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Thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers Teach English, Math, Science in Local Schools

Peace Corps recognizes International Education Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2011 In light of International Education Week (Nov. 14 to Nov. 18), the Peace Corps recognizes the contributions of Peace Corps education volunteers who work with local schools to develop innovative materials and curriculums to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL), math, science and other subjects. Today, 40 percent of Peace Corps volunteers work in the education sector.

Education volunteers also help train teachers in primary, secondary, and special education schools. Occasionally, volunteers are placed in universities to teach advanced English language skills to students. Education is the largest area of need identified by countries requesting Peace Corps assistance.

International Education Week is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Below are recent examples of Peace Corps volunteer teaching English:

Nicaragua:
Peace Corps volunteers Elizabeth Toledo of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Joe Gonzalez of San Benito, Texas, organized an English festival where 10 student groups competed in drama, dance and singing performances in English in front of more than 200 people at their local high school.

Peace Corps volunteer Monica Schneiderman of North Olmsted, Ohio, teaches linguistics to university students and has created lesson plans to assist future teachers.

Martin Hadsell do Nascimento of Hartford, Conn., initiated a film project with his English class where the students filmed their daily lives and used their English vocabulary to describe their activities.

Rwanda:
Peace Corps volunteers Kay Howell of Yakima, Wash., Jane Markey Culver of St. Louis, Mo., and Allison Radke of Washburn, Wis., teach English as a foreign language in Rwanda. Currently, more than 70 education volunteers teach English, math, science and information communication technology in secondary schools. Volunteers also organize after school clubs, youth camps and teach HIV/AIDS prevention to their students.

Ukraine:
Peace Corps volunteers Travis Tucker of Longmont, Colo., Melissa Krut of Gettysburg, Pa., Andrea Zimmermann of Godfrey, Ill., and Samantha Kyrkostas of Sea Cliff, N.Y., are teaching English as a foreign language in Ukraine. Since Ukraines TEFL program began in September 1993, nearly 2,500 volunteers have worked to improve the quality of the English language instruction. Currently, there are currently more than 300 volunteers teaching in secondary schools and universities.

About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

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