Secondary School EFL Teacher

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

Mulitple Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as TEFL Secondary Education volunteers for the Ukrainian Government Secondary Educational Establishment. Secondary Schools/Gymnasiums/Lyceums provide more advanced education in foreign languages, including in-depth study of English. Some Secondary Schools and Vocational Colleges provide education to underprivileged children/youth and to those who had been internally displaced due to conflict in Eastern Ukraine and require psycho-social support. The mission is aimed at promoting students’ cross-cultural awareness, communication skills, social activism, and independent learning. The staff actively supports ideas of cultural exchange, innovative teaching technologies, and democratic values. The Peace Corps TEFL project aims to build the capacity of students’ and teachers’ ability to communicate and encourages independent thinking and problem solving through the creation of an interactive learning environment and through the use of contemporary methods and materials.

Individuals interested in this position should have a degree in education, or a related field, or teaching experience as they are needed to assist Ukrainian teachers and students in broadening personal, professional and academic opportunities through English. The PCRVs will promote democracy through teaching processes including new methodologies that emphasize critical thinking skills, cooperative learning, and greater understanding across international borders. The PCRVs will team-teach classes with Ukrainian colleagues, organize teacher training events in their communities with focus on teaching communicative methodology, improving English language skills of current teachers, and promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills. In addition, the volunteers will be involved in the development of teacher trainings and a binder/electronic collection of English language lesson plans and instructional materials. The goal of this assignment is to promote students’ cross-cultural awareness, communication skills, social activism, and independent learning.

All PCRVs in Ukraine will live with a host family for the first 6 months of service and then they will have the option to find alternative housing. This is done to help with cultural integration and to increase safety and security. At a minimum, the Volunteer will have a private room with a lock on the door.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Ukraine at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change and 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

Ukrainian Government Secondary Educational Establishment (Secondary Schools/Gymnasiums/Lyceums/Vocational Colleges)

Required Skills

• BA/BS in Secondary Education with concentration in English, TEFL or a foreign language OR
• BA/BS in liberal arts or social science OR a BA/BS in any discipline with at least 30 hours of English, foreign language, or literacy tutoring experience with primary school, middle or high school students, or adults
• Experience developing and/or adapting teaching materials
• Strong teaching, presentation, facilitation, and communication skills
• Intermediate to low level in Ukrainian or Russian language is a plus
• Experience working with and/or providing psycho-social support to children/youth is a plus
• Evidence of personal maturity and patience to work under challenging circumstances including flexibility in adapting to local circumstances and constraints

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 Ukraine

  • Ukraine may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; 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: gluten, peanuts.
  • After arrival in Ukraine, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.


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