Are you a passionate educator, a cultural explorer, and a learner willing to face challenges? If the answer is yes, then Peace Corps seeks applicants like you who have the passion, flexibility, and resiliency to support classroom initiatives in the amazing West African country of Guinea. Teaching in Guinea is a never-ending adventure that begins with learning French, forming lasting bonds with your fellow Volunteers, and developing incredible friendships with people throughout your community. Volunteers are placed in the hills, in the desert, near the beach, or in the forest, where you’ll learn as much about yourself as you teach your students. A typical day begins with the first call to prayer at dawn; you will then begin the school day by greeting your smiling students with “Bonjour.” After classes, you’ll come home to enjoy a typical Guinean meal of rice and sauce. Your afternoons are free to develop as you see fit – afternoons can be spent teaching revision lessons to your students, learning the local language with your best Guinean friend, hiking in the mountains and soaking in waterfalls, developing a community garden in your village, educating young women on anti-malarial activities, shopping for mangoes in the market, or sipping endless amounts of ataya (tea).
Peace Corps has a long and rich history in Guinea. Since 1963, Peace Corps Volunteers have been working in the education sector, helping students, teachers, and community members become empowered and engaged citizens. Volunteers will be assigned to teach high-school level Math in a small town or rural community. Volunteers may also be asked to teach other subjects, such as English or biology, depending on the needs of the school.
The Education program’s goals focus on the following three areas:
Goal 1: Improving student achievement.
Volunteers focus on improving student achievement in critical thinking and annual exams through quality classroom teaching. Volunteers also participate in extracurricular activities such as science fairs, afterschool clubs, and other student-focused events.
Goal 2: Improving local capacity.
Volunteers help build the capacity of Guinean teachers by modeling effective teaching techniques, developing and using appropriate resources, and practicing hands-on learning. Volunteers form communities of practice with local teachers to discuss and exchange ideas on the current state of education.
Goal 3. Promoting gender-equitable classroom practices.
Volunteers will promote gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. All Volunteers in this program will receive in-depth training on incorporating methods of gender analysis into community assessment and development efforts. You will be encouraged to find culturally appropriate ways to incorporate gender awareness and the promotion of youth, especially girls, into your work and projects as appropriate and report on these efforts and their impact.
This assignment will require a high level of motivation, initiative, and patience. It will also require a certain level of confidence in your abilities, an enthusiasm for working with students of different age groups (which may vary from 12-19 years old), and adults (fellow teachers), as well as a good deal of creativity and flexibility.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to pursue secondary projects, based on the needs and resources available in your local community, and in accordance with Peace Corps Guinea’s development frameworks. Cross-sector collaboration with health and agroforestry volunteers is encouraged and there may be opportunities to collaborate with other national and international organizations.
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