US nixes Peace Corps class for Guatemala, Salvador

AP News
Posted: Dec 21, 2011 8:42 PM
US nixes Peace Corps class for Guatemala, Salvador

The U.S. government is suspending training for new Peace Corps volunteers in the Central American nations of Guatemala and El Salvador while it assesses security concerns.

A Peace Corps statement says a training course for volunteers scheduled for January will not take place, but those already serving in the two countries are "safe and accounted for."

The corps said Wednesday that "due to ongoing security concerns, the agency is enhancing operational support to currently serving volunteers."

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Corps spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson says the corps will try to place volunteers who planned to serve in Guatemala or El Salvador in other countries.

Both countries have suffered waves of violent crime and drug-related violence.