Official Peace Corps Information about Programs in Belize

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Official Peace Corps Information about Programs in Belize



Official Peace Corps Information about Programs in Belize

Official Peace Corps Information about Programs in Belize

October 7, 2001

12:35 AM

Belize has many qualities that make it unique from its neighbors in fact its location, history, culture and politics make Belize a country that is as much Caribbean as Central American. Volunteers in Belize find unexpected ethnic and cultural diversity, a wealth of natural beauty, and the opportunity to make a difference in a country that is committed to its development.

Originally settled by British pirates in eighteenth century, Belize remained a colony of Britain until gaining full independence in 1981. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Belize in 1962. Since then, more than 1,500 Volunteers have served in this country in a variety of projects.

With a population of only around 250,000 in an area the size of Massachusetts, Belize has a far lower population density than of its neighbors. Many Belizeans leave the country to find better opportunities elsewhere, particularly the United States. At the same time, economic migrants from neighboring countries such as Guatemala and El Salvador are settling in the border areas, shifting the demographic make-up of the country, and creating new pressures on land and services.

Volunteers currently serving in Belize are applying new approaches and cutting edge technology to address the needs of the country. Currently, Peace Corps is working in collaboration with government ministries, schools, and local organizations to carry out projects in education, youth services, rural community development, and the environment.

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239,000

1962 - present

49 (2001 estimates)

1,639

Creole

Spanish

Mayan

Garifuna

English

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