You will likely start your day by waking up to greet the tangerine sun rising over the horizon. As you finish your coffee to the sounds of singing swallows and crowing roosters, you’ll gather your lesson plans and graded papers and head to school, greeted by dozens of neighbors along the way. In class, you are greeted by dozens of excited students in their khaki uniforms, collectively shouting “good morning Teacher, how are you?” as you walk in. After teaching your daily classes, you might eat some couscous, fried dough, or fried plantains under the shade of a cashew tree with your colleagues. After having visited the market and having dinner, you might sit under the stars, enjoy the evening breeze, and converse with neighbors.
While this the picture of a typical day, every day is different. Conducting student clubs, practicing the local language, maintaining a school garden with students, coaching a youth soccer team, going for hikes, and napping under mango trees, are only some of the many activities that fill the day of a TEFL volunteer in Benin. If this adventure, cultural exchange, and means of making a positive impact appeals to you then apply today!
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 provides 120 hours of standardized training and practice teaching along with two years of supervised teaching experience. The Certificate program is validated by the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. Those that earn the certificate will find it a recognized credential for teaching both in the U.S. and abroad.
A s a TEFL Volunteer, your primary duties will entail:
• Writing lesson plans, quizzes, and exams;
• Teaching 4-5 middle school English classes per year with class sizes ranging from 40-70 students using student-centered teaching methods to encourage critical thinking and prepare students for national examinations;
• Collaborating with local teachers by co-planning and co-teaching;
• Motivating students to learn English by integrating themes such as malaria prevention, food security, hygiene & sanitation, and gender equity;
• Helping students practice their English skills;
• Participating in weekly faculty meetings, grading and supervising exams;
• Participating in six online discussion sessions for TEFL certification;
• Working with parents and community members (PTAs) to increase their awareness of education and their connection to the school;
• Creating and facilitating an English club.
Secondary activities can greatly enhance your Volunteer experience by initiating projects outside your primary assignment. Examples are:
• Plant a garden at your school to promote greater food security;
• Paint wall murals with health messages at the local health center;
• Help in the distribution of mosquito nets and give awareness sessions to students and the community;
• Design and implement local summer camps.
The program provides 120 hours of standardized training and practice teaching, along with two years of supervised teaching experience with quarterly online learning events. The Certificate program is validated by the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. This certificate has been regarded and recognized as a comprehensive TEFL Certification.
Four required online assignments start three months before your arrival. Assignment completion is required to earn the Certificate. The assignments provide a basic introduction to teaching, introduce invitees to Peace Corps’ approach to teaching, and allow invitees and staff to interact prior to departure.
Peace Corps promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in Benin will have the opportunity to implement appropriate gender-related activities. This may include summer camps, clubs, sports teams, etc.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check