Escuela da Copa
During the last twenty years, COPA has brought new hope to needy communities in the Dominican Republic. COPA has made a great difference in the communities it serves by building two schools in small villages in the province of Barahona to educate over 800 children, founded two health clinics, supported pupils through secondary education, organised work skills training for leavers and supported over twenty students through university. We are now experiencing former pupils returning from higher education and university to work in their community. This certainly was not possible twenty years ago, when few children attended school and those who did, left school hardly able to read and write. For many years generations of poor Haitian families have migrated to the Province of Barahona where COPA is working and two thirds of the children in the COPA schools are Haitian.
COPA is looking for an education advisor to take forward our projects by developing further the quality of learning and teaching, and to work in partnership with the Government with the re-organisation of COPA Schools for single tanda schooling (an initiative affecting all Dominican Schools). We are looking for a teacher with substantial primary/elementary teaching experience to assist the head teachers in evaluating the needs of their school with regard to teaching and learning, working alongside teachers to improve their teaching skills and organise training workshops. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to use their experience to inspire fellow colleagues to provide a rich, stimulating learning environment to the benefit of such needy children and change their prospects forever.
Salary: COPA pays a local stipend (approx US$600/month) and provides one return flight, insurance and apartment accommodation on site with free utilities. Scooters are provided for the use of our volunteers for local travel. Contract: 2 years (renewable by mutual agreement) Location: Barahona province, Dominican Republic
Essential: B.Ed. or PGCE in Primary Education or US equivalent; 3 years teaching experience in the UK or US. Computer literate Flexible, creative, resourceful Sympathy with the philosophy and aims of COPA Able to work within a multi-cultural setting and an international team Able to work within a structured framework (i.e. COPA) Able to learn languages if not competent in spoken Spanish
Desirable Experience of working overseas or in a multi -cultural setting
Accommodation, utilities, allowance towards National Insurance or equivalent
Level of Language Proficiency
Spoken and written Spanish essential.
Minimum Education Required