Community Organization Development Volunteer
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Volunteer duties often consist of the following:
• Co-facilitate with local partners a community needs assessment to determine local needs and priorities;
• Co-facilitate community-based projects based on locally identified needs;
• Plan and facilitate extracurricular programs that bolster employability skills;
• Coordinate youth programming including clubs, camps, sports and other extra-curricular activities that support youth employability, life skills, leadership, and volunteerism;
• Implement workshops to raise awareness about key issues and concerns in the community, (example: environmental protection, gender equality & property rights);
• Support organizations’ preparation and submission of project and grant proposals;
• Mentor youth and/or women in life skills and employability skills.
Other expectations include:
• Demonstrate independence, self-initiative, flexibility, open-mindedness, and commitment to serve.
• Possess an attitude of humility and curiosity towards other cultures.
• Exhibit adaptability and a willingness to sensitively communicate even when confronting challenges.
• Demonstrate empathy and a willingness to view situations from multiple perspectives.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience
• Experience planning and organizing non-formal educational activities (clubs, camps, sports activities, etc.) for youth.
• Experience working on gender equality/women and girls’ empowerment initiatives or programs
• Experience developing employability skills for youth or women
• Experience in fund development and grant writing
Required Language Skills
While some locations in Kosovo have good infrastructure and aspects of modern living, others do not. Homes generally have access to electricity, running water, and modest living conditions.
Some Important Considerations about Life in Kosovo:
• All Volunteers live with host families for 27 months of service, in order to facilitate community integration, language acquisition, and cultural adaptation. The host families provide living space that meets Peace Corps standards (a secure, private bedroom with basic furniture, a shared bathroom and kitchen).
• Winter lasts from November to March with some snowfall, similar to the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. However temperatures may feel colder because few homes have central heating. The majority of homes in Kosovo use wood stoves for heating just one room of the house where everyone gathers in during the cold months. Homes, schools, and office buildings typically do not have heating or air-conditioning. Smoking inside households is very common.
• Kosovo is a conservative culture with traditional gender norms. Kosovars are generally tolerant of different religions, but outward displays of religious symbols are discouraged. In smaller communities, there are more conservative views regarding alcohol consumption, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Larger towns and cities may have different views. Staff and currently serving Volunteers will address these topics during pre-service training, and identify support mechanisms for incoming trainees.
• In an office or work environment, conservative attire and neat appearance is expected. Bring work appropriate / business casual attire for all seasons, including hot Summers, cold Winters and mild Spring and Autumns.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Kosovo: 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 Kosovo
- Kosovo may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; urology; 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: gluten and lactose.
- After arrival in Kosovo, 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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