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Junior High Science Teacher

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Openings

15 currently recruiting

Service Dates

June 3, 2020 - August 20, 2022

Application Window

May 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019

Location

  • Liberia

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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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 Secondary Education project places Volunteers as math and science teachers in schools teaching 7th through 9th grade. While most of the work will depend on the needs of the school and the Volunteer’s skillset; the main focus is to build student’s comprehension and critical thinking skills through basic science concepts, including;

• Plant and animal science

• Chemistry

• Physics

• Earth science concepts

Recently, the Liberian government has adopted a national exam called West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which has a science lab component. Volunteers may also train students and teachers in science labs.

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 typically have between 50-90 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 junior high and high school will range in age from 13 to mid-20’s. The Liberian school system often passes students to the next grade level even when students have not passed classes or mastered academic concepts for their current grade level. Volunteers might have to adapt to a system where students’ grades are good indicators of a student’s progress (or lack thereof), but may not be a determining factor in a student’s passing on to the next grade level.

In addition to teaching junior high school science, the following are a few examples of other projects Volunteers also do with their communities:

• Teacher training

• Science lab trainings for students and teachers

• School community improvement activities by working with their principal, teachers, students, and Parent Teacher Associations

• Local library awareness raising activities or creation

• Gender equality activities (i.e. girls’ or boys’ club or camp, training on gender-based violence in the classroom)

• Youth development projects (i.e. after-school programs, boys and girls clubs, sports activities, and/or other math/science-based experiential learning opportunities)

• Malaria training on prevention activities with students, teachers, and/or community members

• Hand washing and safe hygiene practices and awareness raising activities in schools

• Food security projects (i.e. school and community gardening)

• 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.

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 Secondary Education project places Volunteers as math and science teachers in schools teaching 7th through 9th grade. While most of the work will depend on the needs of the school and the Volunteer’s skillset; the main focus is to build student’s comprehension and critical thinking skills through basic science concepts, including;

• Plant and animal science

• Chemistry

• Physics

• Earth science concepts

Recently, the Liberian government has adopted a national exam called West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which has a science lab component. Volunteers may also train students and teachers in science labs.

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 typically have between 50-90 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 junior high and high school will range in age from 13 to mid-20’s. The Liberian school system often passes students to the next grade level even when students have not passed classes or mastered academic concepts for their current grade level. Volunteers might have to adapt to a system where students’ grades are good indicators of a student’s progress (or lack thereof), but may not be a determining factor in a student’s passing on to the next grade level.

In addition to teaching junior high school science, the following are a few examples of other projects Volunteers also do with their communities:

• Teacher training

• Science lab trainings for students and teachers

• School community improvement activities by working with their principal, teachers, students, and Parent Teacher Associations

• Local library awareness raising activities or creation

• Gender equality activities (i.e. girls’ or boys’ club or camp, training on gender-based violence in the classroom)

• Youth development projects (i.e. after-school programs, boys and girls clubs, sports activities, and/or other math/science-based experiential learning opportunities)

• Malaria training on prevention activities with students, teachers, and/or community members

• Hand washing and safe hygiene practices and awareness raising activities in schools

• Food security projects (i.e. school and community gardening)

• 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.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Education & Youth

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

Hosted By

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