English Curriculum Specialist

Before You Apply

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

Project Description

An English Curriculum Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in designing curriculum for English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is needed to promote English at Universidad Especializada de las Américas (UDELAS). UDELAS is an official institution of higher education dedicated to social impact and innovative teaching, research, outreach and management. It was created to educate competent professionals and entrepreneurs who have the scientific knowledge and humanitarianism to commit themselves to the development of the country. UDELAS integrates the teaching of English in all its faculties, extensions and programs. It is a university that is preparing the technicians, and specialists in different careers and for that reason it is considered very beneficial to implement an English curriculum related to the area of specialization of the students so that they will have great success in their work field. The university is trying to design English-based English courses for specific purposes (ESP). In addition, with the traditional model most students did not give much importance to learn English because they did not consider it useful or significant in their field of work or professional life. In adopting this model, based on specific English, it will give a lot of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation to the students to learn English. The adaptation of this model based on specific English prepares students to be successful in their work field since it will create a balance or close relationship between a knowledge of a specific subject and English language in that subject.

The English Curriculum Specialist will promote English within the UDELAS community in multiple ways. UDELAS would like the Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to analyze the first faculty pilot for specific English, review establish standards and execution, assist in ESP curriculum design, prepare a second pilot, design didactic materials for subjects working with English teachers, review brochures and manuals, and provide training to ESP instructors.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information

UDELAS (Universidad Especializada de Las Américas) Specialized University of the Americas

Required Skills

• B.A. in English, Education, TEFL or related degree.
• Advanced/fluent written and spoken Spanish
• 2-3 years of experience teaching at a high school or university level, or with adult and/or non-formal education
• 2-3 years in teaching ESP (English for specific purposes)
• Experience in writing the curriculum design for English with specific purposes
• Previous experience in the planning, coordination and implementation of academic and cultural activities
• Experience creating lesson plans
• Experience planning and facilitating workshops in Spanish and English
• Ability to take initiative, be flexible and self-sufficient

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 Panama

  • Panama 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 Panama, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive 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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