November 2018: We have immediate positions open for the 2018 - 2019 school year, which has already begun. Late start date is November 1, 2018.
January 2019: Our 6-month teaching commitment beings in January 2019 and ends in June 2019.
July 2019: For the 2019 - 2020 school year, our one-year teaching commitment begins in July 2019 and ends in June 2020. Teachers have a holiday break from approximately Dec. 20 until Jan. 6.
All selected volunteer teachers are assigned to an elementary classroom, a middle school classroom, or a resource teacher role. BECA interviewers will explain the differences between the three positions in detail, but for now we have listed the general responsibilities required of all teachers.
- Facilitate relationships with parents and other community members
- Lesson-plan and teach in English all subject areas with the exception of Español and Estudios Sociales
- Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students
- Serve as a Lunch/Recess monitor
- Support your fellow teachers in school and at home
- Serve as an ambassador for BECA by helping to spread the word about our work through your various networks
- Maintain attendance records for all students in your homeroom
- File a copy of your weekly lesson plans
- Provide the Administration with a copy of your weekly class schedule
- Sign Attendance Book upon entering/leaving school each day (required by law)
- Ensure classroom is ready for students at beginning of each school day
- Attend all teacher meetings
- Keep the Administration informed of any problems or concerns (disciplinary or otherwise) you are having with students
- Keep student files updated with the necessary information
- Keep the office informed of extended absences of students
EXAM ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBILITIES
- Grade exams
- Collect performance grades from other teachers and prepare Bimester report cards
- Fill out electronic and hard-copy versions of grading spreadsheet
- Plan and organize extracurricular activities for students
- Attend Association of Parents Meetings (at discretion of Administrator)
- Participate in fundraising efforts to support BECA's program costs
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- A commitment to BECA's mission and a dedication to social justice
- Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
- Capacity to manage multiple taks simultaneously
- Willingness to operate in a low-resource environment under challenging living conditions
- Bachelor's degree (degree in Education or related field is preferred but not required)
While BECA asks for a one year commitment from our volunteer teachers, we actively encourage teachers to consider returning following their initial year with us. BECA recognizes that there are huge benefits to teachers returning for a second year. Returning teachers are much more effective in the classroom thanks to their previous year's experience. Just as importantly for a community school model like ours, returners serve as a bridge between new teachers and the community, helping new team members adapt to their roles much more quickly than they otherwise would. Second-year teachers are offered a monthly stipend, which is designed to cover all out-of-pocket expenses that a volunteer might incur during their time with BECA.