Panama City – 6 de septiembre de 2018. “I promise to share my culture with an open heart and open mind. I promise to foster an understanding of the people of Country of Service, with creativity, cultural sensitivity, and respect”, sworn in unison the 52 new Peace Corps volunteers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. This is one of the largest groups ever sworn in Panama in 30 years.
The U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Roxanne Cabral, led the swearing-in ceremony, alongside the Advising Minister of Health, Temistocles Diaz, and the Minister of Agricultural Development, Eduardo Carles, as guests of honor.
Peace Corps volunteers are professionals of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program, and the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program. They will work in Panama for two years, with the support of government institutions like the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agricultural Development, in Bocas del Toro, Cocle, Darien, Veraguas and in Kädriri, Nedrini and ÑoKribo within the Ngäbe-Buglé region.
Peace Corps, founded in 1961, offers human resources to help sustainable development programs at a community level in more than 60 countries.
Panama currently hosts 213 Peace Corps volunteers around the country.