Publication Date

1999

Abstract

As the incidence of natural disasters has been on the rise in recent years, the topic of disasters and development is one that has been critically examined by many experts in the field. They have found that in the past, the crucial link between disaster relief and sustainable development work has rarely been made. This study examines the Peace Corps as an organization of sustainable development often involved in disaster mitigation and relief. Interviews were conducted with 39 Peace Corps Volunteers, as well as Peace Corps' and training center staff. The study seeks to answer the question of additional components to be added to a Peace Corps training program following a natural disaster in order to prepare trainees for the situations that they may face and the roles that they will play as volunteers in the relief environment. A need for additional training components following a natural disaster is established, and fourteen recommendations for new components are given.

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