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US Peace Corps director visits Malawi

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The Director of the United States Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, is in the country to engage government leaders, civil society organisations and American Peace Corps volunteers across Malawi as well as to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Peace Corps response programme.

US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer said she is delighted to welcome to Malawi Hessler-Radelet.

She said more than 2,840 American Peace Corps volunteers have served in Malawi since the programme was established in 1963.

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“Peace Corps volunteers have made an outstanding contribution to Malawi’s development and built immeasurable goodwill between the people of Malawi and the United States of America,” Palmer said.

According to a press statement from the American Embassy, the Peace Corps response programme sends experienced American professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around Malawi and the world.

During their service, volunteers work with their Malawian communities on projects in education, the environment and health, including serving as physician and nurse educators through the Global Health Service Partnership.

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There are currently 129 Peace Corps volunteers serving in Malawi. Hessler- Radelet has been in the country since October 1 and will return on October 5.

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