Co-Develop an English Curriculum for Youth Organization


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

Association Tamellalt for Development is a local association in Morocco that has been facilitating after school activities to support students and youth improve their English communication skills. The association facilitates sessions around theater as a tool for the students to express their emotions. They have previously worked with a two year Peace Corps Volunteer. The Volunteer created an English communication club and facilitated English sessions to support students in preparing for their exams.

While the association understands that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer, they believe VSPPs can contribute to their efforts. The association has requested the support of a VSPP with experience facilitating English classes using theater and games to develop Tamellalt’s youths’ English communication skills.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-develop a learning assessment tool to determine the learning needs of club participants
• Co-analyze the results of the learning assessment and identify priority learning objectives
• Co-develop English club lessons using theater, games and conversation practice
• Co-facilitate 1-2 English club curriculum learning sessions per week

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, Morocco time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom 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 of arts/bachelor of science in any field

Experience: Experience teaching English in a foreign country or with TEFL students

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

Education: Bachelor of arts/bachelor of science in education, teaching or related field

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Language: Basic Arabic

• 1 year of experience teaching English in a foreign country or with TEFL students
• Experience facilitating English clubs, afterschool activities, or non-formal education with youth
• Experience facilitating English lessons using theater

Partner background

Name: English club of Tamellalt

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

Association Tamellalt for Development is an association which aims to support Tamellalt’s youth and kids in enhancing their English communication skills through theater and educational activities, debating, sports and camping. The goals of the association are:

• Foster human rights among young members of the association
• Develop communication skills, a sense of creativity and critical thinking as a priority in youth
• Enhance participation in community engagement and citizenship principles
• Encourage women’s participation in different social and cultural activities

The mission of the association is to create an open space for everyone in the community to create and learn, regardless of their gender, race, political affiliation, or beliefs.

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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