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Virtual Service Pilot

Strengthen English Skills and Cross-cultural Awareness for Teachers

Activity/project background

Partner: 1. SMAN 1 Sukaraja, secondary school 2. SMKN 4 Kupang, secondary school 3. SMAN 7 Kupang, secondary school (Government)

Three public high schools/vocational schools, SMAN 1 Sukaraja, SMKN 4 Kupang, and SMAN 7 Kupang, under the Ministry of Education and Culture in Indonesia, are seeking to enhance English education by improving the speaking skills and teaching capacity of English teachers. This initiative aims to elevate both students' and teachers' motivation levels in English practice, particularly in speaking skills, while also fostering intercultural awareness.

The schools are requesting the support of three (3) Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to enhance English classes for approximately 30 students in grades 10 and 11 (ages 15-17). The primary focus will be to boost their motivation to practice English, particularly speaking skills. Additionally, the VSPP will facilitate cross-cultural sessions in English to promote a deeper understanding of American cultural diversity. The VSPP will support teachers to co-develop teaching strategies and materials for online/hybrid sessions, and cross-cultural sessions tailored for students and teachers alike. The VSPP will co-deliver lessons to a class size ranging between 20-30 students and collaborate closely with three (3) English teachers. Further details about the school and the engagement will be provided during the post-led orientation.

Two schools (SMAN 7 Kupang and SMAN 1 Sukaraja) have not previously collaborated with Peace Corps, while SMKN 4 Kupang has previously collaborated with Peace Corps. They all 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:

• Based upon review of current English teaching materials, co-develop English class lesson plans and learning materials
• Co-teach English lessons for 1 hour once per week. A total of 6 classes are anticipated to be held during the engagement
• Facilitate sharing sessions with teachers twice per month for 1 hour focusing on improving teachers’ speaking skills and student-centered teaching approaches
• Co-teach regular English classes on cross-cultural topics such as the American education system, diversity in America, American cuisine, sustainable lifestyles, etc. for 1 hour once per month

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 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Indonesia time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to WhatsApp, email, and 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 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 education, secondary education, or related field and relevant certification: TEFL, TESOL, Cambridge, or similar

Language: Basic Bahasa Indonesia

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• 2 years of experience training primary or secondary school teachers

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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