On Thursday, November 1, at 3:00 pm, the 95th group of Peace Corps Trainees will be inducted as Peace Corps Volunteers and begin their two years of service in Fiji. This ceremony will take place at the ICT center on the University of the South Pacific campus.
The event marks the successful completion of 8 weeks of intensive language, culture and technical training in preparation for their assignments as Youth Development Volunteers in various locations throughout Fiji. Over 2,500 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Fiji since the first group arrived in 1968.
According to the Peace Corps Country Director, Mr. Dennis McMahon, this group of Volunteers is entering service at a very special time, as 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary since the first Volunteers arrived in Fiji.
As part of the ceremony, U.S Embassy’s Chief of Public Diplomacy, Rebecca Archer-Knepper will administer the pledge of service to the new volunteers and will officially present them and the offer of their service to the people of Fiji.
The chief guest of the ceremony, the honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou will accept the Volunteers on behalf of the people of Fiji.
The new Volunteers will work under the Community Youth Empowerment Project (CYEP), which is a collaborative partnership between Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Under the project, Volunteers work alongside their Fijian counterparts in schools, communities and ministry offices to implement programs and activities that promote healthier and more productive lives among Youth, and which enable them to be more actively engaged in the development of their communities.
The ceremony will recognize the volunteers’ completion of training and their commitment to serve as volunteers for 2 years in Fiji, as well as the strong and collaborative partnership between Peace Corps and the people and government of Fiji. The event will also celebrate the contribution of the communities and families in the Namalata District of Tailevu Province who have hosted the trainees and supported their cultural and language integration throughout the 8-week training process.
The ceremony will conclude with performances of the traditional Meke dance by the new volunteers and will be followed by a reception and music.
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