From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 3): US Peace Corps volunteers arrive to work in PHL communities
Some 67 US Peace Corps volunteers arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday to work for 27 months in communities throughout the country in fields of education, youth development and environment.
In a message received Monday, the US Embassy Manila stated that the new volunteers, aged 21 to 69, will immediately undergo an intensive 10.5 weeks of pre-service training covering technical skills, language and cultural studies to prepare them for their service.
It stated the service program will be done in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs).
Accordingly, the new volunteers join the family of more than 9,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps volunteers in the country since 1961 making the Philippines the second oldest Peace Corps program as inspired by U.S. President John F. Kennedy.