The quality of education in the Dominican Republic is consistently ranked as one of the poorest globally according to the Global Information Technology Report 2016. Spanish Literacy Promoters provide critical support to address challenges within the Dominican education system. Volunteers work in Spanish to support childhood literacy in the native language of the Dominican Republic. By strengthening childhood literacy programs, Volunteers strive to decrease the number of children who are over-age for their grade, repeat grades, or who drop out of school. The work of Volunteers helps to lay a foundation for lifelong learning and improves communities’ development opportunities through access to quality education and effective reading and writing skills.
Your primary assignment will be to serve as a resource for school staff (including the principal, teachers, librarian, counselor, and academic coordinator), students and families. Specifically, Volunteers will work with teachers to integrate innovative teaching practices into the classroom, with students to improve their reading skills, and with families to strengthen their involvement in literacy education. Work will involve modeling and/or co-teaching literacy strategies, improving classroom management skills, sharing basic teaching practices, developing teaching materials, tutoring students, involving families in literacy, and promoting a culture of reading.
Volunteers will work in regions with the highest need for literacy promotion and those that have expressed interest in collaborating on this initiative. You will support the Ministry of Education in achieving its goal of having students reading and writing well by third grade.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check