Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Facilitator
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WASH facilitators work with the water and sanitation Technical Municipal Area (“ATM”) and local Health Centers/Posts. In collaboration with the ATM, WASH Facilitators build strong working relationships with the local water committees and train them to increase their capacity in administration, operation and maintenance of the water and sanitation services. At local health center/posts WASH Facilitators work with the environmental health personnel or the health promotion area to strengthen sanitation education training in households and schools. This work could include maintaining water treatment systems, building latrines, and teaching proper hand washing techniques.
There will also be numerous opportunities to participate in secondary activities. These might include teaching computer classes, organizing environmental awareness workshops, developing a school gardening project, coaching sports, teaching English classes, or even organizing community-wide recycling projects. The possibilities are endless.
• Experience in teaching/facilitation with adults
• Experience in potable water/sanitation systems and health education
• Experience in construction, masonry, carpentry or plumbing or similar; home repair and remodeling, etc.
• Experience working with Habitat for Humanity
• Experience working with community groups and leaders
• Certification in water/waste water treatment plant operation or hazardous materials management
Required Language Skills
A. Completed 4 years of high school Spanish coursework within the past 8 years
B. Completed minimum 2 semesters of Spanish college‐level coursework within the past 6 years
C. Native/fluent speaker of Spanish
Candidates who do not meet the language proficiency levels above can take the language placement exams to demonstrate their level of proficiency. Competitive applicants typically attain a score of 50 on the Spanish College Level Examination Program CLEP exam or a score of Novice‐High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL OPI).
WASH Facilitators are primarily assigned to the mountains (Andean Highlands) and jungle areas of Peru. These communities are mostly in rural areas where there is a strong need for improved water quality and accessibility. Volunteers should be able to walk long distances on rough terrain on a regular basis.
WASH Facilitators will either be placed at the district capital or in a small, rural community located within 2 hours of the district capital. Volunteers will work in clusters which will include 3 or 4 of them working in the same district area.
WASH Facilitators who are placed in district capital assignments will be involved in more coordination with the Technical Municipal Area (ATM) and several communities. Those placed in the smaller communities will work more closely with the local water committee, health center/post, and school.
All Volunteers are required to live with a host family during the 12 weeks of pre-service training and the first 6 months of service. Married couples will live together with the same host family. After the first year of service, if appropriate housing is available, a Volunteer may request to live independently however, the home stay experience is often the most memorable and rewarding experience in a Volunteer’s service.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Peru: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
Couples will live together with a host family during Pre-Service Training but may be separated for certain field-based activities because they are in different project sectors. During service, couples will live together with the same host family. Couples will be separated for workshops and conferences for up to two weeks at a time due to in-service training events.
Medical Considerations in Peru
- Peru may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; 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 Peru, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive 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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