University of the West Indies (UWI), Open Campus
Note that this is a six-month international position, based in the country described for this posting. It is an internship co-facilitated by Bow Valley College and only available for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada that fit the eligibility requirements described below.
The Open Campus, of the University of the West Indies, was formed to allow the University to provide better educational programmes and services to the UWI-12 countries and under-served communities in countries with residential campuses. One of its main tasks was to consolidate UWI Distance Education services in the region and increase access to UWI courses and programmes. As the campus designated to manage open and Distance learning (ODL) for UWI, the Open Campus has as one of its main objectives the task of producing a one-look, one-feel, top quality online product for the University and deliver it to learners in the region and beyond. To do so, collaboration between the residential campuses and the Open Campus is essential as the Open Campus does not have organised specialisation areas and it depends on faculty from the established campuses to provide the expertise and academic integrity for the courses delivered online.
The Caribbean Child Development Centre is a unit of the Consortium for Social Development and Research (CSDR), of the University of the West Indies, Open Campus. Bloom Early Childhood Education Centres of Excellence are university preschool laboratories of the Caribbean Child Development Centres. There are two Bloom centres of excellence – one in Mona, Jamaica, and one in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. This internship will be at the St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago.
As university laboratory preschools, Bloom centres are committed to using their unique resources and affiliations to ensure that the enrolled children realize their full potential in a high quality environment. Their motto is “learning through play, celebrating the process”, which is at the heart of everything they do. A play-based approach to learning is supported through whole group, small group, and individual activities, facilitated by engaging and nurturing teachers and caregivers. Through meaningful experiences based on children’s interest and the Caribbean early childhood curriculum, Bloom sets the foundation for children to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners, poised to become tomorrow’s change makers.
Originally established as the Regional Preschool Child Development Centre in 1972, the Centre was renamed the Caribbean Child Development Centre in 1985 to more accurately reflect its evolving role in child development.
Our mandate is to provide support for holistic development for Caribbean children through:
1. Research, including collaborative research to inform policy and program development;
3. Information management and dissemination;
4. Public service and promotion of the best possible outcomes for children
The Intern will work under the Early Childhood Coordinator of Trinidad and Tobago Bloom to:
Research sector best practices in greening Child Development (CD) curriculum and promoting gender-neutral early development inquiry into themes that are traditionally gender dominated. Examples include STEM, creative arts and play-based approaches to early childhood development.
Conduct a gap analysis of environmental sustainable and gender-neutral learning practices embedded within the Trinidad and Tobago Bloom Early Childhood Development (ECD) curriculum and sector best practices, including play-based methods and learning for young children.
Design and help create the centre’s outdoor play area
Document, analyse and report on the quality of outdoor play for boys and girls within the Bloom environment
Support our STEM initiative through training of staff on the concept
Assist with supervision during activities
Develop an instructor package on environmentally sustainable strategies and activities for curriculum delivery with a focus on play-based approaches.
Develop an instructor package on early childhood development gender-neutral teaching strategies with activities for curriculum delivery.
Develop and conduct training of the recommendations for UWIOC Child Development program staff in Trinidad and Tobago, which promotes implementation of and a sustainable conscientiousness around these themes.
Consult regularly with the Program Leader/ Early Childhood Coordinator and other appropriate staff of Bloom Trinidad and Tobago to troubleshoot challenges that arise in the implementation.
Execute additional related tasks as identified by the Programme Leader/ Early Childhood Coordinator
All applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:
Between the ages of 19 and 30
A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
A post-secondary graduate—graduate of a degree or diploma program from a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (collège d'enseignement général et professionnel) (By May 2020)
Have not previously participated in an internship within the Global Affairs IYIP initiative (formerly CIDA and DFATD)
Legally entitled to work in Canada
Diploma in Early Childhood Education or Bachelors in Primary Education or other equivalent post-secondary education with relevant experience.
Early Childhood Special Education training and/or experience would be an asset.
Previous experience in delivering training and conducting research are favoured
Communication skills (written and oral)
Time management and organizational skills
Capacity to self-motivate and demonstrate initiative
Computer and data analysis skills
Independent problem solver
Personable and capable of thriving out of their comfort zone
Critical thinker – able to research and complete tasks thoroughly
Able to manage multiple tasks
Adaptable to different work environments and cultures
An open mind, a desire to learn and to contribute to learning, and the ability to get along with others, particularly in situations outside the applicant’s comfort zone
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration.
Our 2020 internship period will be approximately May 25th – December 19th, 2020
For additional details on this program, please visit: https://bowvalleycollege.ca/schools-and-centres/international-education/international-development/internships
Hiring for this position is contingent on approval of the partnerships from Global Affairs Canada, which is currently under review.
Minimum Education Requirements
BVC CALGARY - CA (Primary)
FTE Per Individual (%)