Peace Corps

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

Peace Corps Panama
Mar 27, 2018
Full time
Project Description This project is focused on supporting environmental education in schools, promoting environmental conservation practices at the community level, as well as life skills, gender and youth empowerment for community members. Volunteers will be seen as role models to youth and adults alike. They will work in schools with teachers and students on specific environmental themes based on their educational background and experience as well as addressing the needs identified by community members. Projects are located in areas of the country with high environmental priority such as protected areas and buffer zones, as well as important river watersheds, including the Panama Canal watershed. Volunteers will work at the community level creating or strengthening groups (youth and adults) with a focus on their environmental needs.   Through their work with youth groups, Volunteers will develop opportunities to train and/or mentor students and youth in leadership and life skills, promote a positive environmental stewardship and encourage a civic participation as well as the importance of accomplishing personal goals. Additionally, Volunteers will actively work to create after-school programs and support youth in various activities.   Through their work with adult groups, Volunteers will develop environmental activities such as organic gardening, nursery/reforestation, waste management and promoting eco- stoves use. They will also work with government agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations to develop sustainable living strategies and techniques that allow community members to live in their communities while conserving their sensitive ecosystems and natural resources. Required Skills Competitive candidates will have an expressed interest in promoting environmental awareness in schools and communities, and one or more of the following criteria: • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field   OR   • 5 years’ professional work experience Desired Skills Competitive candidates will demonstrate the following skills: • 3 months experience working in environmental science, environmental education or related field •Experience leading formal (in schools) and non-formal environmental education activities, training teachers, working with youth groups, organizing or initiating environmental awareness activities (e.g. recycling campaigns) • Highly desired environmental education teacher backgrounds or degrees • Working experience in one or more of the following: climate change/renewable energy, biology, marine biology, natural resources management, reforestation, organic gardening, waste management, agro-ecology • Professionalism and a strong commitment to teach, basic teaching experience preferred • Conversational Spanish Language Skills • Respect of the local education system roles and protocols and willingness to embrace it • Public speaking and presentation skills   • Willingness to facilitate cultural integration • Strong interpersonal skills   • Leadership skills • High level of self-initiative and self-direction, mixed with a good sense of humor. Required Language Skills Candidates must meet one or more of the language requirements below in order to be considered for this position.   A. Completed 4 years of high school Spanish coursework within the past 8 years   B. Completed minimum 2 semesters of Spanish college‐level coursework within the past 6 years   C. Native/fluent speaker of Spanish   Candidates who do not meet the language proficiency levels above can take the language placement exams to demonstrate their level of proficiency. Competitive applicants typically attain a score of 50 on the Spanish College Level Examination Program CLEP exam or a score of Novice‐High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL OPI). Additional Language Information Volunteers need to demonstrate an Intermediate-mid level of oral and written proficiency in Spanish for community placement by the end of Pre-Service Training. APPLY BY July 1 , 2018 KNOW BY Sept. 1, 2018 DEPART BY Feb. 19, 2019 POSITIONS AVAILABLE: 26
Peace Corps Zambia
Mar 27, 2018
Full time
Project Description Volunteers who have served in Zambia consider it to be the "quintessential Peace Corps" experience due to the rural traditional communities Volunteers where volunteers are placed, the warmth and friendliness of the Zambian people and the supportive Volunteer environment.   The Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) project is focused primarily on the principles and practices of rural-based, small-scale, integrated agriculture technologies. Volunteers collaborate with Zambia's Department of Fisheries with the goal of improving nutrition and rural livelihoods through fish farming. Volunteers live in rural farming communities and provide intensive extension services aimed at increasing farmer capacities to successfully build and manage fishponds to increase production and incomes. Volunteers teach and assist farmers in technical aspects such as site selection, pond construction, stocking, management, and harvesting. Volunteers seek to enhance the integration of fish farming with other agricultural activities such as gardening, animal husbandry, fruit trees, and agro-forestry.   For farmers who are interested in scaling up their activities, Volunteers also provide training in basic business skills such as planning, record keeping, and marketing. In addition, Volunteers teach members of households the importance of improving nutrition by using more food groups and meals that include fish.   The most successful Volunteers in Zambia are extremely flexible and adaptable, and have a passion for inspiring others. Peace Corps Zambia offers exceptional technical training during Pre-Service Training for those with the motivation to learn about the Environment and Food Security. Required Skills Competitive candidates will have an expressed interest in working in agriculture and must have a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field. Desired Skills Degree in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, or Natural Resources Experience organizing/leading environmental education activities Experience promoting environmental awareness in schools and communities 1 to 3 years fisheries, farm, forestry, or nursery management experience 5 Years of professional work experience Required Language Skills There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service. Additional Language Information While English is the official language of Zambia, most Volunteers will need to speak the local language in order to effectively communicate in their communities. Some community members may have intermediate or advanced levels of English, most will not. Therefore, Volunteers will be most effective when conversing and working in the local language and all Trainees must come prepared to learn a local Zambian language. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com