English Language Co-teacher

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Project Description

There is a need for English teachers in primary schools (elementary schools) and in some secondary schools (high schools), especially in rural communities and smaller towns. Your skills as an English Language Co-teacher will help address the demand for English education in North Macedonia. English Language Co-teachers, will co-teach with local English teachers in schools. The project focuses on accomplishing the following three objectives:

1) Improve teaching methodologies
2) Increase student success in English language learning
3) Improve the school community beyond the walls of the classroom

Volunteers in this project participate in a range of activities that include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Co-teaching with teachers of North Macedonia in the classroom, assisting the implementation of student-centered teaching methodologies
• Sharing/preparing joint lesson plans with colleagues
• Preparing interactive teaching aids, games, classroom materials
• Developing English language-centered extracurricular activities such as drama clubs, English clubs, and summer camps
• Sharing specific information about American traditions and culture with students and colleagues
• Taking part in school events or events connected with the traditions of North Macedonia
• Assisting teachers in the process of inclusion of children with special needs in the classroom

Required Skills

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

Desired Skills

• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any Education field, English, TEFL, or Linguistics
• State certification in elementary or secondary education
• Full-time classroom teaching experience in English, foreign language, or literacy with primary, middle or high school students
• Experience in AmeriCorps
• Co-teaching experience
• Experience working with students with special needs

Required Language Skills

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

Due to the diverse nature of North Macedonia, multiple languages are spoken throughout the country. During Pre-service Training, Peace Corps trains English Language Co-teachers in the official language of Macedonian. Some teachers are trained in both Macedonian and Albanian, as Albanian is the second most widely spoken language in North Macedonia, and because Peace Corps North Macedonia places Volunteers in sites where Albanian is the primary language spoken.

Post will be looking for English Language Co-teachers who are interested in learning multiple languages as some placements will be in sites and homes where another language is spoken. Other languages English Language Co-teachers may find spoken in their communities include but are not limited to Roma, Turkish, Bosnian, and Serbian. Those who need support to learn an additional language are able to work with Peace Corps staff on a learning plan.

Living Conditions

• Peace Corps North Macedonia makes an effort to place English Language Co-teachers in smaller, rural communities where the need is highest.

• All English Language Co-teachers will be placed with host families during Pre-Service training (the first three months in country). After training, English Language Co-teachers will move to their permanent communities, where they will live with another host family for at least the first six months. In many rural communities, the host family arrangement may be the only housing option. Typical host family accommodation provides a room with basic furniture and shared bathroom and shared kitchen facilities. English Language Co-teachers should come prepared to live as their hosts do, frugal in their use of utilities because of the high cost for electricity. The housing will be modest, yet functional, healthy and safe.

• Winter lasts from November to March with some snowfall and cold temperatures, similar to the mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. Many public buildings are not heated or poorly heated. Homes will also likely be colder during winter than in the U.S. English Language Co-teachers should come prepared with very warm winter clothes and clothes that can be layered.

• English Language Co-teachers should expect to have much less alone time than they may be used to. North Macedonia is a collectivist society and those who spend ample time with their host families, neighbors and colleagues will enjoy a higher level of integration.

• English Language Co-teachers should be aware that it is more common to smoke cigarettes indoors and outdoors in North Macedonia than it is in America, and it may be hard to avoid during service.

• Peace Corps is challenging regardless of where you serve, and in some way or another you will be a minority and may experience unwanted attention. For example, in some communities Volunteers of color or women may initially experience additional unwanted attention. Many LGBTQ Volunteers have served safely and successfully in North Macedonia. However, LGBTQ Volunteers may need to be thoughtful about living openly in their communities and use their best judgment to determine the best way to approach this with their counterparts and community members. Peace Corps North Macedonia’s Pre-Service training will address these types of issues to prepare you for service and post is extremely committed to supporting Volunteers of all backgrounds throughout their service. Volunteers representing a wide diversity of Americans have served and are serving with great success in North Macedonia.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in North Macedonia: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Couples Information

Couples will remain together during training and will serve in the same community during their service. They should have combinations of skills such as one in the education sector and the other in the community development sector.

Medical Considerations in North Macedonia

  • North Macedonia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood;  mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; 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 North Macedonia, 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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