Rural Family Health Educator - Peace Corps
Peace Corps Belize is proud to celebrate our 55th consecutive year providing support and resources through grassroots volunteer assignments throughout Belize. Over 2,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Belize since the program began in 1962, and we continue to work shoulder to shoulder with our Belizean host agencies, communities, and counterparts in the spirit of promoting world peace and friendship. The Rural Family Health Project in Belize is unique in that it gives Volunteers the opportunity to work in the field with various community leaders, addressing pressing health-related issues in areas where resources are scarce and need is great. These working relationships often become the foundation from which successful projects and activities are implemented and which have ultimately had proven impacts in the lives of community members.
Peace Corps Belize’s Rural Family Health Project has two goals:
1) to support families to adopt positive behaviors and practices that improve the health of mothers and children;
2) to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases.
Peace Corps/Belize Rural Family Health Volunteers coordinate with local health partners to carry out health education and promotion in rural communities where resources are scarce. Volunteers work to provide increased access to health information, services, and skill development through trainings, promoting primary maternal, neo-natal, and child health care principles and enhancing awareness and management of non-communicable disease among community members. The project emphasizes behavior change and individual empowerment through carefully designed activities that focus on increasing positive changes in everyday lives.
Volunteers also teach public health topics in community and classroom settings. Projects include undertaking “knowledge, attitude, and practice” surveys in communities, assisting clinics or government planning offices in identifying health education needs, devising educational programs to address local health conditions, assisting in marketing of messages aimed at improving local health practices. Volunteers may also work in local health clinics to develop health education and outreach programs, although the majority of Volunteer work happens outside of a formal clinical setting. Volunteers should have the willingness to work collaboratively in a community setting, as work will require training facilitation, lesson planning and delivery in a classroom setting, and public speaking.