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Community Economic Volunteer

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

March 3, 2020 - May 13, 2022

Application Window

February 1, 2019 - July 1, 2019

Location

  • Dominican Republic

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Description

Peace Corps Dominican Republic’s Community Economic Development project is uniquely positioned to improve the economic security and upward economic mobility of some of the country’s most economically marginalized households, with a specific focus on contributing to the economic prosperity of women and youth. CED Volunteers serve as facilitators, trainers, and mentors to develop the capacity of individuals to secure employment; create their own self-employment opportunities; and successfully manage job income and enterprise profits for the benefit of their households. Furthermore, the project aims to facilitate linkages between national economic development initiatives and the daily reality of individuals in the communities where Volunteers live and serve, thereby improving economic opportunities at both the person-to-person and community levels.

The CED project seeks to empower existing and aspiring community based business groups and entrepreneurs with the tools to determine and manage their economic destiny at the grassroots level in rural and semi-urban communities. Broadly speaking, CED Volunteers work with individuals to improve their business skills.

The CED project targets four areas of Community Economic Development:
• Increase youth’s capacity to pursue and achieve economically productive livelihoods.
• Increase individuals’—especially women’s—capacity to implement small-scale economic activities and manage profits.
• Strengthen the organizational capacity of community-formed groups (associations, cooperatives, women’s groups, etc.).
• Increase individuals’ capacity for personal money management.

The goal of the program is to help Dominican households achieve economic security and upward economic mobility. Volunteers are generally placed in communities with an entrepreneurship youth group (this can be either in or out of the schools) and a community based business group. Volunteers’ assignments are to:
• Work with youth to develop their entrepreneurship behaviors, and employability skills,
• Work with community members to improve their income generation capacity,
• Work with interested small business owners as a business consultant one on one basis,
• Help local business group members to increase organizational capacity,
• Help individuals to improve their money management capacity.

Peace Corps Dominican Republic’s Community Economic Development project is uniquely positioned to improve the economic security and upward economic mobility of some of the country’s most economically marginalized households, with a specific focus on contributing to the economic prosperity of women and youth. CED Volunteers serve as facilitators, trainers, and mentors to develop the capacity of individuals to secure employment; create their own self-employment opportunities; and successfully manage job income and enterprise profits for the benefit of their households. Furthermore, the project aims to facilitate linkages between national economic development initiatives and the daily reality of individuals in the communities where Volunteers live and serve, thereby improving economic opportunities at both the person-to-person and community levels.

The CED project seeks to empower existing and aspiring community based business groups and entrepreneurs with the tools to determine and manage their economic destiny at the grassroots level in rural and semi-urban communities. Broadly speaking, CED Volunteers work with individuals to improve their business skills.

The CED project targets four areas of Community Economic Development:
• Increase youth’s capacity to pursue and achieve economically productive livelihoods.
• Increase individuals’—especially women’s—capacity to implement small-scale economic activities and manage profits.
• Strengthen the organizational capacity of community-formed groups (associations, cooperatives, women’s groups, etc.).
• Increase individuals’ capacity for personal money management.

The goal of the program is to help Dominican households achieve economic security and upward economic mobility. Volunteers are generally placed in communities with an entrepreneurship youth group (this can be either in or out of the schools) and a community based business group. Volunteers’ assignments are to:
• Work with youth to develop their entrepreneurship behaviors, and employability skills,
• Work with community members to improve their income generation capacity,
• Work with interested small business owners as a business consultant one on one basis,
• Help local business group members to increase organizational capacity,
• Help individuals to improve their money management capacity.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English, Spanish

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

Hosted By

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