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A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Digital Illustrator with the Office for the Production of Educational and Digital Resources (GESPRO) in the Ministry of Public Education (MEP). In 2008, a new statute was passed requiring the Ministry to provide digital resources to students and teachers. Many of the GESPRO team members are self-taught and would benefit from more in-depth/hands-on training and guidance from a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV). The PCRV will be working with a team of 6-8 people, including the Response Volunteer assigned to the Web/Computer Programmer position. All have their own responsibilities, working on different stages of product development but collaboration is encouraged and beneficial to the final product as well as the development of the team and their technical capacity. Once the resources have been designed, they will be sent to National and Regional MEP advisors who train teachers on their use and implementation with students.
A PCRV with proficiency in Illustrator and Photoshop of Adobe CS6 or higher and a high level of illustration ability (including a portfolio to demonstrate quality work) will work with GESPRO to develop digital educational resources for pre-school and primary school students. The team will be working on designing a preschool web application that allows students to create stories with different elements such as images, videos, audios, texts, among others and creating primary-school level game board with dice in digital format that allows a learner to go through different scenarios to solve different challenges related to strengthening values. The Volunteer will create illustrations for digital educational resources, animations, and storyboards, including visualizing and producing artwork and line drawings based on concepts. The goal of this assignment is build the capacity of GESPRO’s technology developers to create educational media resources that meet the requirements imposed by new and modern trends while providing students with the opportunity to interact within digital environments in a very dynamic and realistic way.
Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Costa Rica together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.
GESPRO (Office for the Production of Educational and Digital Resources)
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Proficiency in Illustrator and Photoshop of Adobe CS6 or superior
• High level of illustration ability, and a portfolio to demonstrate quality work
• Excellent drawing and IT skills
• Ability to combine art, design and creative skills to develop ideas and produce original visual images for different needs
• Capable of drawing different kinds of characters
• Use drawing, sketching, and painting to produce illustrations
• Flexibility in drawing styles
• Ability to train other team members on these various programs and help build their technical capacity
• Intermediate Spanish – while some members of your immediate work team can communicate in English several of them are not be fluid in this language. You will also need Spanish for all daily life interactions (getting to work, buying groceries, developing local relationships, etc.).
• Gender and cultural sensibility
• High levels of creativity and problem solving skills
The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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