Vocational Teacher and Trainer – Hospitality, Agriculture or Carpentry

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 Vocational Education Teacher and Trainer at the Centre where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve (CALLS) in Dominica, Eastern Caribbean. Established in April 1994 to assist disadvantaged young people to continue their education at the technical level, Dominica CALLS offers a variety of technical skills programs for students 16-25 years old. In addition to being a technical training center, Dominica CALLS also operates an early childhood development center and a home management and building maintenance program. Students in the CALLS program often suffer from low self-esteem, learning difficulties, and lack of employable skills. Dominica CALLS desires the assistance of a qualified and enthusiastic Peace Corps Response Volunteer to help prepare youth to work in vocational fields and train others to teach courses in the vocational fields. The destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria in 2017 had a huge impact on crops, buildings, and business in the country. Now there is an increased need for persons in the fields of hospitality, agriculture, decorative arts/crafts for business, woodwork and carpentry.

A Vocational Education Teacher and Trainer, with at least a vocational certificate or degree in a relevant field and three years’ experience teaching in one of the desired fields, is needed to work alongside the staff and leadership of Dominica CALLS to ensure that youth are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to take up positions in these fields. The PCRV will train young adults to work in hospitality, agriculture, arts/crafts, woodworking or carpentry industries, conduct formal or informal assessments of students’ skills in the field of vocation, and provide mentoring and emotional support to young adults. The PCRV will also develop relationships with local partners and community leaders to establish internship or job opportunities for students, support the staff with administrative tasks as needed, and develop a collection of lesson plans and activities for future use to sustain the education program. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the capacity of Dominica CALLS to provide educational opportunities for young adults in vocational industries.

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

Partner Information

Centre where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve (CALLS)

Required Skills

• Vocational certificate or degree in hospitality, agriculture, decorative arts and design, woodworking or carpentry fields
• Three or more years of teaching experience in one of the desired degree areas
• Experience or exposure to working with at-risk students and/or students with limited basic skills
• Ability to construct and administer assessments in the given vocational field
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with local 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 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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