Mental Health and Diversity Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Mental Health and Diversity Specialist in the Student Affairs Division of the Health and Environment Department. The Student Affairs Division is focused on promoting healthy living practices in order to address a comprehensive sexuality education and to encourage community participation in the educational environment. This department designs the national primary health prevention policies for youth at different levels and modalities within the national education system, focusing on mental health risk factors and self-inflicted injuries, sex education emphasizing on LGBTQI population and youth with disabilities. The Ministry of Public Education (MEP) has been working on healthy relationships and sexuality since the establishment of the Health and Environment Department. Over the past three years MEP has been working on a diversity approach and supporting the LGBTQI population in the educational system. The Volunteer will be providing support in the following subject matters/areas within the Department of Health and Environment: healthy relationships & sexuality, holistic sexual education with an emphasis on LGBTQI inclusion, suicide and self-inflicted injuries prevention, mental health, support and inclusion for students with disabilities.

A PCRV with a Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Youth Development or other related field and an advanced level of Spanish is needed to strengthen the capacity of the program and existing activities which can be implemented in all of the secondary schools in the country. The Volunteer will coordinate education program design and implementation at an inter-institutional level on mental health, risk factors, suicide and self-inflicted injuries prevention. The PCRV will work on promoting sex education emphasizing sexual education within the LGBTQI population and youth with disabilities. The PCRV’s help is needed to design and facilitate training for staff members and providing basic guidelines that promote social and community participation in the education system, students’ rights, and provide new knowledge, techniques and methodologies that improve staff performance and strengthen the education system. The Volunteer will also prepare, analyze, draft and review technical reports for international and national organizations that arise as a result of the activities carried out. The goal of this assignment is to develop and strengthen the programs related to sexual education and mental health.

Partner Information

Ministry of Public Education

Required Skills

1. Advanced level of Spanish
2. Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Youth Development or other related field
3. Training in human sexuality and diversity
4. Minimum 3 years of experience in the educational field and at least 2 years working with teachers and students in primary or secondary schools

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten.
  • After arrival in Costa Rica, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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