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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.
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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.
  
After the 1989 revolution in Romania (cynically referred to as "the events of December 1989" by some Romanians), U.S. economic assistance to the country focused on aiding Romanian street children and children who had been institutionalized during the Nicolae Ceausescu regime. Peace Corps programming began in 1991, when 18 trainees arrived to initiate an orphanage project. Peace Corps/Romania now has four program sectors: community economic development; environmental management and education; institutional development; and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).  
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''If you can offer a more detailed description than this standard description the Peace Corps offers, please feel free to include that so others can get a better idea of what certain work areas consist of.''
  
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==Education==
  
===History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Romania===
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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.
  
In the community economic development sector, Volunteers work with their Romanian partners to help communities participate successfully in the global economy and upgrade their standard of living. Romania’s accession into the European Union in January 2007 requires attention to improving infrastructure and raising the standard of living in industrial towns and rural villages. Projects work with city halls, municipal and county councils, local development agencies, business support organizations, high schools, and universities. This sector includes farm management and agribusiness, and urban (town) planning, as well as small and medium enterprise development. In the environmental management and education sector, Volunteers work with community and regional environmental organizations, schools, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in a long-term effort to introduce new or expand current environmental education programs for students and adults. They also assist in increasing the public’s awareness of and involvement in addressing local environmental problems and in facilitating cooperation among local and national NGOs, local government officials, and communities.
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==Experience==
  
In the institutional development sector, Volunteers work to improve the quality and impact of services for at-risk youth and other marginalized populations by strengthening local government agencies and NGOs that provide social services.  Volunteers work in the areas of ethnic integration and youth development, and with a variety of organizations focused on HIV-positive children, the mentally ill, people with physical disabilities, orphaned or abandoned children, and the elderly. Some Volunteers, who are certified special education providers, work directly with the beneficiaries of these organizations. Because of the increasing demand for qualified English teachers, the Peace Corps, along with Romania’s Ministry of Education and Research, developed an English program for secondary schools. In the TEFL sector, Volunteers focus on improving students’ communication skills and on developing better English language teaching materials.  Some TEFL Volunteers also teach advanced subjects, such as critical thinking skills. Many Volunteers are also active in a variety of secondary projects that they initiate in their communities.
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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.
  
===Assignment History===
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Alternatively, applicants may have experience in physical education coupled with three months of experience working with at-risk youth.
  
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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.  
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Agriculture]]'''
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| [[Ag Economics]]
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| rowspan="5" align="center"| '''[[Business]]'''
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| [[Business Advising]]
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| [[1993]]
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| [[2008]]
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| [[Business Development]]
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| [[1994]]
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| [[2008]]
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| [[Computer Science]]
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| [[2003]]
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| [[2004]]
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| [[NGO Advising]]
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| [[1996]]
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| [[2008]]
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| [[Urban and Regional Planning]]
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| [[2003]]
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| [[2008]]
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| rowspan="5" align="center"| '''[[Education]]'''
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| [[English Teacher]]
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| [[1992]]
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| [[2007]]
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| [[English Teacher Trainer]]
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| [[2003]]
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| [[2003]]
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| [[Prim-Ed/Teach Trn]]
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| [[1990]]
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| [[2001]]
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| [[Special Ed/Gen.]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[2008]]
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| [[Voc. Trainer]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[1991]]
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| rowspan="2" align="center"| '''[[Environment]]'''
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| [[Comm Forestry Ext]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[Environmental Ed.]]
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| [[1999]]
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| [[2008]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Health]]'''
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| [[Health Degreed]]
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| [[2003]]
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| [[2004]]
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| rowspan="2" align="center"| '''[[Youth and Community Development]]'''
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| [[Commun. Serv/Deg.]]
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| [[1991]]
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| [[2008]]
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| [[Youth Development]]
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| [[2000]]
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[[Category:Romania]]
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==Statistics==
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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>
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[[Youth Development]]: 5%<br>
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[[Community Development]]: 12%<br>
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[[Construction and Skilled Trades]]: 0.5%<br>
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By location:<br>
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[[Youth Outreach | Youth]] and [[Community Development | Community Development Volunteers]]<br>
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<b>38%</b> are in [[Africa]]<br>
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<b>24%</b> are in [[Latin America]]<br>
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<b>17%</b> are in [[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]<br>
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<b>11%</b> are in [[The Caribbean]]<br>
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<b>5%</b> are in [[Asia]]<br>
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<b>3%</b> are in [[North Africa and the Middle East]]<br>
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<b>1%</b> are in the [[Pacific Islands]]<br>
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==Youth Fund==
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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.
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==External Links==
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatvol.edu_youth.youth Youth Outreach] Official US Peace Corps Website

Revision as of 14:25, 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.

If you can offer a more detailed description than this standard description the Peace Corps offers, please feel free to include that so others can get a better idea of what certain work areas consist of.

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

Youth Outreach and Community Development currently represents 17% of the volunteer jobs, with a breakdown by subsector being:
Youth Development: 5%
Community Development: 12%
Construction and Skilled Trades: 0.5%

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 Outreach Official US Peace Corps Website