In our early years, we were responsible for recruiting British teachers to work in schools throughout the region.
Teachers from the UK were sent to train their Jamaican counterparts in the 1960’s, alongside 30 volunteers teaching under the Voluntary Services Overseas scheme, a programme that we administered.
Financial restrictions initially limited our work within the USA, which was sometimes seen as a competitor in the field of overseas cultural relations. However, forming collaborative aid partnerships allowed us to build relationships with the educational and aid agencies of the USA.
Our partnership with the Overseas Development Ministry (now DfID) opened new avenues for work in the Americas. We collaborated on a wide range of funded projects, particularly in the areas of science and agriculture.
As the decades continued so did our varied work; by 1990 we were delivering over 30 joint research agreements in Brazil, with a continued emphasis on environmental programmes.
In Venezuela, we delivered projects with the University of Cambridge and the Universidad Metropolitana de Caracasto, supporting women in the poorest districts of cities.
There was a limited need for aid projects in countries like Canada, however, our skills as experts in English language teaching provided grants for Canadian teachers of English to attend study tours in the UK in 1980s.