University English Co-Teacher and Teacher Trainer

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Project Description

Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as University English Co-Teacher and Teacher Trainers for CGUTyP (National System of Technological and Polytechnic Universities) in multiple states of central Mexico. Science and technology development in Mexico is being held back by significant deficits that are negatively impacting the country’s prosperity and growth potential. Mexican students at the university level have important growth opportunities for the mastery of the English language which is an essential tool for gaining access to better professional positions, graduate, and research programs. Peace Corps/Mexico assigns, with CGUTyP’s approval, University English Teachers/Trainers to small-to-medium sized public universities that specialize in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics where the majority of students commute to campus from under-served communities and many of them are on scholarship. Successful Volunteers support English language learning through their teaching, co-planning, co-teaching, teacher training, student mentoring, and on-campus and off-campus extracurricular activities with students and faculty. Volunteers’ efforts strengthen students’ and teachers’ English language proficiency so that they can access better professional opportunities and collaborate internationally.

Five English Language Teachers, with at least a bachelor’s degree and/or certification in teaching English in a relevant field and at least one year of experience teaching English to adults in a formal setting, plus intermediate-low proficiency in Spanish, are needed to strengthen students’ and teachers’ abilities to research, innovate, access professional opportunities and collaborate internationally through English language skills. They will teach or co-plan and co-teach English language classes, carry-out extracurricular activities for English language learning, and mentor and provide career counseling to students. In addition, the Volunteers will teach other coursework in English depending on their academic or professional background if it aligns with pre-existing university curriculum. The Volunteers will Design and facilitate, as needed, workshops intended to enhance student and faculty English language proficiency, and are also expected to assist staff and students to pursue engagement with universities in the United States. The goal of this assignment is increase professors’ and students’ capacity to communicate in English for technical and academic purposes.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Mexico together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.

Partner Information

CGUTyP (National System of Technological and Polytechnic Universities)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL, or a foreign language or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline with secondary education state certification in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, or TESL or at least 12 months of classroom teaching experience in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, or TESL (adult learners)
• Intermediate-low level of Spanish language.
• Flexibility, adaptability, and professionalism given a new work environment in a new culture and within the context of the rules, regulations, and core expectations of the Peace Corps.
• Initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to work on a team with potentially limited resources and limited supervision.
• Willingness to learn about and integrate/adapt into the Mexican culture

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

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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