English Education Teaching

Project Description

The Primary Literacy Educator position collaborates with their local co-teacher to identify ways to make a measurable impact on student literacy. Over time, and through the efforts of many players, volunteers help students make slow and steady progress towards their academic goals.
The Primary Literacy Project has been created through close partnership with the government of Jamaica to support its efforts of having all students at the primary level of the education system literate. The project focuses on providing direct literacy instruction and co-instruction to students who are performing below the required levels; supporting capacity-building efforts for teachers; and assisting parents in developing skills to further support their children’s academic growth.
Ultimately, the project will align with locally-identified priorities by elevating the importance of literacy at the primary level and creating greater opportunities for students to achieve educational, personal, and professional goals through literacy.
Primary Literacy Advisors work under the support of the Ministry of Education and under the supervision of the assigned school principal or their designee. They work alongside community partners Monday to Friday using creative, student-centered strategies to ignite a love of reading, writing and comprehension to develop a strong foundation for each child’s future academic achievement.

COVID-19 Volunteer Activities

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.

Required Skills

Qualified candidates will have a candidates will have a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline and a strong desire to teach English.

Desired Skills

Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Preschool, Early Childhood, Middle School, or Elementary Education.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline with Elementary Education state certification.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline with classroom teaching experience at the Early Childhood, Middle School, or Elementary level. Full time Montessori teaching experience is also acceptable.
• 3 months experience in early childhood development, elementary education or youth development. This includes elementary education/literacy, life skills education, parent education/support, social work, library studies and/or creative arts, teaching/tutoring in areas of reading, writing and comprehension, classroom and behavioral management, teaching a second language, or ESL tutoring.

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position.

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position, however Volunteers will be required to learn Patwa for successful safety, security and integration. By the end of Pre-Service Training Trainees will be expected to have an Intermediate Low Patwa proficiency (assessed through the Language Proficiency Interview) in order to successfully complete training.

Jamaica is a bilingual country. English (Standard Jamaican English) is the official language, however there is also a Creole known as the Jamaican Patwa which is the language spoken throughout Jamaica, especially in rural areas. While a few Jamaicans, especially those living in urban areas, move easily between Jamaican Patwa and English, the majority speak neither of these in their pure forms. The language and cultural training presented throughout the 27-month training continuum will help prepare Volunteers to speak and understand Jamaican Patwa and culture. This is crucial in order to facilitate smooth and successful integration into their community.

Living Conditions

All Volunteers live in a host family setting for the duration of their service. The majority of community assignments are in rural areas, predominantly in the interior and mountainous regions of the island. The standard of living varies widely within rural communities. The most common living situations are a room in a home with a Jamaican family with access to a shared bathroom and kitchen, although some Volunteers may have an independent unit near a family home. Cellular phone coverage is available in most rural communities, but there may not be internet access. Host families assist Volunteers with orientation in the community, Jamaican home life, and cross-cultural adjustment during Pre-Service Training and in the assigned 2-year community.

Electricity is present island-wide, except in very remote areas. The amenities that each Volunteer will have with their assigned host families will vary, however all Volunteers will have access to basic amenities, including a stove and refrigerator. Due to scarcity and high prices, conservation of electricity and water is critical while living with Jamaican host families. Peace Corps staff support Volunteers with training and strategies to integrate and adapt effectively and appropriately to living in the new intercultural context of their host community.

Serving in Jamaica

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

Couples Information

Jamaica happily accepts cross-sector couples. Your partner should apply and qualify for:

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Couples will live in the same community, but will work on different projects. Couples will live together with a host family during both Pre-Service Training and service.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the medical clearance process.

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