As a Community Organizational Development Volunteer, you will be assigned to work in a municipal government office, a non-governmental organization (NGO), state institution, or state social services organization. From these organizations you will address the needs of the community in regards to social services, youth culture, sports and civil society, project development, or European Union integration.
You will work alongside others at your host organization to engage in the following:
• Building civil society:
• Cultivating a culture in which individuals actively participate in identifying and assessing community needs and priorities as well as in local decision-making;
• Youth development: Creating programs and community services that develop youth job skills, professional readiness, leadership, and volunteerism
• Marketing and outreach: Promoting the historical, cultural, and touristic assets of your community;
• Advocacy and lobbying: Assessing community needs and outreaching to build support for important community issues;
• Project design and management;
• Organizational development.
You work is not limited to these areas – Volunteers in the Community Organizational Development project are encouraged to work on a broad base of topics and issues as directed by the needs of the community.
Volunteers work with youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills and employability skills, including resume writing, job research, interviewing, mentoring, internships, and job-related soft skills. Volunteers and their local counterpart/s are the main liaisons with their community's youth council, working to develop civic awareness campaigns and youth participation in decision making and other community projects.
Volunteers collaborate with their colleagues to promote networking and partnership-building among local stakeholders and assist community organizations with project design and management. They support their counterparts, build skills in management, organizational development, customer service, and financial management.
In many Albanian communities GIS (geographical information system)/mapping or information/communication technology development experience may be useful for secondary projects or as a minor part of your main project.
Additionally, as a Volunteer you may also engage in the editing of English language materials, training others in basic computer skills, helping your colleagues improve their business English skills, teaching conversational English to counterparts and other community members, or promoting healthy lifestyles. Your host agencies and other organizations working to promote civil society and institutional development in Albania will provide various types of support for your activities.
Placements may be anywhere in Albania except certain areas of the country that are designated as off-limits. No Volunteers will be placed in the capital. In some rare cases, Volunteers may be placed in a few of the larger towns of Albania where foreign language schools are located; however, the vast majority of placements will be in the rural areas. Conditions, especially in winter, may be uncomfortable at sites.
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