Science 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

Three Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as Science Teacher Trainers for Rural Teacher Training Institutes in Liberia. Rural Teacher Training Institutes (RTTIs) are owned by the Government of Liberia with the purpose and mandate of professionally training and preparing qualified teachers to be placed in the Liberian school system. The curriculum implemented helps its students achieve elementary level and middle school level certification, as credited by the government through the Ministry of Education. Liberia continues to have gaps in the number of teachers in math and science across the country at all levels. Peace Corps Liberia hopes that its Volunteers will continue to create a pipeline of math and science professionals in collaboration with its partners.

The Science Teacher Trainers, with Bachelor’s degrees in Science and at least two years’ experience in teaching science, will each be placed at one of three RTTIs to help address the underlying development issues and needs. They will plan, prepare, and deliver high quality training that meets the needs of different learners, taking individual learning styles into account. In addition, they will provide support to their science-teaching colleagues by planning and facilitating workshops and developing instructional materials. The goal of this assignment is for the Response Volunteers to build the capacity of both the students and colleagues in science instruction.

Please note that candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Liberia together as a group, so the departure date is not flexible. 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.

Partner Information

Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute (ZRTTI) Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) Webbo Rural Teacher Training Institute (WRTTI)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in Science
• At least two years of experience in teaching math and/or science in the formal or non-formal sector
• Ability to adapt to and work in a very low-resource environment, including very limited transportation, internet access, and other amenities

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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