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Peace Corps, RADA train volunteers

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Peace Corps, RADA train


Peace Corps Jamaica, in collaboration with the St Thomas arm of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), is conducting training exercises for prospective volunteers in Port Morant.

Peace Corps workers are volunteers from the United States who are trained, then sent to various countries to provide technical assistance, and to share their knowledge and experiences in an attempt to facilitate growth and learning in communities. St Thomas has been the training ground for these volunteers for the past two years.

RADA extension officer for the parish, Dwight Forrester, told The Gleaner that 25 Peace Corps workers are now being trained, who, upon successful completion, will be placed throughout the island at various institutions to serve for two years. They are normally placed depending on their areas of specification, whether environmental, educational, and health, among others.

Forrester told The Gleaner that while the volunteers are being made familiar with the local language and culture, RADA is involved in teaching them about the various agricultural practices of local farmers.