Education Overview - Peace Corps

Uploaded by peacecorps on 21.10.2010

Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience. Volunteers live, learn, and work
with a community overseas for 27 months,
providing assistance in a variety of programs areas, including education.
Education is the largest area of assistance requested by Peace Corps' host countries
and includes a variety of assignment areas.
Volunteers bring diverse experience and educational backgrounds to the classroom,
ranging from skilled educators to recent college graduates.
I work in the primary school here.
My main objectives are literacy and numeracy.
With kids that small what ends up happening, though, is in order to teach them how to read,
you really end up doing a little bit of everything. You teach a little bit of science and then
maybe do some spelling words that focus around science.
You end up playing a lot of games with the kids and just trying to
show other teachers how you can use alternate classroom techniques. You get a lot of satisfaction
out of seeing the kids grow on a daily basis.
Just, you know, getting to see their smiles. As an education volunteer my primary responsibility
is to be a teacher here at the secondary school.
I teach many classes, primarily science subjects, to over 300 students.
I think that I'll be able to apply
the things I've learned here in Peace Corps about working with people,
about myself, to probably anything that I do after I leave here.
Our primary project here is
teaching English as a foreign language
apart from that to transfer new teaching methodologies
to our Georgian counterparts.
Things that we think are really basic in the United States like doing group work
or worksheets or dialogue
are kind of
new concepts here so,
even without the Peace Corps training, just having been through the American education system
is helpful because
we have some sense of different techniques you can use.
My primary task is
working in a school,
and that's totally the opposite of what I thought work would be like in the Peace Corps. In a way
my life is very regimented, more so than it was before I came to Bulgaria. If I wake up I have class,
the bell rings,
I sit with the teachers in the teachers' lounge,
and it's, yeah, it's still something that I'm getting used to. I realize
every day that I'm in a unique position in this.
I see the results every day.
Just the enthusiasm that students have for
the projects that I suggest or extra-curricular activities.
I see the impact
almost immediately, which is kind of cool.
Peace Corps training did help a lot.
And then
being here at school, watching other teachers teach,
and have those teachers watch me teach and give me pointers what to do, what not to do,
those, those things helped.
Shafiq is mainly here
helping us with teaching.
He's also helping our staff teachers with a computer because most of us do not know how to use a computer.
So basically
he has been an asset to us since he has joined us.
Teaching is a learning experience. You learn every day.
And I don't think you ever stop learning.
To find out more about serving overseas as a Peace Corps volunteer
please visit