Teacher Trainer - Primary Education
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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.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years professional work experience
• 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
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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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