Volunteers carry out social and behavior change activities for improved public health, while enhancing the capacity of community partners and service providers.
Depending on your specific assignment, you might:
- Build the capacity of health providers in participatory and inter-personal communication for improved maternal and child health
- Promote social and behavior change through the creation and/or strengthening of peer groups (e.g. women's groups, youth groups) and through sports and recreational activities
- Educate students and youth about healthy lifestyles and life skills
- Enhance the organizational capacity of partners providing health services
- Build the capacity of community partners to organize and conduct social behavior change events, such as radio, theatre, puppet shows, and health themed day activities
How do I qualify?
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline and a demonstrated interest in community health;
OR be a registered nurse with a demonstrated interest in community health.
Interest in health is demonstrated through volunteer or work experience in such areas as HIV/AIDS outreach, hospice, family planning counseling, emergency medical technician (EMT) or CPR certification, and hands-on care giving in a hospital, clinic, or lab technician setting. Counseling or teaching in health subjects may also qualify as experience for this program.
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 public health is valued by numerous organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Public Health Service, 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