This is an exciting and challenging time in the history of Liberia. The Peace Corps Education Project supports Liberia’s education sector during a time of reconstruction as the country aims to meet the nation’s educational challenges and help ensure every Liberian child has access to and obtain a quality education. Peace Corps/Liberia’s Education project places Primary Literacy Volunteers in primary schools teaching 1st to 3rd grades basic phonics, reading comprehension, and building critical thinking skills.
In the first year, primary literacy teachers are expected to teach students through direct classroom instruction and co-teaching with another Liberian teacher at the same school. This is an opportunity for the Volunteer to increase their confidence, build relationships with other teachers and increase credibility. In the second year, the Volunteer is expected to be more involved with teacher training, mentoring, coaching and building critical thinking skills for teachers. This will involve conducting cluster teacher training, watching teachers teach and giving feedback.
A majority of the schools are located in rural communities, small towns or large villages; however, some are located in county capitals that have populations above 30,000. Peace Corps Volunteers will be responsible for teaching different grade levels, in classrooms that range between 30 to 90 students in each class with very limited teaching resources. Ninety-five percent (95%) of Liberian students are considered ‘over-age’ for their respective grade level. Students in Primary school will range in age from 5 to 15.
In addition to co-teaching Primary Literacy, the following are a few examples of other literacy activities Volunteers also do with their schools and community:
• Co-teaching literacy
• Developing and sustaining a teacher community of practice
• Teacher training
• School community improvement activities by working with their principal, teachers, students, and Parent Teacher Associations
• Literacy activities in school, after-school, and with neighbors
Peace Corps/Liberia promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers will receive training on gender challenges in country and will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of their work, Volunteers will also report on these efforts and their impact.
In addition, all Volunteers are expected to monitor and report on their work twice a year during their service for the following reasons: to allow Volunteers to share their activities and contributions with their community; to measure progress towards meeting Peace Corps/Liberia’s project goals, and at the end of their service, for Volunteers to assess their overall contribution to Liberia.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check