MANILA, Mar. 25 (PIA) – For more than fifty years of volunteered services, the United States’ eminent Peace Corps has helped the Philippines (PH) in promoting peace through developments by sending Americans here in the country to deal with the most pressing needs of people.
Statistics revealed that more than 8,000 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) have worked in the country with a strong partnership with the U.S. Embassy. Currently, there are about 131 volunteers aged 22-27 that are working in education; children, youth and family (CYF); and coastal resource management (CRM).
In education aspect, PCVs are working at the grassroots level by focusing on improving the English proficiency of students and teachers. Through the local counterparts, volunteers are assigned to secondary and tertiary public schools and assisted in the enhancement of the curriculum and the development of libraries.
They are into helping the students develop their critical thinking skills and organizing teacher-training programs to provide alternative teaching methodologies for Filipino teachers concentrating on communicative language teaching skills.
Moreover, the volunteers serve as mentors, tutors, co-facilitators, and advisors in basic literacy, life skills training and staff development.
Also, in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), local government units (LGUs), and non-government units (NGOs), they were able to work in organizations serving at-risks children.
In terms of coastal resource management, PCVs made specific coordination with LGUs to work on protecting marine environment. They introduced livelihood-skills training and organized as well a youth environmental education camp.
In addition, Peace Corps PH manages a Peace Corps Response Program. These are short-term programs of approximately six months for which volunteers undertake high impact assignments that enriches the lives of Filipinos. (VLG-PIA-Caraga)