Volunteers who have served in Zambia consider it to be the “quintessential Peace Corps experience.” This is due to the rural nature of their site placements, the warmth of the local people, and the urgent need for their technical skills. However, more than the skills they bring, the most successful Volunteers in Zambia are patient, flexible, and have a passion for inspiring others.
The Community Health Empowerment Project (CHEP) is a comprehensive rural health project in which Volunteers work with community health centers and build capacity within community-based organizations to encourage community members to take charge of their health. Volunteers will engage partners at the district and community levels to implement health activities. All Volunteers will work in three focus areas:
1) Maternal Health
2) Child Health and Nutrition
3) HIV/AIDS Prevention
Regardless of the project that one belongs to, all Volunteers in Peace Corps Zambia are trained in evidence-based malaria prevention interventions as the rates of infection vary from one region to the next.
As a CHEP Volunteer, you may be involved in the following types of activities in a typical work day:
- Partnering with local groups to conduct health activities/events, such as an HIV testing campaign
- Working with community health center staff on data collection, workshops, training, and one-on-one mentoring
- Using sports (such as soccer) as a means to engage and educate youth on HIV/AIDS
- Linking communities to health services at the district and national levels
You will typically work with community members known as Community Health Workers, many of them volunteers, and your work schedule will vary from that of a 9 am – 5 pm type of “business” work day, to a less formal schedule involving activities occurring on a variety of days, times, and locations in the community. Work meetings and activities can happen on any day of the week and some days you may have no formal work activities and will be free to work on your own personal and secondary projects. In addition to health centers and organizations, you will also have opportunities to work in schools and with out-of-school youth on health education activities.
Additionally, Zambia is one of the Peace Corps countries participating in important initiatives that promote gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers receive in-depth training on incorporating methods of gender analysis into community assessment and development efforts. During their service they look for culturally appropriate ways to incorporate gender awareness and the promotion of youth- especially girls- into their work.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check