Official Peace Corps Information on Programs in the Dominican Republic

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By Admin1 (admin) on Sunday, July 01, 2001 - 1:51 pm: Edit Post

Peace Corps Programs in the Dominican Republic

Peace Corps Programs in the Dominican Republic

In July 1962, 22 Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in the Dominican Republic to work in community development projects throughout the country. Since then, some 4,000 Volunteers have served in agriculture, urban and rural development, environment, small business development, health and education. Currently, there are about 150 Volunteers serving in the Dominican Republic.

Peace Corps Volunteers have always been well received by the Dominican people. Even during times of political tension, strong personal bonds have been maintained. It is notable that Peace Corps remained in the Dominican Republic during the suspension of diplomatic relations in 1963 and the civil war of 1965. In 1979, Volunteers were commended by the Dominican people for assisting in relief efforts in the wake of Hurricanes David and Frederick. Peace Corps was recognized with the country's highest medal in 1986 during the agency's 25th anniversary celebration. In 1992, representatives from government, non-governmental organizations, and communities turned out to celebrate Peace Corps' 30th anniversary in the Dominican Republic.

Peace Corps Volunteers in the Dominican Republic provide direct community-based technical assistance to the most marginalized sectors of the population in order to promote self-help strategies that respond to basic human needs and strengthen community efforts. Volunteers in the Dominican Republic strive to increase local capacity for problem solving and form linkages among and across grassroots, regional and national organizations.

In November 2000, the Government of the Dominican Republic requested Peace Corps' assistance in implementing information technology programs in the country. In response, Peace Corps Volunteers provides technical assistance for a national school-based computer laboratory project. In addition, Peace Corps has decided to make information technology a special area of focus by incorporating information technology activities into existing project areas.

Due to the country's continued vulnerability to natural disasters, Peace Corps/Dominican Republic is committed to increasing the capacity of local communities to prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters through on-going activities at post.

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By raea dougherty ( - on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 6:04 pm: Edit Post

I was a volunteer in the DR from 2000 to 2002. I want to reach the PC office in Santo Domino. All my email addresses are old and my emails are being returned. Please ask someone in the office to contact me by email. Thank you. RAEA Dougherty from El Limon next to La Cuaba.

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