Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Myanmar

12 April 2019

The U.S. Peace Corps is strengthening its commitment to Myanmar by increasing the number of Peace Corps Volunteers who will be serving Myanmar communities in teaching English language at different schools in Myanmar.                                                       

On April 5, at the swearing-in ceremony, at Summit Park View Hotel Yangon, another 32 new Peace Corps Volunteers sworn in to serve in the communities of Myanmar, basically teaching English. They will be teaching at basic, middle and high schools in Bago region, Mon State and Magway region.

The ceremony was joined by Union Minister of Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, US Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Scot Marciel, Yangon region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Magway Region Chief Minister Dr. Aung Myo Nyo, and Country Director of Peace Corps Ms. Pamela Martin.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Scot Marciel, US Ambassador to Myanmar said, this is a chance for Peace Corps volunteers to be able to build friendships and experience the cross-culture by living in the Myanmar community and also this is a chance for the community to be able to know about American beyond Hollywood movies.

He also highlighted two things to keep in mind to the volunteers, saying “You will get an unforgettable experience and you will be treated a lot better than you are being treated in the home country, USA.”

Country Director of Peace Corps Ms. Pamela Martin expressed that Peace Corps Volunteers expressed that two-year serving volunteering program would challenge the volunteers a lot in terms of culture, weather, lifestyle and more. So, she suggested to all volunteers to be serving in Myanmar with patience, humility, and determination. At the same times, she asked everyone to drink a lot ofWater since Myanmar is a tropical weather country.

Meanwhile, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister of Education spoke at the ceremony, pointing out that English language proficiency is important for Myanmar students to have a deep-learning rather than road learning. He also said Ministry of Education has encouraged the creative learning.

Mr. Nathan Lafata from West Virginia, a Peace Corps Volunteer told MI Radio that he likes people’s smile in Myanmar and wearing Longyi as a teacher uniform. He said, his foster family, “Mi Thar Suu” helped him to be able to apply wearing Longyi properly.

Peace Corps Volunteers began working in Myanmar in 2016.  This is the fourth group of American Volunteers to serve in Myanmar.  They come from all parts of the United States and reflect the country’s great diversity.

Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, more than 230,000 Americans have served in 141 host countries.