Fifty-five US Peace Corps volunteers arrive in Macedonia

A new group of fifty-five Americans will arrive Sunday to serve as volunteers in the US Peace Corps in Macedonia. Upon their arrival, volunteers will begin their two-year mission aimed at improving the English language programme in schools and community development in Macedonia.

Mark Hannafin, Director for Peace Corps Macedonia, will welcome the volunteers at the Skopje-based airport.

The 23rd group of volunteers who live and work in cities and villages throughout Macedonia will spend the first 3 months in training, which will include the study of the local languages and acquaint with Macedonian culture. They will start their service in December.

The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries.

Since 1996, more than 750 American citizens were part of this mission.