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Youth Ambassador Projects in Kenya

Deadline August 26, 2009

Youth Challenge International is recruiting two teams of 5 young Canadians between 21 and 30 with backgrounds in health sciences, public health, medicine and/or development for a four-week HIV/AIDS focused youth development project in Kenya. The first group project will be from October 12-November 12 and the second group from November 9-December 9.*

This exciting opportunity will include a pre-project distance-learning program, followed by an intensive four-week placement in Mombasa, Kenya and surrounding areas with highly subsidized costs. While in-country, you will work with YCI¹s field staff and local partner organizations further the reach and relevance of YCI's HIV/AIDS program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and facilitate courses in specialized topics of HIV prevention with local partner organization staff.
  • Plan and oversee the replication of this training with youth engaged with local partner.
  • Core workshops include:
    • Prevention of Mother Child Transmission (PTMCT);
    • Substance abuse, health and HIV/AIDS;
    • HIV/AIDS work with most at-risk populations (MARPS) - youth, women, orphans and vulnerable children, refugees and IDPs.
    • Nutrition for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA);
    • Living positively;
    • Treatment protocols for ARV use;
    • Stigma reduction and legal issues.

Your Skills And Experience

  • Experience in facilitating trainings and workshops
  • Well developed knowledge of youth programs, HIV/AIDS prevention and related issues
  • Strong planning and organization skills
  • Demonstrated report writing skills
  • Computer proficiency
  • Proven community mobilization skills
  • Ability coordinate multiple project teams with multiple priorities
  • Prior cross-cultural experience
  • Previous experience in a leadership role preferably with youth aged 15-30
  • Appropriate post-secondary education or relevant work experience
  • Experience working overseas

What's Covered

  • Preparatory Support and Pre-Project Distance Learning
  • In-Country Training
  • Modest International Accommodations and Food Stipend
  • In-Country Work-Related Travel
  • Comprehensive Emergency Travel Medical Insurance and Kenyan Special Pass Expenses

What's Not Covered

  • Airfare
  • Personal Expenses
  • Participants will be expected obtain the required vaccinations and take anti-malarials at their own expense. A modest stipend will be provided assist with these costs.

Please apply online using YCI¹s volunteer application form at

In the section "Please share with us your reason for selecting these particular countries, project lengths, range of months and sector focus," please specify that you are applying for the" Kenya Youth Ambassador project" and specify your first preference for either the October 2009 or November 2009 project, and highlight your skills and experience that make you a suitable candidate for this volunteer opportunity. Please note that there will be required financial contribution YCI for this special project.

Application deadline: August 26, 2009, at 9:00am ET

Follow-up phone interviews will be conducted before September 3, 2009. We regret that due thigh volumes of applicants, we can only respond those we select for interview.

*Please note that project dates are subject change. Applicants will be informed of any changes by a YCI staff member.

About YCI

Youth Challenge International is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation tdrive positive change.

Building on over 20 years of experience, YCI¹s programs are designed meet the needs of youth affected by poverty through five integrated sectors: economic development, education, leadership development, environment and health.

We engage youth in creating solutions the challenges they face. YCI incorporates youth development, volunteerism, partnership, equity and advocacy in all that we do.