Internship, Volunteer & Work Study: Education Program Planning and Curriculum Development

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Our Story

HVK Children’s Foundation is an emerging nonprofit founded in 2016 and is registered in Massachusetts. We are based in Worcester, Massachusetts  and West Africa, Liberia. We aim to break barriers to socioeconomic and social determinant factors that pose as a harm to human development through The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model and the Coordinated School Health Program. Thus, we work in the fields of education, public health, and social work providing evidence-based services that includes the monitoring and evaluation of programs targeted to reach low-income women, children and families. We have three implemented programs to date and currently reaching children and teachers at six schools we are partnered with.


We are piloting a program starting with grade 5th students which will last for two years at two primary schools we are partnered with. We are building our program, 21st Century Success, around best practices taken from the Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID) program as well as other programs.  Henceforth, we are looking for four qualified students to volunteer their time to help design this program. Our goal is to provide an exceptional, informative and engaging program to improve reading, STEM, and character building among children at the schools we work with in Liberia.


Part I: 25%

  • Liaise with partner schools in Liberia to understand the education style and how to develop a curriculum that models the national curriculum and other best practices
  • Create a curriculum calendar to match school year in Liberia and based on the length of 21st Century Success
  • Develop set of curricula to include Reading, STEM, Character building and basic preparation for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for grades 5-7th students. Information about WAEC will be provided
  • Design program using the WICOR method which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading

Part II: 35%

  • Use the curriculum to develop lesson plans for the teachers in Liberia using ilessonReady
  • Lesson plans should follow common core for both AVID and should consult the Liberian English, and STEM curriculum to develop plans for 21st Century Success

Part III: 40%

  • Develop audio recordings/ modules with instructional objectives using presentation style (PowerPoint) to match curricula for training teachers in the program (can be done in steps)
  • Develop train-the-teacher document and incorporate techniques for teachers to help all students learn in a low-income country

Completion of the job will be based on fulfilling these outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications

Responsibilities include working under limited supervision following standardized practices, methods, and maintaining a relationship with HVK and our partner school.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master degree preferred in a related education field: Primary or secondary education, Applied Psychology in Education, Social Work with concentration in Education Development & Curriculum Design
  • Degree should couple with expertise in curricula and lesson plan development, organization planning, and special program education planning
  • Should have background working as a teacher at an in-school or after-school program
  • Volunteered or worked for Teach for America, or for City Year would be a nice compliment (not required)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in the field of education
  • Exceptional content mastery and knowledge of current instructional theories and principles applicable to both student-led and instructor-led learning and teaching techniques
  • Experience designing and leading education programs for primary level students from low-income background
  • Development of creative and engaging training materials for primary and junior high audience, in a variety of formats well as a user-friendly guide
  • Should be able to demonstrate proficiency in designing, building and deploying instructor e-learning modules.
  • Good organization skills and time management skills; ability to be flexible and solve problems.
  • Intermediate to advance knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel

Apply by: December 15th, 2018 and until position is filled

Start Date: 01/2019

Required Hours: 10-20 hours weekly and based on requirements

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