Applicant with TEFL and Special Ed experience

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Bulletin Board: Applicant with TEFL and Special Ed experience

By John Michelli ( on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 3:31 pm: Edit Post


I'm considering applying for the Peace Corps, and am a little anxious about the process. Mostly about my qualifications.

I will be graduating with an B.S. in Religious Studies in the spring. My GPA isn't stellar, and it will have taken me six years.

That said, part of the reason it's taken so long is that I worked full-time intermittently throughout, mostly as a Teaching Assistant at a private school for special education. It was an ABA based, one-on-one approach to various mental disabilities, and all of our students had varying degrees of behavioral problems. I worked with all age groups, but spent most of my time working in our Life Skills program with the 16-22 yr. population, which involved taking students into the community to learn vocational and daily living skills.

Once I realized that Peace Corps was something that I wanted to do, I also started to look for volunteer opportunities around campus. I am currently an ESL volunteer through a local immigration services non-profit. I also look out for local charity drives for the homeless population, fund raising walks, etc.

So really I feel like I'd be swinging my application on my Special Ed and volunteer experience; my question is, would this be enough work experience to be considered as a candidate? Thanks in advance for your input!

By Jesse O ( on Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 6:30 pm: Edit Post

Education is a much needed skill, talk to your recruiter. Even if you had very little skills, I think you could at the very least teach English seeing as you have some teaching assistant experience.

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