September 19, 2018

Peace Corps Romania To Phase Out By 2013

Today, U.S. Ambassador Mark Gitenstein met with Foreign Affairs Minister Theodor Baconschi, notifying him about the Peace Corps’ decision to phase-out its program in Romania. The last group of volunteers will complete their service in July 2013.  After that, Peace Corps Romania will close.

The announcement comes as the Peace Corps commemorates its 50th anniversary and Peace Corps Romania’s 20th anniversary.  Over the last two decades, Peace Corps Romania has shared America’s most precious resource – its people. During 20 years of service in Romania, the Peace Corps has created more than 1,000 successful partnerships between American volunteers and Romanian service providers. “As Romania continues to work towards a better future, we acknowledge its successes, admire its perseverance, and are honored to have had the privilege of contributing to its development” said Aaron Williams, Peace Corps’ Director.

At the meeting, Doru Costea, State Secretary for Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked Ambassador Mark Gitenstein, the Peace Corps Country Director, and the more than 1,000 volunteers who have participated in humanitarian projects in Romania, congratulating them for their courage, commitment, and dedication.

“The presence of Peace Corps volunteers in Romania contributed to the deepening of people-to-people relations and of cultural exchanges between the Romanian and American peoples. We especially appreciate their encouragement of solidarity with those in need. This is an illustration of the saying of the founder of the Peace Corps, President John F. Kennedy, who said, ‘ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country’”, Doru Costea stated.

“During the next two years, we are committed to ensuring that our program remains strong. Our volunteers will continue to be well-trained and effective English instructors, emissaries of friendship and peace, and model representatives of the spirit of volunteerism” added Sheila Crowley, Peace Corps Romania’s Country Director.

The Peace Corps was officially established by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961 to promote world peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, almost 9000 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries around the world.

Source of the news: US Embassy To Romania

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