Peace Corps Moldova seeks Health Education Teachers to work with children and adolescents throughout the country. There is a significant need to develop life skills and knowledge for healthy lifestyles, including basic hygiene, prevention methods of communicable diseases (such as tuberculosis, viruses, gastrointestinal diseases, STIs, HIV), behavioral disorders (like emotional health, stress management, and violence prevention) as well as the prevention of substance abuse and non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic respiratory difficulties). Health Education Volunteers will not engage in clinical work.
Schools are often the strongest community institution in Moldovan villages, making students in these settings an ideal audience for needed instruction. The majority of Health Educators’ time will be spent co-planning with rural school partners to perform formal and non-formal health education activities using student-centered techniques. It will also involve co-teaching with local teachers and other partners in Romanian language to increase youth knowledge and skills so they will lead healthy lives and help them transition effectively into healthy, productive, and engaged adults.
In addition to their teaching responsibilities, Health Education Volunteers will support the research and development of evidence-based, supplementary teaching materials for health lessons, campaigns and clubs through close collaboration with their school staff and community professionals. Volunteers will also organize and conduct after-school activities, including health clubs, health and life skills day camps for school-aged youth, and health campaigns for youth and adults with the involvement of school youth leaders. Activities are generally developed in collaboration with local professionals and parents as well.
When school is not in session (including during the summer), Volunteers will continue with extra-curricular activities, providing youth and community members with opportunities to gain new healthy life skills through local summer camps and activities for adults; conducted by school youth leaders and in collaboration with community professionals.
Peace Corps Moldova Volunteers promote gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment through their activities. All Volunteers in this program will receive in-depth training on ways to incorporate methods of gender analysis into community assessment and development efforts and will be encouraged to find culturally appropriate ways to incorporate gender awareness, especially girls’ education, into daily work as appropriate.
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