Co-teach Conversational English to Aviation Staff Members

Activity/project background

Partner: Aviation Training Center of the National Civil Aviation Center of Mongolia (Government)

The Aviation Training Center of the National Civil Aviation Center of Mongolia provides training for new civil aviation professionals. The center offers skills trainings for the aviation community and ensures that the training curricula aligns with government policies, which aim to develop the aviation industry and correspond with the demands of rapid development of the aviation service in Mongolia.

To ensure aviation safety and security, it is necessary to continuously improve the English language skills of civil aviation personnel. Furthermore, as part of the agreement between the U.S.A. and Mongolia to start direct flights to the United States in April 2024, the training center needs to improve the English language skills of the aviation office employees.

The Aviation Training Center has been training its staff in general English since 2000 and they are aiming to expand and enhance the English training by collaborating with a Peace Corps Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP). The VSPP will support general conversation English skills training for 15 employees, aged 30-40, from various departments of the organization, including accountants and office workers.

The Aviation Training Center of the National Civil Aviation Center of Mongolia has not previously worked with a Peace Corps Volunteer or a VSPP. However, they understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-assess the current English curriculum and aviation staff language level
• Co-develop a new curriculum for aviation employees based on their needs and English skills
• Co-plan and design teaching resources and materials for English training sessions
• Co-facilitate two 2-hour English language training sessions each week for 15 aviation staff members

This engagement is expected to be approximately 14 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-10 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, or flexible time in the morning or evening Mongolian time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, WhatsApp, and email for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

Experience:
• Experience training adults/professionals on any subject
• Experience teaching English

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field or relevant certification: TEFL, TESOL, Cambridge, or similar

Technical Skills:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• Excellent communication skills
• Familiarity with aviation terms

Experience:
• 1 year of TEFL/TESOL teaching experience in the U.S.A. or abroad
• Experience teaching English to adult learners

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.


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