Youth in Development Facilitator
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All projects work closely with youth and emphasize prevention activities at a community level. Volunteers work with middle schools and coordinate with municipal offices, health centers, parent-teacher organizations, church groups, and non-governmental organizations to complete project-related tasks. Volunteers will go into middle school classrooms and work directly with students to promote after school activities such as camps and clubs. These after school activities keep youth active and engaged through involvement in sports, theater, environmental clubs, fine arts, or civic engagement. In addition, Volunteers will coordinate with adults in the community who are working to implement youth development projects in the area. Volunteers are expected to play a facilitator role to minimize community dependency on their skills and to improve the sustainability of the project in the schools and community. A large part of the role is working directly with youth and adults in and out of school settings.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years’ professional work experience
• Developing, designing and/or delivering life skills workshops in the areas of health education, teaching, guidance counseling, mentoring, recreation and sports management, fine arts, or community organizing.
• Transferring knowledge and skills to youth in multiple settings such as schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on promoting a local network that supports youth.
• Coordinating and facilitating individual and group activities and/or training sessions to youth and adults in the community on various topics.
• Emotional maturity and professionalism necessary to serve as a positive role model for youth.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to establish solid working relationships with important local stakeholders in an intercultural environment.
• Demonstrated professionalism both independently and as a team member.
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).
Volunteers are required to live with a host family during the 10-week Pre-Service Training (PST) and during the 2 years of service to increase integration and for continuous orientation to the local safety and security concerns. It is important that applicants be not only willing but eager to interact and live with a Guatemalan host family. Most Volunteers cook for themselves during service, but some may opt to eat with their host family or in small restaurants.
Guatemala is a very traditional and religious society. People’s roles in regards to gender, work, and society are much more clearly defined than in the U.S. Volunteers must be aware, tolerant, and respectful of their practices, customs, and way of life.
The security environment in Guatemala requires Volunteers to follow policies in order to mitigate potential safety and security risks, such as those related to transportation and travel. As a result, Peace Corps Guatemala has implemented a comprehensive and strict transportation and travel policy for Trainees and Volunteers. We are looking for mature applicants that are willing to comply with this policy, which includes utilizing identified transportation methods, restricted travel zones, day-light travel only, and using appropriate overnight accommodation. All communities are accessible by public transportation and/or use of the Peace Corps Guatemala shuttle system. Volunteers on official travel or personal leave MUST adhere to these transportation and travel policies.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Guatemala: 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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Youth in Development Facilitator
During Pre-Service Training (PST), couples will be placed in separate communities and can visit one another on weekends. Each partner will live with a host family. Once in their permanent community, couples will live together with a host family for the duration of service. This could be a private room in a family home or a separate unit within a family residential compound. 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 Guatemala
- Guatemala may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; insulin-dependent diabetes; 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 Guatemala, 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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