Youth Development Facilitator
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As a CYF Volunteer, you will help improve the quality of life of the Filipino youth and other populations served by DSWD. This is done through youth empowerment projects and enhancing the capacity of youth service providers. CYF Volunteers work alongside youth development professionals and youth leaders to co-facilitate sessions on life skills, financial literacy and employability. They also work with youth to conduct community assessments and create volunteer opportunities for youth in their schools and communities. Additionally, CYF Volunteers co-facilitate gender sensitivity trainings, support the organization of gender advocacy youth groups, and mentor youth in the design and implementation of gender advocacy projects. CYF Volunteers may work with a Non-Government Organization (NGO); Local Government Unit (LGU); DSWD-managed Regional Shelter for children, women and youth; or other organization depending on their strengths, skills and experience. Volunteers may work with high school and college aged youth by conducting life skills/Youth Development Sessions (YDS) and other developmental activities.
Volunteers will work with the poorest and most disadvantaged segment of Philippine society. They 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.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Social Services, Psychology, Counseling or Community Development;
• BA/BS in any discipline with relevant experience in working with youth
• 5 years professional work experience
Due to Philippines government visa requirements and the government’s current strong stance and action on combating drug production, distribution/trafficking, and use, applicants will not be considered for Peace Corps positions in the Philippines at this time if they have ever been convicted of any crime, even if it was expunged or sealed, and even if they otherwise would meet the standards for legal clearance to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer more generally.
• 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
Please view the Philippines Country Page to learn more about living conditions in the Philippines.
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.
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All Volunteers live with a Filipino host family during pre-service training. Volunteers serving as a couple will not be living together during pre-service training. However, they will be able to see each other about once per week. As a couple, they will go to the same community for Peace Corps service, after training. During their first four months in their community, they will have their own room with a host family. However, like during pre-service training, the amount of privacy they have will be limited. After four months with their host family, they will have the option to move into independent housing. Peace Corps Philippines has sites available for couples who are married or in a domestic partnership. In the Philippines, there is an expectation that couples are married and there will be many questions about the marriage (When did you get married? How many kids do you have? Etc.) Prior to placement, Peace Corps staff will engage the potential host families in a conversation about the cultural context of different kind of unions or domestic partnerships in the US. The staff will guide the couples on how to approach living together in a site and how to respond to questions.
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 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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