New Peace Corps volunteers arrive during Philippine -American Friendship Week

MANILA, July 9, 2015 —Ready to promote peace and friendship between the United States and the Philippines, eighty-eight new Peace Corps volunteers landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, July 5th.

Peace Corps volunteers work side-by-side with Filipinos to help build better lives in their host communities.

More than 8,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines since 1961. The Philippines has the second oldest Peace Corps program in the world.

The new volunteers range in age from 21 to 68. They bring diverse experience and a spirited enthusiasm to be serving in the Philippines. Working in partnership with the Department of Education, the Department of Welfare and Social Development, Local Government Units and local non-governmental organizations, these volunteers will be assigned to live and volunteer in communities throughout the Philippines for two years in the fields of education, youth development and environment.

Immediately following their arrival, the volunteers will undergo an intensive 10½ weeks of pre-service training that includes technical, language, and cultural studies to help prepare them for their service.#