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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-host English Clubs for Vocational Education & Training Educators

Activity/project background

Partner: Methodological Training Center of Vocational Education and Training in Sumy Region Educational and methodological Center of Vocational Education and Training in Dnipropetrovsk Region (Government)

Both Sumy and Dnipro Vocational Education and Training (VET) Centers provide educational and methodical support to state-owned VET schools of Sumy and Dnipropetrovsk regions related to educational services, such as professional training, provision of general education, educational and social work, and career guidance. For each service, methodologists are assigned, who are responsible for collaboration with different establishments according to the branch principle, or for the end-to-end direction of work with VET schools.

This engagement aims to contribute to systemic changes in the teaching and learning of English in VET schools in accordance with the needs of the VET learners and the demands of the labor market and society. In the long term, this will contribute to expanding the use of the English language in society, increasing the level of competitiveness, and increasing Ukraine's investment and tourist attractiveness.

Sumy and Dnipro VET Centers seek the support of two (2) Virtual Service Pilot Participants, one (1) for each location, to engage a group of 25 intermediate English learners (methodologists, teachers, and managers) of VET schools in Sumy region and a similar group of 25 participants in Dnipropetrovsk region. The VSPPs will engage the participants in English-speaking clubs that aim to enhance their command of English, increase confidence in using English for professional needs, improve communication skills of participants, and develop their intercultural competencies.

The organizations have not 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:

• Communicate with the counterpart regarding session planning and procedures
• Co-develop a syllabus for English-speaking club with clear policy, procedures, resources, and outcomes that can be used as a curriculum
• Co-facilitate a 1-hour English-speaking club each week (after 4:00 p.m. Kyiv time)
• Encourage participants’ involvement in an educational and intercultural exchange during the English-speaking club sessions

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 email, Zoom and phone 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: 2 years of experience in TEFL/English teaching to university students or adults

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: Bachelor's degree in education, secondary education, or related field and relevant certification: TEFL, TESOL, Cambridge, or similar

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience with virtual teaching speaking skills strategies

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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