Deadline for Applications: October 01, 2017
Before You Apply
You can only have one active Peace Corps Volunteer application, so choose a position that best fits your skills and interest. You have the opportunity to tell us if you’d like to be considered for other openings and more about the ones that interest you most!
Peace Corps Moldova seeks Health Education Teachers to work with children and adolescents throughout the country. There is a significant need to develop life skills and knowledge for healthy lifestyles including basic hygiene, prevention methods of communicable diseases (such as tuberculosis, viruses, gastrointestinal diseases, STIs, and HIV), as well as the prevention of substance abuse and non-communicable diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, and chronic respiratory diseases).
Volunteers will be placed in rural schools to co-plan and co-teach with Moldovan teachers on health topics to students of various ages. Schools are often the strongest community institution, making students in these settings an ideal audience. Volunteers will also lead youth peer education groups in after-school activities for youth (ages 7-18).
In addition to teaching, Volunteers may have the opportunity to work to increase the availability and quality of existing health information and health education school programs through close collaboration with school and community professionals.
Health Education Volunteers may also have the opportunity to develop in-school and community-wide health awareness campaigns and other projects based on needs, identified in collaboration with their students, teacher partners, school administrators, local health professionals, parents and other community members.
The majority of Health Educators’ time will be spent teaching and giving health education presentations in schools as well as in community venues such as youth centers, houses of culture, and libraries. Health Education Volunteers will not engage in clinical work.
Peace Corps Moldova Volunteers promote gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment through their activities. All Volunteers in this program will receive in-depth training on the incorporation of methods of gender analysis into community assessment and development efforts. Volunteers will be encouraged to find culturally appropriate ways to incorporate gender awareness and the promotion of youth, especially girls’ education, into their work and projects as appropriate.
To be successful as a Health Education Volunteer in Moldova, Volunteers will need to understand and share Peace Corps Moldova’s accountability to its national partners (the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, schools and communities), to act with commitment and respect for the Moldovan culture and to demonstrate good Romanian language skills.
Qualified candidates will have an expressed interest in working in the health sector and one or more of the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years’ professional work experience