Project Description

As part of the first group to return to Timor-Leste since 2006, you will be assigned to the Community Development program. 

The purpose of this program is to build local Timorese capacity. 

The Community Development project is integrated around several common objectives:

1). Life skills and leadership for youth
2). Sanitation
3.) Hygiene
4.) Nutrition activities
5.) Assistance with community engagement

Volunteers will be helping rural communities identify and build sustainable capacity to meet the communities’ own needs. The Volunteers will be placed in villages with counterparts or project partners that have been identified from government or non-governmental organizations, youth and women’s groups, and village chiefs. Village chiefs or “suco chiefs” will serve as supervisors for Volunteers at the community level.

Desired Skills

Competitive candidates will meet or exceed the following criteria:
Demonstrated ability in planning, organizing, counseling on leadership within the past 5 years, AND one of the following:
• BA/BS in Social Work, Social Services, Counseling or Community Development; or
• BA/BS in any discipline with relevant volunteer experience.

After an 8 year absence, Peace Corps is returning to Timor-Leste. This will be the first group to return to Timor-Leste. 

In that spirit, some of the desired skills for this position include: great “pioneering” spirit, flexibility, creativity, adaptability, ability to work in an unstructured environment, strong communication skills, cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, ability to live in an environment with limited resources, leadership skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

Language Skills

There are no language requirements for Timor-Leste. Volunteers will learn Tetun during their service.

Living Conditions

While basic amenities may be accessible and available to Volunteers, it is important to note that access to certain amenities, such as electricity, internet access and cell phone reception will vary from site to site. Because Timor-Leste is positioned within a tropical zone, high levels of heat and humidity may exist, depending on the location of your site. Timor-Leste also offers a rugged terrain which will require Volunteers to be ready and able to walk, hike, and travel by foot on a daily basis. Volunteers will be required to live with host families during Pre-Service Training as well as during their first 6 months at their permanent sites.

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