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International Volunteer Opportunity starts June '09

MEJORC is accepting two volunteers to teach youth about basic health in Peru beginning in June this year.
Founded on the idea that health creates opportunities, MEJOR Communities is a nonprofit organization that aims to create opportunities in rural areas of Peru through our health education programs and projects.

We are currently searching for individuals interested in serving as a volunteer(s) in a remote community in Peru for a minimum of six months, up to one year. Our in-country partner organization, MIRHAS-Peru will provide technical/project support. Training will be provided prior to travel in the city of Portland, OR.

Position Responsibilities:

The volunteer(s) will be responsible for the training of youth (ages 13-18) in various health topics, (first aid, nutrition, hygiene), leadership and project management skills, as well as peer counseling (self-esteem, communication).

Volunteer will be responsible for evaluating youth knowledge and habits before and after training, plus the motivation and beginning stages of project planning for a youth-lead community health project. If electing to stay for the entire year, the volunteer will also be responsible for parenting classes and the oversight and support of the youth during their small-project leadership.

Volunteer will pay for airfare and appropriate international health insurance, while all other costs will be covered by MEJORC (food, lodging, materials, in-country travel, etc).

Position Qualifications:

*Strong communication skills in both English and Spanish.

*1-2 years experience working in rural/remote communities.
OR
*1-2 years prior living experience in another country.
OR
*1-2 years experience in community relations and/or teaching and/or community-building.

*Applicant should be flexible, patient, and culturally aware, as well as determined, persistent, and responsible.

Please send resume and letter of interest to  kati@mejorc.org by January 30, 2009.

Letter of interest should clearly answer the following questions:

1) Why are you interested in this volunteer position?

2) What is your experience with working in a grassroots environment, either abroad or locally?

3) What uniquely qualifies you as an advocate for youth leadership and health opportunities in a remote village of Peru?

4) How many months would you be able to commit to being a volunteer in Peru?

Position to begin June 15, 2009. Training will begin mid-February, 2009.

homepage: homepage: http://www.mejorc.org
phone: phone: 503-946-8567