It's been an eventful week for Peace Corps. On August 8, 2008 the agency announced that all Volunteers and trainees
serving in Mauritania were accounted for and safe following a coup two days earlier.
Then came the conflict in the Republic of Georgia. Following an announcement on August 9 that the Volunteers and trainees there were safe, accounted for and in "stand fast" mode, the agency announced yesterday (August 11) that they have now been temporarily relocated to neighboring Armenia. The press release states:
The decision to relocate the Volunteers is due to the ongoing conflict taking place in the South Ossetia region of Georgia and bordering areas. All 36 Peace Corps Volunteers and 49 Peace Corps Volunteer-trainees serving in Georgia are safe. Personnel from Peace Corps/Georgia, as well as Peace Corps/Armenia, are now supporting the Volunteers.
The Peace Corps/Georgia office is still open in Tbilisi, and is constantly and carefully monitoring this situation along with Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington. Peace Corps Volunteers do not serve in South Ossetia, the separatist region located in the north of Georgia along its border with Russia.
The Peace Corps program in Georgia was established in 2001. Since that time more than 275 Volunteers have served there. The 85 Volunteers and Volunteer-trainees currently serving in Georgia are working in English language education, business and social entrepreneurship programs.
Here's a Peace Corps blog reporting on the situation in Georgia:
And here are some news stories related to the situation: