The Community Environmental Conservation (CEC) project is focused on supporting environmental education in schools, promoting environmental conservation practices at the community level, as well as life skills, gender and youth empowerment for community members and schools. Volunteers will be seen as role models to youth and adults alike. They will work in schools with teachers and students on specific environmental themes based on their educational background and experience as well as addressing the needs identified by community members.
Communities are located in areas of the country with high environmental priority such as protected areas, buffer zones, and important river watersheds, including the Panama Canal watershed. Volunteers will work at the community level creating or strengthening groups (youth and adults) with a focus on their environmental needs.
Through their work with youth groups, Volunteers will develop opportunities to train and/or mentor students and youth in leadership and life skills, promote a positive environmental stewardship and encourage a civic participation as well as the importance of accomplishing personal goals. Additionally, Volunteers will actively work to create after-school programs and support youth in various activities.
Through their work with adult groups, Volunteers will develop environmental activities such as organic gardening, nursery/reforestation, waste management and promoting appropriate technologies like eco- stoves, and the use of renewable energy (solar panel). They will also work with government agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations to develop sustainable living strategies and techniques that allow community members to live in their communities while conserving their ecosystems and natural resources.
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