Official Information about Peace Corps Program

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Peace Corps Programs in the Philippines

Peace Corps Programs in the Philippines

In October 1961, the first group of 130 Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in the Republic of the Philippines for classroom assignments in the areas of language, math and science. Those Volunteers were the second group to arrive in any Peace Corps country.

Today, Volunteers in the Philippines continue to work with Filipinos to train English teachers, support organizations working with youth and families at risk, assist in the management of coastal resources, and promote local interest in preserving national parks.

Education Volunteers work primarily with Filipino officials and teachers in a wide variety of projects designed to increase their English language fluency and teaching skills and, as a consequence, their effectiveness as teachers.

Youth Development Volunteers support selected organizations through short-term volunteer assistance in such areas as business advising, program development, educational/prevention activities, promotion of livelihood training, development of management skills, and sourcing of grants and other funding resources.

Volunteers working to improve the environment contribute to local efforts through the establishment and/or maintenance of marine sanctuaries, mangrove replanting, and alternative income generation. Others work with communities to develop and implement plans for small-scale potable water systems and sanitation projects as well as liquid and solid waste management.

In 16 protected area sites, Volunteers have undertaken activities including environmental education, promotion of alternative livelihoods, and building youth and adult community constituents for conservation.

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