Peace Corps Vanuatu continues to remain focused on Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and nutrition, a critical priority for the Government of Vanuatu. Volunteers work with community partners to assess individual household needs in the areas of water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition. Volunteers will establish household health baselines and work with their counterparts to improve household practices with water and healthy foods, and sexual reproductive health.
Volunteers will also work with community-led health committees and healthcare providers at local health centers to strengthen Vanuatu’s healthcare system. They will assess community health needs by utilizing tools and training provided during Pre-Service Training (PST). With the ultimate goal of behavior change, Volunteers and their community counterparts will raise awareness about healthy water and sanitation practices, as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This may include creating hand washing stations, conducting household hygiene assessments, and providing proper nutrition practices and general health education.
At times, Volunteers will also work with communities and health service providers to identify and address environmental health issues and to promote access to infrastructure such as water delivery systems, latrines, and waste management. Volunteers frequently work with local schools on health education activities and may also provide technical support to Ministry of Health partners and other Volunteers.
Volunteers may be required to engage and/or start community health and water and sanitation committees. These groups often need additional assistance and training in project design and management, and incorporating sustainability plans into the construction of small scale, community-based water and sanitation systems.
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