Peter Cooey served in Honduras from 1966 to 1968. He worked on community development in the town of Orocuina. While there, Cooey used his camera to document his experiences. Below are a selection of his images recently donated to the PCCA. These photographs highlight not only the Peace Corp’s community development projects, but also the vibrant communities which Cooey was immersed in during his time abroad.
Community Development Project, PCCA.
Peter Cooey on Mule, PCCA.
Boy with Box in Honduras, PCCA.
Man in Honduras, PCCA.
Participants at Community Development Program, PCCA.
Country of Service: Jamaica
Service Type: Vocational Education
Dates in Service: 1964-1966
Keywords: Community Development, Vocational Training, Experiment in International Living, Camp Kennedy, Cobbla
Accession Date: January 7, 2015
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 linear inch
Country of Service: Paraguay
Place of Service: San Estanislao
Service Type: Community Economic Development
Dates in Service: 2013-2015
Keywords:Paraguay, San Estanislao, Community Development, Economic Development
Accession Date: November 17, 2014
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 9 items
In a statement issued March 1, 1961, President Kennedy acknowledged that Peace Corps Volunteers would never make a fortune from their service abroad. Most made enough to subsist. Nevertheless, volunteers often went above and beyond—taking on additional projects to satisfy the community’s needs. Projects included recruiting volunteer labor and additional funding for renovating and construction projects.
During his service in Paraguay, Robert Meade oversaw a school partnership project to build an elementary school. A school in Bethesda, Maryland partnered with the Paraguay community and raised $700 for the construction. Meade documented the efforts of local volunteers, as well as the entire building process, through photography. The partnerships created during the school project represent the essence of the Peace Corps. Robert Meade created the captions below.
“Paraguayan workers on the building of Maria Auxiliadora Elementary School. Bricks were made nearby and all labor on the school was voluntary.”
“Putting on the roof of Maria Auxiliadora.”
“Oxcart delivering bricks for the school project.”
To learn more about Peace Corps Volunteers in Paraguay, visit the Peace Corps Community Archive at American University.