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.
Madagascar’s Ministry of Education has recognized the importance of English language education in developing an international workforce for continued education, medicine, technology, tourism, and beyond. Madagascar’s Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) project aims to help meet this goal by promoting interest and skills in the English language among middle and high school students.
As an English classroom teacher, your primary assignment will be to teach English at a lycée (high school) and/or a middle school (CEG) for a maximum of sixteen (16) hours each week. The Ministry of Education actively supports the program, valuing the contribution of all Volunteers that serve in English language education.
Volunteers will participate in Peace Corps’ TEFL training program which allows them to earn a Peace Corps TEFL Certificate upon successful completion of program requirements. This program starts with 120 hours of standardized training and practice teaching, followed by two years of quarterly supervised classroom teaching and additional learning events facilitated by post staff. 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, game-changing credential. All TEFL Volunteers serving in Madagascar are expected to fulfill all program requirements and must fully participate in the TEFL Certificate Program.
As an English teacher you will also work with local English teachers to improve their English skills, to share different teaching techniques, and to jointly develop new pedagogical materials for use in the classroom. In addition, you will help to build teachers’ capacity through communities of practice.
You may also involve the broader school community in your work by organizing evening English classes for adults, broadcasting English shows on local radio stations, or creating extracurricular clubs for students.
Another component of your responsibilities will be to get involved in your community during school breaks. These breaks are a great opportunity to develop more hands-on activities like organizing field trips with counterparts or secondary projects such as malaria awareness campaigns, gender equality workshops and/or starting environment clubs.
Peace Corps Madagascar promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in your country and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
Volunteers are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop which not only increases options for internet access, but also enables Volunteers to complete required assignments off-line and upload them at a later date. While Volunteers may also complete the assignments through local internet cafes or other access points, having a laptop will facilitate successful participation in training. Please note that tablets and smart phones are not an effective alternative. You are encouraged to purchase insurance for your laptop in the event it is damaged or stolen.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check