Enhance Student Leadership and Non-formal Education Program

Eligibility

Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

McLain Association for Children (MAC) Georgia Rural School Program has been operating across Georgia since 2012. Currently, ten rural schools receive support through the project. At each of these schools, MAC provides a variety of programming, including extra-curricular classes/clubs, teacher training opportunities, and student leadership courses. A more extensive description of these programs can be found below:

Summer Camps and Weekend Academies – Weekend Academies happen at least two times per semester at each location. The team organizes a week-long summer camp day camps at each partner location. Both projects includes intellectual competitions, theatre performances, sport activities, cognitive games, morning warm-up line dances and more.

Young Leaders National Conference – The most outstanding participants of the program are traveling to the weeklong conference where they get trained in leadership, project management, and communication. They return to carry out different projects in their communities for their peers and other community members.

Theatre Programming – MAC Georgia’s Festival Theatre Program aims to instill self-confidence in Georgian youth, teach creative thinking skills, help them better understand the advantages of teamwork, speak more confidently in public, recognize the value of time, fall in love with art and the theatre as well as generally become more socially active people.

Several two-year Peace Corps Volunteers have previously partnered with MAC Georgia as part of their secondary projects. MAC Georgia sees the value working with a VSPP at a structural level, supporting them in their efforts to enhance the overall framework of student leadership programming activities and related resources.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:
-Co-design or co-adapt a curriculum for the week-long (35-hour curriculum) Summer Camp program that will be replicated in 10 different rural areas of Georgia. (3 hours per week synchronous and 3 hours per week asynchronous; July-August)
-Co-design or co-adapt the week-long (56-hour curriculum) Program of Young Leaders National Conference. The conference takes place in September and aims to provide selected high school students with advanced leadership skills through both, theoretical and practical courses (3 hours per week synchronous and 3 hours per week asynchronous; August-September).
-Co-create and co-facilitate 10 project planning workshops intended to assist/consult volunteer youth leaders to organize various projects for their communities (1 hour per week synchronous September-December)
-Co-design a weeklong (5 hours) training program for partner schools’ principals and teachers that aims to equip them with expertise needed to provide informal education activities at their schools (2.5 hour hours synchronous per week and 2.5 hours asynchronous per week during two weeks early September or late December)
-Support the Rural Program Team to create a digital resource collection of new innovative ideas and informal education activities that can empower rural students (ongoing)

This engagement is expected to be approximately 27 weeks. VSPPs are expected to dedicate an estimated 5-15 hours of time per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place between 08:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. GMT+4 time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to a Laptop, Zoom, Gmail, facilitating regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

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

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

Experience: Previous youth-based programming experience

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Bachelor degree in education or any related fields.

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Language: Georgian Language – Beginner

Experience:
-Experience working in Georgia
-1 year experience in youth-based programming/program management
-1 year prior experience in planning, organizing and executing informal education activities

Partner background

Name: McLain Association for Children (MAC) Georgia

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

McLain Association for Children (MAC), Georgia, provides support, education, and resources for vulnerable persons of all abilities while building the skills and knowledge of the families and communities that care for them.

MAC Georgia shares the following beliefs:

-Access to appropriate services and qualified professionals will enable persons with disabilities to reach their full potential
-Investment in the education of a few will impact the lives of many
-Introduction of appropriate tools and knowledge into the context of a particular country will create lasting, meaningful change in that country

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.


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