Official Peace Corps Bulgaria Information

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By Admin1 (admin) on Saturday, June 23, 2001 - 7:27 am: Edit Post

Officla Peace Corps Programs in Bulgaria



Officla Peace Corps Programs in Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Post-communist Bulgaria has encountered significant challenges in its transition to a decentralized and market-oriented economic system. Inflation and unemployment are high, and shortages of food and fuel have been common. Environmental degradation is prevalent, as concern for economic recovery and growth have outpaced efforts to protect and restore the environment. The Peace Corps is helping to address these issues with projects in community economic development, environmental education, and English language instruction, which Bulgarians believe will help them integrate into international business and commercial activities.

Business Development
The Peace Corps business program was developed to help Bulgarians adapt to their rapidly changing economic and political environment. Volunteers work with small business owners, micro-entrepreneurs, and students to develop skills in business administration and management. They also assist in strengthening the capacities of Bulgarian business-assistance organizations to provide technical services and access to business resources and information. Eighteen Volunteers are assigned to business resource centers and local and regional economic development agencies. They also serve in secondary schools as business educators. The Peace Corps works closely with the Junior Achievement Program in schools throughout the country.

Education
As Bulgaria continues its economic reforms and attempts to expand into the global marketplace, the need for English language fluency has increased significantly. Instructors face shortages of educational resources and proper training on how to use the limited resources they have. Peace Corps Volunteers work within the Bulgarian school system to improve students' and teachers' English language skills and to develop and enhance English language resource centers.

Environment
Bulgaria's environment has experienced increasing pressure and stresses resulting in deforestation, wetland destruction, and general degradation. In response, the Peace Corps began its environmental management and training project in Bulgaria in 1995. Currently, Volunteers work with schools, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national park administrations, local governments, youth centers, and forestry units to educate and empower communities to understand and address environmental problems and to develop and implement community-based environmental initiatives. Volunteers facilitate cooperation between NGOs and local, national, and international environmental organizations to develop a dynamic network for environmental information exchange and technical assistance.



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By Rayna Atanasova on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 - 2:50 pm: Edit Post

How can I aplly if I`m not an american citizen?

By Nikolai Dimitrov Penev on Thursday, April 10, 2003 - 2:09 pm: Edit Post

Greetings,
My name is Nikolai Penev. I would like to work for the
Peace Corps this summer. I have assisted other
volunteers in the past with their projects (Kristen
Fredriksson, Chris Noonan, Ryan DeSantis) in Samokov,
and I would like to continue to be involved with Peace
Corps activities. I plan to study in the USA so I
believe this will be a helpful experience for me, and
I think that I have skills which could be beneficial
to Peace Corps trainees. I have directly assisted in
Peace Corps projects ranging from English classes
(where I assisted in teaching elementary and secondary
school teachers the English language) to Earth Day
cleanup projects. I have attended Peace Corps in-
service training events before, and I would like to
attend this summer's Peace Corps pre- service
training. I believe I can be helpful as an assistant
in any part of the Peace Corps, and I speak excellent
(fluent) English. I enjoy working with Americans, and
I would greatly appreciate you considering me for a
part time or full position this summer during Peace
Corps training. Thank you for your time. Sincerely,
Nick Penev (I am 17 years old and I am a high-school student. If you decide to contact me, these are my phone numbers and address: 0722/29050 my homephone, 098-588842 my cellphone, Samokov 12 Br. Miladinovi str.)

By Rosetta Stoicheva (sat.elnics.com - 217.79.65.77) on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 4:38 am: Edit Post

I am the manager of English Club foundation. Our organisation is an NGO. We are European language label winner. This summer we are organising an international language summer camp at the seaside in Bulgaria. I am looking for native English speakers who can join the camp free.
If you are interested in having a wonderful summer with kids from a lot of European countries, please contact me.
Roseeta Stoicheva
www.englishclub-bg.org


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