The Peace Corps Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Project began its activities in 1993. Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) requested Volunteers help improve the quality of English language education. The project was later expanded in 1998.
The Peace Corps TEFL Project aims to enhance teachers’ and students’ English language communication abilities and to encourage independent thinking through the creation of an interactive learning environment. Volunteers transfer language and teaching skills through team-teaching with Ukrainian teachers and facilitate professional development workshops on contemporary methodologies and student-centered techniques. Along with English teaching and professional trainings, Volunteers promote attitudes and skills essential for a shift to a democratic society – problem solving, critical thinking, civic responsibility and healthy life style.
Enabling Policy Environment
To assist with Ukraine’s pivotal democratic transition, TEFL Volunteers address and implement The New Ukrainian School reform. TEFL Volunteers assist local Departments of Education as they implement a holistic approach to education and develop core skills for life. Inclusive Education has come to the forefront of Education reform across the country. TEFL Volunteers will build awareness, promote inclusive classrooms and reduce stigma of students with differences.
Volunteers work alongside their counterparts to improve English proficiency through team-teaching conversational or content-based English to students in grades 3-11 for 18 academic hours per week. Everyday communication in English with Volunteers increases the self-confidence of teachers to use English in their classrooms and equips them with child-focused, interactive teaching methods.
Volunteers in the eastern and central regions of Ukraine place a special focus on working with internally displaced people (IDPs) through Conflict Sensitive Education. Volunteers mainstream young people who are in educational institutions and help integrate internally displaced people into their new communities. Teachers encourage dialogue between young Ukrainians of all ethnic, social and economic groups.
Peace begins in the classroom. By being a patient, and kind teacher, you will help students develop the values, knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors to live in harmony. In return for the respect you demonstrate to your community, you and your work will be appreciated and respected.
Education award upon successful completion of service, 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