Learning Program Coordinator

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Project Description

As a Leaning Program Coordinator Volunteer, your main project will focus on working with one or more co-teachers at your school in partnership with the Department of Education. The goals of the project are to 1) improve teaching; 2) increase student achievement; and 3) improve school community participation. In order to achieve these goals, you will assist your co-teacher(s) with improving English proficiency and classroom management, assisting them with implement classroom-based learning assessments, improving pupils’ academic and social confidence, motivation and critical thinking in literacy in English; as well as enhancing library resources and increasing community linkages to school through activities such as coaching, training, workshops and after-school events.

You are encouraged to implement secondary projects focusing on health, HIV/AIDS, the environment and sustainable use of resources, child development, remedial education, and science or language arts.

Required Skills

Qualified candidates will have an expressed interest in teaching English and will meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline; AND
• Enthusiasm and desire to co-teach in formal (classroom) and non-formal (community-based) teaching settings. He/she must be flexible and innovative in order to successfully teach and implement learning programs in resource-poor situations

Due to Philippines government visa requirements and the government’s current strong stance and action on combatting drug production, distribution/trafficking, and use, you will not be considered for Peace Corps positions in the Philippines at this time if you have ever been convicted of any crime, even if it was expunged or sealed, and even if you otherwise would meet the standards for legal clearance to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer more generally.

Desired Skills

Successful candidates will also meet or exceed the following criteria:
• At least 30 hours of English, foreign language or literacy tutoring experience with middle or high school students and/or adults
• TEFL certification and/or experience in reading literacy
• A background in project development or project management using grassroots/community-based activities focused on community and/or youth development

Required Language Skills

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

Additional Language Information

Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines but typically Volunteers will need to learn a secondary local language to be successful. Your dedication to learning a secondary language will set you up for success during your service. Having this skill will help you better integrate into your community.

Living Conditions

The Philippines is made up of 7,100 islands and all Volunteers should be comfortable being in/around water and traveling in small boats. Sites are extremely varied within agricultural or coastal districts and could be a small and remote coastal village, a small island, or a semi-urban area. Some sites may be near highly polluted urban centers, though Volunteers serving in this project tend to have more predominantly rural sites. To get around, Volunteer usually walk or bike long distances to their schools, work sites, or market. As the Philippines is located right near the equator, it will be hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 85 to 90 degrees.

All Volunteers live with a Filipino host family during the first 11 weeks of Pre-Service Training (PST) and then with another host family for their first three months at their permanent communities following training. Filipino houses and families are much more communal than typical American houses and families. Volunteers will have their own rooms, but all other spaces will likely be shared with other host family members.

Living with a Filipino host family is a wonderful experience to most Volunteers. The family can assist you in becoming familiar with the community, answer your questions about local culture, provide ongoing practice in the local language, and facilitate your acceptance and integration with your host community. Together with family members, the Volunteer will be invited to a number of important social events like birthdays, weddings and fiestas. Though you will be provided a private room, the absence of privacy or might require you to make adjustments in your habits and attitudes. Some Americans find this very difficult, but almost always the Volunteers who accept to become part of Philippine family life gain the greatest personal rewards from their Peace Corps service.

Personal appearance is important in the Philippines. During PST, the dress code is business casual. Following PST, you will need to dress appropriately for work situations in your community. Dressing appropriately will help you gain respect in your host communities, facilitate integration, and increase your credibility and effectiveness. It is advised to take cues from your Filipino colleagues, and dress to their standards of professionalism.

As “first impressions are lasting impressions,” Volunteers with visible body piercings or tattoos may need strategies to conceal them. In the Philippines, having visible tattoos or body piercings may make it more difficult to integrate into your host community. Volunteers serving in the Philippines should plan to cover tattoos and remove visible body piercings.

Even though the Philippines is predominately a Catholic country, the Philippines is generally tolerant. However, values and morals concerning sexual orientation and gender identity may be different than in the U.S. Volunteers will need to be mindful of cultural norms and use their judgement to determine the best way to approach sexual orientation and gender identity in their communities and host countries. Staff and currently serving Volunteers will address this topic during PST and identify support mechanisms for incoming trainees.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Philippines: 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 Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; 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, peanuts, and shellfish. 
  • After arrival in Philippines, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.

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