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Virtual Service Pilot

Facilitate Educational Sessions on Leadership for College Students

Activity/project background

Partner: Business Space Studio, Sambir Economics and IT College (Local NGO)

Business Space Studio in Ukraine is a local organization that was created by college professors to provide additional learning opportunities for their students to gain entrepreneurship skills through the implementation of students’ business project models, as well as assist them with their preparations for future careers. The NGO is located at Sambir Economics and Informational Technologies College in the town of Sambir, Lviv Region.

Since 2020, Business Space Studio has implemented the following projects: 1) RESTART: Professional Orientation Practicum, a manual jointly written by college students and Rotary International, 2) Youth Leaders Project, a series of presentation jointly with Ukrainian Leadership Academy, 3) Recycling Awareness Project, supported by UNICEF via their UPSHIFT program, 4) Technology Academy: Concept, Creation, Product, implemented jointly with the Polish Center for Continues Professional Learning, and 5) History matters project, funded by Lviv Regional Council.

Business Space Studio is seeking a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to facilitate a series of online sessions on leadership for college students. The goal is two-fold: 1) motivate students to strive to become leaders in order to lead social initiatives focused on community resilience, development, and reconstruction in the post-war Ukraine; 2) improve students’ conversational English in order to help them build partnerships to support Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction.

The anticipated collaboration with a VSPP presents an opportunity to enhance Business Space Studio’s international collaboration initiatives, exchange experience, learn about new ways to engage youth, and solidify partner support during the wartime.

The organization has previously hosted Peace Corps Volunteers. 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:

• Assess college students’ needs and interests related to leadership skills and future goals
• Co-design a series of session plans on topics of leadership, such as motivation, teambuilding, communication, and resiliency for up to 30 college students
• Facilitate a series of online sessions on leadership for college students

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 5-8 hours per week including preparation.

Online collaboration will generally occur once a week on Thursdays, preferably between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ukraine time. Specific times and number of participants will be determined during orientation. The Host Country Partner will provide interpretation for students.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to email, Zoom, and WhatsApp 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

Language: Basic Ukrainian

• 1 year of experience in various leadership roles
• Experience conducting virtual trainings

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: Bachelor’s degree in business, nonprofit management, or related field

Language: Intermediate Ukrainian

• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• 3 years of experience in various leadership roles

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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