Primary Education Teacher

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Project Description

As a Primary Education Teacher Peace Corps Volunteer, your main project will focus on working with one or more co-teachers at your school in partnership with the Department of Education or State Universities and Colleges. 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, implementing 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 also encouraged to implement secondary projects focusing on health, 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 pre-school, early childhood or elementary education; or
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline with elementary education state certification; or
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline with 1 or more school year classroom teaching experience at the early childhood, middle school, or elementary level. Full time Montessori teaching experience is also acceptable.

Due to Philippines government visa requirements and the government’s current strong stance and action on combating 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
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.

Required Language Skills

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

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

Filipino, based largely on the Tagalog language, is the national language of the Philippines but typically Volunteers will need to learn a secondary local language to be successful. You 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

Please view the Philippines Country Page to learn more about living conditions in the Philippines.

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.

Couples Information

The Philippines can only accommodate couples within the English education sector. Your partner must qualify and apply as the following:

English Education Volunteer

Philippines has sites available for couples are either joined by civil or ecclesiastical ceremony or common law arrangement (or domestic partnerships). In the Philippines, there is an expectation that couples are married and there will be many questions about the marriage (when did you get married? How many kids do you have? etc.).

Prior to placement, Peace Corps staff will engage the potential host families in a conversation about the cultural context of different kind of unions or domestic partnerships in the US. The staff will guide the couples on how to approach living together in a site and how to respond to questions.

All Volunteers live with a Filipino host family during pre-service training. Volunteers serving as a couple will not be living together during pre-service training. However, you will be able to see each other about once per week. As a couple, you will go to the same community for your Peace Corps service after training. During your first three months in your community, you will have your own room with a host family. However, like during pre-service training, the amount of privacy you have will be limited. After three months with your host family, you will have an option to move into independent housing.

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 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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