NOTE: Due to government visa requirements, to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, you must submit FBI Background check documentation with your visa application. If you have you ever been cited for, arrested, charged with, or convicted of any offense, regardless of whether a citation, charge, arrest, or conviction has been sealed, dismissed, or expunged from your record (excluding minor traffic violations, traffic citations, and parking tickets), you should be aware that your application for a visa to South Africa may be rejected, and you may want to consider serving in a country other than South Africa.
The goal of the project is to prevent HIV infection, discrimination, stigma, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic among those affected and infected. All Volunteers will be directly involved with activities targeting vulnerable populations including women, youth, PLHIVs (People Living with HIV), and OVCs (Orphans and Vulnerable Children). Activities will focus on building capacities to enhance planning, programmatic coordination, implementation, and evaluation of evidence based interventions and programs with targeted populations. Tasks would include:
• leading community based assessments to understand the local epidemic
• identifying local counterparts to implement interventions to reduce HIV vulnerability and impact
• promoting linkages between community and clinical services
Volunteers will work with counterparts to implement interventions to improve access to HIV prevention, care, treatment, and reduce stigma and discrimination, gender based violence, and alcohol and substance abuse. Most volunteers will be posted with community based, non-governmental, or faith-based organizations at a rural level; some may be posted with local government municipalities.
Volunteer placement organizations vary greatly. Some Volunteers will be placed with NGOs that receive sufficient funding from various funding sources. Other organizations may be entirely voluntary in nature and exist on a very limited budget.
Many of these organizations also utilize volunteers to support capacity building within the organization, as well as to assist with tasks such as reporting. Volunteers will work a full week based on the standards of the organization. Additionally, community-based work often demands a commitment after-hours and on weekends. Volunteers will be expected to set an example of excellent workplace values and adopt positive behaviors.
Peace Corps South Africa promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in your country and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of the initiative, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
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