The Peace Corps is an American volunteer program run by the United States government, as well as a government agency of the same name.
Peace Corps in Belize began in 1962, so 2012 was the 50th Golden Anniversary of the organization being in the country. A big celebration was planned in Belmopan for the 26th of September.
The 50th Anniversary details included:
The Corozal District has benefitted tremendously throughout the 50 years they have been in Belize. There are currently four volunteers in the area.
Jennifer is a Business and Organizational Development Strengthening Peace Corps Volunteer posted at the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development in Sarteneja. The majority of her time is spent building organizational capacity in communications by developing and implementing a communication plan for the organization.
She is also working on organizational management and strengthening through building strategic networks, partnerships and relationships in addition to liaison roles. In the upcoming months, Jennifer's focus will shift to a secondary project for the community with arts and culture, and/or tourism in mind. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys yoga, traveling, and cycling, and learning Spanish to name a few.
Jennifer is a Native Texan, and now calls the West Coast her stateside 'home'. Prior to moving to Belize, Jennifer was living in California and Oregon. She joined the Peace Corps to pursue her dream of living abroad finding what she loves. In the words of Pedro Calderon de la Barca, "La vida en sueno" (Live is a dream).
Kathryn O'Leary has been in Corozal since June of 2011 working out of the District Education Center. She visits schools in the area helping to advance literacy. Her focus for the next school year will be on establishing reading groups and math clubs, possibly as after school activities. She is involved in a special project with other Education PCVs in the presentation and development of curriculum for the book Pat the Great Cat which is about a jaguar from Belize that now lives in the Milwaukee Zoo.
As a secondary project, she works with another PCV, as well as a local expatriate, with GLOW, a club for girls age 11-14 to encourage leadership and to develop skills, good habits and positive attitudes.
She has a background in many areas being an older volunteer, but for the last 10 years she taught preschool in California, kindergarten in Macau, and ESL in China. Growing up in Michigan she has always enjoyed swimming, biking, hiking and reading. She joined the Peace Corps because she believes that real peace in the world and self comes from fostering the concepts of universal education, gender equality, and social and economic justice.
In the past 2 years she has worked with an onion farmers group and a women's group. They run a tortilla factory in the village of Cristo Rey called Kich Pan Hanna. She loves working with the kids in the village and they painted artwork on both schools.
This summer she opened a kids club putting to use the empty Community Center and is getting ready to start a after school tutoring club. Her women's group has beautified the bus stop on the highway cutoff to San Pedro village by repainting it in bright yellow and green with an added touch of flowers and a big sign with the names of all the villages from San Pedro to the border!
She is now working on a grant to help the women of the tortilla factory to realize their dream of owning the building and expanding into a restaurant! For the best hot fresh tortillas vistit them in the village of Cristo Rey, open seven days a week!
Kelly G. Ramer lives in Corozal and came to Belize with the 2011 Peace Corps class. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She studied at the Humphrey Institute and the University of Minnesota. She has a background in youth work, facilitation, and peace building.
She is currently serving with the Ministry of Rural Development, working with village councils and water boards on organizational development and conflict resolution. One of her favorite quotes is "Let the beauty you love be what you do." Rumi
Thanks to Kathryn O'Leary for the images and information for this page.
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