New Peace Corps ready to serve

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, Peace Corps Country Director Dr. Sherry Russell, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel, Peace Corps Training Manager Annetha Andersen, and M.E.S.C. C.E.O. Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuatai.

Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, Peace Corps Country Director Dr. Sherry Russell, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel, Peace Corps Training Manager Annetha Andersen, and M.E.S.C. C.E.O. Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuatai.

Sixteen new United States Peace Corps Volunteers are in the country and took their oath last Friday to serve Samoa with honesty.

It was the final step before moving into villages to begin their two-year assignments.  

At the request of the government of Samoa, the volunteers will work in Samoan primary schools to help Samoan students improve their English literacy skills.

At the Ministry of Education’s request, a small group of these same Volunteers will also assist in improving numeracy skills. 

The Volunteers have just completed an intensive 10-week Pre-Service Training focusing on technical skills and Samoan language and culture and are now looking forward to beginning their service in villages across Upolu and Savai’i.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel delivering the Pledge of Service to Peace Corps Samoa Group 89.
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel delivering the Pledge of Service to Peace Corps Samoa Group 89.
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel and Peace Corps Country Director Dr. Sherry Russell with group 89 volunteer sporting their new t-shirts.
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel and Peace Corps Country Director Dr. Sherry Russell with group 89 volunteer sporting their new t-shirts.

The Volunteers were sworn in by Tony Greubel, the Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Samoa and were accepted for Volunteer Service in Samoa by the Minister of  Education, Sports and Culture Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio at an inspiring ceremony at the Samoa Conference Center, T.A.T.T.E. building, Sogi.

The event was also attended by the M.E.S.C. officers, the principals of the schools where the new Volunteers will teach, host families and community members from Amaile and Samusu the training villages, Peace Corps staff and currently serving Volunteers.

The new Volunteers ended the program by entertaining the guests with short speeches in Samoan and a cultural song and dance they learned during training.

The new Volunteers are eager to start their two year assignments which will keep them in Samoa until December 2019.

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