English Education Teacher
At the request of the Government of Nepal, Peace Corps Nepal launched its English Education Project in February 2019 bringing Education Volunteers to Nepal and placing them in government schools with Nepali counterparts to teach English to students in grades 4-8.The project aims to improve the English language speaking, writing, teaching, and learning capacity of students, teachers, schools, and communities 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 4-8
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, Volunteers 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, Volunteers will promote gender equity and will help students from marginalized communities achieve positive education outcomes.
COVID-19 Volunteer Activities
In the past year, the world has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a Volunteer, you will be trained in how to best protect yourself from COVID-19 exposure and understand the impact of and steps to reduce stigma related to COVID-19. You may also have the opportunity to engage with your community on implementing or enhancing COVID-19 mitigation activities, such as COVID-19 prevention and risk reduction strategies including social distancing, hand washing, mask wearing, addressing myths and misconceptions related to these practices, and vaccine hesitancy. Activities will be tailored to address the COVID-19 circumstances in the communities where you will serve.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in any discipline and a strong desire to teach English, AND
• 3 months, 10 hours/month, or 30 hours of English, foreign language, or literacy tutoring experience with primary, middle, or high school students or adults.
• Bachelor’s 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.
Required Language Skills
Most Nepalis eat rice, flat breads and legumes as their staples. However, corn, potatoes, other tubers seasonal fruits and vegetables are consumed when available. Bread and noodles are available in most towns. Imported goods are available in the cities but are expensive. Meat is not often consumed and maintaining a vegetarian diet would feasible.
Volunteers may walk up to 2 miles every day on hilly terrain to reach school; travel to and from school may total 1 hour. While Volunteers are placed in separate communities across several districts, proximity to the nearest Volunteer is normally within a day’s walk or a 3 hour jeep ride. Considering Volunteers serve in the mid-hills region of Nepal, bicycle travel is usually the exception rather than the norm.
Nepal has 4 seasons. The average temperature ranges from 41-68 degrees in winter to 73-95 degrees Fahrenheit during the hot season. June-September is the monsoon season when it rains almost every day. There are variations between districts and Volunteers should be prepared to live in hot and cold weather. There is no central air or heat in Nepali homes.
While Volunteers can charge their electronic devices in their homes, households generally limit their use of electronics due to cost and availability of electricity. Some communities have schools, government offices and other locations that offer Wi-Fi. Peace Corps Nepal provides Volunteers with a basic smartphone and data package and some may choose to purchase additional internet data as they see fit. Running water and hot showers are rare and most households use a latrine-style toilet located outside of the house.
Volunteers teach English in government schools to students in grades 4-8. Volunteers teach 4-5 individual classes per day (Sunday-Friday) and can use time within and outside of the school calendar to support co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The school year begins in April and Volunteers are permitted to take breaks when school is not in session. In addition to occasional public holidays, longer school breaks generally include about 30 days in June/July, 15 days in October/November and 15 days in April.
Values and mores concerning sexual orientation and gender identity may be different from those in the US. 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. Staff will address this topic during Pre-Service Training and identify support mechanisms for trainees.
Volunteers can expect challenges and rich opportunities in their cultural exchanges during Peace Corps service. Many Nepalis are unaware of American diversity and are often curious about the cultures of Volunteers from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Stereotypes exist and Volunteers of an American racial or ethnic minority, have visible disabilities, or different spiritual beliefs from the majority of their country of service may experience a high degree of curiosity, unwanted attention, or even discrimination from host country nationals. These Volunteers may not be treated with the same level of respect as other Volunteers and be told that they are not “real Americans.” Many Volunteers have turned these encounters into learning experiences, sharing American values and deepening community members’ understanding of Americans.
For safety and security reasons, Peace Corps Nepal has restrictions on extreme sports and trekking routes Volunteers can use.
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 live together throughout their service. This includes living with a homestay family during the 11-week Pre-Service Training, as well as in their permanent community for the 2 years of service. Couples will be assigned to different schools in the same location.
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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