Secondary English Teacher Training
“My biggest success is inspiring teachers to look beyond the teacher-centered methodology they were accustomed to using and trying a new teaching technique with new ideas to try – giving encouragement that they don’t have to do things like everyone else.”
Rejoyce MilamVolunteer in Kyrgyz Republic
Volunteers train English teachers via formal classes, workshops, and informal activities.
Depending on your specific assignment, you might:
- Work with new and experienced English teachers, train student teachers at teachers' colleges, or provide experienced teachers with in-service training in communicative methodologies, subject content, and resource development
- Increase local teachers' English language competency and conversational skills
- Encourage peer support and mentoring in their community
How do I qualify?
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.
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.
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