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We’re Going to Burma

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2014

Statement by Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the Opening of a Peace Corps Program in Burma

The United States strongly supports the people of Burma as they continue their democratic transition and lay the foundation for a future of economic prosperity that strengthens civil society, empowers youth, and develops opportunities for all.  There is no better way for the United States to demonstrate our commitment to the people of Burma than through people-to-people connections at the grassroots level.  In this spirit, President Obama is proud to announce today in Naypyitaw that the Peace Corps will open a program in Burma.

Last year, the Peace Corps received a formal invitation from the Government of Burma to open a program to support the people of their country.  The first Peace Corps volunteers will arrive in late 2015 and will undergo three months of comprehensive cross-cultural, language, and technical training before moving to their volunteer sites for two years.  At their sites, they will partner with people to strengthen local capacity, facilitate cultural exchanges at the grassroots level, and build friendships that will last a lifetime and further strengthen the ties between our two countries.

The Peace Corps is ideally suited to enhance our engagement with the people of Burma at this historic and consequential moment in time. We look forward to continued efforts to deepen the people to people ties between our two countries.

Information on the Peace Corps:

The Peace Corps was established in 1961 as a symbol of world peace and friendship between the United States and other nations.  Since then, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. This new program will make Burma the 141st country with a Peace Corp program.

The Peace Corps seeks to 1) help the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women; 2) help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served; and, 3) help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans.

The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans overseas to help meet the most pressing needs of people around the world.  Volunteers live and work alongside the people they serve.  They work in tandem with local government counterparts, work in schools, partner with their communities, and help local business organizations and entrepreneurs create sustainable, community-based projects that address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment, and youth development.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the strong partnership and enduring relationship between the United States and Burma.

To learn more about the Peace Corps and apply to be a volunteer, please visit www.peacecorps.gov.


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Kayleigh Davis of Los Alamitos Selected for Peace Corps Education Assignment in Indonesia

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Kayleigh Davis

Age: 23

Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.

Current City: Los Alamitos, Calif.

Alma Mater: California State University Dominguez Hills, Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014

Country of Service: Indonesia

Assignment: Education

Departure: March 2015

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Ted Guerrero of Los Angeles Selected for Peace Corps Education Assignment in Indonesia

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Ted Guerrero

Age: 22

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Current City: Los Angeles, Calif.,

Alma Mater: Loyola Marymount University, Political Science, 2014

Country of Service: Indonesia

Assignment: Education

Departure: March 2015

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Irma Perez of Walnut Creek Selected for Peace Corps Health Assignment in Ethiopia

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Irma Perez

Age: 24

Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif.

Alma Mater: Cal State Univ. East Bay, Psychology, 2014

Country of Service: Ethiopia

Assignment: Health

Departure: January 2015

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Samuel Quezada of Anaheim Selected for Peace Corps Education Assignment in Colombia

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Samuel Quezada

Age: 25

Hometown: Anaheim, Calif.

Current City: Anaheim, Calif.

Alma Mater: California State University-Fullerton, Liberal Studies, 2010

Country of Service: Colombia

Assignment: Education

Departure: August 2014

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Tara Newell of Monterey Selected for Peace Corps Environmental Assignment in Cameroon

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Tara Newell

Age: 22

Hometown: Davis, Calif.

Current City: Monterey, Calif.

Alma Mater: Oregon State University, Political Science, Spanish, and International Studies, 2013

Country of Service: Cameroon

Assignment: Agro-business and Sustainable Livelihoods program

Departure: September 2014

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Rachel Satoh of San Diego Selected for Peace Corps Health Assignment in The Gambia

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Rachel Satoh

Age: 25

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Current City: San Diego, Calif.

Alma Mater: San Francisco State University, Sociology, 2012

Country of Service: The Gambia

Assignment: Health

Departure: October 2014

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