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Virtual Service Pilot

Support English Clubs to Enhance Speaking Skills of Students

Activity/project background

Partner: The host country partner organizations are two high schools: 1. MAN 2 Flores Timur (Islamic High School under the Ministry of Religious Affairs) 2. SMAN 1 Rongga (A Public High School under the Ministry of Education and Culture) (Government)

MAN 2 Flores Timur, situated in Lamakera Village, East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, and SMAN 1 Rongga, located in West Bandung, West Java are both educational institutions catering to students in Grades 10-12, aged 15-18. Both schools are seeking to enhance English education by enriching students’ learning experiences as well as bolstering the English proficiency of teachers through regular communication with a native English speaker.

To improve proficiency in English, each school is requesting the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to co-teach online English club sessions with students that also may include cultural exchange about American culture. VSPPs will collaborate with English teachers and co-teach a one-hour English club for 30-40 students, aged 15-18, once per week. Additionally, the VSPP will collaborate with teachers to develop teaching plans.

Both schools 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:

• Co-assess the English skill level of students to group them accordingly
• Co-design English club sessions and teaching materials for 5-10, 1-hour online sessions that enhance English communication skills for students aged 15-18 years
• Co-facilitate English club sessions weekly
• As appropriate, include intercultural exchange sessions on American culture
• Task details will be discussed and finalized during joint work planning sessions at the start of the engagements

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

Language: Basic Bahasa Indonesia

Experience: Experience with virtual engagement and communication

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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