Spanish Literacy Promoter
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Your primary assignment will be to serve as a resource for the school director, counselor, teachers, parents, youth, and other groups in your community. Specifically, Volunteers and project partners help teachers integrate innovative teaching practices in the classroom, work with students to improve their reading skills and overall success in education, and involve parents and the community in literacy and education promotion. Work will involve classroom teaching, sharing resources, developing teaching materials, and becoming involved in community and school based projects.
Volunteers will work in regions with the highest need for literacy promotion and those that have expressed interest in collaborating on this initiative. You will support the Ministry of Education in achieving its goal of having more students reading and writing well when they leave the third grade. In addition, Volunteers often collaborate with local organizations working in education to help to institutionalize the Volunteer’s efforts to promote Spanish literacy.
• Previous experience working with elementary school students
• Previous experience in literacy tutoring or teaching (previous Spanish literacy teaching a plus)
• Previous teaching experience and working with teachers/school personnel
• Experience working with community based organizations
Required Language Skills
A. Completed 4 years of high school Spanish coursework within the past 8 years
B. Completed minimum 2 semesters of Spanish college‐level coursework within the past 6 years
C. Native/fluent speaker of Spanish
Candidates who do not meet the language proficiency levels above can take the language placement exams to demonstrate their level of proficiency. Competitive applicants typically attain a score of 50 on the Spanish College Level Examination Program CLEP exam or a score of Novice‐High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL OPI).
Additional Language Information
Volunteers are assigned to both rural communities and small towns. Living conditions and transportation problems can be physically demanding. You will have to use the available transportation existing in your community (in most cases this includes regular or semi-regular service by pick-up trucks, vans, and/or collective taxis). In some cases you may have to walk long distances to work engagements. Houses usually have corrugated steel roofs, walls of wood or cement block, and cement floors. They may or may not have amenities such as running water, electricity, or reliable phone service. Most communities have phone service within the community, although there are situations where Volunteers have to travel up to an hour to access service. Although some communities have electricity, a great many do not, and in all cases, power outages are common. Many of these communities are located along the Dominican-Haitian border, with more challenging living conditions.
Personal appearance is important for Volunteers representing the Peace Corps and Dominican partner agencies, particularly the Dominican Ministry of Education. Dominicans consider personal appearance to be an important indicator about a person, and a Volunteer’s appearance will influence his/her relationship with the community. Volunteers are expected to dress to Dominican standards for teachers.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Dominican Republic: 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 Dominican Republic
- Dominican Rep. may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: 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: none identified.
- After arrival in Dominican Republic, 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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