My Peace Corps Resume

I spent a lot of time putting together my PC resume. Before I knew what program I would be applying to I tailored individual documents for each program. I attended multiple resume workshops, collected example drafts from PC recruiters and received direct feedback on my resumes until they were ready to be submitted. The fact is that the PC has very specific things they look for in a resume. It is crucial you play by their rules and craft your resume as closely as you can to their guidelines. There is very little room for creativity. I decided to post my resume on my blog just in case it can be found helpful.

Important Points:

  • 1.) This resume is tailored specifically for youth development program. Which is why all my experience in that realm comes first.
  • 2.) Lots of bullet points. Write simply and without fluff.
  • 3.) Lots of dates and quantitative information. The PC wants to know when you did it, how many people were involved, what ages, for how long etc.
  • 4.) It includes lots of concrete examples of skills I learned or utilized in the process.
  • 5.) Always include a section about your previous volunteer work and language/multi-cultural skills.

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Theodore (Teddy) Dondanville 

112 Crossing Drive. Normal, IL. 61761.

(626)-232-6736; tdonda1@ilstu.edu

Peru

August,15 2017

Youth Development Experience and Training 

YMCA of Boulder Valley

Boulder, Colorado

Cultural Awareness Through Creative Horizons (CATCH) Assistant Director 

June-July 2016 

  • Worked full time for an English-Spanish bi-lingual, five-week summer camp, for a total of 1,000 hours
  • Grant based summer camp, servicing low socioeconomic class families and at risk children
  • Ensured a safe environment for roughly 55 children while implementing YMCA core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
  • Assisted in the creation and execution of program actives such as sports and recreation, arts and crafts, science, drama, dance and field trips
  • Bi-lingual liaison to the families of the campers
  • Oversaw a team of 4 program leaders

After School Enrichment Program Leader

June 2015-June 2016

  • Serviced multiple schools in the Boulder Valley School District
  • After school programs consisted of anywhere between 7 and 65 children, ages 5 to 10
  • Responsible for providing operational support to staff members and information to family members
  • Provided input for programming and ensured activities were engaging and challenging
  • Assisted program activities such as arts and crafts, reading, tutoring, sports and team building
  • Resolved conflicts amongst the children and implemented team building techniques
  • Helped prepare and serve nutritional snacks to every child

Lifelong Learning (LLL) Instructor

September 2015-2016

  • Programs consisted of 5 to 15 children- ages 8 to 11
  • Individually led after school programs including flag football, soccer and Leggo building
  • Provided full-day care on school holidays coaching basketball, football, ultimate-frisbee and soccer
  • Created an inclusive environment for all skill levels and varying ages
  • Fostered a safe space for leadership, collaboration and self-expression through sport and creative play 
  • Empowered children to be ‘project engineers’ of ‘design groups’ and teammates 

FC Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Head Coach

2014-2016

  • Coached a competitive youth soccer team of 18 players, ages 11 and 12
  • Coaching consisted of roughly 10 hours per week on the field and 10 hours off the field
  • Responsible for creating daily practice plans that were progressive and exciting
  • Created a professional experience for players and families by providing practice regiments, detailed player evaluations, critical game analysis and weekly email correspondence
  • Taught life skills such as teamwork, communication, loyalty and how to have fun
  • Implemented leadership opportunities for players

Developmental Academy Trainer

2013-2014

  • Part time as a soccer trainer with multiple youth teams, ages 7 to 10
  • Responsible for executing pre-determined practice plans
  • Provided coaching points to players and feedback to parents
  • Gave constructive criticism, coached with positivity and resolved conflicts
  • Provided a fun, challenging and inclusive space where kids could grow and play sports

Volunteer Experience and Training

YMCA of South Pasadena and San Marino

South Pasadena, California

Resident Camp Director

2013-2016

  • Volunteered full time for 1 week at a sleep away camp with 150 children; totaling roughly 840 hours every year for 3 years
  • Oversaw a unit, consisting of 40 children, divided into 3 cabin groups, ages 7 to 11
  • Responsible for the supervision of my unit campers, 5 counselors and 3 counselors-in-training
  • Provided activity planning, scheduling and execution including: rock climbing, equestrian, archery, arts and crafts, sports, team building, dance and drama
  • Counseled campers and counselors alike-providing advice and guidance 
  • Created and participated in camp fire songs, skits and story telling

Resident Camp Counselor

2011-2013

  • At age 18 I began volunteering full time for 1 week of the summer; totaling about 560 hours every year for 2 years
  • Responsible for my cabin group, ages 7 to 11, consisting of 8 to 10 children and two counselors-in-training
  • Operated as organizer and time keeper, ensuring my cabin was on time to all activities and meals
  • Positive and enthusiastic role model
  • Ensured the safety and well-being of my cabin by keeping tabs on hydration, sunscreen and proper eating habits
  • Organized cabin skits and songs and provided leadership roles to campers
  • Counseled campers and provided support when the difficulties of camp arose 
  • Delegated tasks to my counselors in training in a positive and effective manner

Resident Camp Counselor in Training (CIT)

2009-2011

  • At age 16 I began volunteering as a CIT at summer camp; totaling roughly 560 hours every year for 2 years
  • Supervised my cabin group of 8 to 10 children, ages 7 to 11
  • Supported the counselor in all camp activities
  • Created memorable experiences for all campers through exciting programs, skits and songs

Theta Xi Fraternity

University of Colorado at Boulder

August 2011- May 2012

  • Ran against senior incumbents and elected as philanthropy chairman as a freshman
  • Coordinated with a local restaurant to cater a dinner service for the Greek community and student body, raising roughly $1,000 for Habitat for Humanity
  • Created a Greek wide recycling program, in conjunction with a local non-profit that recycles aluminum to raise funds to rehabilitate victims of sexual violence
  • Provided incentives and inspiration to my chapter for giving back to the community
  • Collaborated with other sorority and fraternity Philanthropy chairmen/women to increase philanthropic participation throughout entire Greek community

Universidad Veritas

San José, Costa Rica

January-May 2016

  • Participated in a weekend long service learning trip with my Ecotourism classmates and professor 
  • Backpacked into the Children’s Eternal Rainforest in Puntarenas, CR, seeking refuge with a Park Ranger and his family in their home
  • Performed physical labor such as trail repair and maintenance
  • Completed sunrise and night hikes to gather scientific information and observations
  • Ran against senior incumbents and elected as philanthropy chairman as a freshman
  • Coordinated with a local restaurant to cater a dinner service for the Greek community and student body, raising roughly $,1000 for Habitat for Humanity 
  • Created a Greek wide recycling program, in conjunction with a local non-profit that recycles aluminum to raise funds to rehabilitate victims of sexual violence
  • Provided incentives and inspiration to my chapter for giving back to the community
  • Collaborated with other sorority and fraternity Philanthropy chairmen/women to increase philanthropic participation throughout entire Greek community

Education

  • Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

M.S. in Sociology; Expected graduation: May 2018  

  • University of Colorado 

Boulder, Colorado

B.S. in Sociology; Graduated May 2015

  • Universidad Veritas

San José, Costa Rica

Coursework in: Spanish, Ecology, Ecotourism, Peace & and Democracy

Spanish Experience

International Immersion

Universidad Veritas, San José, Costa Rica

January-May 2016

  • 4-month study abroad experience with Costa Rican host family
  • Studied the Spanish language, tropical ecology, ecotourism, Cosa Rican Peace & Democracy 
  • Beginning Grammar & Conversation 1 and Intermediate Grammar & Conversation 2
  • Immersed myself in local culture, utilizing local eateries, public transportation and markets 
  • Traveled to Nicaragua and Panama and completed learning-immersion trips to Tapantí National Park, La Selva Biological Reserve and the Children’s Eternal Rainforest
  • Daily usage of Spanish with roommates, host family and local Ticos

Coursework in Spanish

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

August 2012- December 2013

  • 3 semesters (1.5 yrs.) of Spanish at college-level
  • Beginning Spanish 1 & 2; Second Year Spanish 1
  • Learned vocabulary, grammar, literature, film and culture
  • Completed research projects, essays and oral presentations 

CATCH YMCA Summer Camp

Aspen Creek K-8, Broomfield, Colorado

Summer of 2015 & and 2016

  • 5-week ESL summer camp, targeting native Spanish speaking students
  • Daily Spanish conversation with campers
  • Functioned as translating liaison between non-Spanish speaking staff and the families

Bi-Lingual After School Program

University Hill Elementary School, Boulder, Colorado

June 2015-June 2016

  • As a Program Leader for the YMCA, occasionally I was stationed at the local English-Spanish bi-lingual elementary school
  • Tutored children and helped with their Spanish homework
  • Daily Spanish conversation and translation
  • Reinforcement of basic grammatical components of Spanish 
  • Covered topics such as: math, reading and writing 

Personal Interests 

  • Academic Interests
    • Food and Agriculture: Commodity chains, food access and justice. 
    • Natural Environment: Socio-nature interactions and relationships, governance and control.  
    • Ecotourism: Sustainable social, cultural and economic community development through commodifying ecosystem services. 
  • Physical Passions
    • Skiing: I have a love for high speeds, cold weather and the mountains.
    • Rock Climbing: No other activity focuses all my physical and mental attention more than climbing rocks.
    • Cycling: I find myself in a meditative state when cycling, focused on only what is in front of me.
    • Soccer: I enjoy the creativity and physical exertion of soccer both as a player and coach.
    • Yoga: Stretching and holding poses helps me relax, restore and rejuvenate my body and spirit. 

6 Comments

      1. Hmmm.. this is kinda sad but I can’t seem to remember the name of the woman I lived with. But it was a single señora. Did you live in a green house? Two-story? Without a garage thing that never had a car? And as you walk in the living room is on your right and the dining table is right in front of you?

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