Teacher Trainer - Primary Education

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Project Description

Teacher Trainers work to improve the quality of teaching and learning by promoting student-centered learning, modeling classroom management techniques, and producing materials for teacher counterparts to use with students. A core activity for teacher trainers is working with an exciting early literacy program, complementary to the Government of The Gambia's initiatives, to enhance literacy teaching and to get children reading in earlier grades. Teacher trainers also have the opportunity to work directly with children through extra-curricular activities, in the form of clubs and societies, to promote literacy and life skills.

Many teachers in The Gambia do not receive regular in-service training after earning their certification, so Volunteers have a unique opportunity to play a vital role in supporting more effective and inclusive teaching.

Volunteers work alongside teachers, mainly in early childhood classes and grades 1 through 3, usually in a single school or a school with different levels in one complex.

In their role, Volunteers may:
• Help teachers plan lessons
• Observe teaching and provide feedback
• Co-teach and give demonstration lessons
• Coordinate discussions among teachers about their work
• Promote the making and use of educational aids
• Support the development and use of libraries
• Support and deliver teacher training at local, regional or national levels

The Gambia promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers will receive training on gender challenges in-country and will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During a Volunteer’s service, they will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of a Volunteer’s work, they will also report on these efforts and their impact.

Required Skills

Competitive candidates will meet or exceed the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years professional work experience

Desired Skills

Experience in any of the following areas is preferred:
• Bachelors of Arts/Bachelors of Science in Pre-school, Early Childhood, Middle School, or Elementary Education
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelors of Science degree in any discipline with Elementary Education state certification
• 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.

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

Additional Language Information

Teaching in schools is predominantly in English, which is the official language. All Volunteers will be assigned to schools with a national language teaching program, so support for this language will be provided in-country. All Volunteers learn a local language for communicating with their host communities and for travel, shopping etc. and this will likely be the local language also taught to students in the school.

Living Conditions

Volunteers live in private quarters with a host family for the duration of their service. Most living conditions are very modest and transportation in some of the country is limited.

80% of Volunteers are assigned to communities without electricity and very few sites have access to the internet. Communication with staff is mainly by phone call and/or text.

There are no placements in urban areas, except for third year Volunteers. All incoming Volunteers are placed in rural environments (with placement based on skill match), so they must be prepared and able to live in those conditions. Volunteers may need to be able to carry a heavy water container from the source to their home, and should be able to walk up to 5 kilometers and bicycle up to 10 kilometers.

It is important to note that homosexuality is illegal in The Gambia. Applicants must be mindful when making the decision to serve there. Peace Corps/The Gambia provides support to a diverse group of Volunteers, including LGBTQ individuals, and LGBTQ Volunteers have served successfully in the past and continue to serve in The Gambia.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in The Gambia: 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 The Gambia

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