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 North Macedonia teachers 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 North Macedonia’s traditions
• 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
• TEFL Certification
• Experience working with students with special needs

Required Language Skills

There are no prerequisite language requirements for this position.

Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

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

Other languages Volunteers may find spoken in their communities and homes include but are not limited to the following: Roma, Turkish, Bosnian, and Serbian. Peace Corps Volunteers who need support to learn an additional language are able to work with 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.

• Living Conditions: All Volunteers will be placed with host families during Pre-Service training (the first three months in country). After training, Volunteers 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. Volunteers 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.

• Weather: 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. Special Educators should come prepared with very warm winter clothes and clothes that can be layered.

• Social and Cultural Norms: Volunteers should expect to have much less alone time than they may be used to. North Macedonia is a collectivist society and Volunteers who spend ample time with their host families, neighbors and colleagues will enjoy a higher level of integration.

o Volunteers should be aware that it is more common to smoke indoors and outdoors in North Macedonia than it is in America, and it may be hard to avoid during service.

• Diversity and Inclusion: 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. 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 with great success in North Macedonia.

o Ethnicity/Gender Norms: In some communities Volunteers of color or women may initially experience additional unwanted attention.

o Sexual Orientation: Many LGBTQ Volunteers have served safely and successfully in North Macedonia. 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.

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. In addition, couples will live with a host family for the duration of Pre-Service training and the first six months in their permanent site. Couples 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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