US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan has released a statement on the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Georgia. In her statement, Ambassador Degnan talks about the relations between the two countries during this period and explains why Georgia is important to the United States. And she speaks about the contribution the Peace Corps has made in Georgia since 2001.
Her remarks about the Peace Corps and Georgia reads as follows:
Embassy Tbilisi currently implements one of the largest exchange programs in the region, with nearly 20 different programs a year, sending around 200 people to the United States who contribute to an incredibly rich exchange of ideas and culture. And of course, our wonderful Peace Corps Volunteers have played an important role in connecting America and Georgia for years. Since 2001, more than 500 Peace Corps volunteers who learned Georgian and have lived in communities throughout Georgia, making long-lasting friendships while teaching English, working with NGOs, supporting economic development, and partnering on local projects. American volunteers call their host families their “Georgian families.” We are piloting a virtual Peace Corps Volunteer program due to COVID, but plans are in the works to bring Volunteers back in person hopefully later this year.