Mentoring

OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM

The RPCV/W Mentoring Program aims to create opportunities for RPCVs to get connected to mentors who will provide guidance on developing a career path, how to navigate personal growth, and make decisions regarding our professional life. We are very lucky to have an amazing network of RPCV/W members who are excited to pass along their experience and wisdom. The four-month mentorship program is built around frequent conversations and activities between mentors and mentees with the exact schedule and set of activities to be determined by the mentors and mentees.  We will have scheduled events during the four months and continually offer support and options for engagement.  We will be in constant communication throughout the program so let us know how we can best support you!

 

Please fill out the application by Aug 13th if you are interested in being part of the next cohort:  

RPCV/W Mentoring Program Application

Are you a member of RPCV/W? click here to join RPCV/W. First time membership is free for the first year and the mentoring program is always free.

 

WHY BECOME A MENTOR?

  • Assist aspiring and emerging professionals gain a better understanding of your field;
  • Share your knowledge and expertise within the field;
  • Enhanced skills in coaching, counseling, and coaching;
  • Raise your profile in your particular field.

 

WHY BECOME A MENTEE?

  • Gain experienced professional’s perspective in the field(s) you are interested and learn from an experienced professional.
  • Identify long-term professional development needs.
  • Develop a meaningful professional relationship over a specified period of time.
  • Set SMART career goals and obtain support in achieving them.

 

WHO CAN SERVE AS A MENTOR?

Mentors should be individuals who feel that they can coach someone through a particular set of professional challenges.  Whether this is guidance to someone just entering the field, to someone who is now facing managerial challenges, we are looking for mentors with all ranges of experience!

 

WHO CAN BE A MENTEE?

Mentees should be anyone hoping to be coached through professional and personal challenges.  From newcomers to program managers, we will do our best to pair you with a mentor that can help provide the guidance you are looking for.

 

CAN YOU BE A MENTOR AND MENTEE?

Yes!  If you would like to be mentored as well as serve as a mentor, please simply not this on your application and provide as much information about what you hope to get out of each role.

 

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

The mentorship program is voluntary and deliberately designed to be flexible and fit within your own schedule.  Those involved can dedicate as much time as they would like to the program.  We estimate that most participants will spend 1-2 hours per month on meetings and conversations between the mentor-mentee as well as other mentorship activities.  

 

SELECTION AND MATCHING PROCESS

Mentors and mentees will be selected based on the ability to meet the mentor’s/mentee’s target interest areas and needs.  Priority will be given to applicants with limited access to mentorship programs. Mentors and Mentees will be best-matched based on the below categories:

  • Country focus of work;
  • Focus of work;
  • Specific interests/challenges;
  • Goals for program.

The RPCV/W  Mentoring program connects RPCVs to fulfill the broader RPCV/W mission of helping our members thrive as a community, but the programs differ in focus and structure.

 

Questions are welcome! Contact Lisette Anzoategui, RPCV/W's Mentoring Director: mentoring@rpcvw.org