Action Research Center

Work Sector Training

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Training & Experience in a Specific Work Sector

 

Leveraging concrete knowledge and skills is central to on-the-ground international development work. Through the Peace Corps Prep program, you will begin to build a professional specialty, which should serve your career well whether or not you become a Peace Corps Volunteer.  

 

 

For Peace Corps Prep, you will focus on one of six work sectors:

  1. Education
  2. Health
  3. Environment
  4. Agriculture
  5. Youth in Development
  6. Community Economic Development

 

 

You need to complete at least 3 courses that align with the specific work sector. The sector may or may not align with your academic major or minor. You must also accumulate a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or work experience in that same  sector, preferably in a teaching or outreach capacity.

 

 

Each work sector has a list of majors or academic departments where courses might be relevant to your Peace Corps Prep program. Plan to work with your faculty advisor and the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator as you register each semester. Your schedule, the classes offered, study abroad requirements, and other campus commitments mean there are a lot of “moving parts” to making the most out of your plan. Good communication will help to keep everyone on track.

 

 

For the fifty hour requirement, there are ideas listed in each work sector. ARC manages many relationships with local non-profits and community development initiatives. Opportunities can be customized to meet your Peace Corps Prep plan. The Hart Career Center also has an extensive list of opportunities in both for-profit and non-profits agencies. The Internship Director can help you navigate the requirements for an academic credit for an internship within or outside of your major.

 

 

You are encouraged to use these campus resources. Start planning your projects early! If ever you need support, the ARC has tools and connections to assist with community-based research and project management.

 

 

Peace Corps Tip!

If you intend to apply to the Peace Corps, the best way to assure that you will be a strong candidate is to identify the type of assignments in which you'd like to serve through this interactive tool, then review the positions' desired qualifications and build them up accordingly.  In the process, you should fulfill these Peace Corps Prep experiential requirements!

 

 

1: Education

Teach lessons that last a lifetime. Education is the Peace Corps' largest program area. Volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, families, and communities. Placements may be in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools and subject areas may include math, science, literacy, and reading. Volunteers also develop libraries and technology resource centers.

If you choose Education, your three courses may come from one of the following areas:

 

AND build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

 

2: Health

Serve on the front lines of global health.  Health Volunteers work within their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation.  Volunteers also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs to train youth as peer educators, develop appropriate education strategies, provide support to children orphaned by the pandemic, and create programs that provide emotional and financial support to families and communities affected by the disease.

 

If you choose Health, your three courses may come from one of the following areas:


AND build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

 

3: Environment 

Help forge a global movement to protect our planet.  Volunteers lead grassroots efforts in their communities to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues.  They teach environmental awareness in elementary and secondary schools and to youth groups and community organizations, empowering communities to make their own decisions about how to protect and conserve the local environment.  Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting sustainable use of natural resources.

 

If you choose Environment, your three courses may come from one of the following areas:

 

AND build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

 

4: Agriculture

Lead grassroots efforts to fight hunger in a changing world.  Agricultural Volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices.  They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil.  They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry, and nutrition education.

 

If you choose Agriculture, your three courses may come from one of the following areas:

 

AND build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

 

5: Youth in Development

Empower the next generation of change-makers.  Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs, and info technology.

 

If you choose Youth in Development, your three courses may come from one of the following areas:

 

AND build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

 

6: Community Economic Development

Harness 21st century tools to help communities lift themselves.  Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to strengthen infrastructure and encourage economic opportunities in communities.  They frequently teach in classroom settings and work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products.  Some Volunteers also teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies such as e-commerce, distance learning, and more.

 

If you choose Community Economic Development, your three courses may come from one of the following areas:

 

  AND build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as: