Youth Counseling 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 Youth Counseling Specialist with Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) of the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government & Empowerment in St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean. YEP’s primary objective is to mitigate risk factors that trigger criminal (and anti-social) behaviors at the individual, family, community and societal levels. YEP employs a case-management approach to providing support to youth, and their parents/guardians, in an effort to prevent them from re-engaging in criminal behavior, and the program will provide psycho-social and counseling services to address the students’ underlying problems, as well as an academic instruction program so that students do not fall behind a as a result of being out of school

The Youth Counseling Specialist, with at least a bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, or another related field and two or more years of social work experience is needed to directly support the youth in the program by providing training and support in areas such as life skills, career preparation, conflict resolution, and anger management. The PCRV would also collaborate with YEP staff, school officials and parents to advise them on how they can offer the most effective academic, social and emotional support to the youth in the program. The overall goal of the project is to reduce crime and violence and foster positive behavioral change for socially and culturally viable and sustainable livelihoods in the Castries basin communities.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs.

Partner Information

Youth Empowerment Project- Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government & Empowerment

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, school counseling, or other related field
• Significant experience assisting with behavior therapy services
• Two or more years in field with social work experience
• Able to produce quality work with limited direction or oversight
• Flexible and highly self-motivated
• Willingness to persevere through challenges (travel, climate, interacting with multiple people and agencies etc.)
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development

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 Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean 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: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Eastern Caribbean, 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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