Ortega Hails Peace Corps Volunteers

January 25, 2008
MANAGUA – President Daniel Ortega last week met with Ronald A. Tschetter, world director of the Peace Corps, and eulogized the work of the U.S. aid volunteers here and in other parts of the world.
Ortega received Tschetter in his government headquarters Jan. 17 to learn more about the work of the 160 U.S.
Peace Corps volunteers currently in Nicaragua. Peace Corps volunteers, stationed here for two years at a time, are assigned to work in communities identified by the Nicaraguan government as being most in need in areas of community health, agriculture, environment, small-business development and English lessons.
Subsequently, many of the Peace Corps volunteers are stationed in the north of the country.
Ortega, a former revolutionary, noted similarities between his cause and that of Tschetter, a former volunteer in India.
“We are both dedicated to the social causes and we continue in the same battlefield, because these [Peace Corps] programs are priorities to combat poverty,” Ortega said. “I want to say that we are very content and place a great value on this attitude of thousands of young North Americans who participate in these programs in 74 countries.”
Ortega said that in Nicaragua, Peace Corps volunteers can be assured that they have the support and recognition of his government, and that he hopes to meet some of them in the communities this year.
Tschetter, for his part, gave President Ortega a coin commemorating 47 years of Peace Corps activity around the world.
 

You may be interested

Costa Rica’s snakebite research pioneers save lives worldwide
Changemakers
101 views
Changemakers
101 views

Costa Rica’s snakebite research pioneers save lives worldwide

Mitzi Stark - May 23, 2018

The Clodomiro Picado Institute is spread along the main road of Dulce Nombre de Coronado, northeast of San José. Its…

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby
sports
210 views
sports
210 views

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 22, 2018

A three-part look at adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I here to learn how a Central Pacific coach is…

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network
Human rights
267 views
Human rights
267 views

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network

Elizabeth Lang - May 22, 2018

As Costa Rica continues to grapple with the disagreements about marriage equality and gender identity that dominated the second round…