The Ministry of Education of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent, and the Grenadines have requested Peace Corps Volunteers be assigned to Grades 1-3 to improve learning and literacy skills in classrooms and after-school programs. Primary English Literacy Volunteers teach with and support their teachers and guide their students’ learning in and out of the classroom. They also create teaching aids, develop libraries and improve access to books, and guide parents on language learning at home.
The project addresses teachers, students, parents, and academic resources. Your role as a counterpart literacy teacher is to brainstorm and share perspectives in classroom management, behavior management, and teaching strategies, which will positively impact the professional development of your counterpart teachers. Your work with the students in the classroom, in the library, and after school, through formal and informal learning strategies, will improve the literacy and life skills of the children. Coordinating with the school administration and donor organizations, you will establish or develop the school’s library. Through outreach into the community, you will develop partnerships among parents and community members to better support the school and their children's acquisition of literacy skills.
Pre-Service Training concludes at the start of the school year. Coordinating with one or two teachers as counterparts, in addition to the principal, you will assess your students’ reading proficiency to establish baseline data and identify each student’s strengths and needs. With that data, you and your counterpart teachers will design and implement lessons and activities tailored to the students. Lessons and activities may entail co-teaching, small group work, pull-out groups, or observation and intervention when needed. At the same time, you will assess the school’s resources and in time determine where your efforts are best directed. You may direct your time on the library, after-school activities, service-learning activities, instructional technology resources, community outreach, or a bit of all of these.
After school programs include literacy-focused activities such as book clubs and readers’ theater, teacher-student workshops on using technology in the classroom, running a student-managed library system, and even family literacy activities where parents join their children for late afternoon or evening events. Engaging the family, and the community, is of incredible benefit to the students and the school, and we anticipate that these opportunities will come to you after much effort integrating yourself in the school and community.
We encourage you to generate interest in and to support a diverse array of clubs and camps including sports clubs, leadership camps, environmental clubs, and computer clubs. The opportunities are as diverse and interesting as our communities, students and Volunteers. These secondary projects are often where our Volunteers’ passions lie, and are as important to the students and the communities as are the primary tasks of academic instruction.
Finally, you will partner with Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean staff to monitor and document your progress and to collect data to assess the impact of the project on your community. We share this information with all our stakeholders and Peace Corps staff in country use the information to better manage the project.
To prepare you for the assignment, all Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean Volunteers join us in St. Lucia for an initial 5 weeks of Pre-Service Training (PST). You then go to your assignment on Dominica, Grenada or St. Vincent or St. Lucia, and train for another month on skills and knowledge specific to your island, such as Ministry initiatives, language, and safety strategies. You also set up the essentials to live, including banking, utilities, and housing. There is a third phase of training, a 6-week practicum, where you settle into your school, carry out action-learning tasks, and then debrief every Friday with literacy experts and the Program Manager. The practicum offers real-world experience while lending technical support, cultural insight and moral support as you manage the unique environment.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check