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About Albania and Montenegro

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[355] 4-2365033

At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside community members on locally prioritized projects that build relationships, promote knowledge exchange, and make a lasting and measurable impact. Through a formal intergovernmental agreement signed in 1992, Peace Corps Volunteers started working with organizations, municipalities, and schools in Albania to help meet the diverse needs of their communities and to strengthen the peace and friendship between the United States and Albania. To this day, the three original goals of Peace Corps remain the same:

  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women;
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served;
  • To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Following an intensive 11-week training, Peace Corps Volunteers in Albania serve for two years in one community, in one of three programs; two are based in schools and one is based in local non-governmental organizations or municipalities.

Working in schools

Volunteers in Albania support primary and secondary schools in the following two programs:

English education

As Volunteers support English education in their host school and community, they collaborate with the English language teachers and conduct the following activities:

  • Use co-teaching approaches for planning and presenting English language lessons, as well as promoting gender equity
  • Create opportunities for practicing and improving English language skills
  • Support extracurricular activities for English, youth, and leadership skills development
  • Implement school facilities improvement projects
  • Provide informal English education to community members

Youth health and well-being education

Volunteers working on youth health and well-being in host schools and communities collaborate with teachers and other school staff in these areas:

  • Improve the health and well-being of children and youth through health and life skills education
  • Strengthen the capacity of school-based staff to provide health and life skills education
  • Develop and increase collaboration with service providers and community partners to effectively support the health and well-being of children and youth

Working in non-governmental organizations and municipalities

Organizational Development Volunteers focus on supporting local communities and organizations to effectively manage sustainable community development. Volunteers work to advance the contributions of organizations and community groups as identified by community needs. Volunteers and their local counterparts work alongside each other to achieve the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the capacity of organizations to improve the services they offer
  • Empower community groups, organizations, and individuals to effectively manage community development
  • Advance the capacity of organizations to offer professional development and civic engagement opportunities for community members

Peace Corps Albania and Montenegro will have a new group of American Volunteers ready to offer their skills and talents and collaborate with schools, municipalities, NGOs, or youth centers throughout Albania each year. We invite all those who are interested to apply for a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Partners

National and independent organizations

  • Albanian Red Cross
  • Chamber of Commerce – Vlorë
  • Directorates of Public Health
  • Institute of Education Development
  • Institute of Public Health
  • Ministry of Education, Sports, and Youth (since 1992)
  • Ministry of Health and Social Protection (since 2005)
  • Planning and Local Governance Project
  • Regional Development Agencies of Vlorë, Korçë, and Tiranë
  • Regional Directorate of National Culture – Gjirokastër
  • Regional Directorates of State Social Services – Berat
  • Regional Directorates of State Social Services – Durrës
  • United Nations Albania
  • United Nations Population Fund
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States Embassy and American Corners
  • University of Tirana, English Department

Non-governmental organizations

  • Agro-Puka
  • American Councils
  • ARKA Center – Shkodër
  • CSDC Durrës
  • Darien Book Aid
  • English Language Teachers Association
  • ESU – English Speaking Union
  • New Bridges
  • Food Bank
  • Friends of Albania
  • Albanian Local Capacity Development Foundation
  • Mary Ward Loreto
  • Regional Development Agency – Korçë
  • Sidi Education
  • Terre des Hommes
  • Water Charity
  • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
  • World Connect
  • World Vision
  • Youth Center – Vlorë
  • Youth in Free Enterprise
  • Youth of Ura
  • Touristic Dibra

Municipalities

  • Municipality of Berat
  • Municipality of Elbasan
  • Municipality of Ersekë
  • Municipality of Fier
  • Municipality of Kavajë
  • Municipality of Korçë
  • Municipality of Krujë
  • Municipality of Kuçovë
  • Municipality of Lushnje
  • Municipality of Ura Vajgurore
  • Municipality of Mirditë
  • Municipality of Roskovec
  • Municipality of Shijak
  • Municipality of Fushë Arrëz
  • Municipality of Gjirokastër
  • Municipality of Bulqizë
  • Municipality of Librazhd
  • Municipality of Klos
  • Municipality of Përmet

Regional and district offices of education

Berat, Diber, Durrës, Elbasan, Fier, Gjirokaster, Korçë, Kukës, Lezhë, Shkoder, Tiranë City, Tiranë District, Vlorë.