IAPE aims to transform English language instruction in Mexico's most underserved public schools by training, empowering, and supporting a dedicated network of innovative and dynamic English language educators.

Background: The Inter-American Partnership for Education (IAPE) is a joint effort of Worldfund and Dartmouth College's Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures.

Worldfund is a non-profit organization that works to reduce poverty in Latin American by supporting high-quality and results-driven education. The Rassias Center promotes cross-cultural understanding and strengthens communication among people around the world by training teachers in aspects of the Rassias Method® and offering World Language Instruction for students of all ages. The two organizations joined forces when in 2006, Worldfund's Founder and President Luanne Zurlo spoke to Professor Rassias about creating a program for a group of English as a Second Language Teachers.  Following two pilot sessions in 2007, the project secured funding from Nextel de Mexico and Becalos, and gained recognition as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment. Today IAPE enrolls approximately 400 teachers per year and receives support from multiple foundations, corporations, and individual supporters in the U.S. and Mexico, and from the Mexican state governments in which the participating teachers work. Summer programs currently take place at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH USA.  Programs during the academic year take place in Santa Fe Tlaxcala, in the State of Tlaxcala, Mexico.

  • Fellowship Title: English Language Fellow  (Assistant Teacher)
  • Dates: Fall or Winter Quarters, 2012 and 2013
  • Location: Tlaxcala is approximately two hours east of Mexico City by car, in the State of Tlaxcala.   The program is housed at a family style resort near a small town.
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  • The position: The IAPE Intensive English (IE) team will consist of a Coordinator, 2 Master Teachers from the US and 6 Assistant Teachers, 3 from the US and 3 from Mexico.  In addition to making a difference in the lives of others and honing one's teaching skills, a successful IAPE Fellowship can provide the following transferable skills: team work and team building; mentoring (in this case, older students); familiarity with Mexico's education system; familiarity with the internal workings of a US NGO; event execution; and cross-cultural and linguistic competencies.
  • Compensation: Round-trip transportation (one round-trip plane ticket between Mexico City and home city in U.S., plus ground transportation between Mexico City and Valle de Bravo); housing (at the Center), meals with participants when programs are in session stipend for meals when programs are not in session. Fellows are required to provide proof of medical insurance.

Fellowship Duties and Expectations in Mexico:

  • Participate as an active member of the IAPE IE team.
  • Serve as an Assistant Teacher in IE programs.  During the first 8 days of each program, Fellows will participate in at least 4 drills a day (either conducting drill or as an observer), eat all 3 meals with the students, have daily meetings, periodically attend Master Classes (in order to gauge student progress), and assist with the planning and deliver of the evening cultural activities.   During the last two days of each program, ATs will assist Rassias Trainers in drill training of the participants.
  • Maintain a Fellowship Reflection Journal to be used when meeting to debrief each program  with the IE Coordinator and the other ATs. Two Skype check-ins to Hanover will be required by the Rassias Center over the course of the term.
  • Demonstrate willingness to adjust to and ability to understand a different culture and  lifestyle.
  • Demonstrate interest in Latin America and Educational Policy
  • Demonstrate desire to work with communities at risk

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Comprehension of language learning process at Dartmouth /within a Dartmouth sponsored setting i.e. as a student or Drill Instructor in L1 or L2 classes. (Accepted experience also includes Kimball Union Academy, Rassias Language Programs Abroad, or the other affiliates such as Kenyon College.) Experience on abroad programs is valuable but not required.
  • Willingness to adjust to a different culture and lifestyle.
  • Desire and understanding to work with communities at risk.
  • Interest in Educational Policy and Latin America.
  • Native or near native English speaking ability.
  • Ability to work in a team to motivate learners.
  • Camp Counseling, Assistant Teaching, or Education Classes not required but strongly preferred.

Application Procedures:

  1. Solicit two (2) letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a current professor who has either supervised or taught you. The other letter may be from anyone who has worked with you in any kind of teamwork based setting.    Please have all letters sent to alps@dartmouth.edu
  2. Write a cover letter of no more than one page answering: "What draws you to the IAPE Fellowship in Mexico? Why now?"
  3. Submit a resumé with the cover letter

Application due date:  --Fall: August 5, notification for interviews August 8 by 5PM. Interviews may be conducted by Skype or Google Chat if applicants are not in Hanover. Decisions will be made on August 19. --Winter Applications will be accepted beginning August 20th until October 10th. Please send application to alps@dartmouth.edu

Security of participants and staff is of paramount concern to both Dartmouth and Worldfund.  Compared to much of the country, Valle de Bravo, a popular retreat for Mexico's upper class, is considered peaceful and was first recommended to Dartmouth and Worldfund as a potential program location in 2009, by the security consultants at International SOS with whom both organizations work to provide security services to students and employees. Valle de Bravo continues to be considered a stable location, where violent crime is much less of a concern than in many other areas of the country, including states that border the United States.  Nonetheless, staff members are reminded that IAPE cannot guarantee their safety at home or abroad and that much of their safety and security depends ultimately on their own behavior and personal choices.  It is incumbent on all staff to be part of the safety process, to keep themselves informed about local conditions, and to act responsibly. Prior to departure, U.S.-based staff will be briefed about safety precautions, including current travel precautions, by program personnel and by International SOS security specialists. Upon arrival in Mexico City, U.S.-based staff will be transported to Valle de Bravo by reputable private transportation as recommended by International SOS.  The program is managed in conjunction with an extensive network of local contacts and the program team remains in close communication with the U.S. State Department and International SOS and regularly monitors local events.  The IAPE On-Site Coordinator, an employee of Dartmouth College, resides in Valle de Bravo and is available in the event of a security or medical concern.  International SOS is also available 24 hours a day for telephone consultation and assistance. Travel Waivers for Dartmouth Students from the Provost's Office will be applied for after acceptance.