Special Education Teacher & Program Support Volunteer

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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) is needed to serve as a Special Education Teacher & Program Support Volunteer at Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) & The Grenada School for Special Education in St. George’s, Grenada, Eastern Caribbean. St. George’s University Grand Anse Playgroup (GAP) began the Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) in October 2010. The program aims to serve children ages 2-8 (approx.) with special needs in Grenada. This free program is designed to offer play-based learning for children in a safe, developmentally appropriate environment staffed by dedicated volunteers. ECIP at the GAP pairs one volunteer and a child with special needs (Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, and Global Developmental Delay) to play and learn together. Volunteers work with the same child monthly (one 3-hour session per month) throughout the 10-month program. This consistency enables the volunteer/child team to develop a trusting relationship each session. While children are playing, parents can choose to join the support group on site, or take time for themselves to see to unmet needs of their own (for rest, meditation, errands, dentist, doctor appointments, whatever they need to get done. Often, all parents stay for the group meetings. Separate from the ECIP program, the Grenada School for Special Education is a government run school which provides a comprehensive instructional program suited to the needs of students with identified special needs from primary to secondary grades. Although the school serves some students whose disabilities limit their cognitive capacity, there are many students who have the potential to reach high academic levels, particularly in the areas of literacy and mathematics. The Grenada School for Special Education seeks the assistance of an experienced special education teacher who provides effective literacy and numeracy instruction to small groups of students at the school 2 – 3 days per week.

A Special Education Teacher & Program Support Volunteer, with a degree or certification related to special education and at least three years of experience in parent-child support programs for persons with disabilities, is needed to assist with the growth and coordination of the ECIP program, while also providing instructional support to the nearby Grenada School for Special Education. For ECIP, the PCRV will recruit, contact, and orient volunteers and families to the service, organize activities and develop IEPs for children in the program, and assist the team with fundraising for transportation subsidies and resources. For the Grenada School, the Volunteer will also provide quality, specialized instruction in literacy and numeracy to students with a range of mental, physical, and learning disabilities, guide and support staff in conducting individual student assessments and developing Individual Education Plans, and introduce best practices in literacy and numeracy and train staff to apply the practices in their instruction. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the partners to provide quality special education services to children and families in Grenada.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change.

Partner Information

Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) & The Grenada School for Special Education

Required Skills

• Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, or related field of study.
• 3-years work experience in parent-child support programs for persons (children 2-8 years) with disabilities and or respite care for families with children having a developmental delay.
• Experience in multicultural settings desirable, international experience an asset
• Administrative or project management skills strongly recommended
• Computer skills – word processing, excel, publisher, etc.

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 also 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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