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In many countries where Volunteers serve, governments and local communities face impediments to economic growth, such as high unemployment, rapidly increasing populations, unskilled workforces, and a lack of private sector investment. Peace Corps Volunteers have a long history of working with individuals and communities to promote economic opportunities at the grassroots level.
Business Volunteers focus on increasing family income, improving the environment for businesses, educating young people, and helping businesses find markets for traditional or value-added products. They participate at many levels, whether helping artisan cooperatives in rural Africa market their handmade goods or training people in Eastern Europe to take advantage of new free-market opportunities.
Often, business Volunteers begin in a classroom setting, which gives them a position in the community as respected leaders and makes other projects possible. These projects include training entrepreneurs in the basic skills of small-business development and working with women to help them expand their access to credit and find new markets for their products. Some Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to support local development projects.
Most business Volunteers have business or public administration degrees or experience; others have degrees in other disciplines and a strong interest in business and nonprofit organizations.
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Volunteers assist private and public businesses, local and regional governments, nonprofit organizations, women's and youth groups, and educational institutions.Business Development Volunteers
Volunteers assist private and public businesses, local and regional governments, nonprofit organizations, women's and youth groups, and educational institutions.
Nongovernmental Organization Development
Volunteers focus on increasing family income, improving the environment for businesses, educating young people, and helping businesses find markets for traditional or value-added products.
Urban and Regional Planning
Volunteers work with municipalities and communities, as well as with regional or national governments.
Business and Information technology currently represents 19% of the volunteer jobs, with a breakdown by subsector being:
Business Advising: 8%
Business Development Volunteers: 3%
Nongovernmental Organization Development: 4%
Urban and Regional Planning: 1%
Information technology: 3%
Business and Information & Communication Technology Volunteers
34% are in Africa
29% are in Latin America
22% are in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
4% are in North Africa and the Middle East
4% are in Pacific Islands
4% are in The Caribbean
3% are in Asia
Volunteers are posted through out the developing world to help local businesses thrive in ways they never though possible. Increasing the opportunities presented to local businesses promotes a sense of empowerment that can truly change a community. Contributions to this fund will support Volunteer and community projects such as microfinance, agribusiness, business education, and artisan collectives.
Business Development Official US Peace Corps Website