Peace Corps is an American Governmental Program whose mission is to promote peace and friendship in the world through social and economic development abroad. In Albania, the Peace Corps aims to promote the Albanian and American cultures. A 3-day conference was held to initiate the new volunteer group that will serve in Albania for the next 2 years.MWL, as one of the Peace Corps associates, was represented at this conference by Lulzime Gjyriqi, the Social Worker in the area of Tropoja, who will be serving as a “counterpart” to one of the volunteers. During the two days of intensive training, counterparts, volunteers, colleagues of institutions, and institutions were all taught how to work with each other to make these 2 years successful. On the third day, the 36 American volunteers participated in the oath ceremony.
The ceremony was overseen by United States Charge d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones who administered the oath and Peace Corps Country Director Kate Becker who led the Volunteers in the Peace Corps’ pledge of service. The ceremony included speeches, singing, and traditional dancing from the newly sworn volunteers and community members. The volunteers were congratulated for their spirit of volunteerism and the role they play as global citizens.
Volunteer Paymun Jahangiri, who is working in the Community and Organizational Development Sector, will be working closely with Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. 2 other volunteers will work closely with the educational institutions of Tropoja.