Support Youth in Producing On-line Radio Program


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

Talmest Youth center is a government establishment intending to develop the skills needed to flourish and enhance current and future selves of Moroccan youth. Through activities such as sports, entertainment, games, art classes, computer classes and many others, Moroccan youth will become well rounded individuals to help contribute to their lives and others in their community. The center is familiar with the mission and goals of Peace Corps as they previously hosted a Peace Corps Volunteer who taught English classes and led sports activities to youth and women.

Given the COVID-19 situation in Morocco, many youth in Talmest have been very involved in the virtual world. To make their virtual experience more worthwhile the youth center is now in the process of creating an online radio channel. While they understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two year Volunteer, they feel they would benefit from the assistance of a VSPP to support them in developing their skills to create and host an online radio program. In collaboration with the youth center counterparts, they would conduct a needs assessment. Based on this, the VSPP would assist them in developing program content in areas of local interest and address issues related to youth, education, livelihood, culture, sports, and entrepreneurship as an outlet for creativity and social mobilization within their communities.

The target group of this project are youth (female and male) aged between 16 to 35 years, in Talmest community. They will be supported in developing different skills related to hosting an online radio show such as content marketing, including news reporting, script writing, news casting, and hosting guest speakers on the radio.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

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

• Co-develop a learning assessment tool to determine the learning needs of youth
• Co-analyze the results of the learning assessment and identify priority learning objectives
• Co-create a periodical program for the radio based on the interests and needs of the youth to be addressed live
• Co-develop sessions on developing, designing and producing an online radio program
• Co-facilitate 1-2 radio hosting training sessions per week

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, Morocco time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to zoom 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 of arts/bachelor of science in any area.

Language: Intermediate level in Arabic

Experience: Experience in developing or hosting an online radio program

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 of arts/bachelor of science in education, communications, media or related field

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Language: Advanced Arabic or higher

• Experience in creating and hosting an online radio channel
• Experience teaching radio production skills
• Experience in social media live events development and hosting

Partner background

Name: Talmest Youth center

Type of entity: Government

Mission and goals:

Talmest Youth center is a government establishment that offers youth the opportunity to flourish and enhance their skills through varied activities such as theater, music, art, sports, dance, cinema and other specific skills workshops. It also offers space for extra training and learning to youth outside of a school setting.

A Youth center is considered a public educational, cultural and social institution whose mission is to provide young people in local communities with experiences that contribute to the improvement of their knowledge and professional achievements, such as life skills, technical computer skills and foreign languages, as well as tutoring sessions for school subjects.

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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