Special Education Teacher

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Project Description

A Special Education Teacher with proficiency in French, a degree in Special Education, and at least three years’ special education teaching experience is needed to work with the Fondation Internationale TIerno et MAriam (FITIMA) in Guinea. The Guinean government has ratified the convention for people living with disabilities; however, their well-being isn’t integrated in local development programs. Children with psychomotor and sensory disabilities aren’t allowed in common schools. This vulnerability motivated FITIMA to establish a center in Conakry (Guinea) in 2010. FITIMA has requested the assistance of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV), who will assist them to create individual student reports and design and implement individual education plans.

The PCRV will be working with the staff of FITIMA to build their capacity to offer the children some daily services in care and education. In addition to working on individual student reports and individual education plans, the PCRV will also develop written resources on special education, including activity plans and reports. The overall goal is to help FITIMA to provide care for children with disabilities through appropriate education, while participating in skills transfer with the other staff.

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

Partner Information

Fondation Internationale TIerno et MAriam (FITIMA)

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 Special Education, or other related education field
• Proficiency in French- candidates with very strong technical skills will be considered with only basic French proficiency
• Certification in special education, elementary (primary) education, secondary education, or related education certification
• At least 3 years’ successful special education teaching experience
• At least 3 years’ experience conducting assessments
• Knowledge of safety procedures to be used when students display challenging physical behaviors
• Experience creating and facilitating training sessions for adults
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

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.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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