PAUL SMITHS - Paul Smith's College Professor Joe Dadey and Instructor Jennifer Perry volunteered in the Dominican Republic from Nov. 10 to 25, working on projects related to ecotourism, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture.
Their efforts built upon the previous work of PSC professor Brett McCleod and former PSC Dean Andy Eagen. Perry and Dadey provided technical support in designing and developing a curriculum that will help establish an ecotourism program at the Environmental and Natural Resource Management School in Jarabacoa, which is needed to produce capable professionals in this locally important field. They also worked with the students and local villagers in their studies of English, sustainable agriculture, and renewable energy.
The trip is sponsored by Partners of the Americas, specifically the Farmer to Farmer Program. The Farmer to Farmer Program improves economic opportunities in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbeanby increasing food production and distribution, promoting better farm and marketing operations and conserving natural resources. The program is supported by Congress and the Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the United States foreign assistance program. Farmer to Farmer brings together agricultural professionals and practitioners from the U.S. and the Caribbean. Volunteers from the U.S. work with farmers and agribusiness owners in Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to identify local needs and design projects to address them.
Joe Dadey who worked with this group of “rangers in training” to teach them about Leave No Trace Principles (a backcountry ethic designed to minimize backcountry travel impact). The group of approximately 50 rangers hiked 3 miles up a treacherous trail as part of their training with Joe Dadey, Jennifer Perry and Hector Gonzales, a guide and professor in the Dominican Republic.
Jen Perry works with a group of young women from a local village who have formed an eco club, organized by a Peace Corps volunteer. Perry traveled to their village to help them develop a community garden.
Dadey is a professor in the Recreation, Adventure Travel and Ecotourism (RATE) program at Paul Smith's College.
Perry serves as an adjunct professor at Paul Smith's College, works with the energy program at the Adirondack North Country Association and is serving as an AmeriCorps Sustainability Coordinator at North Country Community College.