Co-design and Co-facilitate Afterschool ESL program for Rural Students


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

McLain Association for Children (MAC) Georgia has been implementing an After School English Program under the Rural Schools Program since 2012. The aim of the project is to develop English listening, reading, speaking, writing, critical thinking and group working skills among students who are marginalized or underserved. As part of the initiative, MAC Georgia hires professional English teachers to work with the students of middle and secondary level during afterschool hours and to teach English in a creative and engaging way (mostly using informal education activities like games, debates, discussion, etc.).

Students also work on projects aimed at raising their awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs are used as thematic topics for English club discussions, and time is used to build awareness on SDGs among students. Additionally, students get training in project planning and management that they can use beyond this SoVE. Currently, 10 rural public schools throughout Georgia are involved in the project (about 200 students throughout the country).

Several two-year Peace Corps Volunteers have previously partnered with MAC Georgia in their secondary projects. MAC Georgia sees the value of a VSPP supporting them in their efforts to enhance the overall quality of the rural English support program, including the curriculum, sessions and capacity of teachers.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:
-Co-design ongoing English club programming replicated in ten different rural schools of Georgia by enriching with evidence-based and innovative ideas and activities that will help students improve listening, reading, speaking, writing and study skills (2 hours per week asynchronous and1 hour per week synchronous; September-December)
-Co-facilitate one English club meeting with students per week (1 hour per week, synchronous; September-December)
-Co-design projects that will help students increase their awareness of the selected six youth-focused Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (1 hour per week; July – December)
-Co-facilitate ten project planning consultation sessions on six youth-focused SDGs aimed at helping local youth leaders to design and implement projects in their communities. (1 hour per week, synchronous; 1 hour per week asynchronous)
-Co-design and co-facilitate a 5-hour training program for partner schools’ English teachers that aims to equip them with the expertise necessary to effectively plan and deliver English language teaching (ELT) activities within their schools (10 hours total, time TBD)

This engagement is expected to be approximately 27 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 7-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during extended office hours, 08:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. GMT+4 time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Laptop, Zoom, Gmail, for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field
Experience: Experience teaching students or youth in formal classroom or non-formal educational setting

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

-Bachelor’s degree in Education OR
-Bachelor’s degree in any field with TEFL Certificate

Technical Skills:
-Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
-Familiarity with the Sustainable Development Goals

-Georgian Language – Beginner

-Experience working in Georgia
-1 year experience in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
-1 year experience in planning, organizing and executing English as a Second Language Activities
-Experience with community service project planning and implementation

Partner background

Name: McLain Association for Children (MAC) Georgia

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

MAC Georgia, provides support, education, and resources for vulnerable persons of all abilities while building the skills and knowledge of the families and communities that care for them.

MAC Georgia shares the following beliefs:

-Access to appropriate services and qualified professionals will enable persons with disabilities to reach their full potential
-Investment in the education of a few will impact the lives of many
-Introduction of appropriate tools and knowledge into the context of a particular country will create lasting, meaningful change in that country.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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