English Education Specialist

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Project Description

Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as English Education Specialists with the National Ministry of Education (MEN) Bilingualism Department in Colombia. The National Bilingualism Program’s objective is to strengthen the teaching and learning of foreign languages in primary and secondary school in order to guarantee comprehensive training, develop global citizenship competencies, and promote the generation of cultural, academic, social and professional opportunities. English for Colombia (ECO 2.0.) is an initiative of this program which consists of a variety of outreach strategies to accommodate and accompany English teachers and students around Colombia, specifically those in rural areas. While this strategy was under development before the COVID-19 pandemic, the abrupt switch to remote and hybrid learning intensified the need for ECO 2.0.
Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and at least 4 years of experience teaching bilingual education, TEFL, ESL, and/or EFL; experience in teacher training; and advanced Spanish language skills are needed to support these efforts. Two PCRVs will work collaboratively with MEN staff to conduct various ECO 2.0 projects at the national level and in their respective host communities in the Department of Cundinamarca outside Bogotá. These include supporting the development of ECO Web, an online platform where teachers and students may access resources; leading virtual conversation clubs; creating graphics, media and virtual events for sharing ECO 2.0 projects with teachers around Colombia; and designing and facilitating virtual workshop series for teachers. The PCRVs will be key contributors to the development of these MEN projects alongside Colombian experts.

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 Colombia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

National Ministry of Education (MEN) Bilingualism Department

Required Skills

• 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
• Bachelor’s Degree in Education or other relevant field, especially English or foreign languages
• At least 4 years of experience teaching bilingual education, TEFL, ESL, and/or EFL
• Experience in Training of Trainers or teacher training at a primary, secondary or university level
• Skilled at designing digital content and/or materials for English teaching
• Minimum B1 or advanced intermediate spoken and written Spanish
• Comfortable with technology and using platforms like WordPress and Canva

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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Medical Considerations

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