Health Extension Volunteer
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Health Education Volunteers are assigned to work with local secondary schools or vocational schools and work with homeroom teachers, school doctors, biology teachers, physical education teachers and other school and health professionals 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 Mongolian professionals using Mongolian language to educate students of various ages.
Professionalism, dedication, persistence, resiliency, the understanding of Peace Corps’ accountability to its national partners (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Labor), flexibility, and respect for the Mongolian culture are the primary attributes needed 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 a 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!
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience
Peace Corps Mongolia prefers Volunteers who are highly motivated and prepared to work in an unstructured environment with youth. Experience working with youth would be helpful for this project
• Teaching 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
Upon successful completion of PST, Volunteers will be encouraged and will be given the opportunity to get language tutors at their final site placement
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 may be separated during pre-service training. Couples will, however, 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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