Professional teachers needed for the Peace Corps educational programs

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Professional teachers needed for the Peace Corps educational programs
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!ESSIONAL TEACHERS NEEDED FOR THE PEACE
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS


Since


its inception in 1961,


the Peace


Corps


been asked


by many


developing nations


to help


solve their nearly


insurmountable educational


problems.


Today, more


than one-half


of the


10,000


Volunteers


in the


Peace


Corps


are


serving


teachers


or school administrators


in Asia,


Africa


and Latin America.


Recognizing the


need for professional


teachers


in these


programs,


the Peace


Corps


has worked


closely with


the National Educational Associa-


tion


in a


continuing


camp ign


to recruit


experienced


teachers


overseas


service.


Unfortunately,


response


from American


teachers


been


great enough


to meet the overwhelming requests


for Volunteers.


Accordingly,


the Peace Corps


assigned


d many


college


graduates


without


professional


preparation


to teaching positions,


partic


ularly at


the elementary and


secondary


levels.


professional


tea chers


serving


in the Pea


Corps


are providing


guidance and


direction


filling the more


for the inexperienced


professionally


teachers,


demanding assignments,


they also


such


are


as teacher


training,


curriculum development,


adminis


tration and


supervision,


university teaching.

TEACHING ASSIGNMENTS


average


Volunteer


teacher


spends


between


20-3


0 hours


in the


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.evening


classes


Nearly all


Volunteers


teach


some English at one


time or


another.


Volunteer teachers


are always


selected and assigned according


to their


subject matter speciality and all


teacher


disciplines


\presently being utilized


by the


Peace


Corps.


assignments will have


some


familiar


problems -severely


limited


physical


plants,


crowded


classrooms,


insufficient


equipment


cramped


student


quarters


There may also


sagging academic


standards.


Because


some


schools


lack the


funds


for decent


faculty salaries,


teaching standards


fluctuate


greatly.


Many


of the


schools


in which


Volunteer teachers are


working are


relatively new


They were


built


in massive


government


school


construction


projects,


sometimes


with


the help of Peace


Corps


Volunteers.


Most are


boarding schools


with a


couple of hundred


students


Since


education


so limit


, only the


brightest


students


from


the villages


in the area


are allowed


to enter.


In many


African nations,


schools


are


located


on a


compound


with


six or


eight


classrooms.


staff


the boarding


students


all live


on the compound


in separate


quarters.


This


allows


students


who are


having difficulties


with


their


school


work


to receive


extra


help


in the evenings.


TEACHER TRAINING


Experienced

teacher training


teachers

colleges


with masters


that are


degrees


similar


will


to our


also


be assigned


old normal


schools.


to

In


some


countries,


students


entering these


schools may have only 6-8


years


of education.


In others,


they will have


to 12


yea rs.


Volunteers


will


have


to draw on


every facet


of their training and


experience


to teach


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is


teachers will


conduct


on-the-job teacher training,


working half-time as


teaching


the s

aids,


tude:

etc


in-service

nt teachers

. into thei


regular

training


teachers

courses


the opportunity to


rOWn


and spending the re

for fellow teachers.


inject


new methods,


mining time


This


would


ideas,


give


visual


classes.


Ideally,


profess ional


teachers


in the Peace


Corps


will


work themselves


out of their


eral


arts


jobs.


graduates


It will ta

serving as


ke many years


teachers


are


to accomplish t

helping to meet


his


goal.


Lib-


the tremendous


teacher


good


have


shortages


in many nations,


educational systems w

the help and guidance


ith


effective


of the


if the

profe


experienced


se


countries


ssional t

teachers


are


teachers,

of the


to develop

they must

United


States.

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION


Many newly


independent


nations


are establishing


colleges


universities


to help meet


the trained manpower needs


of their


country.


Sending students


outside


their


country


has proved


to be


a slow and


expen-


sive way of meeting this


need.


Professional


teachers


with


an advanced


degree of


or more


years


of teaching


experience are


being requested


to fill


teaching positions


in these


new


institutions.


In most


assign-


ments,


English


will


be the language


used.


A Volunteer


instructor


at the


University of Nigeria


reported:


The University now


cons ists


some


20 buildings,


with


others


under


construction and


with areas


being


cleared


for more
members


Over


and staff


University,
classes. M


are


molding i
[any of the


1,000


students


working hard,


ts spirit,
hopes of


and 150 faculty
organizing the
conducting full-time


building this


nation


rest with


the importance


of its universities


with


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political science,


English,


economics


and music;


some


are assisting


in sociological studies


of the


surrounding


villages;


farm;


our agronomist


our veterinarian


is helping plan an experimental


is giving extension lectures


animal husbandry and


conducting research


on animal deaths


at the


federal
studies
District


Eastern Region


employees


here


cattle
for a


and office management;


officer take a


census;


ranch;


special


some are


tra ining


are


teaching


in secretarial


helping the


over twenty are


local


con-


ducting night


economics


sses


in English language and


, geography and mathematics


for the


literature,
university


junior


staff.


We are all


becoming


involved


in the


informal
organize


work and


enjoyment


which helps


discipline and


a functioning university


A~hINIS~hTION


In many newly formed schools,


the staff


is unfamiliar with


basic


school


policy,


scheduling,


discipline,


etc.


Many things


the American


teacher accepts


expects


will


be missing


in his


host


country school.


Because of this,


some


profess ional


teachers


are


serving


supervisory


itions


as principals


or vi


-principals,


while others


serve


without


a title.


One teacher


in an African


school


soon realized


the inadequa


cies


the testing methods


used


host


country teachers.


students


grade


relied


completely


on an


essa


y test


given at


the end of


each


term.


better evaluate


students


progress,


"obj


ective"


test was


intro-


duced.


It was


something entirely new to


the host


country teachers,


time had


to be spent


teaching the


staff how to write


when


use it


where


it could


be used most effectively.


TRAINING FOR OVERSEAS ASSIGNMENTS


Training will


be held for


10 weeks


at a university


in the


United


States.


Training will


be intensive,


with a


considerable


amount


of time


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study


its history,


culture,


geography,


economy and


government.


course


on World Affairs will


be taught with


special focus


on recent


developments


in that


region of the world.


Trainees


will also


be given a


refresher


course


in American history,


government and


culture.


Courses


in first


aid,


preventive medic ine,


Upon


physical


completion of the


conditioning will also


10-12 week training program,


be included.


trainees will


selected for overseas


service.


HOW TO APPLY FOR PEACE CORPS SERVICE


All applicants


for Peace


Colps


service must


submit a


Peace


Corps


Quest ionna ire,


which


can be obtained at


Post


Offices,


from


college


Peace


Corps


Liaison


Officers,


or by writing:


Peace


Corps,


Washington,


D. C.


2052


The submission of a


Quest ionna ire


is not a


commitment


to enter


the Peace


Corps.


If a candidate


is selected


to enter a


training program,


an invitation


is issued.


The invitation


can be accepted


or turned down--


or the


candidate


can ask to


be considered for


an alternative


assignment


at another


time or


in another


country.


LIFE


IN THE PEACE CORPS


Assignment s


in Peace


Corps


educational


programs


are available


throughout Africa,


Asia


and Latin America.


A teacher who


has a special


interest


in a


specific


area


type


of assignment


should


definitely


indicate

possible


this


on his


to meet


Questionnaire.


the desires


The Peace


concerns


Corps will


of all applicant


do everything

s if they meet


the requirements


such specific


programs.


travel


expenses


will


be paid


by the Peace


Corps,


whether you are


headed


for the mountains


of Peru


or the


islands


of the


Philippines.


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While


you are


overseas


, a living allowance


will


given


you for


food,


clothing,


housing and


inc identa 1


expenses.


Medical


care


also will


be provided.


The amount


of the


living allowance will


be bases


on the experience


of the


Volunteers


currently


in the country of your assignment.


It will


be adequate


to provide modest


healthful living


conditions.


There are many misconceptions


about


how Volunteers


live


overseas.


Professional


teachers


will live


at a


level similar to


host


country


teachers.


Teachers


in most every


developing nation have


better than


average


living


conditions.


Because most modern


conveniences


are not


available


help


outs ide


laundry,


of most


cleaning,


cities,


etc.


Volunteers


Some


sometimes


governments


employ


domestic


supply domestic


help


for all


Volunteers


so that


they will have more


time


for preparation,


class


work and adult


evening


sessions.


During


service


Volunteers


receive


10 days


of home


leave


before


departure


overseas


days


of vacation while


serving.


Vacation leaves


are normally taken during the


summer,


with the


remaining portion of the


school


vacation


being


spent


in various


productive activities,


from summer


classes


to road


building.


All host


country holidays


during the


school


year


are observed


Volunteer teachers.


Married


couples


serve


together


if both


qualify for the


same


country and have no


dependents


under


It is not necessary for


both


husband and


wife


to be teachers.


Many overseas


programs


are diverse


enough


to allow assignment


of couples


with


completely


different


skills.


At conclusion of


service


Volunteers


receive


$1,800,


less


taxes --







Volunteers


regardless s


of assignment


overseas


or experience


before


Peace


Corps


service.


When


you return,


letters


from your foreign


students


occasional lapses


into


your


second language


will remind


of your


sojourn abroad.


Your own


personal


experiences will


constitute


one of


the most


valuable


aspect of the


years.


Confronted


with a


different and fascinating


culture,


you will


become acquainted


with different


ways


of living,


with


new and


perhaps


better ways


of teaching.


You'll discover more about your


potential for understanding others.


fact


that


Peace


Corps


Volunteers


are teaching


in countries


overseas


is evidence


that


these nations


are determined


to improve


expand


educational systems.


Young nations


striving to


keep pace with


rapid


changes


in technology and


science


young people


thirsty for the


knowledge which will afford


them


productive


places


in their


society need


the help you


can give


as a professional


teacher.


"These nations


have


entrusted


us their most


precious


raw material.


future of


the free


world


begins


in their


classrooms


today,


because we


teaching the


leaders


An experienced


of tomorrow,


teacher


has much


said a


Volunteer


to offer world


in Africa.


education.


With


experienced


teacher,


progress will.. be


slow;


without


him,


progress


will


be much


slower.


Think about


own


are




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