The CORPluS Foundation has been certified for ISO 9001:2015 for offering educational programs and services, competitions, training courses and innovative educational projects!
This will be an opportunity to expand our training programs for English language teachers and to offer credits for their successful completion. Stay tuned for our calendar of training events for 2017/2018 school year!
Jesse Kiendl has been teaching English in Spain, China, and the USA for the last 14 years. Over the last five years, he has been involved in teacher training in the USA, China, Central Asia, and Indonesia. He holds a MATESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute, where he has also taught classes in language analysis and lesson planning. He has worked as a director of studies in China, was the recipient of a U.S. Department of State Senior English Language Fellowship in Kyrgyzstan, and is currently serving as an English Language Specialist for the Department of State providing teacher training and performing educational research in Bulgaria with a focus on the needs of English teachers in primary and secondary schools.
During the week of March 4 – 7, 2015 the most ambitious and knowledgeable English spellers participated in the school Spelling Bee competitions in 273 schools all over Bulgaria.
CORPluS seeks a Development Manager to maintain and expand organization funding from public and private sources, as well as to develop new sources of income from individuals, events and grants. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.
Experience and Qualifications:
The ideal applicant will have the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree and/ or equivalent prior experience. Understanding of community service and education is a plus.
- Preferred 2-3 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, including campaign work, proposal writing, corporate fundraising, and major gift solicitation.
- High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, teamwork and attention to detail; high degree of initiative; results-oriented.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Proficient English communication skills including ability to write and speak persuasively regarding the organization to various constituencies.
- Proficient in MS Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Access).
Essential duties and responsibilities:
- Recommend and implement short- and long-range fund development and marketing/ communications strategies that are aligned with the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic direction
- Strategize and orchestrate methods of approach to institutional, public and private donors
- Research public and private grant sources (agencies, corporations and foundations) to identify sources of funding
- Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate & foundation sponsors and individual donors
- Work with program staff to develop funding related projects
- Organize individual donor campaigns (e.g., major donors, direct mail and board of trustees)
- Develop and draft foundation proposals and solicitation materials
- Develop and grow our individual donor base; manage annual giving campaign; cultivate different levels of corporate and individual support.
2. Database and Records Management– Maintain records of all past and current approaches to outside funding sources, donors, and gifts.
If you are interested in this position, please submit your CV in English to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 3, 2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential.
2014 Spelling bee registration will start on October 28, 2013 here Note that the link will become active on Oct 28! For more information, rules and FAQ see www.spellingbee-bg.com
The registration for the 2014 Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition will start on December 2nd, 2013! More details to follow
We are pleased to announce our essay winners for the 2013 Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition!
All regional finalist essays were read and assessed on Saturday, March 23rd, by our panel of native speakers, teachers, and other professionals. To say the least, the competition was fierce and the talent impressive! Please find the complete list of results below. These students, as well as their English teachers (1 per school), will be invited to attend the official BCWC awards ceremony in Sofia on April 27, 2013. This trip is just one part of the prizes that will be awarded to these winners.
The winning essays will be unveiled for all to read here on the CorPlus website in April, after the awards ceremony. Stay tuned!
Once again, congratulations to the winners, and well done to all students who participated!
2013 BCWC national results
The 3rd annual Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee will be held in the spring of 2013. Last year’s competition drew more than 4,500 students from 200 schools in Bulgaria!
A Spelling Bee is a competition in which contestants “spell” or pronounce English words letter by letter. Preparation and participation in the competition stimulates students’ interest in the English language while helping them to improve their pronunciation and vocabulary and gives teachers an innovative approach for the teaching of English vocabulary and grammar in secondary education.
The competition is aimed exclusively at students from fourth to seventh grade, who are between the ages of 9 and 14 years. It is open to all municipal and state schools in the country. It takes place in three stages: school, regional and national. Participants and winners in each stage receive certificates and other awards and the finalists will be organized a week-long summer language camp.
The 2013 Spelling Bee is organized in partnership with CORPluS and Peace Corps Bulgaria with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the endorsement of the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth.
For more information: www.spellingbee-bg.com, at 02/4237393 or 0884109088.
For registration click here. The first 100 schools to register for free to participate in the competition, while others will pay 20 leva participation fee for each school.
Peace Corps Washington visits CORPluS
(L to R, Dimitar Tsekov, Executive Director, CORPluS; Elisa Montoya, Counselor to the Director & White House Liaison Office of the Director; Felicia Bivens, Peace Corps Volunteer, CORPluS; Valya Zavyalova, Director of Programs, CORPluS; Dora Triffonova, Acting Director Program and Training, Peace Corps Bulgaria; Mikel Herrington, Country Director, Peace Corps Bulgaria; Torrey Cunningham, Country Desk Officer)
On October 1st CORPluS welcomed Eliza Montoya, Counselor to the Director and White House Liaison at Peace Corps Washington, Torrey Cunningham, Country Desk Officer and Mikel Herrington Peace Corps Bulgaria in our office. The CORPluS team presented our mission and short term and long term goals. Ms. Montoya was impressed by our commitment to follow PC goals and demonstrated readiness to share the info about the organization with PC senior staff and other PC countries.
On the same day former PC Bulgaria Country directors Lesley Duncan and Carl Hammerdorfer, former Programing and Training Director Ani Zlateva and Carl’s wife Kathy Lynch visited our office and met with CORPluS staff. We all were excited to share with them our plans, ideas for projects and partnerships. We had a great brainstorming session with our former colleagues, who live and work in the States about other possible activities, partners and funding sources.
On August 21, CORPluS representatives Dimitar Tsekov, Valya Zavyalova, and Felicia Bivens met with Mrs. Irina Vaseva, English language expert in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science. Among the topics discussed were the continued partnership in the preparation and implementation of this year Spelling Bee and regional inspectorates of education active role in this and ideas to motivate teachers and directors to get involved in the competition. Mrs. Vasseva expressed her satisfaction with the outcomes of the last year Spelling Bee.