STEM Professor and Student Mentor

Project Description

The Ministry of Education (SEP) and Technological Institutes in Mexico have requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as STEM Professors and Student Mentors. Mexico has a growing demand for skilled professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, particularly in industries such as IT, aerospace, and biotechnology. Additionally, many Mexican universities are actively seeking to increase the number of courses and degree programs offered in English to better prepare their students for a globalized job market.

The PCRV will be expected to teach and advise students; facilitate a learning environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage and work in a collaborative manner with those of other cultures or backgrounds; and identify opportunities to build capacity and establish national and international partnerships. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the abilities of students to research, innovate, access professional opportunities, and collaborate internationally.

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

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education (SEP) and Technological Institutes

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and at least six years of academic and teaching experience in a higher education institution OR master’s degree in a STEM field and at least three years of academic and teaching experience in a higher education institution
• Strong communication and social skills
• A culturally sensitive disposition
• Enthusiastic about impactful mentorship and mutually beneficial collaboration
• Basic Spanish language or the willingness and ability to quickly self-learn Spanish language communication skills, including ongoing study and practice during service
• Flexibility, adaptability, and professionalism given a new work environment in a new culture and within the context of the rules, regulations, and core expectations of the Peace Corps.
• Initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to work on a team with potentially limited resources and limited supervision.
• Willingness to learn about and integrate/adapt into Mexican culture and the organizational culture
• 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 Mexico

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Mexico: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, health, and safety -- including health and crime statistics -- in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the medical clearance process.

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