English Education Co-Teacher

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Project Description

An English Education Co-Teacher’s main project will be to focus on working with one or more co-teachers at their school in partnership with the Department of Education. The goals of the project are to 1) improve teaching; 2) increase student achievement; and 3) improve school community participation. In order to achieve these goals, they will assist their co-teacher(s) with improving English proficiency and classroom management, assisting them with implement classroom-based learning assessments, improving pupils’ academic and social confidence, motivation and critical thinking in literacy in English; as well as enhancing library resources and increasing community linkages to school through activities such as coaching, training, workshops and after-school events.

Volunteers are encouraged to implement secondary projects focusing on health, the environment and sustainable use of resources, child development, remedial education, and humanities or social sciences, especially for the Senior High School.

Required Skills

Qualified candidates will have an expressed interest in teaching English and meet the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline

Due to Philippines government visa requirements and the government’s current strong stance and action on combating drug production, distribution/trafficking, and use, applicants will not be considered for Peace Corps positions in the Philippines at this time if they have ever been convicted of any crime, even if it was expunged or sealed, and even if they otherwise would meet the standards for legal clearance to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer more generally.

Desired Skills

Highly desired skills for this position include:
• At least 30 hours of English, foreign language or literacy tutoring experience with middle or high school students and/or adults
• TEFL certification and/or experience in reading literacy
• A background in project development or project management using grassroots/community-based activities focused on community and/or youth development
• Master of Arts (MA) in English, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Linguistics; or MA/MAT in any foreign language;
• Classroom teaching experience
• Enthusiasm and desire to co-teach in formal (classroom) and non-formal (community-based) teaching settings. He/she must be flexible and innovative in order to successfully teach and implement learning programs in resource-poor situations

Living Conditions

Housing conditions for Volunteers vary widely depending upon their sites and can range from heavily urban to very rural. For Volunteers assigned to underdeveloped areas, housing typically is a hollow concrete block, wood, or bamboo structure. In more developed areas, housing can be either the same or more substantial. Most houses have running water and electricity. Trainees live with host families during pre-service training and during the first four months at their assigned sites. Married Volunteers stay with separate host families during pre-service training. After this period, Volunteers may choose to continue living with a host family or to move into their own rented accommodations. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to continue living with host families. Usually the Volunteers who continue living with host families develop the best Philippine language fluency and the deepest understanding of Filipino culture.

Please view the Philippines Country Page to learn more about living conditions in the Philippines.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Philippines: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Couples Information

The Philippines can accommodate cross-sector couples with the English Education, Environmental, and Youth Development sectors. Your partner must qualify and apply as the following:

Primary Education Teacher
Learning Program Facilitator (Secondary)
Youth Development Facilitator
Coastal Resource Management Community Outreach Facilitator

All Volunteers live with a Filipino host family during pre-service training. Volunteers serving as a couple will not be living together during pre-service training. However, you will be able to see each other about once per week. As a couple, you will go to the same community for your Peace Corps service after training. During your first three months in your community, you will have your own room with a host family. However, like during pre-service training, the amount of privacy you have will be limited. After four months with your host family, you will have an option to move into independent housing. Peace Corps Philippines has sites available for couples who are married or in a domestic partnership. In the Philippines, there is an expectation that couples are married and there will be many questions about the marriage (when did you get married? How many kids do you have? etc.) Prior to placement, Peace Corps staff will engage the potential host families in a conversation about the cultural context of different kind of unions or domestic partnerships in the US. The staff will guide the couples on how to approach living together in a site and how to respond to questions.

Medical Considerations in Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts, and shellfish.
  • After arrival in Philippines, 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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