Kyrgyz Republic, commonly referred to as Kyrgyzstan, is a Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty, proud nomadic traditions, and wonderful hospitality. Kyrgyzstan was part of the Silk Road for the initial trading between Asia and Europe. Most of the territory of present-day Kyrgyzstan was formally annexed to the Russian Empire in 1876, became a Soviet republic in 1936, and achieved independence in 1991 when the USSR dissolved. Kyrgyz Republic is slightly smaller than South Dakota with a population of 6 million people. It shares borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China. It has been compared to Switzerland for the beauty of its mountains. The peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range and associated valleys and basins encompass the entire country. The climate is continental, with extreme cold in the mountains in winter, subtropical in the Fergana Valley area in the south of the country, and temperate in the northern foothill zone.
The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has determined that English plays an important role in education to support the transition to a market economy. English language skills can provide opportunities to advance careers, and access the information and technology in all fields. The first group of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Volunteers arrived in 1993.
Today TEFL Volunteers work to implement the following three goals:
• Build capacities of English teachers through co-teaching and teacher trainings
• Improve students’ achievement in English through formal classroom teaching and informal student clubs, including English clubs.
• Engage in secondary projects that strengthen the school community.
Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science, assigns a large majority of TEFL Volunteers to the regions where the need for qualified English teachers is greatest and the long-term presence of proficient English speakers is rare.
Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) bring their schools invaluable knowledge and skills in critical thinking, planning, project design and management, organizational development, information gathering, and communication across borders. The TEFL project affords communities the opportunity to communicate and share cultural information with a proficient English speaker who is eager to pursue the three goals of Peace Corps and to inspire the communities’ youth to dream big, about futures they would never have imagined themselves.
Most TEFL Volunteers will work in rural villages throughout the country with limited transportation and sporadic communication. Depending on the size of the school, TEFL Volunteers may teach at the primary as well as secondary school level.
Annual leave is limited to school breaks, which include 1-2 weeks in both fall, winter and spring, and 3 months in summer. Annual leave is not allowed for the first and last 3 months of service, to allow for initial integration and final wrap-up and goodbyes.
To be successful, TEFL Volunteers will need to be open to new challenges and possess a strong sense of creativity. They will work with both adults and children and must be comfortable living and working in environments with limited access to resources, such as textbooks or teaching supplies.
Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic is committed to providing all Volunteers with relevant professional and cultural training for effective service in their communities. All Volunteers receive strong technical training that builds their teaching skills and provides tools to become successful teachers. Volunteers should be prepared for co-teaching and co-planning lessons with Kyrgyzstani counterpart English teachers on a daily basis. Volunteers organize and implement youth camps and clubs during after school hours and during school breaks. Volunteers also participate in the Peace Corps monitoring, reporting, and evaluation (MRE) process.
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