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About YPP

The Young Professionals for the Millennium Development Goals Program

The Young Professionals for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Program was established in order to document the FVP experience in the most vulnerable communities in the Americas, develop participatory diagnoses, and identify best practices for MDG achievement at the local level. The program gives Masters students professional field experience at the international and community level.  While living in the communities, Young Professionals will document their experiences as well as those of the community through audio and visual mediums. This, along with local partnerships, is a way of representing invisible communities by giving them a face, a voice and a place in development.

Program outline

Over a period of 11 weeks, a Young Professional will...

  • Receive a three-day specialized training
  • Visit the PAHO/WHO office in an assigned country
  • Live and work in a vulnerable community in an assigned country
  • Travel to Washington, D.C. to debrief and present a final report
  • Produce a booklet about the FVP community, participatory diagnoses and systematization of best practices at the national and local level, which will be published by PAHO/WHO.

The Ideal Candidate will...

  • Be a Master’s student (Social Sciences or Public Health) with a GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Language requirements will depend on the country of placement. An intermediate level of Spanish, French or Portuguese is an asset although fluency in Spanish is required for Latin American countries
  • Be knowledgeable in the culture, socio-economic conditions, political environments, and public health conditions of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Be technologically proficient and have their own digital camera and laptop
  • Be willing to live in a vulnerable community

This is an unpaid internship that should count as credit towards your academic program. In addition, Young Professionals should ensure that they are able to cover their own travel and living expenses for the duration of the program.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 13:32

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