English Education Specialist

Project Description

The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport in Georgia has requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as English Education Specialists. Building a strong and effective education system and policy is one of the top priorities of Georgian Government. The Ministry has identified challenges to the quality of education at all levels of preschool, general, higher, and vocational education. English language skills development at general education level is one of the main goals for building strong human capital and labor force that meets the demands of modern market. Over 80 English language Volunteers serve each year in remote and rural schools of Georgia, supporting local teachers and students in strengthening English language programs. As Peace Corps Georgia prioritizes more rural schools to support those in need, there are schools that need more specialized support and technical expertise to take their English language program, professional skills, and language proficiency of teachers and students to the next level. These are district level central schools, that have previously worked with two-year Volunteers and have matured to move forward with more targeted and higher level objectives in English language program development. There are four of areas where the schools see a need for an experienced Volunteer to support further growth of their English language program: teacher professional training, speaking and writing skills, instructional resources, and project management.

The PCRVs will support the schools to design and deliver trainings on modern methodologies for teachers’ professional development. The PCRVs will also work collaboratively with Georgian teachers to improve the student’s speaking and writing skills. Schools are very active in developing and searching for grant opportunities with various organizations including Peace Corps. Teachers are interested in building their proposal writing and project management skills in order to support their schools with innovative projects that provide resources, services, and infrastructure for their schools and help improve teaching and learning environments for students. The goal of this assignment is to improve the overall capacity of the English language department in public schools.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Georgia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Public Schools under the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Education, Pedagogy, TESOL, Youth Work, Youth Development or related field;
• At least three years of experience teaching English at educational institutions or in a non-formal educational setting;
• Strong knowledge of advanced teaching methodologies such as: project-based learning, differentiated instruction, flipped classroom, and others
• Experience with teacher professional development and teacher trainings
• Experience planning and implementing non-formal education/extracurricular activities in the educational or community setting;
• Experience in project design and implementation;
• Strong communication skills
• Strong computer and digital skills
• Strong leadership skills
• Highly motivated and flexible
• High levels of energy
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

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.

Serving in Georgia

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Medical Considerations

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