Projects in Albania
Health Education (HE) Volunteers are assigned to a community in which they co-teach Health Education at a high school or combined elementary and middle school, or work within a regional community visiting several schools co-teaching lessons with “Life Skills” teachers.
Volunteers co-teach students as well as help train teachers on Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health. Some Volunteers may also liaison with a community health center to provide staff trainings, which have a long history of being under-resourced. Volunteer placement is typically in smaller towns and rural areas.
Volunteers will also link with other community-based organizations to provide basic health education, instruct proper sexual and reproductive health practices, and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and other emerging health issues.
Volunteers serving in the English education project teach primarily in schools throughout the country. English Education Volunteers help English teachers and instructors to improve their English language proficiency, teaching methods and resource development. They support students as well, by aiming to increase their success in communication and life skills through extracurricular activities and the presence of an English instructor in the classrooms. Therefore, as a result of their contribution, they expect teachers, school staff and administrators, and members of the broader community to strengthen collaboration and be more active participants and leaders of their school community. Volunteers also collaborate with multiple local-based institutions and organizations in order to provide support to their projects that aim to improve aspects of the education and knowledge in the community.
Community Economic Development
Volunteers serving in Community and Organization Development Program are primary placed with local governments units, but also with NGOs, business associations, and governmental organizations. They are working to promote capacity building within host institutions and to increase collaboration between local governments and local citizens.
Volunteers work with their local counterparts on issues such as urban planning, economic development, tourism development, organizational development, strategic planning, information management, community mobilization and outreach, youth development (leadership and employability) and promotion of citizen involvement in community decision-making.