IT Teacher & 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 an IT Teacher & Trainer at the Upton Gardens Girls’ Center in Castries, St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean. Upton Gardens provides quality care to young girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who are abused, neglected, displaying maladjustment behaviors or other behavioral problems. Although participation in the program is not mandatory for the girls, the staff attempts to create an environment of warmth, trust and encouragement such that even the most difficult girls tend to feel a sense of belonging and want to stay in the program. Appropriate interventions and strategies are utilized to help girls work on their behaviors, with the aim of reinforcing positive behavior, reducing or eliminating the negative and helping them to develop problem solving skills, increase coping capacity and build self-esteem. Upton Gardens Girls’ Center also seeks to empower girls 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 girls the center serves are able to develop computer skills.

An IT Teacher & Trainer, with a degree or technical certificate and at least 3 years’ professional teaching experience, is needed to teach basic computer skills and the use of some of the most common programs used in business, such as Microsoft Office. The PCRV will provide quality instruction to individuals and groups of students on word processing programs, desktop publishing, spreadsheets and other programs, plan lessons, create instructional materials, and use a variety of resources to facilitate learning, 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, develop a IT course curriculum and related materials that can be used by other teachers, and train designated staff on how to use the curriculum and best practices for teaching the IT course effectively. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the Center to meet the girls’ learning needs related to IT skills.

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

Partner Information

Upton Gardens Girls’ Center

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree or technical training certificate in Information Technology or a related field from an accredited college, university, or technical training institute
• At least 3 years’ experience as a teacher
• Experience or exposure to working with at-risk students
• Experience designing lessons and learning activities for IT-related courses
• 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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