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Education Assignments

Learn more about how to qualify for the type of Volunteer assignments listed below. Visit our interactive map for current Volunteer openings in this work area by country and departure dates.

  • Secondary English Teaching

    Teach conversational English, English as a foreign language(TEFL), or content-based English in middle and high schools. 

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants may qualify with a bachelor's degree in any discipline and supplemental experience (described in the next column). Competitive applicants will have a bachelor's degree in English, TEFL, or linguistics; OR state certification and supplemental experience.

    Experience


    Applicants must have at least three months or 30 hours of English, TEFL, foreign language, or literacy tutoring experience with middle school, high school, or adult students in classrooms or small group settings. Applicants can be recent college graduates or those with years of classroom experience. Other relevant experience includes community organizing and work with community groups; drama activities; health or HIV/AIDS education; civics education; youth development work, such as youth group counseling; and computer literacy.

  • Primary Teacher Training

    Act as a resource for elementary school teachers and occasionally provide classroom instruction.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants must have a strong background in elementary education and a bachelor's degree in elementary or early childhood education;
    OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline and certification in elementary education;
    OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline and full-time classroom teaching experience at the preschool or elementary level for one year or more. Competitive applicants have state teaching certification.

    Experience


    Virtually all applicants have teaching experience, ranging from one semester of student teaching to many years of full-time teaching. Other relevant experience includes knowledge of teaching methodologies at the K–6 level, experience in development of educational materials, and skills in classroom management.

  • Secondary Math and Science Teaching

    Teach basic concepts, including remedial math, geometry, algebra, statistics, probability, and calculus.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Math: Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in math, computer science, or engineering;
    OR a degree in any discipline with a minor in math (15 semester or 22 quarter hours);
    OR a degree in secondary education with a concentration in math;
    OR a degree in any discipline with certification in secondary math.

    Science: Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in general science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, or any physical or biological science;
    OR a degree in secondary education with a concentration in any science;
    OR a degree in any discipline with certification in secondary science;
    OR a degree in any discipline with a minor (15 semester or 22 quarter hours) in biology, chemistry, or physics.

    Experience


    Applicants typically have at least three months of experience in tutoring or informal teaching with small groups. Classroom teaching experience is preferred. Other relevant experience includes community service, especially with youth; youth development work; camp counseling; health and HIV/AIDS; environmental education; and computer literacy.

  • Secondary English Teacher Training

    Train student teachers at teachers' colleges or provide in-service training to experienced teachers.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a concentration in English, TEFL, or a foreign language;
    OR a bachelor's degree in these subjects and six months of full-time classroom teaching the same subjects at the secondary level;
    OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline and full-time classroom teaching experience in the same subjects at the secondary level for one year or more;
    OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline with secondary education state certification in English, TEFL, or foreign language;
    OR a master's degree in education with a concentration in English, TEFL, or a foreign language; OR a master's degree in teaching English, TEFL, a foreign language, or applied linguistics.

    Experience


    All applicants are university graduates with experience as student teachers, graduate teaching assistants, or substitute teachers; or they have at least six months of full-time teaching experience. Applicants should be comfortable working in large classroom settings.

  • Special Education Teacher Training

    Work with education offices, schools, and local teachers, focusing on methodology, individualized instruction, classroom management, and resource development.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in special education;
    OR a bachelor's degree with certification in special education;
    OR a bachelor's degree in education with one year full-time experience working with populations described in the next column;
    OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline with one year of experience described in the next column.

    Experience


    Applicants must have experience working with those who have learning or developmental disabilities; emotional, physical, or multiple handicaps; or those who are hearing or visually impaired. This experience can range from student teaching to many years of teaching in a school system or working in an institution. Many applicants have experience working with individuals with disabilities in group homes or other organizations.

  • University English Teaching

    Work with university-level students who need enhanced English-language skills to utilize academic and technical resources published in English.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants must have a master's degree in English or any foreign language;
    OR a master's degree in TEFL or linguistics. Some applicants with supplemental experience may qualify with a master's degree in English, history, language arts, humanities, or other social science with supplemental experience.

    Experience


    Most applicants have full- or part-time experience as graduate teaching assistants, substitute teachers, tutors, or student teachers. Other relevant experience includes working with community organizations or on projects involving adult literacy programs, environmental or health education, or drama activities; and editing or writing for college literary magazines or newspapers.

A benefit of Volunteering as a teacher is that some states waive student teaching requirements or provide preliminary teaching credentials for returned Peace Corps Volunteers. 

CAL provides external validation to a new Peace Corps TEFL Certificate

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is acting as an external consultant for the Peace Corps to review and validate Peace Corps standards and disseminate information about the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate to be earned by Volunteers based on their 27 months of service. A pilot program is underway.

How can being an education Volunteer advance my career?

Through serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can gain fluency in a foreign language, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding, attributes that are highly sought-after assets in today's global economy. Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in education is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for National and Community Service, public and private school districts across the U.S., and many private companies and nongovernmental organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.

Also See:  Volunteer Benefits

Last updated Oct 30 2014