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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Spotlight on Asia and the Pacific Islands


The word conjures images of walls of water stories high, flooded banks, and widespread destruction. Last month, Asia and the Pacific Islands came to the forefront of international concern when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, one of the most powerful ever recorded, generated the Honshu, Japan tsunami.

In 2004, when an earthquake of the same magnitude occurred off the coast of Indonesia under the Indian Ocean, Peace Corps Response sent Volunteers to the country of Sri Lanka to aid in the tsunami’s aftermath. Five other Peace Corps countries were also affected: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Bangladesh. However, this is not the only part of the world that can be affected by tsunamis and wild weather: the seismic sea waves from the Honshu, Japan earthquake traveled hundreds of miles an hour, reaching Hawaii and the Northern California coast.

Peace Corps Volunteers have actively worked to preserve ecosystems, improve health conditions, education and business practices in this region known for its enticing coastlines, mouthwatering cuisine, and dynamic cultures. In addition to resources focusing on tsunamis and hurricanes, Coverdell World Wise Schools has slide shows, videos, stories, and lesson plans based on Volunteer experiences from Peace Corps countries in this region.

Explore a part of the world rich in ecological and cultural diversity where Peace Corps Volunteers have served since 1961 in countries such as China, Fiji, India, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Palau, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, and Vanuatu.