Six US volunteers are to serve in primary schools, co-teach with Montenegrin English teachers – and help out with after-school activities.
The first US Peace Corps volunteer mission in Montenegro was presented on Friday in Podgorica, as six volunteers from the US will serve as volunteers in primary schools and co-teach with Montenegrin English teachers.
The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members and host countries, with missions in 142 world countries.
Director for Peace Corps in Albania Megan Willson recalled that the Peace Corps had established a program in Montenegro focused on English education at the invitation of the Montenegrin government in 2019.
“The first group of volunteers arrived in the country in 2020. But they had to be evacuated due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Now the volunteers have returned to Montenegro to continue their peace and friendship mission in the next 24 months,” Wilson said.
According to the agreement between the Peace Corps and Montenegrin Education Ministry, the volunteers will also work with their teacher counterparts to engage young people in after-school clubs, educational camps and sports initiatives.
Volunteers may also engage in secondary projects including economic development initiatives and environmental projects.
The US ambassador in Montenegro, Judy Rising Reinke, said the volunteers will strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
“In a tangible way, they will show clearly how much the US respects and cherishes relations with people in Montenegro. Volunteers will give their best to cooperate with the community and make it more productive,“ Rising Reinke said.
At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside community members on projects in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development and youth development. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in missions worldwide. In the Western Balkans, US Peace Corps have missions in Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo.