Two hundred and eighty kilometers from Conakry, Dalaba is a charming hill town where strawberries and pine trees grow. Nestled in the Fouta Djalon, the mountains that are the origin of most major rivers in West Africa, Dalaba escapes the hot weather that dominates most other Guinean regions. The town is also near Mamou, the hub of Guinea, from which one can reach the other regions of the country. Guinea is a remarkable country with very warm genuine people but little infrastructure. While they have tremendous natural resources available to them (which includes around one half of the world’s reserves of bauxite, and many major gold, jewel, and metal industries), they rate very poorly in the UN’s quality of life index. Guinea is roughly the size of the United Kingdom.
Host Institution: Higher Institute of the Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Dalaba
The Dalaba Higher Institute of the Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (ISSMV) is a public scientific and technical institution placed under the authority of the Ministry of Higher Education. ISSMV was established in 2004 and opened in 2006. Its main objective is to train skilled and competitive specialists in the fields of veterinary medicine, animal biotechnology, livestock production, and fishery sciences. For the current academic year, the institute had 788 students. This number includes non-Guinean students from Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Comoros, Niger, Central African Republic, Chad and Togo.
- The Fellow will teach undergraduates at ISSMV both general English and the ESP necessary for their respective fields.
- The Fellow will work with the faculty to revise the curriculum and develop English courses to meet student needs.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Support the Guinea English Language Teachers Association (GELTA) by providing technical advice to public school English teachers, offering general guidance on materials development, and leading occasional workshops or training sessions
- Develop content for and conduct workshops aimed at improving EFL teachers’ English proficiency and teaching skills
- Develop materials for the association’s leadership to use in their teacher training and professional development activities