The Peace Corps Volunteer program is often called life-defining by the more than 235,000 Americans who have served. Get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where you will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Bring valuable skills and experiences to projects in places where they are needed most.
Youth Development Facilitators work with community leaders, public service workers, school staff, health service providers, government offices, and parents to increase their participation in youth-led community projects. The purpose of working directly with youth service providers and youth is to help build life skills, enhance their engagement in the community, and develop healthy life choices. Life skills education focuses on developing a positive identity, financial savings habits, vocational skills, critical thinking, healthy lifestyle activities, career fairs, mentoring activities, workshops on mock interviews, and job shadowing. Healthy life choices focus on sexual and reproductive health, as well as alcohol and substance abuse prevention.
One of the primary roles a Youth Development Facilitator plays is working with the local high schools by supporting the implementation of their tutoring program. Tutoring classes account for 1-5 hours a week depending on the size of the school and the programs it supports. During tutoring classes, Youth Development Facilitators work with tutoring coordinators to co-facilitate educational topics focused on life skills, self-esteem, career orientation, and youth peer support. There will also be opportunities to coordinate with the local municipality to facilitate summer school classes and to promote the implementation of a youth development committee. This is developed by seeking out community stakeholders who are invested in promoting youth development.
Youth Development Facilitators also accomplish their objectives by supporting local health service providers who are expected to deliver health education talks at the local schools. The focus of these health education classes may include sex education, alcohol/drug abuse prevention, or domestic violence.
While specific daily work will depend on the work site and the needs of the community, Youth Development Facilitators will be working to improve the quality of life for Peruvians by introducing new ideas, skills, and practices. Considering gender issues in project activities will be an important component of the job, including promoting equal access to services, training, and other activities. There will also be numerous opportunities to participate in secondary activities. These might include co-facilitating computer classes, organizing environmental awareness workshops, developing a school gardening project, coaching sports, teaching English classes, or even organizing community-wide recycling projects.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check