The Peace Corps and the Vietnamese government announced Tuesday that the worldwide volunteer travel service program will be established in Vietnam for the first time in history.
The announcement coincided with President Barack Obama’s trip to Vietnam this week and furthers the effort to establish a better relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam.
“We’re grateful that the government and the people of Vietnam have invited Peace Corps volunteers to serve in their country,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet at Tuesday’s signing. “This new partnership will further strengthen and deepen our two countries’ people to people engagements, and the volunteers will learn the rich traditions, culture and history of this great nation.”
The program will focus on English-language education for the Vietnamese people in two cities: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, according to the Associated Press. It is expected to expand to more cities from there.
Once in the country, volunteers will undergo three months of comprehensive cultural, language and technical training before they are given their volunteer assignments. Volunteers will be expected to serve for two years on their assignments.