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A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) who speaks advanced Spanish is needed to serve as an Environmental Education Specialist at the Virgen Dolorosa School. The Virgen Dolorosa School is an educational institution committed to protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Therefore, the school focuses on environmental education for sustainable development. The school achieves this both by being a part of the network of Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) schools and also by implementing environmental projects as the core of all curricular areas. However, Virgen Dolorosa School teachers lack technical training that would allow them to develop projects that impact the school community with visible results. A PCRV is requested to train the teachers in new strategies and innovative techniques to carry out the environmental education, monitoring, and research that would foster the design of more effective projects.
An Environmental Education Teacher Trainer with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science is needed to assess the environmental education activities already implemented at the school and develop a proposal to improve these activities. Together with assigned teachers, the PCRV will elaborate a proposal to organize, plan, and implement a new and improved environmental education program. Additionally, the Environmental Education Teacher Trainer will strengthen relationships between the school and partner organizations who can be allies to the implementation of environmental projects at the Virgen Dolorosa School. The goal of this assignment is to improve the execution of environmental education activities within the curricula so that the Virgen Dolorosa School can contribute further to the GLOBE program.
Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Peru at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.
Educational Institution “Virgen Dolorosa School”
• Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or related degree
• 2 to 3 years’ experience in environmental teaching at schools and/or in solid waste research and management to train children, youth and adults.
• 1 to 2 years’ of experience in the field of research related to conservation/monitoring of the biological process of macro invertebrates, atmosphere, mosquito and data management
• Advanced-mid Spanish (written/spoken) level that allows him/her to train teachers and parents of the educational institution
The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America’s diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Medical Considerations in Peru
Peru may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
After arrival in Peru, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.