The US Embassy in Freetown Peace Corps team hosted an official swearing-in and commissioning ceremony for new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers in the presence of Sierra Leonean authorities on Friday, 29th September 2023 at the Peace Corps Training Center in Kambia.

The 18 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in after completing their ten weeks of intensive training, including instruction in Krio, as well as technical and cultural training.

Peace Corps are volunteers who serve in different aspects of lives in the provinces who normally undergo training where they will live with local host families and learn local languages, Sierra Leone culture and history, and how to stay safe and healthy.

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.