Climate change impacts have been unexpectedly evident and rapid in Mexico in terms of severe weather and varying local climate. Rural communities inside or in proximity to Natural Protected Areas (NPAs) and that are dependent on natural resources and eco-system services for survival are particularly vulnerable. Conserving such natural areas while promoting socio-economic development for the communities in and around them are priorities for the Mexican government. Peace Corps Mexico’s main Mexican host agency, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), has identified priority activities for Peace Corps Volunteers in Mexico. Climate Change Education and Youth Empowerment Volunteers will focus on promoting environmental education, youth environmental organizations, and appropriate green technologies.
If selected to serve in Mexico, you will focus your efforts on working with youth in your community, promoting community-based environmental education, primarily in co-facilitating environmental outreach workshops and programs, creating and/or working with existing environmental youth organizations (eco-clubs), promoting life skills, and fostering youth leadership. You will work to build environmental awareness in rural communities, often conducting environmental outreach and workshops in local schools. As part of your community-based environmental education projects, you will promote and co-facilitate community environmental activities and appropriate green technologies (eco-tecnias in Spanish). As typically low-cost, practical interventions, eco-tecnias seek to directly address some of the most basic environmental challenges faced by families living in rural communities.
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