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Virtual Service Pilot

Facilitate Conversational English Club for High School Students

Activity/project background

Partner: Constantin Stamati-Ciurea, Theoretical Lyceum (Government)

The Constantin Stamati-Ciurea Theoretical High School in the village of Caracușenii Vechi, Briceni, Department in Moldova includes primary and secondary school levels. There are 360 students attending the school and most students study English as a foreign language. At the moment, only one person works as an English teacher in the institution.

To improve English education, the school hopes to enlist the support of a native English speaker to provide a more authentic and practical experience for students. Speaking with a native English speaker can also motivate students to improve their language skills.

Therefore, the high school is requesting a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to collaborate with staff to co-develop a conversational English club curriculum and to co-teach club sessions. The VSPP will collaborate with the school’s English teacher to teach two groups of students: gymnasium students (ages 12-16) and lyceum students (ages 16-19). The groups will be co-taught separately and bi-weekly where one group will be taught for one week and then the other group will be hosted the following week. With this collaboration, the school hopes to enhance the English levels of both groups of students.

The organization has not previously collaborated with 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-assess current students’ English skill levels
• Once the groups are assessed, each group will be co-taught separately and bi-weekly where one group will be taught for one week and then the other group will be taught the following week
• Co-develop a curriculum for the English Conversational Club for high school students (ages 16-19) that includes intercultural sessions to enable students to learn about American culture, dance, music, games, and holidays (1-hour meeting/week)
• Co-teach 1-hour conversational English club for high school level students every other week
• Co-develop a curriculum for the English Conversational Club for gymnasium level students (ages 12-16) that includes intercultural sessions to enable student to learn about American culture, dance, music, games and holidays (1-hour meeting/week)
• Co-teach 1-hour conversational English club for gymnasium level students every other week

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 (2-3 hours online).

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

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom or Google Meet 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 teaching English

Experience: 1 year of experience in TEFL/English teaching for primary or secondary school students

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 any field and relevant certification: TEFL, TESOL, Cambridge, or similar

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience with using technology and developing interactive educational tools

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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