Health Educator in Secondary and Vocational Schools

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Project Description

In Mongolia, diseases associated with lifestyle choices such as poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking, and substance use are increasing rapidly among the Mongolian people, including adolescents. Peace Corps Mongolia seeks Volunteers to work with youth, ranging in age from 12 to 25, in the areas of healthy lifestyles and life skills in order to promote awareness and behavior changes around 1) healthy nutrition and exercise; 2) preventing alcohol, tobacco and substance use; and 3) sexual and reproductive health. In addition, Volunteers will build the capacity of youth through clubs, mentoring programs, and service learning projects to improve self-confidence, positive communication and leadership skills.

Health Educators are assigned to work with local secondary schools or vocational schools and work with homeroom teachers, school doctors, biology teachers, physical education teachers, and others to implement the Ministry of Education’s core education curriculum and the Ministry of Health’s strategies that focus on healthy life styles for youth. In addition to educating on basic healthy life style topics such as nutrition, physical fitness, sexual reproductive health and avoidance of alcohol and tobacco use, Health Volunteers teach life skills. Life skills education is a comprehensive positive behavior change approach, which concentrates on the development of life skills including communication, decision-making, critical thinking, managing emotions, assertiveness, self-esteem building, resisting peer pressure, and relationship skills.

The Health Education project is designed to focus on youth and to support the Mongolian government's priority to improve health education for youth. Volunteers will co-teach with Mongolians using Mongolian language to educate students.

Professionalism, the understanding of Peace Corps’ accountability to its national partners (Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health of Mongolia), flexibility and respect for the Mongolian culture are the primary things you will need to be a successful Volunteer in Mongolia. If you want to assist Mongolian youth to become more responsible for their own well-being and if you have sense of dedication and persistence to continue working, even when progress seems to be a distant goal, we have a place for you in Mongolia and welcome you to join our Health Education team.

Required Skills

Qualified candidates will have an expressed interest in working in the health sector and one or more of the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience

Desired Skills

Competitive candidates will demonstrate any of the following desired skills:
• Teaching experience/facilitation experience
• Experience working with youth
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in the area of health or youth development
• Knowledge of community organization and needs assessment techniques
• Have a high level of self-initiative, determination, and a positive attitude. Volunteers are often placed in rural communities without many resources and must work hard to develop connections.

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

As most of the work of Health Educators will be conducted in Mongolian, a desire to learn Mongolian is essential. Upon receiving an invitation, Invitees will receive additional information about the Mongolian language and are expected to start their Mongolian language learning so that they arrive in country knowing some basic Mongolian phrases and the Cyrillic alphabet. A small number of Volunteers will also receive training in the Kazakh language, as that is a common language in some communities in Western Mongolia.

Living Conditions

Please view the Mongolia Country Page to learn more about living conditions in Mongolia.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Mongolia: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Couples Information

Peace Corps Mongolia can accommodate couples within the same sector and across sectors.

Couples will be separated during Pre-service Training based on their language ability or sector. However, they will live together at their permanent site.

Medical Considerations in Mongolia

  • Mongolia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild and childhood; dermatology; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; 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: lactose and gluten.
  • After arrival in Mongolia, 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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