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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-facilitate English Clubs for Teachers and High School Students

Activity/project background

Partner: Radomyshl Hub Lyceum 2 (Government)

Radomyshl Hub Lyceum 2 in Ukraine serves over 900 students, ages 6-17 years old and aims to improve students’ knowledge of English, expand their cultural awareness of the world, increase confidence, and develop competent members of the modern society. The school participates in several international projects and has been collaborating with Peace Corps Volunteers since 2002.

This engagement aims to encourage students and English faculty to enhance their language skills, develop social-cultural competence, and apply new virtual technologies in learning. Through engaging with a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP), students and teachers will immerse themselves in the English language environment and improve their language fluency, methodology, and get opportunities to communicate with a native speaker. Teachers have an advanced language proficiency level while students’ language abilities vary from beginner to intermediate levels.

Radomyshl Hub Lyceum 2 plans to organize a series of English club sessions for a group of 20 students, ages 14-17 years old and a group of 10 English teachers to improve their language and social-cultural skills. Each group will meet with the VSPP every other week for a 75-minute session. The VSPP and their partner will coordinate, prepare, and facilitate the online clubs. Themes such as culture, modern social life, history, films, school, healthy lifestyle, and modern teaching methods will be the focus of sessions.

The organization has previously collaborated with the Peace Corps. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-develop priority learning objectives, session plans, and curriculums for each group of participants
• Co-develop and adapt teaching resources on American culture (sport, youth life, cuisine, healthcare, mass media, social network sites, art and culture, education, etc.)
• Co-teach one (1) biweekly English language and communication skills to a group of 20 students, meeting on any weekday at 4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Kyiv time/9:00-10:00 a.m. ET
• Co-teach one (1) biweekly English language and communication skills to a group of 10 teachers, meeting on any day weekday at 4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Kyiv time/9:00-10:00 a.m. ET
• Co-analyze results of conducted sessions and identify learning objectives and appropriate communicative activities

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 5 hours per week.

Online collaboration will generally occur between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ukraine time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

Experience: 1 year of TEFL/TESOL teaching experience in the U.S.A. or abroad

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in education, TEFL, or related field

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience teaching high school students

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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