Literacy Intervention 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

Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as a Literacy Intervention Teacher and Trainer at the Ministry of Education, Reconciliation & Ecclesiastical Affairs, Curriculum Development Unit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Over the years, concerns have been raised about the low literacy levels throughout schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Ministry of Education has responded in several ways - provision of higher education and on-going professional development training for classroom practitioners in literacy education, appointment of literacy coordinators, implementation of the literacy block was the main strategy for lesson delivery, providing appropriate graded level material. Recently, an inception meeting was held with the relevant stakeholders to implement the OECS/USAID Early Learners Program which will focus on raising the levels of literacy in Grades K-3 for the next four years. Despite the attention given to literacy, students’ achievement is still below the targeted standards. Broadly, this project aims to improve teaching of literacy in schools. Ultimately, it is expected that participating primary and lower secondary school students would perform at the appropriate grade level and struggling students would improve by at least two grade levels.

A Literacy Intervention Teacher and Trainer, with at least a bachelor’s degree in reading, literacy or related field and five years’ professional experience as a primary or secondary school teacher, is needed to work with several schools to improve literacy achievement. The PCRVs will provide focused literacy instruction to small groups of students at designated school sites, identify and/or create appropriate teaching and learning resources that would enhance lesson planning and lesson delivery, and introduce best practices in literacy. The PCRVs will also train relevant staff in conducting and analyzing student assessments and using assessment data to drive instruction, guide and support staff in conducting individual student assessments and developing action plans, and conduct parent workshops and trainings to help parents promote and support literacy at home. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the literacy achievement of the selected students and build their teachers’ and parents’ capacity to address their literacy development learning needs.

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

Partner Information

Ministry of Education, Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs, Information - Curriculum Development Unit

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Education, English, or a similar literacy-related field
• Five or more years’ experience as a successful primary/secondary school teacher
• Experience developing and/or conducting education related training sessions
• Experience working with at-risk students or students from a developing country
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Willingness to persevere through challenges (travel, climate, interacting with multiple people and agencies etc.)
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development

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

Before you apply, please 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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