 14 out of the 16 districts in Sierra Leone.  Volunteers operate in the fields of Health, Education Literacy, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Peace Corps Sierra Leone works in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone and local communities when deciding on work location and program focus for Peace Corps Volunteers.    

The Sierra Leonean and American authorities signed in 1962 the memorandum of understanding authorizing the American Peace Corps to serve in Sierra Leone. Since then, every year Sierra Leone welcomes Volunteers who come to contribute to the development of the country.

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For media inquiries please contact U.S. Embassy Media Coordinator Alhassan Jalloh, jalloha@state.gov;


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