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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (Department of Foreign Affairs, April 12) – U.S. Peace Corps Deputy Director Josephine K. Olsen visited Pohnpei recently.

As the second person in charge of the 46-year-old organization, Dr. Olsen’s visit was primarily for familiarization and to meet with national and state government officials and Peace Corps staff and volunteers.

The Peace Corps was started in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, who inspired people to serve their country in the cause of world peace and friendship by living and working in developing countries.

Since the inception of Peace Corps in the region in 1946, over 3,000 volunteers have served in Micronesia.

Having served as a volunteer herself, Olsen said that she understands the challenges that the Peace Corps volunteers face on a daily basis.

Olsen previously visited Pohnpei in 1983, then as the regional director of the organization, and during this visit, she was amazed at all the advancements since the pre-Compact era.

Marianas Variety

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