Special Education Advisor

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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) who speaks advanced Spanish is needed to serve as a Special Education Advisor for the 9 de Octubre School. Founded 31 years ago, the 9 de Octubre School provides formal education to students aged 3-20 who are mentally, physically, socially, and/or emotionally delayed. The school currently offers three formal education levels: kindergarten, primary, and secondary education. With a holistic approach to special education, the school aims to equip students with the necessary skills and abilities for full inclusion. Special education in Peru is not a government priority and therefore, there is little-to-no investment in training teachers, supporting parents, infrastructure improvements, medical attention, and so on. Teachers at special education schools are not well trained for the demands of large classrooms of children with various disabilities. As a result, these students do not receive a quality education, a situation which is aggravated by communities looking down upon children with special needs due to a lack of information and awareness. The school’s leadership, including the Parents Association (APAFA), are seeking a PCRV to support their efforts to improve educational practices.

A Special Education Advisor with experience teaching students with various disabilities and training other teachers will work with the primary level at the 9 de Octubre School. Specifically, the PCRV will train the school community (principal, teachers, and parents) how to design a pedagogical model that would consider the strengths of the school and the community. With the support of the APAFA, the Special Education Advisor will assess the current situation at the school to identify and prioritize opportunities, which will be presented to the community. The pedagogical improvement plan developed by the PCRV will be implemented by the school principal, teachers, and parents under the PCRV’s guidance. In addition, the Special Education Advisor will design a training package featuring innovative methodologies and techniques, which will be presented to the community and co-facilitated with an assigned teacher. The goal of this assignment is to advise the 9 de Octubre School on improving educational practices that take the specific disability of the students into account.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Peru 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.

Partner Information

Special Education School (CEBE) “9 DE OCTUBRE”

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Special Education
• 3 to 4 years of experience working with children with multiple and severe disabilities in school settings
• 1 to 2 years of experience training teachers and parents in topics related to special education
• Demonstrated ability to design improvement processes and to monitor and evaluate the impact of the processes
• Advanced-mid to high level Spanish to be able to communicate fluently and train teachers, parents, and community members

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 Peru

  • Peru may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; 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: none identified.
  • After arrival in Peru, 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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