Secondary Education English Teacher

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Project Description

This assignment requires Volunteers to teach English to students at basic to intermediate levels, including mixed ability at the secondary level (7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades). All Volunteers co-teach in classrooms with Cambodian counterpart teachers. Volunteers will teach in either secondary schools or teacher trainer centers.

In addition to classroom teaching, Volunteers spend time preparing lesson plans, developing and/or adapting educational materials (visual aids, lesson or activity books, games, etc.), and participating in teacher meetings or other school-related activities. Volunteers may also lead extracurricular activities such as after-school clubs and programs to enrich learning opportunities for their students.

Required Skills

Competitive candidates will have a strong desire to teach English and meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline

• Classroom teaching experience at the secondary level in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL or a foreign language

The ability to ride a bike is required as Volunteers' primary mode of transportation in Cambodia is a Peace Corps provided bicycle. Volunteers should be comfortable riding a bicycle for short to moderate distances (1 to 5 miles per day).

Desired Skills

While it is not required, the most competitive candidates will meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English, Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), teaching a foreign language, or Applied Linguistics

• Master of Education (M.Ed.) with graduate or undergraduate concentration in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL, or foreign language

• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with concentration in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL, or foreign language

• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL and TESL, or foreign language with 6 months classroom teaching experience at the secondary level

• Secondary education state certification in English, TEFL, TESOL, ESL, TESL, or foreign language

• Literacy tutoring experience with primary, middle, or high school students

Required Language Skills

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

Desire to learn Khmer is essential. Khmer language skills are necessary to achieve the goals of this assignment. Trainees who do not reach Novice High at the end of Pre-Service Training are required to continue studying with a tutor at site.

Living Conditions

All Volunteers (including couples) live with host families for the duration of their service. Families live communally often with several generations sharing one home. While Volunteers will have their own room in the home, they are typically afforded less privacy than they are accustomed to. Volunteers are required to live according to local cultural norms, which include sharing at least one meal with the host family each day and participating in family events.

All sites in this project are in rural areas of Cambodia, where transportation options may be limited. Some Volunteer sites are a day's travel from the Peace Corps office in Phnom Penh and may be several hours from another Peace Corps Volunteer. Some sites do not have regular access to electricity or internet service.

Cultural sensitivity is essential, including an awareness of the recent genocide and the effect it continues to have on the population. The effect of the genocide reaches every corner of life in Cambodia. Everyone over the age of 40 remembers the genocide firsthand.

Candidates should note that they will often be working in extreme heat and humidity.

Volunteers who have tattoos generally will need to keep them covered when in their host communities. Facial piercings or multiple piercings generally need to be removed.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Cambodia: 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

Cambodia can only support couples with one spouse who works in the Education project and the other Health.

No same sector couples.

Medical Considerations in Cambodia

  • Cambodia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood asthma;  cardiology; dermatology; insulin-dependent diabetes; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; 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: peanuts and shellfish. 
  • After arrival in Cambodia, 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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