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.
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.
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.
(note:these statistics are out of date)
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
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.
Youth in Development Official US Peace Corps Website