Peace Corps Costa Rica’s Community Economic Development (CED) project aims to support economic development in rural communities by strengthening community organizations’ project design and management practices; developing individuals’ (especially women and youths’) behaviors for entrepreneurship; and increasing individuals’ (especially women and youths’) preparedness for available jobs and management of businesses and/or income generation activities.
CED Volunteers are assigned to work throughout the country with community development organizations in rural communities where the local economy is driven by small-scale business activities, such as rural tourism, agribusiness, or community-based services. As a CED Volunteer, you will help the CED project meet its two primary goals: 1) Organizations successfully lead local community development efforts and 2) Rural Households achieve economic security.
Your primary project is based on capacity building through a unique one-on-one relationships with current and potential entrepreneurs, especially youth and women. Collaboration with local project partners includes, but is not limited to: organizational development, project design and management, serving as a mentor for business planning, marketing, financial management and product design; facilitating business skills workshops and business simulations and supporting communities to identify funding sources. CED Volunteers work in both formal (elementary and high schools) and informal (communal meeting spaces, entrepreneurs’ homes or places of business) settings.
CED Volunteers actively work with youth in a mentoring/teaching environment, either in schools and/or community settings. CED Volunteers are linked to local elementary schools and/or high schools in order to develop activities to promote entrepreneurships, leaderships and employability skills development. CED Volunteers are likely to lead youth clubs focused on entrepreneurship and employability skills.
Vocational skills, such as information, communication and technology (ICT) and conversational English to better position community members to achieve future work or educational goals are other focus areas for CED PCVs. You will be provided training, curriculum materials and resources to prepare you to offer computer literacy and conversational English classes to community members, especially youth and women.
Most common CED Volunteers activities include, but are not limited to: serving as role models for community members, conducting community assessments, collaborating with elementary and high schools, planning and facilitating training activities, enrolling interested participants in training activities, mentoring individuals in the adoption and application of entrepreneurial behaviors and/or improved business practices, and motivating community member to be engaged in the development process.
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