Cameroon’s Science Teaching Program has three main goals:
1. Improve teaching by working with teachers to improve student-centered instructional practices
2. Improve students' Math and Science proficiency and leadership in and out of the classroom
3. Engage community members to participate in student learning
Science teachers work in middle/high school level settings in rural areas of Cameroon. Volunteers teach a minimum of 14 hours per week in math, biology, chemistry or physics. Science teachers create and facilitate clubs (Science/Environment club, English club, Girls clubs, IT club etc.) in and out of schools. Every science teacher will lead multidisciplinary projects with teachers and students and use these projects to explain science concepts. Some Science teaching Volunteers may find themselves teaching English or IT as a secondary project. Volunteers work collaboratively with fellow teachers to integrate techniques in content-based instruction, improve student-centered gender equitable teaching techniques and develop teaching resources using local materials.
Literacy is one of the lynchpin activities of the Education program. A Volunteer will be required to integrate literacy into content based instruction in a way that will facilitate learning. Peace Corps Cameroon has selected a few literacy techniques that will be implemented throughout service, irrespective of the levels/grades being taught. Every year, on a specified period, a Volunteer will organize community wide activities aimed at improving reading and building a culture of reading. These activities culminate in the Peace Corps Cameroon ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) day.
Peace Corps Cameroon promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on how to incorporate gender in your activities and you will have the opportunity to implement transformative gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. In your classroom, you will be expected to develop or adapt gender equitable classroom practices and share these with other faculty members as part of an effort to create safer and more student-friendly schools. You will also have the opportunity to work with your community members to implement one-off high impact projects to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency.
Peace Corps Cameroon also encourages cross-sector work with the other program sectors (Health and Agriculture) and takes an integrated approach to HIV AIDS. All Volunteers are expected to carry out HIV related activities. Education Volunteers integrate HIV in their regular classroom content and in their clubs both in and out of school. In collaboration with the community, Volunteers will mobilize adolescent girls and boys and link them to available HIV testing services. Education Volunteers can collaborate with Health Volunteers in related activities to mobilize the school community for activities around the World AIDS Day. In collaboration with the Agriculture program, Education Volunteers can promote school gardens as a tool for both learning and encouraging entrepreneurial skills in students. Other cross-sector collaboration opportunities include mushroom production, nutrition training, malaria prevention activities, etc.
Monitoring Reporting and Evaluation (MRE) is an integral part of Volunteer service in Peace Corps Cameroon. Volunteers are expected to routinely track, document and report all activities to their Program mangers using tools and resources that will be made available once you arrive at post. You will receive training on MRE and on the use of these tools as well as routine onsite mentorship to build and reinforce your capacity to do MRE. You will be expected to report every trimester on a set of indicators contained in your project framework which will help Post staff measure progress towards attainment of program goals and objectives.
You will receive training on how to implement the above requirements during your Pre-Service Training (PST) and during several other In-Service training opportunities. To facilitate your successful service, Peace Corps has adapted tools to help you do a needs assessment and integrate your community in a culturally appropriate way that gives you information about the needs of the community in relation to your program goals. Two of the most important key success factors are spending as much time as possible in your community to help you develop and maintain meaningful relations with community members and your ability to communicate in the local language.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check