By Aaron Humes: Two years after they exited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Peace Corps’ Belize branch has welcomed back volunteers to serve on separate projects starting this week.
The volunteers will be working on a Youth Health and Well-Being Project, in which they will partner with primary school teachers and principals to increase the knowledge and skills of youth to improve their health and well-being through health and life skills education; increase the knowledge and skills of adults to effectively support the health and well-being of youth, and increase the capacity of school-based staff to provide youth health and life skills education.
In early June, another group will arrive to work on the Literacy Intervention Project, partnering with District Education Officers, Principals, and Teachers on literacy intervention for Standard One students to help them read at grade level.
From August 1962 to March 2020, 2,091 Peace Corps volunteers served in Belize, working on projects in education, health, agriculture, youth development, business development, economic development, environment and technology.
Country Director Tracey Hébert-Seck notes, “This year, Peace Corps Belize will celebrate 60 years of service to and partnership with Belizean communities. Since March 2020, Peace Corps Belize staff members have done a deep dive into analyzing systems that have created inequity and social injustice. We are now ready to relaunch volunteer service and meet this historic moment with our community partners and post staff.”
The program was first established by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1961.