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Youth in Development 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.

  • Community Development

    Volunteers act as catalysts for change by working within their communities on projects in many Peace Corps work areas.

    How do I qualify?


    Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in social work, counseling, or community development;
    OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline, along with significant volunteer experience in education, youth development, health and HIV/AIDS, the environment, and/ or business.


    Applicants must demonstrate experience in planning, organizing, counseling, or leadership within the past five years. This experience may be in education, youth development, health and HIV/ AIDS, the environment, and/or business. Other relevant experience includes knowledge of adult education and teaching methodology, conducting needs assessments, and a leadership position in a club or organization.

  • Youth Development

    Volunteers work with at-risk youth ages 10 to 25, helping communities develop programs to assist young people.

    How do I qualify?


    Applicants must have an associate degree and one year of full-time counseling experience with at-risk youth;
    OR five years of relevant full-time work experience;
    OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline with six consecutive months of full-time experience;
    OR a master's of social work;
    OR be a licensed social worker with youth experience. All experience must be relevant, as described in the next column.


    Applicants must have at least six months of full-time work experience teaching or counseling in at-risk youth programs. Other qualifying experience includes full-time work in one or more of the following categories: youth; conflict resolution or mediation skills; HIV/ AIDS counseling or awareness training; coaching or working with physically or mentally disabled youth; or with national and community service programs.

How can being a youth in development 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 with at-risk youth is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 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 06 2015