Projects in Mexico
Corps Mexico has a unique program to promote science and technology. The
program works under the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT)
and has traditionally placed Volunteers in public research centers throughout
central Mexico to help promote innovation and technology transfer. Recently the
Peace Corps has expanded its program to place Volunteers in technical
universities where teachers of English for Technical and Academic Purposes have
the opportunity to contribute to the formation of Mexico's future scientists,
engineers and entrepreneurs. This shift enables Peace Corps to target training
to the technical universities in Mexico and assist them to develop and
implement their English curriculum and teaching for increased access to educational
mobility opportunities. These opportunities include the 100K Strong Americas
Program and the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation,
and Research (FOBESI), two bilateral agreements between the US and Mexico that
have created a high demand for English Teachers in Mexico.
Mexico is faced with a tremendous challenge to manage and conserve globally important natural resources in a country where almost 50% of the country lives in poverty and pressure increasing on all natural resources. SEMARNAT, the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, is made up of a number of smaller agencies that are charged with all aspects of this work, including protection, regulation, protected area management (national parks), wildlife conservation and monitoring, biodiversity, and sustainable income generation. They have few human and financial resources, and Peace Corps has played an important role in strengthening three agencies, CONANP (National Park Service/USFWS equivalent), the state delegations, and CONAFOR (Forest Service).