Peace Corps Official
For years, Peace Corps Volunteers have assisted communities to create and engage in a broad range of environmental education activities. A nature walk and observation of natural processes in a nearby tropical rainforest, for example, increases farmers’ awareness about the causes of erosion. A water and sanitation training increases knowledge of sources of pollution and disease. A community forestry working group helps to develop attitudes that will improve forestry practices. A role playing simulation assists a town council to develop communication skills. Planning a recycling center helps local people develop the skills to open a small business. Although the content and setting of each of these activities is different, the educational goal is the same: to help communities appreciate, protect, and sustain their natural surroundings.