The project focuses on an integrated youth health approach, working with local institutions to promote youth leadership and well-being. Integrated youth health can include the following: leadership and life skills, sports and healthy recreation, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, non-communicable disease prevention, transportation safety, and other areas. A major part of this job will include working with middle and high school students, teachers, community members and community groups. Health Volunteers will work in rural, semi-rural and/or small towns (200 – 5,000 inhabitants). The role of a Health Volunteer in Paraguay is to work with the assigned Community Health Worker (CHW) to support health promotion activities within the health post, the school and the community at-large. Volunteers work directly with the assigned CHW two to three days per week. All Community Health Volunteers are expected to work in accordance with the Peace Corps approach to development and policies for working with youth.
This health project is designed to have a six-year timeframe in each community, meaning three consecutive generations of Volunteers, each serving for two years, to implement the project by building upon the work of the previous generation of Volunteers. Volunteers scheduled to depart in the Spring of 2020 will be Generation 1 and will be the first group of Volunteers working under the new Youth Health framework.
Health Volunteers in Peace Corps Paraguay are expected to work with youth both in school and out of school. This is done in tandem with the community through:
• Planning with the CHW and community leaders
• Co-facilitating sessions with the CHW in classroom settings, with youth groups and peer educators, with parent groups, caregivers, school-based staff and health workers
• Creating and/or strengthening youth groups with the CHW
• Implementing a peer education initiative, including identifying and training peer educators in conjunction with the CHW, supporting peer educators in implementing a youth health community assessment and designing and implementing a youth health initiative
Besides the main activities, secondary activities refer to activities outside of the sector framework, and may be started/proposed by the community and carried out with the Volunteer’s help depending on the community’s interest.
Volunteers can play the catalyst role on a wide range of activities, limited only by their ability to integrate into the community, build trust, and adapt to the varying needs, ideas and work styles of community members.
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