Ghana is one of the friendliest and most peaceful countries in West Africa. Ghana is known for her stable democracy, forward-looking development, beautiful beaches, rich culture, and hospitable people. Ghana is a diverse country with different tribes and over 70 languages throughout the ten regions, co-existing harmoniously. Welcoming visitors is a point of cultural identity. Hosting visitors is the ultimate expression of Ghanaian culture. Acknowledging the presence of another human being by greeting them, honors their existence. In the local communities, visitors will be welcomed into families and quickly be made to feel at home. Ghana is Peace Corps’ oldest post, hosting nearly 5,000 volunteers since the Agency’s first cohort departed in 1961.
Peace Corps Ghana has three objectives under the Health project:
• Increase the knowledge and skills of community members to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices and reduce diarrheal diseases.
• Increase the knowledge and skills of youth to improve their health and well-being through health and life skills education.
• Increase the knowledge and skills of women and caregivers to adopt practices that contribute to healthy pregnancy, healthy newborns and children under five.
The purpose of the Peace Corps Ghana Health project is to support national efforts to ensure that communities in Ghana lead healthier lives through improved health practices. The focus of this project is to work with community members — especially children, youth (up to age 35), caregivers of children under five, pregnant women and newborns — to improve WASH practices and educate youth to improve their health and well-being.
Peace Corps Ghana has both semi-structured projects with international and local partners, as well as more traditional Peace Corps projects where individuals are expected to work exclusively in their community with relatively little structured support. Both settings provide exciting opportunities for Volunteers to promote positive behavioral changes in support of the three objectives of the Health project. Action planning, implementation, and capacity building form the foundation of the project’s mostly rural health outreach.
As a Health Volunteer, you may promote positive behavioral changes under some or all three objectives to achieve a common goal depending on the community’s needs. The intention of these community-focused activities is to improve overall health standards in rural communities.
Peace Corps Ghana promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in Ghana 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 your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check