Volunteers work with at-risk youth between ages 10-25 and their communities to implement positive youth development and community programs. Projects include vocational training, life-skills development, leadership activities self-esteem, substance abuse prevention, service learning, income generation, HIV/AIDS awareness, community organizing, organizational development, and stay-in-school programs.
These tasks will be developed within the four goals of PC/Ecuador's Youth and Families Development (Y&F) Program:
1. Asset-Based Development with Youth: Under this goal you will work to develop and improve leadership abilities of young people so they can address their personal needs and the needs of their communities. Objectives for this goal involve training youth in Life Skills, such as self-esteem, goal-setting and values, decision making, communication, leadership, alcohol and substance abuse prevention, and sexual education and HIV/AIDS prevention. Volunteers and their organizations also work with youth in sports, recreation and physical activity as an alternative outlet where youth can exercise positive behaviors.
2. Building Skills for the World of Work of Youth: Under this goal you will work to increase young people’s capacity to better prepare them for the world of work. Objectives for this goal involve training youth in employability skills, financial literacy, and vocational skills. Volunteers and their organizations also work with youth in after school tutoring programs and literacy programs that help youth to improve reading and comprehension skills.
3. Engaging Youth as Active Citizens: Under this goal you will work to increase capacity of youth, service providers, community individuals, associations, and institutions to address the needs of the youth and families in their communities, and engage youth as leaders and participants in community activities. Objectives for this goal include Training of Trainers (agency staff, community members, teachers, youth leaders, social workers, etc.) on using positive youth development approaches, leadership, facilitation skills, volunteerism, service-learning, advocacy, community assessment, and project design and management. Volunteers also work with counterparts to improve their organizational capabilities, helping them to initiate and organize community development activities.
4. Building Community Support for Youth Development: Under this goal you will work to develop and increase parent and community member support for positive youth development activities, practices, and approaches. Objectives for this goal involve training families and community members on parenting skills, community engagement, and positive youth development.
One of the exciting parts of your professional work is to participate in the Peace Corps monitoring, reporting, and evaluation (MRE) process. All Volunteers receive training on the PC MRE system, and every four months Volunteers submit individual work reports to their program managers, who are responsible for summarizing and analyzing this data and using it to monitor progress toward the program’s goals and objectives. The MRE system helps Peace Corps report on its accomplishments and fine tune programming. The opportunity to learn and practice professional monitoring and evaluation skills are among the many valued benefits of Peace Corps service.
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