Business Advising Volunteers are trained and required to work on three topics within the Community Economic Development (CED) sector: personal money management, entrepreneurship and business advising. In personal money management Volunteers promote good practices in the management of personal finances through Community Savings Groups (CSGs) and financial literacy workshops. Additionally, Volunteers collaborate with local partners to facilitate entrepreneurship courses and develop an entrepreneurial mindset in youth and adults. Finally, Volunteers have the option of advising on best management practices for rural small businesses in various economic sectors.
Business Advising Volunteers have the opportunity to work with diverse populations in their communities. Volunteers are expected to develop skills to work with community associations (cultural, sports, youth, women, productive, agricultural, etc.) and promote management of personal finances. Additionally, they work with youth from technical high schools promoting an entrepreneurial vision linked to field based small practicum projects performed during their last two years of school. The role of the Volunteer in the classroom varies greatly across program sites, but Volunteers should expect to spend a significant portion of their working hours in high school classrooms. Additionally, PCVs support informal groups that participate in technical and entrepreneurial courses to form small businesses in rural areas.
All Volunteers work with our main partner, Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA). SENA is a nationwide public institution focused on the social and technical development of Colombians through trainings and entrepreneurial opportunities. SENA employees provide technical assistance to Volunteers and together work to promote entrepreneurship and business development with local youth, informal groups in their communities and business owners. The Volunteers also work in coordination with community leaders, small businesses, and directors/ teachers of public high schools. As a result, an additional counterpart for all Volunteers are the Ministry and Secretaries of Education.
The relationship between Peace Corps Volunteers and SENA Counterparts can vary from site to site, and Volunteers may work with SENA instructors who live in their site or collaborate with instructors assigned to a wider geographical area that they visit less frequently.
Based on the above conditions, Volunteers’ work requires flexibility in connecting local community members and organizations, who typically have limited resources or formal business training, with development and economic opportunities 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