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Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011

Peace Corps Volunteer Spotlight: Stuart Conway

Country of Service: Guatemala
Title: Extension Agent and Trainer for the Conservation of Natural Resources and Agro-forestry Programs
Time in Country: 1984–1987

During his Peace Corps service, Stuart Conway built four tree nurseries producing 50,000 trees per year, while training five community groups in agroforestry, soil conservation, and improved stoves. Conway also acquired funding and supervised construction of two community water capitation tanks and wash stations, and trained two incoming groups of volunteers for the agroforestry program (1986-1987).

After his service, Stuart co-founded Trees, Water & People, a nonprofit group that does community reforestation and clean stove projects in four countries in Central America, Haiti, and Uganda.

Smithsonian FolkLife Festival: Stuart and his counterparts will be demonstrating several clean stoves, including building a Honduran Justa stove each day. They will also have tree seeds from Central America, Guatemalan masks, indigenous handicrafts, and traditional clothing on display.

"The Peace Corps definitely influenced my career as I entered the field of international development and environmental conservation. First, I managed the New Forests Project in Washington, D.C. for seven years, then founded Trees, Water & People in 1998. I have been working full time on international development work since then."

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