Sign Language 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

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Sign Language Trainer at Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities Inc. (DAPD). The organization endeavors to promote and protect the Human Rights and dignity of persons with Disability and foster their full and active participation, integration and inclusion in social life and national development While DAPD has provided persons with and without disabilities the avenue to communicate through alternate means including facilitating of sign language, communication between persons with speech and hearing impairments and other members of the society still needs to be improved. One of DAPD’s major challenges has been its inability to fully cater for persons with speech and hearing impairments. This has restricted the participation of this disability group in its programs and events. Dominica uses American Sign Language, but presently the island does not have a school for the Deaf. As a result, persons with speech and hearing impairments do not have any structured program whereby sign language can be taught and learned.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer with at least a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language & Deaf Culture or a similar field OR at least a Level 4 level of proficiency in American Sign Language AND at least two-years’ experience working with persons with speech and hearing impairments is needed to teach American Sign Language to members of DAPD and conduct sign language training with persons with speech and hearing impairment. In addition the PCRV will provide support to institutions where sign language programs are conducted and collaborate with DAPD to increase public awareness of the needs of deaf persons by promoting sign language acquisition to educators, family members, and business. The PCRV will be based at DAPD’s headquarters and is expected to work in conjunction with the office staff and DAPD members.

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

Partner Information

Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities Inc. (DAPD)

Required Skills

• At least a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language & Deaf Culture or a similar field OR at least a Level 4 level of proficiency in American Sign Language
• At least two-years’ experience working with persons with speech and hearing impairments
• Good communications skills and can work well with others
• Ability to conduct training in various settings
• 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 in Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: 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: none identified.
  • After arrival in Eastern Caribbean, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and 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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