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Thailand 2018

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Every year, students at Si Thep School in central Thailand participate in planting rice on the school’s grounds. Students and staff roll up their pant legs to work side-by-side in the flooded fields, planting rice that will be harvested for the school. The teachers believe this activity helps students appreciate the culture of rice farming that is so important to the community’s economic stability. Despite muddy feet and the intense heat of the day, this 11th-grade student is all smiles all day.
– Denise Silfee ©2016
PCV Thailand 2011–2013
Teacher Collaboration & Community Outreach

República del Perú
Western South America

Area 1.3M km2 (54th)

Population 30.4 mil (23/km²)

Gov’t Constitutional Republic

Capital Lima (9.9M)

GCP/capita $12,300

Unemployment 9%

In poverty 26%

Life expectancy 73 yrs

Infact Mortality 20/1K live births


Literacy 95%

Languages Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

Religions Roman Catholic 81%, Evangelical 13%, other 3%

Labor Force Agriculture 26%, industry 17%, services 57%

PCVs 1962–1974, 2002–present CURRENT: 243; Youth & Community Economic Development, Health, Environment; TTD: 3,475