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Support Communication and Leadership Skills Development Club

Activity/project background

Partner: Kremenets Academic Lyceum (Government)

Through a rigorous academic curriculum and a range of extracurricular activities, Kremenets Academic Lyceum in Ukraine strives to cultivate students' leadership qualities, encourage active citizenship, and promote a sense of responsibility for the greater good. Students from the town of Kremenets and neighboring villages are enrolled in the Lyceum. The teachers are committed to preparing students for success in life in addition to instilling in them a lifelong love of learning and a deep commitment to serving others.

The Lyceum is requesting the services of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to collaborate with the English teachers and co-design an extracurricular club that equips students (aged 12-16) with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to become effective leaders and community changemakers for a sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous future for the country after the war. The club will cover a wide range of topics, including leadership styles, effective communication, strategic planning, decision making, conflict resolution, team building, and motivation. Students will learn communication skills and techniques for effective leadership, such as active listening, feedback techniques, and how to overcome communication barriers.

The organization has previously collaborated with the Peace Corps. Prior to the global pandemic they hosted Volunteers, and in the fall of 2023, they engaged with VSPP. 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 current communication and leadership skills to establish priorities for student club members
• Co-design the virtual club curriculum with a focus on communication and leadership skills development
• Co-develop session plans for virtual club meetings on communication and leadership
• Co-facilitate weekly 1-hour virtual club meeting for students
• Attend a weekly meeting with the Ukrainian counterpart for feedback and discussion

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 experience working with youth (aged 12-16) in some capacity, such as a teacher, counselor, mentor, coach, or volunteer

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 with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience working with youth on developing leadership and communication skills
• Experience with curriculum and workshop development

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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