Science Lab Training Coordinator

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Science Lab Training Coordinator for the School System of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia in Liberia. Since 1974, Liberian students have only been allowed to sit the theory portion of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) science exam because of the absence of laboratories. In order to be accepted as a full member of WAEC, Liberia has decided to move to the full exam. However, the challenge of not having laboratories and trained educators to be able to set up laboratories and develop simple experiments still means that Liberian students will not be able to full gain success in the sciences. Therefore, there is a compelling need for a PCRV who could help set up laboratories, develop simple and inexpensive experiments, and train Peace Corps Volunteers and their host country counterparts.

The Science Lab Training Coordinator, with at least three of classroom teaching experience and experience with science lab training/teaching in low resource environment is needed to organize training sessions for the science teachers of the 27 schools of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia and help set up science laboratories in the schools. The PCRV will also train Peace Corps Volunteers and their counterparts in science lab techniques and how to prepare students for the lab science portion of the WASSEC exam. The overall goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of Liberia’s education sector by training science teachers and providing for the development of science laboratories in the schools.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Liberia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

School System of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor's degree in Biology/Chemistry/Physics
• Minimum 3 years’ classroom teaching experience
• Minimum 2 years’ science lab training/teaching in low resource environment

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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