Due to a lack of resources and education, many of the world's developing countries have been unable to take advantage of the advances in technology. Today, however, Peace Corps Volunteers are working to help people in these communities take part in the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution.
ICT Volunteers help communities and organizations capitalize on available and appropriate information technologies, helping to bridge the divide between those who can afford access to technology and those who cannot. They identify innovative approaches that enable resource-poor communities to use information and communications technology for their own development purposes.
ICT Volunteers typically have backgrounds and degrees in computer science, information systems, mass communications, graphics design and knowledge of or experience in basic computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases and/or other multimedia platforms (e.g., audio/radio, video/television); and strong leadership and organizational skills.
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Information Technology Work Area
Volunteers provide technical training and support to school systems, health ministries, municipal government offices, businesses, and non-governmental organizations.
The Peace Corps will be using the Peacewiki to better organize its IT framework worldwide.
For information on the country IT resources look up the article "List of resources for (your country)"
Business and Information technology currently represents 19% of the volunteer jobs, with a breakdown by subsector being:
Business Advising: 8%
Business Development Volunteers: 3%
Nongovernmental Organization Development: 4%
Urban and Regional Planning: 1%
Information technology: 3%
Business and Information & Communication Technology Volunteers
34% are in Africa
29% are in Latin America
22% are in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
4% are in North Africa and the Middle East
4% are in Pacific Islands
4% are in The Caribbean
3% are in Asia
Information & Communication Technology Fund
Peace Corps Volunteers are working with men and women in communities throughout the developing world to help them gain access to information technology skills and resources. Consistent with all Peace Corps volunteer work, their efforts are aimed at the promotion of social and economic development and the reduction of poverty. To this aim, volunteers are using IT to enhance existing small, local entrepreneurial efforts, in order to allow once isolated communities to link to the world and find and capitalize on opportunities once completely out of their reach. Contributions to this fund will support Community and Volunteer projects such as creating school and public computer labs and teaching computer skills.
Information Technology Official US Peace Corps Website