Youth Development Facilitator

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Project Description

The CYF (Children, Youth, and Families) project works closely with the Philippine Government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in implementing youth and community services targeting the most vulnerable population of the Philippine society.

As a CYF Volunteer, you will help improve the quality of life of the Filipino youth and other population served by DSWD. This is done through youth empowerment projects and enhancing the capacity of youth service providers. More specifically, you will work as a youth development facilitator co-facilitating life skills, sports and physical development, adolescent reproductive health and HIV prevention, entrepreneurship, employability, and livelihood trainings. As a CYF Volunteer, you may be working with a Non-Government Organization (NGO,) Local Government Units (LGUs), DSWD-managed Regional Shelters for children, women and youth, or other organizations depending on your strengths, skills and experience. You could work with high school and college aged youth by conducting life skills/Youth Development Sessions (YDS) and other developmental activities.

You will work with the poorest and most disadvantaged segment of Philippine society. You will have an extraordinary opportunity to contribute in the empowerment of the communities that need it most. CYF Volunteers have a direct impact on the lives of the youth who are on the brink of losing hope. Volunteers will be able to motivate and inspire young people to dream and become a part of the solution and will play an active role in the development of the lives of youth and their communities.

Required Skills

Competitive candidates will meet or exceed the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Social Services, Psychology, Counseling or Community Development; or
• BA/BS in any discipline with relevant volunteer experience

Due to Philippines government visa requirements and the government’s current strong stance and action on combatting drug production, distribution/trafficking, and use, you will not be considered for Peace Corps positions in the Philippines at this time if you have ever been convicted of any crime, even if it was expunged or sealed, and even if you otherwise would meet the standards for legal clearance to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer more generally.

Desired Skills

Successful candidates will also meet or exceed the following criteria:
• Passion for addressing the needs of the most marginalized at-risk youth populations including those who have been sexually and/or physically abused, juvenile offenders, street children, out-of-school youth, and those in extreme poverty, etc.
• Strong interpersonal, facilitation, and social skills especially in establishing rapport with youth populations
• An interest in Filipino culture and willingness to integrate into a Filipino community.
• Experience in community development, youth empowerment, team building and leadership development

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position.

Additional Language Information

Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines but typically Volunteers will need to learn a secondary local language to be successful. You dedication to learning a secondary language will set you up for success during your service. Having this skill will help you better integrate into your community.

Living Conditions

The Philippines is made up of 7,100 islands and all Volunteers should be comfortable being in/around water and traveling in small boats. Sites are extremely varied within agricultural or coastal districts and could be a small and remote coastal village, a small island, or a semi-urban area. Some sites may be near highly polluted urban centers, though Volunteers serving in this project tend to have more predominantly rural sites. To get around, Volunteer usually walk or bike long distances to their schools, work sites, or market. As the Philippines is located right near the equator, it will be hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 85 to 90 degrees.

All Volunteers live with a Filipino host family during the first 11 weeks of Pre-Service Training (PST) and then with another host family for their first three months at their permanent communities following training. Filipino houses and families are much more communal than typical American houses and families. Volunteers will have their own rooms, but all other spaces will likely be shared with other host family members.

Living with a Filipino host family is a wonderful experience to most Volunteers. The family can assist you in becoming familiar with the community, answer your questions about local culture, provide ongoing practice in the local language, and facilitate your acceptance and integration with your host community. Together with family members, the Volunteer will be invited to a number of important social events like birthdays, weddings and fiestas. Though you will be provided a private room, the absence of privacy or might require you to make adjustments in your habits and attitudes. Some Americans find this very difficult, but almost always the Volunteers who accept to become part of Philippine family life gain the greatest personal rewards from their Peace Corps service.

Personal appearance is important in the Philippines. During PST, the dress code is business casual. Following PST, you will need to dress appropriately for work situations in your community. Dressing appropriately will help you gain respect in your host communities, facilitate integration, and increase your credibility and effectiveness. It is advised to take cues from your Filipino colleagues, and dress to their standards of professionalism.

As “first impressions are lasting impressions,” Volunteers with visible body piercings or tattoos may need strategies to conceal them. In the Philippines, having visible tattoos or body piercings may make it more difficult to integrate into your host community. Volunteers serving in the Philippines should plan to cover tattoos and remove visible body piercings.

Even though the Philippines predominately a Catholic country, the Philippines is generally tolerant. However, values and morals concerning sexual orientation and gender identity may be different than in the U.S. Volunteers will need to be mindful of cultural norms and use their judgement to determine the best way to approach sexual orientation and gender identity in their communities and host countries. Staff and currently serving Volunteers will address this topic during PST and identify support mechanisms for incoming trainees.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Philippines: 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 Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; 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, peanuts, and shellfish. 
  • After arrival in Philippines, 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 also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.

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