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Peace Corps in Turkmenistan

Peace Corps to Phase out Operations in Turkmenistan by 2013

Ashgabat, August 31, 2012 – After nearly 20 years of partnership with the people and government of Turkmenistan, Peace Corps will phase out its program in Turkmenistan by the end of 2012. Since 1993, more than 740 health and English-language teacher volunteers have lived and worked in every region of Turkmenistan. Peace Corps considers its program to have been extraordinarily successful in terms of achieving its development and cultural exchange goals. Currently, there are 18 serving volunteers in Turkmenistan. They will complete their service in September and the Peace Corps administrative office in Ashgabat will close in December.

Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy with three goals: helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, promoting a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, and promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. Since its founding, over 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 host countries.