Literacy Trainer and Mentor

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) with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education is needed to serve as a Literacy Trainer and Mentor for the WE-CARE Foundation. WE-CARE’s mission is to strengthen Liberia’s education sector through the provision of quality reading materials and creative training and teaching skills. Reading Liberia, WE-CARE’s literacy program, is a comprehensive readership program that trains teachers in public elementary schools in strategies for student-centered activities and cooperative learning across the curriculum with strong focus on skills in reading and writing for critical thinking. Teachers are regularly monitored, assessed, and certified. WE-CARE needs assistance in data analysis and program evaluation to improve their Reading Liberia program.

A Literacy Trainer and Mentor with skills in literacy education and administrative skills and experience in supervising others is needed to mentor and coach Liberian WE-CARE staff. The PCRV will also assist with training teachers in child development and literacy and mentor female teacher trainees to teach at upper primary and junior secondary levels. In addition to these primary duties, the PCRV will conduct initial assessments of the Reading Liberia program and analyze and evaluate the findings. The overall goal of this assignment is for the Literacy Trainer and Mentor to build WE-CARE staff capacity and assist in implementing Reading Liberia as a successful program.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Liberia at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

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Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education
• Administrative skills and experience in supervising others
• Skills in literacy education (a reading specialist)
• Experience as a teacher trainer
• Experience with adult education
• Strong writing skills
• Experience conducting evaluation in both formative and summative elements
• Experience and knowledge in writing evaluation reports

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 Liberia

  • Liberia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ophthalmology; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Vyvanse. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified. 
  • After arrival in Liberia, 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 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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