English Education Teaching
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Volunteers should not expect to be assigned to “their own” class to directly teach Colombian Secondary level students, but rather to collaboratively assist their counterparts in the preparation of such classes. Volunteers may model classroom management and general English teaching strategies with these classes as part of their counterparts’ professional development process. Volunteers may be engaged in teaching English directly to the teachers of the school, and even those of neighboring schools.
Volunteers will introduce extracurricular projects to improve the English language proficiency of the students and community members with the aim of expanding their academic and employment opportunities. Volunteers are expected to increase the motivation to learn English and the participation level of their students.
All Volunteers are also expected to work Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), Gender Equality and Youth Development initiatives. For example, many schools have recently received technology such as interactive TVs, iPads, and computer equipment. Volunteers will be asked to help train youth in the use of this equipment and use it in a way to make English learning more dynamic.
The communities where our partner schools are located have diverse needs. This will give you the opportunity to draw upon your personal talents, skills and interests to serve the needs of your community. Teaching English can be incorporated into many activities and secondary projects such as life skills, gender advocacy, health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, youth development and empowerment, etc.
BA/BS in any discipline with 3 months at 10 hours/month or 30 hours of TESOL/TEFL tutoring experience with primary school, middle or high school students or adults
• Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English, Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), foreign language, or Applied Linguistics
• Master of Education (M. Ed.) with graduate or undergraduate concentration in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL, or foreign language
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with concentration in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL or foreign language
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline with Secondary Elementary Education state certification in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL or foreign language
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESLo and TESL or foreign language with 6 months classroom teaching experience at the secondary level in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL TESL or foreign language
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline with classroom teaching experience at the Secondary Education level in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL or foreign language
• 1 + years of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) in primary school classrooms
• Demonstrated self-initiative, self-direction, leadership, adaptability, and/or flexibility.
• Strong public speaking, presentation, or interpersonal skills
Required Language Skills
A. Completed 4 years of high school Spanish coursework within the past 8 years
B. Completed minimum 2 semesters of Spanish college‐level coursework within the past 6 years
C. Native/fluent speaker of Spanish
Candidates who do not meet the language proficiency levels above can take the language placement exams to demonstrate their level of proficiency. Competitive applicants typically attain a score of 50 on the Spanish College Level Examination Program CLEP exam or a score of Novice‐High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL OPI).
In the Andean region the climate is colder, especially at night. In the Andean region there is also more rainfall throughout the year and the temperature fluctuates depending upon the time of year and varied weather conditions.
Volunteers usually commute by public bus and/or mini buses to get around and to attend training/working activities.
All Volunteers are required to live with a Colombian host family for the entire 27-month service in order to promote community integration and maximize volunteer security. The host family stay can be one of the more rewarding components of Peace Corps service and an important resource for cultural integration. As such, applicants should be flexible and committed to building strong relationships with the family they are assigned. Furthermore, Volunteers are expected to spend the majority of their time in the communities where they live and work. Because of this commitment to integrating into their communities, Volunteer vacation has to be taken only during the appropriate times of the year when local organizations are not functioning.
SPECIAL NOTICE ABOUT CITIZENSHIP: Candidates who are either dual citizens of Colombia and the U.S. or who were born in Colombia and became U.S. citizens after July 4, 1991 are not eligible to serve in Peace Corps Colombia. Under Colombian law, anyone born in Colombia who became a U.S. citizen after 1991 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Colombia citizenship is considered a citizen of Colombia, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Colombia, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene would be limited. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other assignments.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Colombia: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
Medical Considerations in Colombia
- Colombia 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: none identified.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten.
- After arrival in Colombia, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, 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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