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JICA suspends volunteer service program in Timor-Leste

JICA suspends volunteer service program in Timor-Leste

JICA representative in Timor-Leste, Goto Ko

DILI, 22 july 2021 (TATOLI) – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Timor-Leste has temporarily suspended the cooperation service of Japanese volunteers in this country.

JICA provisionally suspends the program due to the crucial global situation caused by the new version of coronavirus. However, it is temporary suspend and the program will resume, if the situation returns to normal, as soon as possible.

“When the pandemic situation ends, this year or next, JICA will continue the cooperation volunteer service program,” JICA representative in Timor-Leste, Goto Ko, told TATOLI Agency at his workplace in Praia dos Coqueiros, today.

The representative assured that, currently the volunteers are not in Timor-Leste, however the agency keeps maintains the program.

It is recalled that volunteers worked at several different areas composed of health, social inclusion, education, youth, sport and tourism.

The official said that although the agency had received requests for cooperation services between the agency and various non-governmental organizations, Japanese volunteers only worked in state institutions, based on the request of the Timorese Government.

“JICA assigned volunteers in government institutions, in some local organizations and in universities according to the request”, he stressed.

Goto Ko further revealed that JICA continues to receive requests from various state institutions, non-governmental and private organizations for Japanese volunteer service.

“The process of recruiting the cooperative volunteer service is ongoing. Fifteen Japanese volunteers are preparing to come to Timor-Leste, when the situation returns to be normal”, he guaranteed.

The representative added that the agency will create a new cooperation service program for Timorese volunteers to work in the country.

“The program is not fixed yet, as it is in the process of being studied, but the objective is to carry out a cooperation program for national volunteers,” he said.

According to the representative, the existing program is good for volunteers to practice or apply their knowledge and skills in institutions and learn new experiences, such as new languages ​​and cultures, which they can share when they return to Japan.

It is also recalled that, since 2010 to 2020, the agency has already recruited 160 Japanese volunteers who came to work in Timor-Leste. Volunteers returned to Japan due to COVID-19.

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Journalist: José Belarmino de Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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