Projects in Micronesia
Community Economic Development
Historically, Peace Corps has had numerous Volunteers in the Agriculture sector; these Volunteers have assisted with projects ranging from building capacity in best practices to building capacity with local counterparts to decrease the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau's reliance on imported foods. At present, however, only Peace Corps Response serves this sector.
2-year Volunteers are implementing the 2012-2018 Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Project Plan, created in conjunction with the Department of Education. Living with host families and working directly with counterpart teachers and principals, these Volunteers engage in skills-transfer via co-planning, co-teaching, and assisting their schools with secondary projects (e.g. summer camps, grants, etc). Most, but not all, Volunteers work on remote islands or in remote villages.
1-year Response Volunteers have more specialized capacity-building roles, contemporaneously including assisting in accreditation mandates, school improvement facilitation, IT skills-transfer, teacher training, education planning, and standardized test reporting. Most, but not all, Response Volunteers work in the more populated centers.
Let Girls Learn
Across the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia, 2-year Peace Corps Volunteers--in conjunction with local counterparts, including co-teachers and representatives of local agencies such as Micronesia Red Cross, the Department of Education, and the International Organization for Migration--hold annual camps for 8th grade boys and 8th grade girls. These camps, including Girls Leading Our World (GLOW), focus predominantly on health education, such as non-communicable disease awareness, anatomical changes in adolescence, and other related issues, and serve rural and remote village youth.