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Health Assignments

Learn more about how to qualify for the type of Volunteer assignments listed below.  Visit our interactive map to explore current Volunteer openings in this work area by country and departure dates.

  • Health Extension

    Volunteers carry out social and behavior change activities for improved public health, while enhancing the capacity of community partners and service providers.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    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.

    Experience


    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.

  • Public Health Education

    Volunteers promote behavior and organizational change, including health systems planning and coordination by working with organizations and/or with ministries of health at the district, regional, and national levels.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in health education, nutrition, or dietetics;
    OR a master's degree in public health;
    OR be a registered nurse certified in public health or midwifery;
    OR be a certified physician's assistant.

    Experience


    Competitive applicants have been active, on a volunteer basis, in health-related activities in colleges or their communities, working, for example, as peer nutritionists, HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted infections counselors, or resident advisors in dormitories. Many are pre-med students who have shadowed doctors in hospitals. Other relevant skills include expertise in disease surveillance, creative training and adult education techniques, behavior change, and community entry and survey methods.

  • Water and Sanitation Extension

    Volunteers work on construction projects and help organize and mobilize communities to provide health and hygiene education.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in any discipline;
    OR one year of full-time construction experience.

    Experience


    Applicants with a degree usually have at least three months of experience in a relevant area or hands-on experience in mechanical repairs, construction, carpentry, or set design.

    Applicants without a degree should have at least one year of work experience in construction, masonry, carpentry, or plumbing. Competitive applicants will have three to five years experience as mentioned above.

    All applicants should have excellent physical stamina and be interested in hands-on work.

  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

    Volunteers work with local governments and communities to improve water and sanitation facilities.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's or master's degree in environmental or sanitary engineering;
    OR a bachelor's or master's degree in civil engineering with 12 semester hours of environmental engineering course
    OR certification in water or wastewater treatment plant operation or hazardous materials management.

    Experience


    Relevant experience or demonstrated interest includes mechanics or construction, hydrology, community outreach in health or environmental awareness, and simple accounting and budgeting. Applicants also should have excellent physical stamina.

    Note: Most of these positions require Spanish language.

  • Construction and Skilled Trades

    Volunteers work with communities and local governments to facilitate the construction of potable water, sanitation, and irrigation infrastructures.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in industrial arts, technical education, or any other discipline and at least six months of work experience;
    OR two or more years of full-time journeyman work experience as described in the next column.

    Experience


    Relevant experience includes journeyman work in general construction, masonry, carpentry, or plumbing. Other relevant skills include proven leadership experience in youth or adult service organizations, demonstrated interest in teaching or tutoring, and community organizing or outreach. All applicants should be eager to work with their hands and transfer their skills to others.

    Note: Most of these positions require Spanish language.

How can being a health Volunteer 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 Apr 18 2014

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