Deaf Education Specialist (Jamaica)
Peace Corps Response - Washington, DC

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The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime. Peace Corps Response recruits U.S. citizens with at least 10 years of professional experience as well as returned Peace Corps Volunteers for short-term, high-impact assignments. These positions are streamlined and designed for Volunteers to hit the ground running.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as a Deaf Education Specialist for the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD). Though the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) was the first UN member nation to sign the UN’s Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRD), the lack of technical and human resources has compromised the movement from turning these ideas into actions. The persistent gap between “disability friendly” policy and practice is especially evident in the limited education and employment opportunities afforded to the island’s deaf community. Although Junior Achievement Jamaica, a partner NGO of JAD, has actively addressed issues of financial literacy, work readiness and social entrepreneurial skills at primary and secondary schools in Jamaica, local volunteers don’t know enough sign language to deliver the Junior Achievement lessons to deaf children. While each deaf school has their own teachers for the deaf, they have their hands full attempting to cover the regular curriculum. Though deaf teacher assistants might have enough time and sign language fluency, they do not have enough literacy skills to lead Junior Achievement lessons on their own.

A Deaf Education Specialist, fluent in American Sign Language, is needed to bring the Junior Achievement curriculum to St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf. The volunteer will train deaf teacher assistants to lead lessons and then replicate this model at Port Antonio Learning Center, JAD Unit for the Deaf. The Volunteer will also co-facilitate the introduction of Junior Achievement Jamaica program to teachers at Port Antonio Unit and support implementation of Junior Achievement Jamaica at other island deaf schools. In addition, the Deaf Education Specialist will assist and provide individualized and specialized attention to deaf students with literacy needs and review successes and challenges of implementation of these assignment to advise on further replication of volunteer placements at other island schools for the deaf. The goal of this project is to increase both educational and professional opportunities for teachers, demonstrate an increased mastery of literacy and numeracy among students and develop a sustained passion for lifelong learning throughout the deaf community.

Mandatory Qualifications:
Degree in Special Education
Fluency in American Sign Language
Familiar and comfortable interacting with deaf community and culture

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