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In many developing countries, environmental problems are magnified by communities' direct dependence on their local environment for drinking water, fuel wood, or land for farming. Environmental damage can have enormous consequences on a community's livelihood; likewise, meeting a growing community's needs can have important implications for the environment.
Peace Corps Volunteers are leaders in grassroots efforts to protect the environment, working on projects such as establishing forest conservation plans and developing alternatives to wood as a fuel source. They collaborate with various organizations to promote environmental education through projects like recycling, wildlife protection, and park management. Volunteers also work to provide potable water to rural and urban communities and to alleviate waterborne diseases.
Volunteers have degrees and experience in a variety of areas, from forestry, biology, and environmental science to recreation and park administration, education, and engineering. Among the qualities sought is a strong interest in the environment.
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Environment Education and Awareness
Volunteers assist communities where environmental issues are in conflict with basic needs for farming and income generation.
Volunteers focus on increasing family income, improving the environment for businesses, educating young people, and helping businesses find markets for traditional or value-added products.
Parks and Wildlife
Volunteers work with municipalities and communities, as well as with regional or national governments.
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Volunteers work with local governments and communities to improve water and sanitation facilities.
Environment currently represents 9% of the volunteer jobs, with a breakdown by subsector being:
Environment Education and Awareness: 5%
Protected-Areas Management: 1%
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering: 1%
36% are in Latin America
29% are in Africa
12% are in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
7% are in Pacific Islands
6% are in North Africa and the Middle East
4% are in The Caribbean
3% are in Asia
Communities around the world are challenged by the need to improve their development in an environmentally sustainable way. Peace Corps Volunteers are working with their communities to show that sustainable environmental management is not only good stewardship, but can be an engine of future economic growth. Contributions to this fund will help Volunteer and community projects such as environmental conservation and ecotourism.
Environment Official US Peace Corps Website