Primary Literacy Advisor
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The three goals of the project are:
1. To assist primary schools students, especially those who are performing below grade level, to develop an interest in literacy; improve academic performance and strengthen life skills.
2. To assist primary schools teachers to increase their use of effective practices in classroom management; instructional planning and preparation; lesson delivery and assessment practices to facilitate student learning and provide continued advancement in literacy.
3. To increase engagement of parents in activities that support and promote literacy of their primary school aged children.
Primary Literacy Advisors work with the support of the Ministry of Education and under the supervision of the assigned school principal or their designee. They work Monday to Friday using creative, student-centered strategies to ignite a love of reading, writing and comprehension to develop a strong foundation for each child’s future academic achievement.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline and a strong desire to teach literacy to youths 6-12 years old.
• Experience in early childhood development, elementary education or youth development. This includes elementary education/literacy, life skills education, parent education/support, social work, library studies and/or creative arts.
• Teaching/tutoring in areas of reading, writing and comprehension.
• Experience in classroom and behavioral management.
• Experience working with students, teaching a second language, or ESL tutoring.
• Willingness and ability to work with children between the ages of 6-12 years
• Public speaking and presentation skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Willingness and ability to work both independently and as a team member
• High level of initiation and self-direction
• Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Required Language Skills
Cellular phone coverage is available in most rural communities, but there may not be internet access. Your host family will assist you with orientation in your community, Jamaican home life, and cross-cultural adjustment during pre-service training and at your assigned community.
Most Volunteers have indoor plumbing with either running water or rainwater catchment. There is rarely hot water and bathing with cold water is the norm. Water supplies can be intermittent and scarce during severe drought periods so be prepared to practice water conservation, including taking bucket baths. Laundry is often washed by hand in a sink or a washtub or even in a river. Electricity is present island wide, except in very remote areas. There is some disparity between the amenities that each Volunteer will have with their assigned host families, however all Volunteers will have access to basic amenities, including a stove and refrigerator. Due to scarcity and high prices, conservation of electricity and water is critical while living with Jamaican host families.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Jamaica: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
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Married couples will live with host families.
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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