The Peace Corps is a government agency founded in 1961 by President J.F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. Since 1961, the program has grown to serve 139 countries in all kinds of programs, including education, economic development, HIV/AIDS education, agriculture and others.
The Peace Corps’ mission has three simple goals:
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans
Peace Corps Colombia
The Peace Corps first came to Colombia in 1961, the first Latin American country in the pilot program. PC stayed here until 1981, when they withdrew for security reasons. In 2010, the agency re-established its presence here on the Atlantic coast of Colombia. It’s a full Teaching English for Livelihoods (TEL) program. We are teaching English and facilitating curriculum and program development with the goal of helping Colombia students (and teachers) become bilingual. This is in line with the Colombian government’s initiative to have all its citizens reach English proficiency in the next few years. With this in mind, we will be working with methodology designed to teach communicative English for livelihoods.