Community and Youth Development Volunteer
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In this assignment CYD Volunteers work with local NGOs and community-based partners, schools, informal community-based youth groups and educational institutions in towns and villages across Armenia. These organizations have diverse missions addressing issues related to children and youth, including: youth with disabilities, at-risk youth, human rights, environment, women’s empowerment, and other community-specific issues.
Depending on the partner and the community’s specific needs, Volunteers work with youth and NGO staff to build individual and organizational capacity. Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to: facilitating workshops and seminars for young people, NGO staff and community members, developing and leading youth clubs and camps, community projects, event planning, strategic planning, project writing, fundraising, and monitoring and evaluation. Volunteers in this assignment should also expect to work directly with youth in student councils and youth clubs. Volunteers may also initiate and or organize clubs and activities related to the community’s interests and needs (i.e. clubs developing youth employability skills).
Community integration is an indispensable part of Volunteer work. To be successful in service, Volunteers should be accepted by their communities. The responsibility for integration rests on Volunteers and host communities. During Pre-Service Training (PST), Peace Corps Armenia provide tools and strategies for Volunteers to enhance their community integration and language acquisition. The Volunteers’ main assignment during the first three months is community integration. By devoting adequate attention to community integration at site, Volunteers lay the groundwork for their future community work.
• Bachelor's of Arts/Bachelor's of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience
• A desire to work with young people and various groups of community members.
• Experience teaching life skills, leadership, and/or employability skills through clubs, sports and mentoring.
• Experience working in, or a strong understanding of, the non-profit/NGO sector.
• Experience with community-based programs, including knowledge in needs assessments, strategic planning, project planning, and/or community outreach.
• The ability to adapt to unfamiliar customs and family norms is an important skill to have or obtain.
• Candidates with a Bachelor in Social Work are encouraged to apply.
Required Language Skills
Despite limited exposure, host families and counterparts are accepting of diversity among Volunteers and close relationships are formed. It is true, however, that Volunteers who do not resemble the Armenian profile should expect to receive additional unwanted and sometimes negative attention. Further, although homosexual relationships are not criminal in Armenia, open gay relationships are not socially accepted by the general population and Volunteers are advised to be cautious. Peace Corps Armenia’s Pre-Service Training will address these types of concerns to prepare Volunteers for service. Peace Corps staff and second-year Volunteers also serve as a support system for new Volunteers.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Armenia: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
Medical Considerations in Armenia
- Armenia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: cardiology; insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
- After arrival in Armenia, 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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