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Capstone Project

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Thailand, community development


January, 2011, I joined the 123 rd group of Peace Corps volunteers heading for Thailand, becoming one over 5,000 volunteers who have served in that nation. Thailand is one of the longest continuously running programs in Peace Corps history. Through Corps' relationship with the kingdom, the goals and objectives for various programs have shifted and changed. I served in one of the last groups under Community -Based Organizational Development (CBOD) project framework. This program was itself a result of Thailand’s 1997 constitution that stressed de -centralization of the gov ernment's functions. Volunteers in this program were assigned to a subdistrict administration office (SAO) and instructed to work on a variety of community issues.