To celebrate Peace Corps Week 2015 (the first week in March), Peace Corps Worldwide launched a video challenge asking "Who is your host country hero?" Two videos from Mozambique were selected to compete with submissions from around the world. Check them out on Youtube!
From Gabriela Ullauri (Moz 19, Nauela, Zambezia) a profile of artist and student Ruben Zacarias:
And from Melanie Bolden (Moz 20) and Kimaya Graham (Moz 22) in Homoine, Inhambane, a profile of Palmira:
Since 1998, Peace Corps Volunteers have been working and living in Mozambique, initially with the Education program. Today we continue to have Volunteers working in Education, and they are joined by Community Health Promoters working on projects such as HIV/AIDS prevention and care, support of Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Women's Empowerment and much throughout the country's eleven provinces. Whether you are a prospective Peace Corps Volunteer, a family member, an organization interested in collaborating with Peace Corps Mozambique or just want to learn more about our work, we kindly invite you to explore our website.
Moz 24 was the latest group to join Peace Corps Mozambique
Moz 24 - a group of 33 Health Volunteers swore in on July 31st after being the first group to complete our new "three-phase preservice training model". They spent six weeks at our training facility in Namaacha before heading out to their actual sites for three weeks to meet their new host familiies and colleagues and get a taste of what their lives would be like the next two years before returning to Namaacha to complete their training and learn some local language.
They are the first group of Health PCVs to be placed directly with Mozambican health facilities in addition to PEPFAR implementing partners. We were honored to have representatives from the Ministry of Health, CNCS - The National AIDS Council, PEPFAR, CDC, USAID and a number of NGOs present at the swearing-in ceremony.
CONGRATULATIONS to Moz 24 and we wish you all the best in your assignments!
I'VE LEARNED THE MEANING OF BEING HOSPITABLE. I HAVE LEARNED THE MEANING OF TAKING CARE OF YOUR GUESTS. MOZAMBICANS KNOW HOW TO TREAT THEIR GUESTS. I ALWAYS FELT LIKE ROYALTY AT MY FRIEND'S HOUSE.Megan Duffy Moz 13 Health Volunteer