1,312 Small Enterprise Development Peace Corps Volunteers reached 6,016 communities worldwide:
° 6,549 organizations;
° 46,343 men;
° 52,245 women;
° 51,186 boys;
° 55,937 girls; and
° 18,030 service providers.
While many of tomorrow’s job opportunities have yet to be imagined, educators all over the world care about preparing their students for future careers. Students will need literacy in various forms of media, technology, foreign languages, and communication, and they will also need the important life and career skills of flexibility, initiative, cross-cultural awareness, and leadership.
This month’s focus on the Peace Corps’ Business Development program highlights many ways that Peace Corps Volunteers are using these skills in communities around the world. In business advising, business development, nongovernmental organization development, and urban and regional planning, these Americans are making a difference through service and illustrating how skills learned in school translate to the business world.
Business volunteers focus on increasing family income, educating young people, and helping businesses find markets for their products. They participate at many levels, whether helping artisan cooperatives in rural Africa market their handmade goods or training people in Eastern Europe to take advantage of new free-market opportunities.
In the spotlight is a suite of videos from Central and South America and the Pacific, all of which feature Peace Corps Volunteers working to improve communities through business development. We invite you to enjoy new Spanish-language versions of popular resources. There’s also a new podcast recorded by Ron and Nancy Tschetter, who served as Peace Corps Volunteers in India in the 1960s. Following Peace Corps service and a career in international business, Ron Tschetter now serves as the director of the Peace Corps.