English Education 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 Education Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in teaching high school, university or non-formal education classes focused on speaking is needed to promote the English language within the 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. As a product of globalization, all areas of human, political, commercial, and social development have been transformed by the new professional requirements of mastery in the fields of technology and English. Considering this, professionals in all modern society have seen the need to update and transform themselves to gain the necessary competencies with which to become useful and productive individuals. Panama, as a center of international trade and as a tourist destination, needs a bilingual or trilingual workforce. That is why it is very important to prepare students in the knowledge of English, most advantageously in the company of a native speaker. The idea to start an English conversation club with a native speaker was born in the year 2015 at ILTEC (Institute of Languages and Technology). ILTEC, as an entity of UDELAS, organized an English Conversation Club, a complimentary English program to reinforce students’ education in a more comfortable and informal manner. This program allowed participants to comprehend and perform different uses of English and its grammatical structures in a practical and communicative way. This English Conversation Club had great success during its time and UDELAS would like it to continue.

The English Education Specialist will promote the English language within the UDELAS community alongside the ILTEC team. Following this, the primary task will be to maintain interest and motivation toward English in class sessions. The Peace Corps Response Volunteer should elaborate the program of conversational courses at UDELAS, deliver an English conversational club guidebook, including educational materials, strategies and methodologies, and design a survey to monitor and evaluate conversational courses.

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 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
• Expert in the design of English conversational courses.
• 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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