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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-Train Youth Leaders in Peer-to-Peer Conversational English

Activity/project background

Partner: NGO Kebetas’ Association (Government)

NGO Kebetas’ Association, a young youth led NGO, was founded in 2023 by enthusiastic young leaders of Bila Tserkva, Kyiv oblast (province) in Ukraine. The NGO’s mission is to create environments where young individuals can harness opportunities for personal growth while contributing to the overall well-being of Ukrainian society. Driven by its mission, the NGO "KEBETAS' ASSOCIATION" actively engages in various initiatives aimed at facilitating youth development and community participation in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv oblast.

Given Ukraine's aspirations to join the European Union, English has become a necessary language. Moreover, English has officially received the status of one of the languages of international communication in Ukraine, further reinforcing its importance. Young Ukrainians frequently interact with peers from abroad and engage in various projects supported by the international community. Consequently, youth express the need to enhance their conversational English language skills. To address this need, the NGO Kebetas’ Association aims to support youth aged 16-22 in Bila Tserkva through Conversational English language training utilizing non-formal education methodologies.

The NGO Kebetas’ Association seeks support from Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to co-develop a peer-to-peer non-formal education English language practice program. In this program, young people will facilitate non-formal education meetings for their peers and coach them to improve their conversational language skills. The program will equip participants with leadership skills and facilitation techniques necessary to organize and lead non-formal education sessions for their peers. It will also promote teamwork, accountability, and active civic engagement among youth in Bila Tserkva, fostering a culture of community among youth from different educational backgrounds. It will also help youth to view themselves as members of a global community, ready to embrace diverse opportunities and adept at fostering connections across cultures and borders.

The organization has not previously collaborated with Peace Corps. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-assess and establish current skills and priorities of student club members
• Co-develop a curriculum for meetings. The topics will be focused on facilitation of peer-to-peer Conversational English clubs
• Co-design session plans and materials for facilitator training sessions.
• Co-facilitate 1-hour online sessions once for selected facilitators, focusing on informal language instruction and group facilitation techniques.
• Conduct a final evaluation of the virtual service engagement, documenting lessons learned and best practices.

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be around 5 hours per week.

Online collaboration will generally occur between 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Kyiv time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, WhatsApp, Telegram, emails for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

Experience:
• 1 year of TEFL/TESOL teaching experience in the U.S.A. or abroad
• Familiarity with non-formal education methodologies, facilitation, and youth empowerment principles

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in any field

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• 1 year of experience in curriculum development or training program design, preferably in non-formal setting
• 3 years of TEFL/TESOL teaching experience in the U.S.A. or abroad

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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