Global Engagement Project
The FIU Peace Corps Prep Global Engagement Project is designed to prepare you for extended, issue-focused service with the Peace Corps and other international development agencies.
The project is an open-ended opportunity to research and address an issue to important to you, within the following framework:
- Minimum of 80 hours*
- Focus on a global issue
- Interaction with diverse others
- Use of creativity and problem solving skills
*The 80 hour requirement may be fulfilled by engagement in one project of a minimum of 80 contact hours, or two projects of a minimum of 40 contact hours each.
You may select any topic of a global nature for your project. We have identified topics that are most beneficial to your Peace Corps application.
Examples of topics corresponding to Peace Corps service sectors:
|Peace Corps sector||Potential related project topics|
|Education||Teaching English or Spanish as a second or foreign language, in a group setting such as a classroom, community organization, or tutoring program.|
|Health||Community-based health outreach and education, especially but not limited to focusing on HIV/AIDS, nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation.|
|Youth in Development||Intercultural communication and diversity training and education with youth
Promotion of civic engagement and engaged global citizenship, with youth
|Environment||Educating the public on environmental and conservation issues. Gardening, farming, nursery management. Conducting biological surveys of plants or animals.|
|Community Economic Development||Business advisement. Computer training for small businesses. Economic development for women and minorities|
|Agriculture||Agricultural management (including hands-on management of crop/plant growing). Business management for local farms.|
More information on Peace Corps sectors can be found at http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/howvol/lookingfor/
Other topics not specifically aligned to Peace Corps Primary Projects
- Gender equality and empowering young women
- Social justice advancement
- Worker’s rights awareness/advocacy
- LGBT rights
Getting Started & Tracking Your Progress
You must secure approval from the Office of Global Learning Initiatives prior to starting your project. Once your project has been approved, you will be given access to an online tracking system called CourseSites. This platform will prompt you to respond to a reflection question and to upload a log of your work, for every 20 hours of service that you complete. Your project is complete after you submit 4 reflections and work logs, totaling 80 hours.
You can review available opportunities or propose your own project:
The Office of Global Learning Initiatives maintains a number of partnerships with campus and community organizations to provide relevant service opportunities for Peace Corps Prep students. Click here to view a list of currently available projects.
Propose Your Own
You are encouraged to design and execute your own project instead of, or in addition to, the various available opportunities. Projects can be individually led, but are better when groups of Peace Corps Prep students are involved. Proposed projects can be an idea you have from scratch, or an expansion of something you thought of or got started on in a class or club. Here are some things to think about:
- Class-based projects, clubs and organizations: Assess your current participation in projects in your classes and in clubs and organizations. Are you already learning about an issue that interests you? Volunteering in the community? Can your current involvement be enhanced to meet the objectives of this project?
- Community-based groups: A number of civic organizations in the area are already doing work on issues of global importance. Reach out to a group that you already have volunteer ties with, or a new one, to explore opportunities.
- Original, student-led projects: You are welcome to design and lead your own project based on personal connections and passions. Office of Global Learning staff will provide feedback and guidance.
- Peace Corps Prep student collaborations: Peace Corps Prep students are encouraged to collaborate on projects together. Students can share ideas at general meetings and can contact Peace Corps Prep advisors at any time for help connecting to others in the program.
Money is often available to help you fund your project ideas. Here are some opportunities we are aware of:
- FIU Global Civic Engagement Grants
- Awesome Foundation Miami Grants
- Feel free to do your own grant funding research and share your findings!
So, what are you going to do?
Click here to submit an original project proposal. We’ll review the details and work with you revise the details, if necessary, and then help you make it happen!
Email email@example.com to indicate interest in one of the existing opportunities.