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YOUR WORK AS A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER

Non-profit organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), endeavor to fill the gap between government’s provision of services and local needs. Many NGOs have recognized the need to improve their project management and organizational development capabilities. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you facilitate the development of a strong and effective organization by working with key decision makers of local NGOs. You do not have a preconceived set of answers, but have the skills, ideas and knowledge to enable an organization to meet the needs of the population served while balancing future consequences. You work as an advisor to non-governmental organizations that deal with the issues of environment, youth, social services, or business development. In consultation with the NGO to which you are assigned, you mentor and train staff to do the following:

Strategic Planning

Organizational Development

expenditures.

Program Planning and Implementation

activities.

Long-Range Planning

marketing and outreach plans.

systems, including: fundraising methods, membership recruitment, database management, information sharing, networking, grant proposal writing.

sustainability and reduce dependency on a single financial source.

You need to have a variety of organizational skills and an ability to formulate a plan of action to help deal with a myriad of complex problems and scarce resources, as well as an ability to motivate the community and build consensus. You must also keep in mind that your role is that of an advisor so that the organization will continue to sustain itself even after your departure. Your can-do attitude and your willingness to work with your hosts to find appropriate solutions will help people to help themselves.

Moldova

Business Centers. Moldova is largely an agricultural region and the second smallest of the former Soviet republics. The small business sector is a major force in economic development. Volunteers work with organizational leaders to establish effective and efficient systems to assure the sustainability of an organization. They serve as trainers, advisors, and consultants and provide advice and technical assistance on business and organizational development.

Nicaragua

Environment and Small Business. Volunteers work with local environmental NGOs to strengthen their institutional and administrative capacity and to generate support for their conservation efforts. At the same time, they are required to strike a balance between economic development and basic human needs while trying to preserve or restore natural ecosystems. To gain a better financial footing, NGOs and Volunteers fundraise through membership development and grant proposal writing.

Ghana

Urban Youth Development. Volunteers work with local organizations that are addressing the problems of urban street youth who are at risk of delinquency, drugs, and prostitution. Some of the tasks Volunteers perform include: establishing office and management systems, designing training packages in organizational skills development, assisting the agency to set up small business units where street youth will be trained, developing entrepreneurial skills of youth, and designing tools to evaluate the agency’s program. Bulgaria. NGO Advisor. Volunteers help “green” nongovernmental organizations—many of which were at the forefront of the democratic movement—to expand awareness of environmental problems. Volunteers work with local governments, national parks, government agencies, environmental education institutions, NGOs, and local businesses. Depending on the needs of the host agency, Volunteers are involved in projects such as: assisting in an agency’s long-term strategic plan, producing environmental brochures, creating a donor and membership database, developing community-based environmental projects, forming linkages with local and international environmental groups, and helping improve staff’s English language skills.

VOLUNTEER PROFILE

Most NGO Development Volunteers are college graduates with at least two years of management or organizational development experience with non-profit organizations either as staff or in a voluntary capacity. Recent college graduates have experience as founders or leaders of community or school-based organizations. Due to their background in non-profit management, these Volunteers have several of the following skills:

organizations;

community volunteers.

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