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The type of work a Volunteer does is ultimately determined by the needs of a host country and the potential of a Volunteer to contribute to those needs and to the Peace Corps' mission. There are a wide variety of Volunteer positions to fill throughout the world; however, nearly all Volunteers fall under one of the following general categories.

Education[edit]

This is the largest area of need as identified by the countries asking for Peace Corps assistance. A benefit of Volunteering as a teacher is that some states waive student teaching requirements or provide preliminary teaching credentials for returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Volunteers introduce innovative teaching methodologies, encourage critical thinking in the classroom, and integrate content such as health education and environmental awareness into English, math, science, and other subjects. Many also work in curriculum or materials development and train teachers informally or formally in conversational English, academic subjects, or methodology, thus achieving a truly sustainable impact.

Most education positions begin in May/June. All education positions require at least a bachelor’s degree and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Click on the links below to learn more about the specific opportunities and requirements for Volunteers in education.

Primary Teacher Training[edit]

Overview
Volunteers provide formal and informal training and support to elementary school teachers and occasionally provide classroom instruction. They work with one or several schools, or teachers’ colleges, modeling participatory methodologies, conducting workshops, and providing ongoing support to local teachers. Some primary education projects focus specifically on health, HIV/AIDS, the environment, childhood development, English as a second language (ESL), remedial education, science, language arts, or a foreign language.

Education
Applicants must have a strong background in elementary education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary or early childhood education; OR a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and certification in elementary education; OR a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with one or more school year full-time classroom teaching experience at the preschool or elementary level. Many applicants have state teaching certification.

Experience
Virtually all applicants have some teaching experience, ranging from one semester of student teaching to many years of full-time teaching. Other relevant experience includes knowledge of teaching methodologies at the K–6 level, experience in development of educational materials, and demonstrated skills in classroom management.

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Secondary Teacher Training[edit]

Overview
Volunteers teach conversational English, English as a foreign language, or content-based English in middle and high schools. In addition to classroom teaching, Volunteers share resources, develop teaching materials with local teachers, and become involved in community- and school-based projects.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and experience described in the next column. Competitive applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in English, TEFL, or linguistics.
Experience
Applicants must have at least three months or 30 hours of English, ESL, TEFL, foreign language, or literacy tutoring experience in classrooms or one-on-one. Applicants can be recent college graduates or those with years of classroom experience. Other relevant experience includes community organizing and work with community groups; drama activities; health or HIV/AIDS education; civics education; youth development work, such as day care or camp counseling; and computer literacy and programming.
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Math/Science Teacher Training[edit]

Overview
Volunteers in math teach basic concepts, including remedial math, geometry, algebra, statistics, probability, and calculus. They also work in after-school programs, youth clubs, and library development. Volunteers in science teach general science, biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition to classroom teaching, Volunteers collaborate with local teachers to develop teaching materials and improve teaching techniques. They also integrate health and environmental education into the curriculum and support other school and community activities, such as HIV/AIDS prevention.
Education
Math: Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s degree in math, computer science, or engineering; OR a degree in any discipline with a minor in math (15 semester or 22 quarter hours) that includes two calculus courses; OR a degree in secondary education with a concentration in math or a degree in any discipline with certification in secondary math.

Science: Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s degree in general science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, or any physical or biological science; OR a degree in secondary education with a concentration in any science; OR a degree in any discipline with certification in secondary science.
Experience
Applicants typically have at least three months of experience in tutoring or informal teaching with small groups. This experience can be in classrooms or one-on-one. Other relevant experience includes community service, especially with youth; youth development work, such as day care or camp counseling; health and HIV/AIDS and environmental education; and computer literacy and programming.
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English Teacher Training[edit]

Overview
Teacher trainers work with new and experienced English teachers, training student teachers at teachers’ colleges or providing in-service training to experienced teachers in current methodologies, subject content, and resource development, thus creating sustainable improvements in teaching that will affect generations of future students. Projects include increasing local teachers’ English language competency and conversational skills and organizing teacher associations or training seminars.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in English, TEFL, or foreign language; OR a bachelor’s in these subjects and six months full-time, classroom teaching the same at the secondary level; OR a bachelor’s in any discipline with one year full-time, classroom teaching the same at the secondary level; OR a bachelor’s in any discipline with secondary education state certification in English, TEFL, or foreign language; OR a master’s in education concentration in English, TEFL, or foreign language; OR a master’s degree in teaching English, TEFL, foreign language, or applied linguistics.
Experience
All applicants are university graduates with experience as student teachers, graduate teaching assistants, or substitute teachers; or they have at least six months of teaching experience. Some applicants are mid-career or retired teachers or mid-career professionals pursuing a career change to teaching.
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Special Education Training[edit]

Overview
Volunteers work with education offices, schools, and local teachers, focusing on methodology, individualized instruction, classroom management, and resource development for teachers of students with special needs. Volunteers also work with parents and communities to develop projects to raise public awareness and understanding of people with disabilities.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with certification in special education; OR a degree in any discipline with one year of experience described in the next column.
Experience
Applicants must have experience working with people who are learning or developmentally disabled; emotionally, physically, or multiple handicapped; or hearing or visually impaired. This experience can range from student teaching to many years of teaching in a school system or working in an institution. Many applicants have experience working with disabled individuals in group homes or other organizations.
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Vocational Education Teachers[edit]

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Volunteers teach vocational education in schools, technical institutes, and training centers. They help train local teachers, build relevant curriculum, initiate community construction projects related to curriculum, teach entrepreneurship, etc in skilled trades offered by the institutions. Education
Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's of Science Degree in any trade related field: project management, engineering, architecture, etc OR a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Education with field experience. Experience
Most applicants have full-or part-time experience in construction, engineering, architecture, manual labor. OR experience working with community-sized projects.
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University English[edit]

Overview
Volunteers work with university-level students who need enhanced English language skills to make use of academic and technical resources published in English in their study of languages, literature, business, medicine, engineering, or other fields. Volunteers teach English grammar, conversation, phonetics, American literature and culture, creative writing, and linguistics; establish English language clubs and resource centers; share ideas and develop materials with fellow teachers; and integrate communicative teaching techniques into the classroom.
Education
Applicants must have a master’s degree in English with a concentration in composition, creative writing, American or comparative literature, rhetorical studies, or technical writing; OR a master’s degree in French or another foreign language, TEFL, or linguistics. Some applicants may qualify with a Master’s degree in history, language arts, humanities, or the social sciences.
Experience
Most applicants have full-or part-time experience as graduate teaching assistants, substitute teachers, tutors, or student teachers. Other relevant experience includes working with community organizations or projects, working with adult literacy programs or environmental or health education, drama activities, and editing or writing for college literary magazines or newspapers.
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Youth Development[edit]

Overview
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, 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 an associate degree and one year of full-time counseling experience with at-risk youths; OR no college degree and five years of relevant full-time work experience; OR a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with six months full-time experience. All experience must be relevant as described in the next column.
Experience
Applicants must have at least six months of full-time work experience with at-risk youth programs, teaching, or counseling. Other qualifying experience includes full-time work in one or more of the following categories: youth; conflict resolution or mediation skills; HIV/AIDS counseling or awareness training; coaching or working with physically or mentally disabled youth; or with national and community service programs.

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Health[edit]

Health Volunteers work with local governments, clinics, nongovernmental organizations, and communities at the grassroots level, where the need is most urgent and the impact can be the greatest. They focus on outreach, awareness, and prevention programs in public health, hygiene, and sanitation.

Visit on the links below to learn more about the specific opportunities and requirements for health Volunteers in the Peace Corps.

Health Extension[edit]

Overview
Volunteers raise awareness in communities about the need for health education. They play the role of catalyst on a wide range of activities, limited only by the creativity of the community and the Volunteer. Activities include identifying local leaders to teach families about maternal and child health, basic nutrition, or sanitation; setting up training on nutrition, sanitation, or oral rehydration therapy; organizing groups to raise money for needed health care materials; and training of trainers for peer education about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and a demonstrated interest in community health; OR be a registered nurse with a demonstrated interest in community health.
Experience
Interest in health is demonstrated through volunteer or work experience in areas such as AIDS outreach, hospice, family planning counseling, emergency medical technician (EMT) or CPR certification, and hands-on care giving in a hospital, clinic, or lab technician setting. Counseling or teaching can also qualify as experience for this program.
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Public Health Education[edit]

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Volunteers teach public health in classrooms and model methodologies and subjects for primary and secondary school teachers. Projects include undertaking “knowledge, attitude, and practice” surveys in communities; assisting clinics or government planning offices in identifying health education needs; devising educational programs to address local health conditions; assisting in marketing of messages aimed at improving local health practices; carrying out epidemiological studies; and acting as backup professionals for other health Volunteers. Volunteers also work in local health clinics to develop health education and outreach programs.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in health education, nutrition, dietetics, or another health-related discipline; OR a master’s degree in public health; OR be a registered nurse certified in public health or midwifery or a certified physician’s assistant.
Experience
Competitive applicants have been active in health-related activities on a volunteer basis in college or their community, working, for example, as peer nutritionists, AIDS or sexually transmitted disease counselors, or resident advisors in dormitories. Many are pre-med students who have shadowed doctors in hospitals. Other relevant skills include expertise in disease surveillance, creative training and adult education techniques, and community entry and survey methods.
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Skilled Trades[edit]

Volunteers work with communities to design and build local infrastructure projects. Projects could include tapping springs, constructing wells, and building latrines. Or helping build schools, health centers, houses, markets, etc. Volunteers might also teach vocational education in schools, technical institutions, and training centers.

Water and Sanitation Extension[edit]

Overview
Volunteers serve in a broad range of projects, including organizing and mobilizing communities to provide health and hygiene education; tapping springs, constructing wells, and building latrines; improving potable water storage facilities; and doing community outreach to heighten awareness of water and sanitation issues, health issues, and environmental issues.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline; OR no college degree and one year of full-time construction experience.
Experience
Applicants with a degree usually have at least three months of experience in a relevant area or hands-on experience in mechanical repairs, construction, carpentry, or set design.
Applicants without a degree should have at least one year of work experience in construction, masonry, carpentry, or plumbing. Competitive applicants will have 3–5 years experience as mentioned above.
All applicants should have excellent physical stamina and be interested in hands-on work.
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Construction[edit]

Overview
Volunteers work with communities and local governments to facilitate the construction of schools, health centers, markets, and other projects while transferring their skills to trades-people and students in their communities. Their activities include estimating costs and quantities of materials, determining types of tools required, inventory control, working with industrial equipment, and teaching building techniques. Volunteers also work with women in activities such as sewing, quilting, weaving, and pottery.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts, technical education, or any other discipline and at least six months of work experience; OR no college degree and two or more years of full-time work experience as described in the next column.
Experience
Relevant experience includes work in general construction, masonry, carpentry, or plumbing. Other relevant skills include proven leadership experience in youth or adult service organizations, demonstrated interest in teaching or tutoring, and community organizing or outreach. All applicants should be eager to work with their hands and transfer their skills to others. Note: Approximately half of these positions require Spanish language.
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Business[edit]

Business Volunteers work to strengthen infrastructure and encourage economic opportunities in communities. They participate at many levels, whether helping artisan cooperatives in rural Africa market their handmade goods or training people in Eastern Europe to take advantage of new free-market opportunities.

Volunteers may teach in a classroom setting, affording them a respected position in the community and paving the way to community-based business development projects. These projects include training entrepreneurs in the basic skills of small business development or working with women to help them expand their access to credit and find new markets for their products.

Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to support local community development projects.

Click on the links below to learn more about the specific opportunities and requirements for business and information & communication technology Volunteers in the Peace Corps.

Business Advising[edit]

Overview
Volunteers work in a variety of settings, assisting both private and public businesses, local and regional governments, nonprofit organizations, women’s and youth groups, and educational institutions. They train and advise entrepreneurs and managers in business planning, marketing, financial management, and product design; advise agricultural cooperatives, agribusinesses, and farmers; develop and write project funding proposals; and work with community and business support groups. Other projects include assisting with credit programs; facilitating business training workshops; teaching business courses, English, and Junior Achievement programs; working with artisans to improve business practices and marketing techniques; and developing the local tourism industry.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, management, finance, marketing, accounting, computer systems, or international business; OR a degree in any discipline with one year full-time experience in cooperatives, bookkeeping, small business, or credit unions; OR no college degree and four or more years of business management experience; OR an associate degree in any business discipline with two years of experience as a business manager.
Experience
Most applicants have worked for at least one year in small business, management, accounting, or cooperatives. Other relevant experience includes management in a multiple-task environment, owning or operating a small business, and volunteer work with community- or school-based organizations or clubs. Some applicants also have experience in human resource development or training, market research and financial advising, research for project development activities, and fundraising. Project management experience, information technology skills, and agriculture experience are also useful.
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Business Development[edit]

Overview
Volunteers work in a wide variety of projects in secondary schools, technical institutes, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and business centers. They consult with businesses and conduct seminars on starting a business, strategic planning, marketing, merchandising, organizational development, and tourism development. They also advise Junior Achievement organizations; teach basic business subjects and English; develop business education curricula; design training materials; work with women and minority groups to strengthen their participation in the economic system; and assist local and regional governments in planning and implementing economic development strategies.
Education
Applicants must have a master’s degree in business administration, public administration, management, accounting, banking, or finance; OR a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, accounting, banking, or finance and two years of full-time business work experience; OR a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and five years of full-time business work experience.
Experience
Most applicants have at least two years of business experience in accounting, finance, management, or marketing. Many have experience starting and running their own businesses. Other relevant experience includes knowledge of various management theories and practices, computer skills, financial or budget experience, and significant hands-on entrepreneurial or business experience.
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NGO Development[edit]

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Volunteers work with local, national, or international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that deal with youth, social services, health services, HIV/AIDS prevention, small business development, or the environment. Typical activities include increasing an NGO’s organizational capacity and sustainability; creating strategic and funding plans; raising public awareness of an NGO’s mission; conducting community outreach; recruiting, training, and motivating NGO volunteers; developing mission statements, bylaws, and other documentation; developing fundraising projects; working with boards of directors; providing assistance with grant writing and accountability; mentoring and skill building of staff; and increasing the quality and effectiveness of an NGO’s services.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and two years of full-time experience in management of a nonprofit; OR a master’s degree with a concentration in nonprofit management, public administration, or organizational development; OR no college degree and at least five years of management experience in a nonprofit organization.
Experience
Most applicants have at least two years of management or organizational development experience with nonprofit organizations as staff members or volunteers. Recent college graduates may have experience as founders or leaders of a community- or school-based organization. Other relevant experience includes a demonstrated commitment to a project’s issues, working with a community service organization, and supervision of community or student volunteers. Networking skills, a law degree, information technology experience, and strategic planning abilities are also useful.
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Urban and Regional Planning[edit]

Overview
Volunteers work with municipalities and communities, as well as with regional or national governments. Projects include assessing the impact of planned activities or economic and environmental development on communities, planning infrastructure for primary and secondary cities, planning and controlling budgets, and coordinating activities between governmental organizations and communities.
Education
Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in urban or regional planning or a master’s degree in public administration or public policy with a concentration in urban planning; OR a bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban studies, or geography and one year of experience in urban planning; OR a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least five years of professional experience, three of them directly related to urban planning.
Experience
Most applicants have at least one year of urban planning experience, not necessarily professional experience but typically involving an internship while in school. Other relevant experience includes work with community service organizations or local or state planning departments; business experience related to sales, budget development, and computers; research for project development; strategic planning; and volunteer work with community- or school-based organizations. Note: Most of these positions require Spanish language.
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Information Technology[edit]

Information and Communication Technology[edit]

Overview
Volunteers provide technical training and support to school systems, health ministries, municipal government offices, and nongovernmental organizations. They facilitate the creation, storage, management, and dissemination of information by electronic means, including radio, video, telephony, fax, computer and the Internet. By teaching computer skills and data processing, helping to develop regional databases, and implementing networks for businesses and government offices, they link entrepreneurs to new business opportunities (including e-commerce), expand farmers’ access to information on market prices, bring the Internet into classrooms, and provide forums for communities to share ideas about development activities.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information systems; OR a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 15 semester or 22 quarter hours in computer science and two years of related experience; OR a bachelor’s degree with a focus on communication technologies, including mass communications, graphic design, journalism, informatics and telecommunications; OR five or more years of experience in programming, systems analysis, systems design, or computer consulting; OR an associate degree in a computer-related field and two years of computer experience.
Experience
Applicants must have knowledge of, or experience in, basic computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; and strong leadership and organizational skills. Other relevant experience includes an ability to train others in media literacy, computer maintenance and repair skills, development of training materials, and experience in Web-based technology such as HTML, website design, or online marketing.
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Agriculture[edit]

Agriculture Volunteers help farmers increase their income through farming that is supportive of environmental conservation. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry, and freshwater fisheries.
Volunteers promote fruit and vegetable crops that provide valuable micronutrients, alleviating iron, iodine, and vitamin A deficiencies among children. They also help implement agribusiness programs to market and sell surplus food more effectively.
Click on the links below to learn more about the specific opportunities and requirements for agriculture Volunteers in the Peace Corps.

Agriculture and Forestry Extension[edit]

Overview
Volunteers’ projects include establishing and maintaining soil and water-conservation structures and practices; fruit tree production, live fences, and other agriculture related forestry practices; fish cultivation; raising trees in small nurseries; apiculture and honey production; livestock health; meat and wool production; range management; and vegetable gardening and nutritional education. Volunteers collaborate with women’s and farmers’ associations to improve agriculture and agribusiness practices.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline; OR no college degree and one year of experience described in the next column.
Experience
Applicants with a degree must have three months of experience in vegetable gardening, landscaping, tree planting or care, urban forestry, livestock care or management, or fish (freshwater or marine) cultivation or production. Other relevant experience includes an interest and background in environmental issues and formal or informal teaching or tutoring of adults and/or youth.
Applicants without a degree must have one year full-time experience in vegetable gardening, nursery work, tree planting, or urban forestry. Competitive applicants will have 3–5 years of such experience.
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Applied Agricultural Science[edit]

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Volunteers encourage sustainable crop production through promotion of organic farming techniques and better farm management. Among their activities are conducting workshops on integrated pest management; introducing composting, green manures, and other soil-improvement techniques; testing new varieties of seeds and demonstrating post-harvest management methods; teaching agriculture and extension methodologies in formal training institutions; and developing marketing strategies.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s or associate degree in agricultural sciences such as agronomy, plant science, horticulture, soil science, entomology, botany, or plant pathology; OR no college degree and three years of full-time farm experience.
Experience
Most applicants have a solid background in agricultural production on family or commercial farms. They have grown fruits and vegetables and understand concepts such as soil fertility and integrated pest management. Other relevant experience includes interest in and knowledge of organic farming, mechanical skills from using farm machinery, some experience with livestock, and knowledge of food storage and preservation.
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Farm Management and Agribusiness[edit]

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Volunteers work with small-scale farmers, farmers’ cooperatives, agribusinesses, and nongovernmental organizations. They teach basic business practices such as marketing, credit price determination, and general business planning; work on crop and livestock production and preservation; assist in organizing networks of local farmers; identify market structures and channels; and perform production cost and price analyses.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics or agribusiness; OR a degree that combines agriculture and management; OR a business or economics degree combined with a year of hands-on experience in farming or agribusiness; OR no college degree and at least three years of experience in farm management or agribusiness.
Experience
Relevant experience includes demonstrated interest in agriculture management, farming or gardening work, general knowledge of business, computer skills, research and networking skills, and the ability to collaborate and share resources with others.
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Animal Husbandry[edit]

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Volunteers work to enhance farm families’ nutrition and household income through improved livestock management techniques. Activities include promoting vaccination against common diseases; teaching young farmers better production techniques; improving marketing techniques for products like meat, wool, and eggs; developing land use plans for pastoral farmers; and projects such as vegetable gardening, range management, and beekeeping.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s or associate degree in animal science or animal husbandry; OR a bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, or any other discipline with at least 18 months of experience working with livestock; OR no college degree and at least three years of experience working with livestock.
Experience
Most applicants have at least 18 months of full-time experience with dairy or beef cattle, pigs, sheep, or chickens and some experience in large-scale forage production or vegetable gardening. Many are recent college graduates who have worked on their family farms. Other relevant experience includes demonstrated interest in veterinary medicine and animal health, general knowledge of agriculture, gardening experience, and basic business management.
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Food Security[edit]

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Environment[edit]

Volunteers become leaders in grassroots efforts to protect and preserve the environment, engaging in projects such as establishing forest conservation plans and helping develop alternatives to wood as a fuel source. They also collaborate with various organizations to promote environmental awareness in projects like recycling, organizing environmental youth clubs, and park management.
Volunteers strengthen understanding of environmental issues, giving people the knowledge to develop their own programs and make their own choices about how best to protect and preserve the local environment.
Click on the links below to learn more about the specific opportunities and requirements for environment Volunteers in the Peace Corps.

Protected-Areas Management[edit]

Overview
Volunteers provide technical assistance and training in natural resource conservation, generally in close affiliation with national parks or other reserves. Their activities include technical training of park managers, working with park staff on wildlife surveys, conducting community-based conservation such as sustainable use of forest or marine resources, and promoting ecotourism and other income-generating activities for communities living near protected areas.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, natural resource management, or recreation and park administration; OR a degree in any discipline and three years of work experience in park planning or administration, resource management, or wildlife management.
Experience
Most applicants have experience in related internships or study-abroad programs. Many have had seasonal employment as a park ranger. Other relevant experience includes conducting biological surveys of plants or animals, initiating environmental campaigns, tree planting or other local conservation activities, and grant writing for conservation efforts.
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Environment Education or Awareness[edit]

Overview
Volunteers assist communities where environmental issues are in conflict with basic needs for farming and income generation. Their activities are limited only by their own creativity and that of the community. Activities include teaching in elementary and secondary schools; providing environmental education to youth groups and individuals outside school settings; organizational development of environmental groups, often in newly emerging democracies; promoting sustainable use of forest or marine resources by communities; development of ecotourism and other income-generating activities for communities living near protected areas; management of sanitation in urban areas; and providing education to improve soil conservation, forestry, and vegetable gardening practices.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s degree in an environmental field such as environmental science, ecology, or natural resource conservation; OR a degree in any discipline and six months experience organizing or leading environmental activities. Most applicants have significant course work in science.
Experience
Most applicants have significant out-of-classroom experience, such as participation in internships or study-abroad programs or working as a park guide, as a docent at a zoo or natural history museum, or as a primary school teacher. Other relevant experience includes initiating or organizing environmental awareness activities such as recycling campaigns or nature walks; vegetable production using organic and low-input methods; use of computer applications for research, tree planting, or other local conservation activities; work as an environmental camp counselor; and grant writing.
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Forestry[edit]

Overview
Volunteers help communities conserve natural resources by working on projects such as soil conservation; watershed management and flood control; production of sustainable fuels; improvement of agroforestry practices such as fruit production; building live fences and alley cropping; and preservation of biodiversity, sometimes near national parks or other reserves.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s or associate degree in forestry, watershed or natural resource management, environmental science, or ecology; OR a degree in biology, botany, ornamental horticulture, or geology and six months of growing or field experience; OR a degree in any discipline and three years of work experience in forestry or nursery management.
Experience
Most applicants have at least six months of practical experience in gardening, farming, or nursery management. Other relevant experience includes vegetable production using organic and low-input methods, tree planting or other local conservation activities, landscaping, a high level of comfort working outdoors, an understanding of how natural resources can be managed to sustain people’s livelihoods, and use of computer applications such as geographic information systems for environmental research and modeling.
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Environmental and Water Resources Engineering[edit]

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Volunteers work with local governments and communities to improve water and sanitation facilities. They train people in facilities operation and maintenance, help communities access resources and form management committees to sustain facilities, design and build potable water sources and supply systems, construct sewage and irrigation systems, design and build garbage collection facilities, and build earthen dams and concrete spillways.
Education
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental or sanitary engineering; OR civil engineering with 12 semester hours of environmental engineering course work; OR no college degree and certification in water or wastewater treatment plant operation or hazardous materials management.
Experience
Relevant experience or demonstrated interest includes mechanics or construction, hydrology, community outreach in health or environmental awareness, and simple accounting and budgeting. Applicants also should have excellent physical stamina. Note: Most of these positions require Spanish language.
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Other - AIDS Awareness[edit]

One of the most serious worldwide threats to public health and development is the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Peace Corps is a key partner and implementer of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which provides assistance to countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Many Volunteers will contribute to HIV/AIDS initiatives during their service, regardless of their area of expertise. Currently, the Peace Corps trains all Volunteers who serve in Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia to be advocates and educators of HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Peace Corps Volunteers help people affected by HIV/AIDS through work in areas such as public health education, community and nongovernmental organizations, and business advising. Volunteers do not provide direct medical care.

HIV/AIDS Volunteers face special challenges. The Peace Corps supports its Volunteers with preparation and training to work in an environment of grief and loss.

Health
Volunteers provide education and support for communities struggling with the impact of HIV/AIDS.
Education and Youth & Community Development
Volunteers integrate HIV/AIDS education into their roles as teachers and advisors.
Business and Information & Communication Technology
Volunteers help communities respond to HIV/AIDS with business initiatives and computer resources.
Environment and Agriculture
Volunteers utilize their specialized skills to combat the effects of HIV/AIDS in communities.

Other - Food Security[edit]

Since the Peace Corps' inception in 1961, Volunteers have addressed the adverse impact of food shortages in the countries they have served. Projects have ranged from fish farming and the introduction of small scale irrigation systems to improved food processing and marketing of food. Volunteers have also helped address food availability and nutrition through a variety of projects, including building school gardens, growing agricultural microenterprises, and educating others about good nutrition.

In response to increased challenges throughout the world regarding food security, the Peace Corps in April 2008, formed a Worldwide Food Security Task Force, charged with developing a mission statement and strategic plan; consolidating information and resources; and providing Volunteers and staff with project information, training assistance, and emotional support.

In response to increased food security challenges throughout the world, the Peace Corps is committed to doing its part to help address this critical issue at the grassroots level. Drawing on the experience of our staff and Volunteers, Peace Corps offers short-term and long-term assistance that reflects the Peace Corps' three goals, complements the work of other agencies and nongovernmental organizations, and highlights the unique role Volunteers can play in education, agricultural development, income generation, and sustainability. The Peace Corps is committed to providing our host country partners with motivated Volunteers who are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to mitigate the adverse consequences of the current food security crisis, and offer hope to the communities they serve.












In 1988, Peace Corps sent its first group of Volunteers to Cape Verde. Since then there have been over 300 Volunteers who have served in Cape Verde. Peace Corps Volunteers have served on all nine inhabited islands; presently, 46 Volunteers serve on all islands except Brava and Boavista.

Over the past fifteen years the Peace Corps program in Cape Verde has grown in the number of Volunteers serving and its scope of intervention. To help the local government address its myriad development needs, the program has adapted its focus and objectives to keep in step with the country's development initiatives. Volunteers work closely with educational institutions, local government offices and nongovernmental agencies (NGOs) assisting communities in identifying their needs and resources and developing projects that help communities best use local resources to meet their needs.

Peace Corps' support of Cape Verde's efforts at economic recovery focuses on the rehabilitation of Cape Verde's human resources through Volunteer assistance in the areas of education and community development.

Peace Corps History[edit]

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Cape Verde

Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Cape Verde in 1988, approximately 330 Volunteers have served, working in education, agriculture, water and sanitation, urban development, community development, small business and information technology. In the early years, Volunteer projects focused on TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language), agriculture extension, and water and sanitation. After 1997, the Peace Corps responded to Cape Verde’s request to strengthen local initiatives by establishing the community development project. In 2008 the program changed once more to refocus efforts on business development wherein the larger category of community development was changed to small enterprise development. Approximately 55 Volunteers are currently working throughout the country.


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles[edit]

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Cape Verde

Your host agency will provide safe and adequate housing in accordance with the Peace Corps’ site selection criteria (see chapter on Health Care and Safety for further information). Many Volunteers live in small apartments. At the very least, Volunteers will have a bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchen that they will not have to share with a host family. Volunteers will likely share an apartment or a house with another Volunteer or, in some cases, be placed in individual housing. You should come prepared to share a house with another Volunteer. Your sponsor will provide simple, basic furniture—usually a bed, table, chairs, and a stove (without oven). Upon swearing in as a Volunteer, the Peace Corps will give you a modest settling-in allowance to purchase household necessities such as dishes and other household items.

Some Volunteers will not have regular running water. Those who do not have running water will either collect water when it is available in their home or buy water from a water truck. Those who live in smaller towns will most likely have electricity, although perhaps not 24 hours a day. Some very remote areas may not have electricity; if at all, electricity may only be available 6 to 12 hours per day. To be a Volunteer here you will need to be very flexible in your housing expectations as there are no guarantees of continuous water or electricity.

Volunteers are expected to live at the level of their counterparts. Housing varies from site to site, depending on what your community has to offer. This varies from a beautiful and spacious apartment or house to a smaller home in a village community.


Training[edit]

Main article: Training in Cape Verde

The nine-week PST provides you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Cape Verde. You receive training and orientation in local languages (Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole), cross-cultural communication, development work, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to the Cape Verdean development context. PST is meant to prepare you for the first three to six months of service, and the skills you learn serve as a foundation to start your community integration and service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde. We meet and work together as a group, and you have the chance to experience local culture and customs with your host family and during technical field trips.

At the onset of training, training staff outline the goals and assessment criteria that each trainee has to reach before becoming a Volunteer. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process, characterized by a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training director, along with the other trainers, works with you towards the highest possible achievement by providing feedback throughout training. After successfully completing the pre-service training, you swear in as a Volunteer and make final preparations for departure to your site.

Your Health Care and Safety[edit]

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Cape Verde

The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every trainee and Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative approach to illness and disease. The Peace Corps in Cape Verde maintains a clinic with a full-time medical contractor (an American nurse practitioner), who takes care of trainees’/Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Some additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Cape Verde at a local hospitals and health clinics. If a trainee or Volunteer becomes seriously ill and cannot be treated here, he or she will be transported to higher quality medical facility in the region and/or to the United States.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues[edit]

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Cape Verde

In Cape Verde, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed.

Outside of Cape Verde’s larger cities, residents of smaller towns and rural communities have had relatively less exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is advertised as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may also be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. Cape Verdeans are known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to differences that you present. Volunteers are encouraged to be supportive of one another.

  • Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
  • Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
  • Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers with Disabilities


Frequently Asked questions[edit]

Cape Verde
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

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Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Cape Verde

  • How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Cape Verde?
  • What is the electric current in Cape Verde?
  • How much money should I bring?
  • When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
  • Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
  • Do I need an international driver’s license?
  • What should I bring as gifts for friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Can I call home from Cape Verde?
  • Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
  • Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?

Packing List[edit]

Main article: Packing list for Cape Verde

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Cape Verde and is based on their collective experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, although it may be more expensive than back home, you can find and buy almost anything you need in Cape Verde!

What you need will also depend on your assignment and location. Volunteers serving on different islands experience different "micro-climates" in the Cape Verde Islands, depending on height above sea level, or rural vs. urban assignments.

  • General Clothing
  • Women
  • Men
  • Men and Women
  • Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
  • Kitchen
  • Electronics
  • Miscellaneous Items

See also: Volunteer discounts

Peace Corps News[edit]

Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by country of service or your home state

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Country Fund[edit]

Contributions to the Cape Verde Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in rural sites. These projects include education, water, agricultural development, solar energy, Peace Corps global initiatives like HIV/AIDs and life skills for youth programs.

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