Facilitate an English Club for Young Civic Activists


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

Partner: Alliance of Good Deeds (Local NGO)

Alliance of Good Deeds is a Ukrainian-based NGO that was founded by local activists in 2015. Its mission is to make the city of Vasylkiv a community comfortable for living and visiting by improving its environmental, social, and cultural standards. Like other community nonprofits in Ukraine, the NGO has found itself dealing with the effects of the ongoing war, such as providing shelter and services to internally displaced populations, specifically youth.

Since the NGO has been expanding its services during a time of instability and uncertainty it is seeking the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to assist teenage local activists with English language acquisition through informal English club sessions around the topics of financial literacy, civic engagement, volunteerism, and basic project management.

Alliance of Good Deeds has previously worked with a Peace Corps Volunteer. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-plan and co-facilitate a weekly conversational English club for 10-15 teenage activists including but not limited to the topics of financial literacy, volunteerism, civic education, basic project management

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 weeks. The VSPP is expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. The Host Partner will provide interpretation.

Ideal times for virtual engagement are between 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Kyiv, Ukraine standard time. Specific times for planning sessions between the VSPP and Host Partner will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, Messenger, Telegram, and WhatsApp for 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

• 6 months of experience in facilitating informal English sessions
• Experience developing session materials, workshops, or lesson plans

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: Master’s degree in business administration or social work

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Language: Intermediate Ukrainian

• Experience with national service or youth leadership development programs
• Good understanding of context: Ukraine’s culture, history, and ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war
• Virtual Service experience in Ukraine

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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