English Education Volunteer
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Volunteer duties often consist of the following:
• Co-teach with Kosovar teachers in the classroom;
• Prepare joint lesson plans with teacher colleagues;
• Prepare interactive teaching aids, games, classroom materials using locally available resources;
• Develop English language-centered extra-curricular activities such as English clubs, youth clubs, drama clubs, summer youth camps and other youth leadership activities that promote volunteerism;
• Co-facilitate school and/or community-based projects;
• Share specific information about American traditions and culture with students and colleagues;
• Participate in school events or events connected with Kosovo’s traditions.
Other expectations include:
• Demonstrate independence, self-initiative, flexibility, open-mindedness, and commitment to serve.
• Possess an attitude of humility and curiosity towards other cultures.
• Exhibit adaptability and a willingness to sensitively communicate even when confronting challenges.
• Demonstrate empathy and a willingness to view situations from multiple perspectives.
• Experience teaching English and English as a foreign language.
• Experience teaching non-formal education to adults.
• Experience planning and organizing non-formal educational activities (clubs, camps, sports activities, etc.) for youth.
Required Language Skills
Some Important Considerations about Life in Kosovo:
• All Volunteers live with host families for 27 months of service in order to facilitate community integration, language acquisition, and cultural adaptation. The host families provide living space that meets Peace Corps standards (a secure, private bedroom with basic furniture, a shared bathroom and kitchen).
• Winter lasts from November to March with some snowfall, similar to the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. However temperatures may feel colder because few homes have central heating. The majority of homes in Kosovo use wood stoves for heating just one room of the house where everyone gathers in during the cold months. Homes, schools, and office buildings typically do not have heating or air-conditioning. Smoking inside households is very common.
• Kosovo is a conservative culture with traditional gender norms whereby women may be expected to perform routine domestic chores such as cooking, cleaning, and serving coffee to guests. Kosovars are generally tolerant of different religions, but outward displays of religious symbols are discouraged. In smaller communities, there are more conservative views regarding alcohol consumption, sexual orientation, and gender identity than what you may encounter in the U.S. Larger towns and cities may have different views. Staff and currently serving Volunteers will address these topics during pre-service training, and identify support mechanisms for incoming trainees.
• In an office or school environment, conservative attire and neat appearance is expected. Bring work appropriate / business casual attire for all seasons, hot Summers, cold Winters, and mild Spring and Autumns.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Kosovo: 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 Kosovo
- Kosovo may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; urology; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten and lactose.
- After arrival in Kosovo, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot 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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