Information & Communication Technology
Volunteers provide technical training and support to school systems, health ministries, municipal government offices, and nongovernmental organizations.
Depending on your specific assignment, you might:
- Teach computer skills and data processing
- Help bring the Internet into classrooms and provide forums for communities to share ideas about development activities
- Help develop regional databases and implement networks for businesses and government offices to allow the linking of entrepreneurs to new business opportunities
- Expand farmers' access to information on market prices
- Facilitate the creation, storage, management, and dissemination of information by electronic means, including computer, Internet, radio, and video
How do I qualify?
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in computer science or information systems;
OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline with 15 semester or 22 quarter hours in computer science and two years of related experience;
OR a bachelor's degree with a focus on communication technologies, including mass communications, graphic design, informatics, and telecommunications;
OR five or more years of experience in programming, systems analysis, systems design, or computer consulting;
OR an associate degree in a computer-related field and two years of computer experience.
Applicants must have knowledge of, or experience in, basic computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; and strong leadership and organizational skills. Other relevant experience includes an ability to train others in computer literacy, computer maintenance, and repair skills; development of training materials; and experience in Web-based technology such as HTML, website design, or online marketing.
How will this advance my career?
Through serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can gain fluency in a foreign language, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding, attributes that are highly sought-after assets in today's global economy. Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in business or small enterprise development is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, and many private companies and nongovernmental organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.
Also See: Volunteer Benefits
Last updated May 22 2013