Peace Corps Director to Visit Fiji

June 15, 2015 Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will be visiting Fiji from June 15-June 22. While in Fiji, Director Hessler-Radelet will be meeting with Government of Fiji officials and visiting Peace Corps projects around the country to witness how the Peace Corps program strengthens the ties between the United States and Fiji.

Upon her arrival in Fiji, Hessler-Radelet will meet with U.S. Ambassador Judith Cefkin and visit the Peace Corps office in Suva. The Director will travel to Korovou and Nausori to visit Fijian communities in which the Peace Corps volunteers are working with the people in the local communities. She will also visit communities in Taveuni, Labasa, and Savusavu to meet with volunteers and the communities in which they serve.

Hessler-Radelet began her career in the early 1980s as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Samoa, she went on to spend more than two decades serving in the public health field, focused on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.

Four generations of Hessler-Radelet’s family have served as Peace Corps Volunteers. Early in her career, Hessler-Radelet served as a board member of the National Peace Corps Association and on the steering committee for the U.S Coalition for Child Survival. She was founder of the Special Olympics in The Gambia in 1986, which is still active there. Hessler- Radelet has lived and worked in more than 50 countries.

About the Peace Corps: More than 3000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Fiji since 1968. The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide.

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