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Preschool School Bilingual Education Specialist

Project description

The Costa Rican Department of Early Childhood Education has requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as a Preschool School Bilingual Education Specialists. The Abi strategy is a national strategy that seeks to make Costa Rica a bilingual country in order to improve the attraction of investments, boost employment, stimulate the national economy and increase the opportunities of youth to study abroad. The Ministry of Education’s Academic Vice-Ministry and the First Infancy Department want to achieve the goal of expanding the national coverage in English teaching for preschool level, including strengthening the skillset of teachers and the pedagogical materials available.

The PCRVs will work closely with the advisors at the Vice-Ministry and collaborate with counterparts to design proposals for English teaching and learning strategies meant to increase the coverage of English in the public system, with an emphasis on pre-school school initiatives. The PCRVs will also develop a teacher's guide to develop linguistic competence according to the national curriculum of Preschool Education and assess pedagogical strategies implemented in the country.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Costa Rica together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Required skills

• Masters’s degree in education or related field.
• At least two years of experience in teaching EFL to pre-K elementary and/or elementary-age students.
• At least two years of experience in language acquisition programs at early stages/education
• At least two years of experience leading teacher training activities.
• Ability to work in a team.
• Excellent public speaking skills.
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development.
• Intermediate Spanish. Several professional interactions will occur in English, but Spanish is needed to communicate with other staff and teachers who are not English professionals as well as for daily life interactions (getting to work, buying groceries, developing local relationships, etc.).
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

Living conditions

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