June 10, 2016
Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz swore in twenty-four Peace Corps Volunteers on June 10 to begin their two-year service in Nepal. This group of Volunteers is the fifth to arrive in Nepal since the Peace Corps program re-opened in 2012. Peace Corps/Nepal Acting Country Director Diane Partl also welcomed the new volunteers, who join the ranks of the more than 3,740 Volunteers that have served in Nepal since 1961. More than 7,200 other Peace Corps Volunteers currently serve in 65 other countries around the world.
The twenty-four Peace Corps Volunteers completed 11 weeks of intensive language and technical training in Kavre District after arriving in April 2016. They have been assigned to five districts in the Western Development Region to work on food security, sanitation, and health projects.
Ambassador Teplitz told the volunteers, “As U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, I cannot imagine a finer example of the collaboration between our two nations than the historic relationship between Peace Corps and Nepal, a relationship that began 55 years ago. Together we are addressing the food security challenges in many communities in the western regions to build a more prosperous, democratic and stable Nepal.”