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Volunteers are needed to assist teachers and students in Armenia to improve access to personal, professional, and academic opportunities through English. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Volunteers work to promote new methodologies that emphasize critical thinking skills, cooperative learning, and greater understanding across borders. Armenia is moving away from the centralized Soviet model and establishing its own identity. Educators recognize the need for a wide range of reforms in the educational system and the need to interact with the rest of the world in order to access the wealth of information available through the English language.
Volunteers serve in primary, middle, and high schools (grades 3-12) and universities, where they team teach with the local TEFL teacher(s). Volunteers focus on developing students’ speaking skills using student-centered methodologies. In addition to classroom teaching, Volunteers conduct after-school clubs and activities that work to identify and address specific school and community needs. TEFL Volunteers also work with youth through a variety of formal and informal avenues, including clubs and camps, to creatively address topics that are interesting and engaging for Armenian youth to foster healthy development.
All Volunteers selected for Armenia’s TEFL project are enrolled in the TEFL Certificate program, regardless of previous experience. After successful completion of 27 months of service and satisfaction of the technical requirements, Volunteers will receive a TEFL Certificate. The program starts before arriving in Armenia with a 3-month online pre-departure course and continues in Pre-Service Training (PST) with technical TEFL trainings. Teaching observations are conducted throughout the Volunteer’s service to offer feedback and support for the Volunteer’s professional growth. Also, to help Volunteers enrich their teaching repertoire, they participate in six Online Learning Community (OLC) events and submit written assignments. Volunteers with previous teaching experience use their skills and knowledge to facilitate training and to support other Volunteers.
• At least 3 months of English/ Foreign language tutoring experience with primary, middle, or high school students and
• A strong desire to teach English.
• The ability to adapt to unfamiliar customs and family norms is an important skill to have or obtain.
Required Language Skills
Additional Language Information
Despite limited exposure, host families and counterparts are accepting of diversity among Volunteers and close relationships are formed. It is true, however, that Volunteers who do not resemble the Armenian profile should expect to receive additional unwanted and sometimes negative attention. Further, although homosexual relationships are not criminal in Armenia, open gay relationships are not socially accepted by the general population and Volunteers are advised to be cautious. Peace Corps Armenia’s Pre-Service Training will address these types of concerns to prepare Volunteers for service. Peace Corps staff and second-year Volunteers also serve as a support system for new Volunteers.
Community integration is an indispensable part of Volunteer work. To be successful in service, Volunteers should be accepted by their communities. The responsibility for integration rests on Volunteers and host communities. During Pre-Service Training, Peace Corps Armenia provides tools and strategies for Volunteers to enhance their community integration and language acquisition. The Volunteers’ main assignment during the first three months is community integration. By devoting adequate attention to community integration at site, Volunteers lay the groundwork for their future community work.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Armenia: 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 Armenia
- Armenia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: cardiology; insulin-dependent diabetes; 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: none identified.
- After arrival in Armenia, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.
Before you apply, please also 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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