Counseling and Advocacy

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist and Support Students: who may be struggling academically and/or socially
    • Work with Students: to give them effective tools to manage common problems and complaints, peer mediation, etc.
    • Facilitate Girls’ Groups: to address issues such as teen pregnancy

    Desired Outcome: Students will have new tools to be more successful in navigating the problems they face. The volunteer will provide recommendations for continued avenues of support for individual students.

    Qualifications:

    • Experience: or training in counseling
    • Ability: or experience in working with other cultures, especially W. Africa
    • Leadership Skills: ability to work with, inspire and empower community
    • Organizational Skills: ability to gather and transcribe information from interviews and help develop and implement ideas
    • Listening skills. although English is widely spoken, understanding is not only found in the words spoken, but rather through the underlying meaning
    • Sensitivity: to cultural differences must be acquired
    • Experience and Knowledge: of W. African culture and education system is a plus
    • Other Attributes: include the ability to be a good detective and probe gently. Candidate will need to look at what is said and what is not said. Be patient yet results oriented – not easily side-tracked
    • Interested: in learning and teaching

    Accommodations:  Housing is provided. Simple rooms with electricity and fans are the norm.  Please discuss any special requirements/requests so we can see how to best make you comfortable.

    Terms of commitment: We are looking for volunteers who can commit 3 – 6 months.

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