I accepted the position to serve as an English Language Teacher Volunteer in Georgia (the country, not the state) with the Peace Corps! This is a 27 month commitment that begins in April.
About the Peace Corps:
"Changing lives the world over."
The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. One of the signature achievements of President John F. Kennedy was creating the Peace Corps, a new agency and a new opportunity for Americans to serve their country and their world. For more than five decades, Peace Corps Volunteers in 140 countries have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and grit to solve critical challenges alongside community leaders.
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.
About the position:
Volunteers co-teach with local English teachers in a formal classroom setting and conduct extracurricular activities for students aged 6-18, the United States equivalent of grades 1-12. The goals of the project are to improve the English language
proficiency and critical skills (teamwork, gender sensitivity, critical thinking, and confidence) of students; enhance teaching practices and other professional skills of English teachers; and work with your counterparts, school, and communities to increase access to English teaching, learning resources, and opportunities, including new technologies.
About the U.S. Government Let Girls Learn Initiative:
Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities but, globally, 62 million girls are not in school, and barriers to adolescent girls completing school are particularly significant. In some countries, fewer than 10 percent of teenage girls complete secondary school. Since the launch of Let Girls Learn, Peace Corps Volunteers around the world have responded to the call to make a difference in their communities of service.
Donations can be made to the Let Girls Learn innitiative for Peace Corps Georgia: https://donate.peacecorps.gov/donate/project/glowbuild-gender-conference/