History of the Peace Corps in Thailand

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History of the Peace Corps
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Since 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 138 countries all over the globe.

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Thailand was one of the first countries to receive Peace Corps Volunteers, the first of whom arrived in 1962. More than 7,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand. Projects in early decades covered many areas, such as secondary and university teaching in English and other subjects, work in agriculture and fisheries, primary healthcare, malaria control, and soil and water conservation.

As Thailand has changed over the past four decades, the Royal Thai Government’s requests for assistance have changed. In 1997, the Peace Corps was invited to assist with primary-school educational reform, an area identified by Thais as one of the most important in the country today.


[edit] History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Thailand

From 1997 to 2003, the single Peace Corps/Thailand program was an integrated education and community outreach (IECO) project. This project was substantially redesigned in 2002 and is now called the teacher collaboration and community outreach (TCCO) project. In accordance with the Thai government’s educational reform initiative, this project seeks to strengthen the skills of primary-school teachers in using student-centered methodologies and in teaching integrated subjects by partnering with teachers inside and outside the classroom. Volunteers assigned to this project also contribute to other areas in which they have interest and expertise, doing outreach in health, the environment, and other areas of community development.

In 2003, Peace Corps/Thailand and its Royal Thai Government partners collaborated to establish a new organizational development and capacity-building project. Volunteers in the community-based organizational development (CBOD) project are assigned to sub-district administrative office (SAOs). The CBOD project covers a wide range of development activities that respond to the needs of local communities. Volunteers in this project assist SAO staff and community groups in improving data collection, strengthening project management, and acquiring other skills that will help them initiate and carry out sustainable solutions to community priorities. Volunteers and their Thai partners also identify ways to share promising practices and resources with other SAOs and community groups.

[edit] Assignment History

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture Ag Economics 1993 1993
Ag Education 1981 1986
Ag Extension 1979 1994
Animal Husband 1979 1989
Animal Husband Lg 1980 1987
Crop Extension 1962 1995
Fisheries Marine 1989 1989
Soil Science 1980 1989
Business Business Advising 1970 2008
Cooperatives 1975 1975
NGO Advising 2003 2008
Crisis Corps Crisis Corps 1998 2005
Education English Teacher 1963 2008
English Teacher Trainer 1988 2008
Fisheries Fresh 1981 1994
Gen. Construction 1981 1981
Industrial Arts 1975 1980
Occupat. Therapy 1981 1983
Phys. Ed/Youth Wk 1991 1991
Prim-Ed/Teach Trn 1994 2008
Science Ed/Gen. 1985 1985
Secondary-Ed Math 1984 1990
Secondary-Ed Sci. 1990 1990
Special Ed/Blind 1982 1982
Special Ed/Deaf 1978 1981
Special Ed/Gen. 1991 1991
Speech Therapy 1989 1989
Univ. English Teaching 1980 1989
Voc. Trainer 1980 1980
Environment Comm Forestry Ext 1988 1995
Environmental Ed. 1991 1998
Forestry 1980 1990
Protected Areas Management 1985 1992
Health Disease Control 1980 1994
Envir. and Water Resource 1966 1994
Health Degreed 1983 1995
Health Extension 1979 1999
Home Econ/Ext. 1981 1989
Hygiene Ed/Sanitation 1990 1991
Med. Technician 1965 1986
Physical Therapy 1983 1986
Master's International Masters Internationalist 1993 1993
Other Flexible App 1970 1991
Unique Skill 1961 1989
UNV United Nations Volunteer 1976 1991
Youth and Community Development Appropriate Tech. 1982 1986
Commun. Serv/Deg. 1978 2008
Road Const/Engin. 1984 1986
Rural Youth Dev. 1981 1989
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