It is with great pleasure that I reflect on the achievements and milestones of the past year, particularly considering it marks the first year ever that the United States’ Peace Corps has welcomed American citizens as Volunteers to serve across Montenegro. Furthermore, it is a year of immense significance as the Volunteers returned to Montenegro following the global pandemic.
As the United States Ambassador to Montenegro, I am honored to witness the positive impact of the Peace Corps Volunteers and their counterparts during their first year of service in co-teaching English across Montenegro. Their dedication and commitment demonstrated during this inaugural year have been remarkable. Their efforts have contributed to the educational landscape of Montenegro and enriched the connections between our two nations. Teaching English in Montenegrin schools is a vital endeavor, one that goes beyond the transfer of language skills. It is a bridge that connects our cultures, fostering mutual understanding and appreciation. Our volunteers’ unwavering commitment to service is a testament to the partnership between the United States and Montenegro.
With humility and passion, the Peace Corps Volunteers and their counterparts have successfully transferred essential skills to students. The exchange of knowledge between them has been a two-way street, with our Volunteers gaining valuable cultural insights. This reciprocal cultural exchange has not only broadened their perspectives but has also served as another bridge. This time connecting the hearts and minds of Americans and Montenegrins, leaving a mark on the lives of both the volunteers and the communities they serve. I want to express my gratitude to the Peace Corps Volunteers for their passion, resilience, and cultural sensitivity. Additionally, I extend my appreciation to the Peace Corps staff and their interlocutors at the Ministry of Education for their tireless efforts in advising and guiding the volunteers and their communities throughout this transformative experience.
I also would like to express my deepest appreciation to the communities and host families who have warmly welcomed our Volunteers into their homes. Your generosity and hospitality have played a pivotal role in creating a supportive environment for the Volunteers to thrive, ensuring a successful integration into Montenegrin communities.
The partnership between Americans and Montenegrins, as exemplified by the Peace Corps Volunteers and their co-teachers, host schools, and host families is truly inspiring. It is a shining example of what can be achieved when people from different backgrounds come together with a shared purpose and a commitment to making a positive impact on peace and friendship in the world.
This year marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Peace Corps in Montenegro, and it also set the stage for future collaboration and success. I am excited that a new group of Volunteers be sworn in soon to begin service in even more communities in Montenegro. The bonds forged and lessons learned during this inaugural year will undoubtedly pave the way for an even more impactful, robust, and mutually beneficial partnership in the years to come.