The Peace Corps Volunteer program is often called life-defining by the more than 235,000 Americans who have served. Get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where you will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Bring valuable skills and experiences to projects in places where they are needed most.
The Ministry of Education has asked the Peace Corps to be a part of the solution in spreading the knowledge and use of English throughout Rwanda’s school system. You will be a part of a group of Education volunteers that works on the dual goals of classroom instruction for primary and secondary school students, as well as collaborating with your Rwandan teaching colleagues to improve their ability to teach all subjects in English. This will be a challenging assignment, but you will find an audience of students and teachers who are extremely motivated to learn English and how to best utilize locally available resources, including books and IT, to improve their work. Most Secondary Education English Co-Teacher Volunteers will be placed in Rwandan secondary schools, co-planning and co-teaching with local teachers.
Education Volunteers are strongly encouraged to undertake activities that contribute to the development of their communities outside of the primary goals of the Ministry of Education. These projects should build on local resources, as community-led activities are the most sustainable.
Promoting or entrenching a culture of reading by helping schools to access and utilize high quality reading materials through libraries has been made a priority by the Ministry of Education.
All Volunteers will participate in Peace Corps’ newly-developed TEFL training program which allows them to earn a Peace Corps TEFL Certificate upon successful completion of program requirements. This program provides 120 hours of standardized training and practice teaching along with two years of supervised teaching experience, framed through quarterly online learning events facilitated by post staff. This training is designed to respond to the goals of TEFL Volunteers:
(1) Building counterpart teacher capacity through teaching Communities of Practice,
(2) Improving student achievement in English, and
(3) Encouraging community engagement in school improvement and student learning.
The Certificate program is validated by the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. The US State Department and the English language learning sector worldwide have touted Peace Corps’ TEFL Certificate program as a high-quality credential.
Among the points that we will be emphasizing during your training are:
•Understanding the structure of the education system and education issues in Rwanda.
•Practicing and modeling learner-centered methodologies for colleagues who are accustomed to a traditional, teacher-driven system.
•Lesson planning to engage and motivate teachers through variety, interaction, and relevance.
•Taking advantage of opportunities to work with colleagues to share lessons, model approaches, and collaborate on innovation strategies.
•Supporting students and teachers to improve basic computer skills and incorporating technology in teachers’ daily teaching activities and daily life.
•Dressing ""smartly"" as an education professional and a community member; this is especially important in Rwanda.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check