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Primary Teacher Training

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"My counterpart wrote lesson plans for a teaching competition. The plans were well put together, using methods starkly different from any other competitor, and she won the biggest prize - and she did it herself. I like to think that only a year ago, this may not have happened, which speaks volumes about the possible successes of team teaching.”

Bridgette Ames Volunteer in Kyrgyz Republic

Volunteers provide formal and informal training and support to elementary school teachers and provide classroom instruction.

Depending on your specific assignment, you might:

  • Work in one or several schools or teachers' colleges, modeling participatory methodologies, conducting workshops, and providing ongoing support to local teachers
  • Develop primary education projects focusing specifically on the environment, early childhood development or special education, TEFL, literacy and math, science, or basic health education
  • Co-teach or offer direct instruction to students

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.

How will this 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 to train local teachers 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 Jan 30 2014