On December 9, 2022 in Podgorica, six Americans took an oath committing to two years of service in Montenegro as Peace Corps Volunteers. Ambassador Judy Rising Reinke swore in this group of Peace Corps Volunteers who will be the first to serve in communities around Montenegro, since the previous cohort had to be evacuated at the end of their initial training in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ceremony was the culmination of 11 weeks of pre-service training that included sessions on English language teaching skills, the local language, and culture.
Other speakers included Minister of Education Vojinović, Peace Corps Country Director Wilson, volunteers, and host family members. Volunteers spoke in Montenegrin thanking their host communities and Peace Corps Staff. The new volunteers also danced in traditional folk costumes and played Montenegrin folk music on the piano as a sign of respect and integration into the Montenegrin culture.
Starting next week, the Volunteers will provide support to the English teachers in six Montenegrin schools.