Kyrgyz Republic

Projects in Kyrgyz Republic

Community Economic Development

Volunteers in the Sustainable Community Development project work with community organizations, small social businesses and a wide range of youth initiatives. They contribute to the promotion of social and economic development at the grassroots level.

SCD program goals:

  1. Assist social entrepreneurs and youth through the improvement of small business management and entrepreneurship skills;
  2. Assist community organizations through the improvement of organizational development and resource management; and
  3. Support youth in increasing their capacity to manage resources, earn a living, and better perform in the local job market.

Education

Volunteers in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) sector primarily build the capacity of English teachers through team-teaching English in secondary schools and universities. TEFL Volunteers provide assistance to their schools and communities in establishing or expanding English teaching resources, contributing to curriculum development, and production of innovative teaching materials. TEFL Volunteers serve as regular members of the teaching faculty in their schools and teach 18 hours of English lessons a week to about 150–200 students each year.

The Volunteers are also involved in extracurricular activities such as conducting English clubs, computer training, and youth development. Since inception in 1993, 600+ TEFL Volunteers have served as teachers at 200 secondary schools and 15 universities.

Health

Volunteers in the Health Education (HE) program are assigned to work with government agencies, village health committees, health-focused NGOs, and schools in order to promote healthy lifestyles and health practices in the community. Volunteers address issues such as basic hygiene, women’s reproductive health, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, disease prevention, and life skills education.