Youth & HIV/AIDS Capacity Building - Life Skills Educator
You can only have one active Peace Corps Volunteer application, so choose a position that best fits your skills and interest. You have the opportunity to tell us if you’d like to be considered for other openings and more about the ones that interest you most! See application process
As a Life Skills Educator, you will be assigned to an elementary, junior high or public high school to strengthen life skills education for students. Life skills education encompasses the development of positive identity, positive communication, decision-making, goal setting, leadership, and emotional health skills in youth, as well as HIV prevention and gender education. As an integral part of the staff at your school, you will work alongside the guidance and counseling teacher to implement the Ministry of Basic Education’s life skills curriculum, build the capacity of teachers to integrate life skills content into their lessons and co-teach life skills lessons. You will also become involved with after-school activities, such as clubs and sports, and may work with out-of-school youth in the broader community, parents and other organizations addressing HIV prevention for youth.
In addition to life skills education and HIV prevention, you may also tutor students and staff on computer literacy and English. Many Life Skills Volunteers develop or strengthen the school’s library and use it as a base for youth development in English and life skills education. As a Life Skills Volunteer, you may also get involved with youth camps during school vacations.
Please note there are multiple health projects in Botswana from which to choose, and you can only have one active Peace Corps application at a time. You are encouraged to closely review each of the Botswana project descriptions and select the one that not only fits your interests, but also best aligns your skill set with the required and desired skills listed in the description. You will have the opportunity in your application materials to tell us if you are open to being considered for other program options within Botswana, outside of the one for which you choose to apply.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience
• Degree in education, social work, youth or health-related field
Required Language Skills
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As a Volunteer in Botswana, you will be assigned to an organization and work a full week based on the hours of the organization. The Government work day is 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. You will be expected to dress professionally and abide by the Government’s dress code if placed in a Government office or school.
During pre-service training, you will live with a local family who will share Botswana culture and traditions, teach you how to manage village life and practice speaking Setswana with you. During your service, you will live in accommodation identified by your organization and approved by Peace Corps. You will have a modest dwelling that may be on a family compound. Volunteers in rural towns may have electricity and running water, while this may not be available in rural villages. You will be matched to your site based on your knowledge, skills and experience. You must be prepared to accept the living conditions at site, as you will be living under the same conditions as the people with and for whom you work. Some sites are isolated with the closest shopping up to 2 hours away.
While Botswana is generally tolerant, values and mores concerning sexual orientation and gender identity are more conservative than in the US. Volunteers will need to be mindful of cultural norms, and use their judgment 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 pre-service training, and identify support mechanisms for incoming trainees. It is not a crime to identify as non-heterosexual in Botswana and the decision to serve openly is left to each individual Volunteer. Many LGBTQ Volunteers have served successfully in Botswana.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Botswana: 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 Botswana
- Botswana may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ophthalmology; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Vyvanse.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
- After arrival in Botswana, 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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