Peace Corps Programs in Jamaica

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Peace Corps Programs in Jamaica

Peace Corps Programs in Jamaica

Jamaica is famous for its green mountain landscapes, sandy beaches, reggae music, and tropical island culture. While these aspects make the resorts of Jamaica a popular tourist destination, Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the rich cultural and geographic diversity that make this country a challenging and rewarding country of service for Peace Corps Volunteers.

Volunteers began working in Jamaica in 1962, the same year that the country gained its independence from Britain. The first group of Volunteers was dedicated to working in library development, vocational education, and agriculture.

Since then, over 3,400 Volunteers have served in this country of stark contrasts. Outside of the luxurious resorts, Jamaica's population faces the same struggles as many island nations. A wealth of biodiversity exists in this small country, and protecting Jamaica's valuable natural resources while balancing the benefits of tourism is essential to its economy. There are many areas where people still subsist as farmers, and many youth without jobs or the skills to contribute to developing their communities.

Volunteers are engaged in work that is essential to the Jamaican people-working to conserve Jamaica's natural resources, promoting healthy living, and helping youth to gain the skills and education they need for their future.

Just as importantly, Peace Corps offers a unique opportunity for cultural exchange. While many Jamaicans have emigrated to the U.S., and thousands of Americans visit Jamaica's tourist destinations each year, Peace Corps Volunteers experience Jamaica, its people, and culture in a way that few can.

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