Projects in Colombia
Community Economic Development
Peace Corps Colombia is developing a new programmatic strategy, with the support of local and national organizations, aimed at rural economic development and strengthening of local, family and individual economies. Volunteers will work to: 1) strengthen the capacities of business owners/cooperatives to increase assets, diversity products and spread sales to guarantee growth and linkages to value chains; 2) improve the financial decision-making capacity and money management skills of individuals, households, and businesses; and 3) strengthen the entrepreneurial behaviors and business skills of youth.
The Practical English for Success (PES) program supports the mission of the Colombian government to strengthen the teaching of English in public primary and secondary schools (Colombia Bilingual 2025) through a pedagogic emphasis in the co-planning and co-teaching with local teachers. TEL Volunteers promote participatory teaching methodologies centered on students and the creation of bilingual communities of practice in schools using strategies based on innovative communication and technology. The design of study plans and curriculum with faculty is driven by local/departmental needs and intended to strengthen English as a means to enrich one’s life. Volunteers do not replace teachers in the classroom but rather strengthen their capacity through the promotion of didactic techniques for the teaching of English as a foreign language.