As a Health Education Volunteer you will be assigned to a school as a teacher in a community to teach and co-teach life skills and sexual health education at a middle school or combined elementary and high school. You will work closely with teachers to develop four types of curricula: biology, physical education, science/natural science, and elementary education. You will also collaborate with teachers during primary classes, free/project classes, or schools as community centers.
You will collaborate with students and teachers in several schools within a region to organize community projects, clubs, and camps addressing life skills and sexual health education topics.
Co-teaching and training comprise a significant part of Peace Corps Albania’s Health Education project. You will work alongside an Albanian teacher in classrooms as well as help train teachers regarding youth sexual and reproductive health. Some Volunteers may also liaise with a health education unit or provide staff trainings at community health centers, which have a long history of being under-resourced. Volunteer placement is typically in smaller towns and rural areas; no Volunteers are placed in the capital city of Tirana.
In the summer, you be expected to lead camps and other youth development activities in partnership with schools, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or facilitate youth-centered projects such as Model United Nations, Girl Scouts, Outdoor Ambassadors (an environmental-themed afterschool program begun by Volunteers), Girls Leading our World (GLOW) camps, etc. You may develop or participate in summer youth camps, utilize the Peace Corps Albania Life Skills Manual, tutor students in school subjects (possibly English), help develop student government in schools, and/or liaise with projects that foster youth employability. Many Volunteers have found success in collaborating across sectors throughout the summer with Volunteers who live in nearby sites; however, this may not be possible for all Volunteers depending on the geographic location of your site.
Outside the classroom, you may have the opportunity to work closely with health education professionals at health centers or NGOs, or with other health professionals. You may introduce new teaching methods and techniques with regard to preventive health education in schools and kindergartens. You may also partner with NGOs and other community-based organizations to provide basic health education, and raise awareness of safe and healthy sexual and reproductive health practices, HIV/AIDS prevention, and other emerging health issues.
You will likely have more than one primary colleague or counterpart, depending on the projects or activities you are involved in. You will work with a number of schoolteachers who lead health education classes, and sometimes with representatives of NGOs in the community, as well as government public health representatives. Locating motivated community members to help with these diverse projects will demand a concerted effort on your part. For this reason, it is important that you develop strong relationships in your community and commit yourself to improving your language skills, as well as bring a high level of self-initiative, determination, and positive attitude.
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