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TTS Belize and Maya

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Learn about Modern Belize and Ancient Maya from the presenter's extensive travels, work and volunteer experiences.

Presenter: Terry Vulcano

Terry graduated from the University of Calgary in 1977 with a concentration of courses in Economics. He worked for CP Rail for five years in Montreal and Winnipeg before going to Africa as a volunteer for three years. In the northern part of the Kalahari Desert he helped entrepreneurs in Botswana start businesses like carpentry, metal work, sewing, knitting, tanning and craft production. Gantsicraft was started in 1983 as producers’ cooperative with first month of sales of $300 that went up to $300,000 annually.

From being in Africa he became interested in pre-historic movement of people and returned to the University of Calgary to obtain a Degree After in Archaeology. In 1991 he went to Belize as a volunteer for four years helping cooperatives with projects such as pig-raising, poultry, chick hatchery, leatherwork, mahogany tanning, pepper harvest, sewing, day care and school construction for refugees. He would do economic analysis of projects and conduct year end evaluations for the groups. While in Belize he would write back weekly to friends stories of his adventures, misadventures, animal encounters and concerns with environmental issues. He has been back to Belize several times, most recently in 2019.

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