English Education Teacher
The Mongolian government and Peace Corps Mongolia are partnering to enhance the quality of English instruction by teaching English to students in secondary schools, colleges and universities, improving the training of English teachers, and developing and strengthening English language learning resources. Additionally, by utilizing English education as a “gateway” to connect with the larger community, Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside a spectrum of community partners and other stakeholders from a number of development disciplines to more effectively and holistically asses, prioritize, and properly address need using community driven tools & solutions.
English Education & Community Development Volunteers are partnered with a Mongolian English teacher, and depending on the specific needs and goals of the assigned school, will develop & implement teacher and student focused capacity building strategies. Outside of the classroom, and over time, Volunteers and community members will work with youth, facilitating extracurricular activities based on the needs of the community such as clubs, camps and mentoring programs in order to promote leadership and life skills.
As community trust progresses, Volunteers will be equipped to more actively and effectively contribute their unique professional backgrounds, education, skill sets, interests and talents to the broader community, utilizing English language teaching and capacity building as a gateway to an improved and more nuanced community mobilization and integration.
The English Education project is the longest lasting Peace Corps project in Mongolia, reflecting the priority of English Education by the Government of Mongolia. In 1992 the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture and Science adopted a resolution whereby English, along with Russian, was declared one of the main foreign languages to be taught in all educational institutions. To leverage the existing strength of the English Education program, to continue the program’s reach into underserved communities around the country, to further develop English language skills and capacity for teachers, students, and community stakeholders, a holistic focus on multi sectoral community development has been added to the core English Education program to better meet the goals of the Government of Mongolia, the goals of the Peace Corps, and the needs of counterparts, Volunteers, and community partners.
Peace Corps Mongolia’s English program has evolved over the years to continually meet the needs of an evolving Mongolia. The latest approach (English Education and Community Development) is designed to encourage Volunteers to venture beyond the initial school/university/technical school placement requirements to more fully integrate into their community of service and better educate themselves on the complexities and needs of the community prior to engaging in longer term sustainable development intervention planning and partnering. As each volunteer site is unique, the possibilities for community development opportunities varies. Separate and apart from the many camp and club opportunities that exist in each community, volunteers conduct an intensive community assessment once they arrive to their sites, and over time, they identify and work with other stakeholders to develop strategies and projects for appropriate development interventions specific to the needs of that community.
As examples, volunteers have co developed and co implemented business & income generating projects, instituted art therapy projects, taught tour operators tailored English classes to provide specific English vocabulary required to communicate via English with tour groups, provided focused life skills & health classes to identified underserved and/or at risk community groups, created, co led, and promoted various community volunteerism related projects, worked with community and national partners to develop environmental focused projects, worked on snow leopard conservation campaigns with NGO partners, promoted gender equality through targeted youth education outreach efforts, promoted & expanded career knowledge and career opportunities for students living in the vast rural countryside, and worked to bring learning, sports, and equality opportunities to community members with disabilities.
English is now being taught at all secondary schools where there are English teachers and at higher educational institutions as well. Moving forward, the Government of Mongolia has declared that English will be taught throughout the country as it is the second official language. There are currently approximately 2,500 Mongolian English teachers working in secondary schools. The skill levels of English teachers are varied, particularly in the countryside, where there is a significant shortage of both skilled teachers and relevant resources.
Peace Corps began its program in Mongolia in 1991, the same year the United States Embassy opened in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Your input in implementing the objectives of the Mongolian government and the Peace Corps is essential to the success of Mongolia. Should you be selected, you will be a member of the 32nd group of Volunteers to serve in Mongolia.
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.
• A Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline and a strong desire to teach English
• At least 30 hours of teaching or tutoring experience in English, literacy, or a foreign language, with primary, middle, or high school students or adults desired.
• Community development or volunteer experience in areas including, but not limited to, youth development, education, health, environment, and/or business
• Experience in facilitating trainings
• Experience developing after school extracurricular programs or youth and adult camps to promote education, youth empowerment
• Master of Arts (MA) in English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Teaching English as a second language (TESL), or Linguistics, MA/MAT in any foreign language
• Master 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 education state certification 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 level in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL and TESL, or foreign language
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL and TESL, or foreign language with 6 months classroom teaching experience at the secondary level in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL and TESL, or foreign language
• Community development work experience (forming, managing, or mobilizing community groups, using participatory community assessment tools, leading committees/community projects, project design and management, proposal writing, fundraising, etc.)
Required Language Skills
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