GIS:-Becoming A Volunteer Builds Nationalism and Pride, Mr. Chastanet Says.
Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet is urging Saint Lucians to develop and demonstrate a spirit of volunteerism.
The Prime Minister was speaking against the backdrop of the swearing-in of eight young United States Peace Corps volunteers who will be serving a two-year tenure at the island’s primary schools beginning in the 2017 academic year.
“There is truly no greater joy than in uplifting others, and rescuing someone from despair. There is no greater joy than having a direct positive impact on someone else and changing the course of their destiny, and the Peace Corps does that in two ways—by you volunteering, and by the willingness of Saint Lucians to embrace and learn from you. There is so much we can learn from the US Peace Corps model. In Saint Lucia, we have not been successful enough at crafting our own volunteer program where there is a true sense of nationalism and pride that comes with being a volunteer in the community. We want Saint Lucians to think of service in the community much in the same way that Peace Corps wear their badge.”
The Prime Minister, speaking directly to the Peace Corps volunteers who left behind family and friends, noted that although volunteering is accompanied by a great deal of personal sacrifice, it is a rewarding experience in the end.
“You leave the world that you’ve known to give of yourself in our home. I hope however that as you truly get to know the people of Saint Lucia, that the true benefits of the choices that you have made will be clear. The greatest gift is the patience of knowing that you are making a contribution, and that the skill you have imparted will bear fruit long after you are gone.”
Prime Minister Chastanet applauded the government of the United States of America for its commitment to the Peace Corps Program, and for the caliber of volunteers that are being sent to the island.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister assured that all will be done to ensure the safety and security of the volunteers as well as citizens.