Youth Development Coordinator

Description

The ETIV Youth Development Coordinator is a critical member of the ETIV team. It is the duty of the youth development coordinator to help us identify ways to engage local children and youth in fun and creative activities while also teaching them many of the core values that lay the foundation for ETIV’s work. This includes: mutual respect, cultural appreciation, caring for each other, speaking the truth, acting honestly and transparently, sharing and being generous (as opposed to stealing or taking things that don’t belong to you) and actively caring for the environment and all sentient beings. In many ways, the Youth Development Coordinator will have the freedom to choose from a variety of activities that they can plan and organize with local youth. However, we would like the youth development coordinator to work very closely with the environmental coordinator because one of our goals is to develop a new generation of young environmental leaders who will continue the important work of environmental conservation well into the future.

To begin, there is a large area of beach in front of the river very close to the new ETIV volunteer house where the community has completely destroyed an area of beautiful mangroves.  Thus, we would like the environmental coordinator and the youth development coordinator to work together to support a mangrove restoration project and educational campaign. The youth development coordinator will take the lead role in networking with the community and especially the local youth to help implement this project. This will include fun and interactive youth trainings and activities that will make up the educational part campaign to share the importance of caring for the environment and why the mangroves are so important to the environment. This will also include a restoration project to actually re-plant and grow new mangroves in the same area where they were destroyed, and the youth coordinator is responsible for organizing the community and especially youth leaders to become actively engaged in this project. 

Requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years or older.
  • Volunteers should work at least one month before taking vacation time, but we are flexible to suit different needs.
  • Volunteers work at least 4 hours day/20 hours a week, usually Monday – Friday from 9am to 1pm.
  • All volunteers must complete the volunteer application form prior to acceptance and they must sign and agree to our ETIV code of conduct prior to or upon arrival.
  • Intermediate to advanced Portuguese required.
  • At least 3 to 4 months time commitment necessary.
  • Education and experience in youth development, psychology, social work or a similar field preferred.
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