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Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs, and information technology.
  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers
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Volunteers work with at-risk youth ages 10 to 25, helping communities develop programs to assist young people. Projects include vocational training, work with street kids, programs for mentally or physically challenged individuals, self-esteem and leadership development activities, income generation, health education, HIV/AIDS education and awareness, life skills development, community organizing, organizational development, training of youth development workers, and stay-in-school programs.
serving in Ethiopia and is based on their
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experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own
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list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is
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no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything on the
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list, so consider those items that make the most sense to you
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personally and professionally. You can always have things
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sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind
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that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And
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remember, you can get almost everything you need
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in Ethiopia.
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===General Clothing===
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==Education==
  
Bring clothing that makes you feel good, but still works with
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Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline; or an associate's degree and one year of full-time work experience; or no college degree and five years of full-time work experience.
Ethiopian dress standards. You will find that clothing you
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bring from home will suffer more wear and tear than usual,
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so don’t bring anything you will be sad to see ruined. Most
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Ethiopians wear the same outfit for several days – you will
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probably adopt the same practice. Also, Ethiopians are pretty
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thin people so finding clothes in-country can be difficult.
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Height is different too.
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Some suggestions:
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==Experience==
  
* Several pairs of lightwweight trousers (khaki, linen, etc.)
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Applicants must have at least six months of full-time work experience with at-risk youth in areas such as designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs; coordinating volunteers; writing grants; teaching; and counseling. Previous work experience in an urban environment is not required, but is highly desirable.
* Long and short-sleeved shirts
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* Sweat shirt/fleece/light jacket
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* Jeans
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* One or two dressy outfits (do not bother bringing a suit)
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* Long skirts or conservative dresses (below the knee)
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* Spandex bike shorts (for wearing under skirts in hot weather)
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* Rain coat
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* Swimsuits/exercise/sports clothing
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* Socks and undergarments (bring extra bras – they are hard to find)
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===Shoes===
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Alternatively, applicants may have experience in physical education coupled with three months of experience working with at-risk youth.
  
Durable shoes are essential. Shoes will wear out more quickly
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Other relevant experience includes a sincere desire to work with youth; conflict resolution or mediation skills; HIV/AIDS counseling or awareness training; and experience in fundraising, coaching, working with physically or mentally disabled youth, in arts and music, and with AmeriCorps or the YMCA.  
in Ethiopia because of all the walking you will do. Sizes run
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small so most American sizes are not available.
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* Walking/hiking shoes or boots (Chacos, keens, etc.)
 
* Sneakers or running shoes
 
* Comfortable dress shoes for work
 
* Comfortable sandals, preferably waterproof (Tevas, Chaco flips)
 
* Rain boots – for the rainy season
 
  
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
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==Statistics==
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''(note:these statistics are out of date)''
  
Most basic hygiene items are available, but selection is limited.
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<b>[[Youth Outreach]] and [[Community Development]]</b> currently represents <b>17%</b> of the volunteer jobs, with a breakdown by subsector being:<br>
Peace Corps provides a medical kit with first aid supplies,
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[[Youth Development]]: 5%<br>
insect repellent, sun screen and over-the-counter medications.
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[[Community Development]]: 12%<br>
Also consider:
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* Deodorant (stick is not available in Ethiopia)
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* Contact lenses and solution (not recommended or paid for by Peace Corps)
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By location:<br>
* Three months supply of any prescription drugs, including birth control pills
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[[Youth Outreach | Youth]] and [[Community Development | Community Development Volunteers]]<br>
* Tampons (bring a lot) or Diva cup
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<b>38%</b> are in [[Africa]]<br>
* Aloe or after-sun lotion
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<b>24%</b> are in [[Latin America]]<br>
* Toothbrush/toothpaste
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<b>17%</b> are in [[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]<br>
* Lip balm (with SPF)
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<b>11%</b> are in [[The Caribbean]]<br>
* Face wash or scrub/acne medicine (expensive in-country)
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<b>5%</b> are in [[Asia]]<br>
* Q-tips/cotton balls
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<b>3%</b> are in [[North Africa and the Middle East]]<br>
* Nail clippers/tweezers
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<b>1%</b> are in the [[Pacific Islands]]<br>
* Wet wipes (useful during traveling or water shortages)
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* Shampoo and conditioner (not the best quality in country)
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* Pumice stone/loofah (your skin will get dirtier in Ethiopia)
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===Recreation/Entertainment===
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==Youth Fund==
  
You will find yourself with an unprecedented amount of free
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In communities that face very basic struggles, the specific needs of children and young adults often go unaddressed. Peace Corps Volunteers work with local youths to improve their education opportunities, make them aware of health and cultural issues they will face, and engage them in activities that will help them grow. [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=SPF-YTH Contributions to this fund] will help Volunteer and community projects such as camps, recreation centers, and after school clubs and sports.
time once you are at site, particularly at night. Bring your
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favorite hobbies or materials to learn new ones, such as:
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* Camera and accessories (film and digital printing/ burning is available locally)
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==External Links==
* Music - iPod, MP3 player, Discman, charger
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/whatvol/youth/ Youth in Development] Official US Peace Corps Website
* DVDs (even if you don’t bring a laptop or DVD player, DVD players are available in most towns)
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* Shortwave radio (three- to seven-band is recommended)
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* Portable musical instruments
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* Sports equipment (e.g., Frisbee, football or soccer, jump rope, etc.)
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* Art supplies
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* Knitting/crochet/sewing supplies
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* Games and puzzle books (e.g., playing cards, Scrabble, chess, etc.)
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* Books (the Peace Corps office in Addis Ababa maintains a Volunteer library, but bring others)
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* Camping or hiking gear (including a tent, which is useful for backpacking)
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* Sleeping bag/thermarest (if you do not camp)
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* Seeds (if you intend to garden)
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* External hard drive with movies and TV shows
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* Laptop
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===Kitchen/Household Items===
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Most kitchenware/household items can be found in the capital
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or big cities. However, the first couple of months are not spent
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in these cities. Some useful items include:
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* Sharp paring knife (chopping vegetables will become a pastime)
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* Vegetable peeler and can opener
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* Packaged seasonings (herbs, parmesan, pesto, etc.)
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* Powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, Crystal Light, etc.)
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* Sturdy water bottle (Nalgene)
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* Measuring cups/spoons
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* Scissors
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* 10 weeks worth of junk food or favorite snacks
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===Miscellaneous===
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* Pens and pencils, stationary, and journals
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* Alarm clock
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* Rechargeable batteries with two round pin adapters (continental Europe transformer)
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* Head lamp and/or flashlight (a small keychain with one is very useful)
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* Earplugs
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* Sewing kit and scissors
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* Sun glasses and bandanas/hat
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* Tools such as Leatherman/Swiss Army knife and duct tape
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* Solar shower
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* Cash
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* Pictures from home
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* Checks from a U.S. bank account (handy for ordering things from home)
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* Umbrella
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* Good pillow
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Just as added help and to reiterate: Here is a list of things NOT to bring:
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* Males: Suits (not necessary – nice shirts, ties and dress pants is enough)
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* Solar charger – most Volunteers discovered they were not that useful
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Note: Again, bring things you cannot live without. Items that
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make you feel good, should be packed.
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[[Category:Ethiopia]]
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Revision as of 14:27, 8 December 2015

Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs, and information technology.

Volunteers work with at-risk youth ages 10 to 25, helping communities develop programs to assist young people. Projects include vocational training, work with street kids, programs for mentally or physically challenged individuals, self-esteem and leadership development activities, income generation, health education, HIV/AIDS education and awareness, life skills development, community organizing, organizational development, training of youth development workers, and stay-in-school programs.

Education

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline; or an associate's degree and one year of full-time work experience; or no college degree and five years of full-time work experience.

Experience

Applicants must have at least six months of full-time work experience with at-risk youth in areas such as designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs; coordinating volunteers; writing grants; teaching; and counseling. Previous work experience in an urban environment is not required, but is highly desirable.

Alternatively, applicants may have experience in physical education coupled with three months of experience working with at-risk youth.

Other relevant experience includes a sincere desire to work with youth; conflict resolution or mediation skills; HIV/AIDS counseling or awareness training; and experience in fundraising, coaching, working with physically or mentally disabled youth, in arts and music, and with AmeriCorps or the YMCA.


Statistics

(note:these statistics are out of date)

Youth Outreach and Community Development currently represents 17% of the volunteer jobs, with a breakdown by subsector being:
Youth Development: 5%
Community Development: 12%


By location:
Youth and Community Development Volunteers
38% are in Africa
24% are in Latin America
17% are in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
11% are in The Caribbean
5% are in Asia
3% are in North Africa and the Middle East
1% are in the Pacific Islands

Youth Fund

In communities that face very basic struggles, the specific needs of children and young adults often go unaddressed. Peace Corps Volunteers work with local youths to improve their education opportunities, make them aware of health and cultural issues they will face, and engage them in activities that will help them grow. Contributions to this fund will help Volunteer and community projects such as camps, recreation centers, and after school clubs and sports.

External Links

Youth in Development Official US Peace Corps Website