Computer Skills Special Education Teacher and Trainer

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Computer Skills Special Education Teacher & Trainer at the School for Children with Special Needs in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Eastern Caribbean. The School for Children with Special Needs, Kingstown is one of three schools in the nation serving children with various disabilities. The school currently supports 64 students with a staff of 11 teachers. The students range from early primary aged to early adulthood. There is a negative stigma associated with students with special needs in St. Vincent. Teachers in mainstream schools often feel that students with learning struggles or special needs lack the ability to learn or are “slow learners.” Some parents may find shame in seeking assistance for their child with special needs, fearing the child will be negatively labeled. As a result there is limited resources and support available to special education centers. Schools like the School for Children with Special Needs, Kingstown are challenged with finding an adequate number of highly qualified staff members who are thoroughly trained and prepared to teach children with a range of disabilities. Against this background, the School for Children with Special Needs, Kingstown also seeks to empower able students with the skills and tools they need to be successful in school and work. In a world that is becoming increasingly driven by technology, it is necessary that the children the school serves are able to develop computer skills.

A Computer Skills Special Education Teacher & Trainer, with a degree and certification in education and at least 3 years’ experience in teaching special education, is needed to teach basic computer skills such as mouse control, beginning word processing and web browsing using a Windows operating system. The PCRV will provide quality, specialized instruction in basic computer skills to students with a range of mental, physical, and learning disabilities, plan lessons, create instructional materials, and use a variety of resources to facilitate learning for all assigned students, and guide students in building a portfolio of work that demonstrates their learning. The PCRV will also participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings to support the academic achievement of students, train designated staff on strategies for integrating computer technology into their instruction to enhance students’ learning experiences, and complete and submit reports of work and accomplishments as required. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the school to integrate technology and training into lessons that enhance the students’ learning experiences.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs.

Partner Information

School for Children with Special Needs, Kingstown

Required Skills

• A bachelor’s degree in Special Education, or other related education field
• A certification in special education, elementary (primary) education, secondary education, or related education certification
• At least 3 years’ successful special education teaching experience
• Knowledge of safety procedures to be used when students display challenging physical behaviors
• Experience in ICT integration in special education
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Openness to respect and learn from local knowledge as a basis to the work outlined

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 in Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Eastern Caribbean, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also 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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