Peace Corps Costa Rica’s Community Economic Development (CED) project aims to support economic development in rural communities by strengthening community organizations’ project design and management practices; developing individuals’ (especially women and youths’) behaviors for entrepreneurship; and increasing individuals’ (especially women and youths’) preparedness for available jobs and management of businesses and/or income generation activities.
CED Volunteers are assigned to work throughout the country with community development organizations in rural communities where the local economy is driven by income generation activities and small-scale business activities, such as community-based services, rural tourism and/or agribusiness. As a CED Volunteer, you will help the CED project meet its two primary goals: 1) Help organizations successfully lead local community development efforts and 2) Help rural households achieve economic security.
Your primary project is based on capacity building through unique one-on-one relationships with community leaders who volunteer their time to current and potential entrepreneurs, especially youth and women, as well as community groups. Collaboration with local project partners includes, but is not limited to: organizational development, project design and management, serving as a mentor for business planning, marketing, and financial management, facilitating business skills through workshops and business simulations as well as supporting communities to identify funding sources. CED Volunteers work in both formal (elementary and high schools) and informal (communal meeting spaces, entrepreneurs’ homes or places of business) settings.
CED Volunteers actively work with youth in a mentoring/teaching environment, either in schools and/or community settings. They are linked to local elementary schools and/or high schools in order to develop activities to promote entrepreneurship, leadership and employability skills development. CED Volunteers are likely to lead youth clubs focused on entrepreneurship and employability skills.
Vocational skills, such as information, communication and technology (ICT) and conversational English are other focus areas for CED Volunteers, which better position community members to achieve future work or educational goals. You will be provided with training, curriculum materials and resources to prepare you to offer computer literacy and conversational English classes to community members, especially youth and women.
Most common CED Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to: serving as role models for community members, conducting community assessments, collaborating with elementary and high schools, planning and facilitating training activities, enrolling interested participants in training activities, mentoring individuals in the adoption and application of entrepreneurial behaviors and/or improved business practices, and motivating community members to be engaged in the development process.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check