English Teacher Training Curriculum Development Specialist

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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 an English Teacher Training Curriculum Development Specialist for Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) in Puebla state, Mexico. The Mexican government has mandated that English be taught as a second language in all of its public schools (elementary, middle, and high school). However, many English teachers - at all levels - are not sufficiently prepared. Some lack pedagogical skills and many are unable to speak advanced English. Since the summer of 2007, INAOE has been providing physics, math, and computer science training courses to teachers in the Puebla area. Focusing on teacher education has allowed INAOE to reach more students at an early stage who might be interested in STEM career. Using the experience garnered from these training programs, INAOE would like to create a similar program for middle school English language teachers in the area. The project includes the design and development of the course curriculum, lesson plans, and teaching resources and materials, including educational technologies such as smart phone applications. Once the program has been developed and piloted, the goal will be to replicate it in other geographical areas where INAOE has already replicated the physics, math and computer science courses. To do this, the goal is to utilize those teachers already trained at INAOE as trainers for teachers in other states.

An English Teacher Training Curriculum Development Specialist , with an advanced degree and at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience in teaching ESL and training teachers, is needed to create an English language teacher training program focused on empowering local educators to teach English language more effectively and improve their own English. He/she will create a course curriculum including lesson plans and materials for an English teacher training program, develop strategies that can help local educators improve their own English language skills, and design materials and methods that teachers can use in their classrooms. The PCRV will also integrate mobile applications with traditional instruction, implement a pilot course, and create and prepare a group of trained teachers to become trainers of other English teachers in Puebla and other states. The goal of this assignment is to prepare INAOE staff on how to facilitate or implement the program once the volunteer has left.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change. Final invitation decisions will be made by early June.

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

Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE)

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in Education or related field.
• At least 5 years of experience teaching English as a second language.
• 3 to 5 years of experience in training and/or curriculum development.
• Intermediate Spanish.
• 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 in a team with potentially limited resources and limited supervision.
• Willingness to learn about and integrate/adapt into the Mexican culture

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 Mexico

  • Mexico 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: Adderall.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Mexico, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot 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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