English Education Teacher

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Project Description

The recently launched English Education project aims to improve the English language speaking, writing, teaching and learning capacity of students, teachers, schools, and communities in Nepal in order to improve access to academic and/or professional opportunities, information, and resources. The English Education Project has three primary focus areas:
1. Building the capacity of Nepali English Teachers so they can teach English more effectively
2. Increasing English skills among students in grades 5-8
3. Strengthening community support for English language learning

Volunteers will find themselves in the role of co-learner rather than that of expert when it comes to their individual and co-teaching practices. In essence, Volunteers and Nepali teachers will engage in ongoing professional dialogue and co-teaching so they can identify, implement, and reflect on effective classroom practices suitable for the context of teaching and learning in Nepal. By taking on the role of co-collaborator, Volunteers work together with their counterpart teachers to build capacity.

Volunteers with more teaching experience may find new challenges in grappling with finding the niche between best practices from past teaching assignments and best practices within the Nepali classroom. While building relationships and gaining trust among school leadership, teachers, and students, Volunteers will support Nepali teachers in developing their capacity to communicate in English and to teach English through the professional exchange of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) methods, techniques, and resources.

In addition to classroom teaching, you will also have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that may include youth clubs, camps, school libraries, and girls’ education and empowerment initiatives. As an educator, you will promote gender equity and will help students from marginalized communities achieve positive education outcomes.

Required Skills

Qualified candidates will have:

• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in any discipline with at least 30 hours of experience in teaching, tutoring, or related educational activities

Desired Skills

Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following:

• University degree in Teaching English, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English as a Second Language (ESL); or
• University degree in Early Childhood, Middle School, or Elementary Education; or
• Experience in facilitating extracurricular activities, including organizing social clubs or camps to promote education for girls and empowerment for youth;
• A demonstrated history of classroom teaching and/or an expressed desire to continue teaching after Peace Corps service.
• Creative and resourceful problem solving skills with emotional maturity and a cross-cultural awareness for building relationships

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please see below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

Volunteers use English as the teaching language during class. However, Volunteers will be interacting with teachers, principals, school management committee members, and their communities in Nepali. With the goal towards increasing community support for English education, Volunteers will regularly use Nepali language to engage with families of students, local associations, and government officials to keep stakeholders involved and informed about the work and progress of Peace Corps. By the end of Pre-Service Training, Volunteers are expected to attain a level of Nepali language that will allow them to effectively integrate into the community.

Living Conditions

All Volunteers will live with a host family throughout the entire duration of their service. Volunteers share meals with their host family and also have the option to learn and cook for themselves. While Volunteers have their own room, privacy is limited so individuals should prepare for a communal style of living. Houses in Nepal are generally built of bricks, mud and/or cement and have passed minimum earthquake-safe inspections conducted by the Peace Corps staff.

Regarding diet, most Nepalis eat rice, flat breads and legumes as their staple. Corn, potatoes, or other tubers are also eaten where available. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are consumed when available. Bread and noodles are available in most towns. Imported goods are available in the cities, but they are expensive. Meat is not often consumed, and maintaining a vegetarian diet would not be as challenging as it would be in other countries.

Volunteers may walk up to 2 miles every day on hilly terrain to reach school. Travel may take up to one hour.

Nepal has four distinct climatic seasons. The average temperature ranges from 41-68 F in winter to 73-95 F during the hot season. June-September is the monsoon season when it rains almost every day. There are great variations between districts where Volunteers are placed, and Volunteers should be prepared to live in both hot and cold weather.

Diversity Challenges

While Nepal is generally tolerant, values and mores concerning sexual orientation and gender identity may be different from those in the U.S. Volunteers will need to be mindful of cultural norms, and use their judgement to determine the best way to approach sexual orientation and gender identity in their communities and more broadly in Nepal. Staff and currently serving Volunteers will address this topic during Pre-Service Training, and identify support mechanisms for incoming trainees.

Volunteers can expect both challenges and rich opportunities in their cultural exchanges during Peace Corps service, as many Nepalis in rural communities are unaware of American diversity, and people are often curious about the cultures of Volunteers from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Stereotypes do exist.

Dressing appropriately shows your community, colleagues and students that you are treating them with respect and that Volunteers, in turn, deserve respect. At school, women wear kurta-suruwal, a sari and blouse, or a shirt and pants. Baring shoulders is not considered appropriate. Male teachers wear trousers, button down shirts with a collar, and closed toe shoes. For both male and female Volunteers, pants and a business-casual shirt can be used during your Peace Corps training events. Pants and more casual shirts can be worn during your down times.

While piercings of any kind for males is prohibited, it is generally acceptable for females to have pierced ears and/or a nose stud piercing. Volunteers will be expected to keep tattoos covered during their service. For men, both long hair and long beards are unacceptable. Beards must be short and trimmed. Peace Corps Nepal staff will expect Trainees/Volunteers to demonstrate flexibility in regard to appearance so they can successfully integrate into their communities and so they can positively represent Peace Corps throughout Nepal.

Trekking during Service
For safety and security reasons, Peace Corps Nepal has restrictions on extreme sports and trekking routes Volunteers can use.

Working Condition/hours
Volunteers teach English to students in grades 5 to 8 in government schools. Volunteers teach 4-5 individual classes per day (Sunday thru Friday), and can use time both within and outside of the school calendar to support co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The school year begins in April with breaks around July and September or October. Volunteers are not permitted to take leave while school is in session.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Nepal: 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

Peace Corps/Nepal accepts couples within the same sector. Peace Corps Nepal cannot accept couples serving in English and Food Security. Therefore, your partner can apply and must qualify for:

English Education Teacher

Couples will be living together during Pre-Service Training as well as in the permanent site during two years of their service. Couples will be assigned to different schools in the same location.

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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