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{{Training_by_country}}You will participate in an intensive 12-week training program that will begin immediately upon your arrival in Albania.  The weekly schedule is Monday through Friday with most Saturday mornings for language training and special events.  You and a few other trainees will live with host families in a small town or village. You will participate in many of the training activities with that small group. One or two days each week, you will travel to a central site where you will participate in training activities with the entire group of new trainees. Pre-service training focuses on learning the Albanian language, cross-cultural, community skills development, technical skills development, safety and security, and health.  The training period is a time for you to reexamine your commitment to being a Volunteer in Albania. It also gives Peace Corps/Albania the opportunity to get to know you and be assured that your skills and attitudes are a good match for the program here. Throughout the training period, you and Peace Corps staff will measure your progress in meeting the training objectives.
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===='''[[Chongqing Province]]'''====
  
====Technical Training====
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'''[[Fuling]]:''' My site placement is in Fuling, Chongqing or more famously referred to as "River Town" via Peter Hessler's award winning novel. Fuling is a great site, the community is very friendly and the staff and students really need you and will do all they can to make you happy and comfortable. That said, it is a small town, and one that was closed off for many years and there is still a lot of dubiety regarding foreigners, which means a lot of stares and curiosity: this is all part of daily life.
Technical training will prepare you to work in Albania by building on the skills you already have and by helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. Peace Corps staff members and Albanian experts conduct the training program. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer.  
 
  
Technical training includes sessions on the environment, economics, and politics in Albania with emphasis on the status and activities of the sector that you will work in. The training will help you identify strategies to understand and work within existing frameworks. You will review your technical sector’s goals and meet with the Albanian agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist themYou will also meet with other Albanian and international organizations that support the activities of the particular sector. You will be supported and evaluated throughout the training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake your project activities and be a productive member of your community. <br>
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'''[[Yongchuan]]:'''  My husband and I teach mostly oral English in Yongchuan, a "small" city of about 300,000.  Yongchuan has convenient transportation, lots of developments, and fairly clean air, though sitings of the moon are rare since the sky is most often cloudy.  We think being a couple and being our age (67) has helped us make lots of connections in our community, including church and tai ji class.   We are non-threatening and approachable; every bus ride is a relational adventure. As all of Chongqing, in the summer it is HOT; the winters are damp and chilly, settling around 40 degrees FFresh fruits and vegetables abound; you will love the outdoor markets.  Dont' worry about the hot, spicy food; restaurants can cook very tasty non-spicy food on request. Just learn how to say "bu yao la jiao."
  
====Language Training====
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===='''[[Gansu Province]]'''====
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will find that language skills are the key to personal and professional satisfaction during your service. These skills are critical to your job performance, they help you integrate into your community, and they can ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings.  Language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer. Albanian language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small groups of four to five people. The Albanian language is also incorporated into the other components of training.
 
  
Your language training will use a community-based approach. In addition to classroom time, you will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family. The goal is to help you acquire basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop language skills further on your own. Prior to being sworn in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.
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'''[[Zhangya]]:''' I live in Zhangye, Gansu, the northernmost assignment. It's a small city of about 250,000 and seems both larger and smaller than that number at different times. I have three awesome sitemates and a lot of amazing scenery. The Gobi Desert, Mati Si (Buddhist mountain temples) and Danxia Di Mao (painted rocks world heritage site) are all within a day's bike ride, albeit some long ones. I teach at the local medical college with one of my sitemates, while the other two volunteers teach at the larger Hexi University. I have had nothing but good experiences here and highly recommend this region. It is remote though and a 27-hour train trip to Chengdu. Money goes further here, but there are far fewer things to spend it on.
  
It is a good idea to start studying Albanian as soon as you accept the invitation to come to Albania. Unfortunately, there are not many commercially available materials for learning the language. One useful resource that is widely available is Pimsleur International’s audiotape series for self-instruction in Albanian. Please don’t worry if you lack the resources for these materials. We will also send you a CD-ROM with Albanian language learning materials four to six weeks prior to your departure.  
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I am in a small town in Gansu province, teaching at a small college.  I have one sitemate. We are the only foreigners here. The air is extremely dry, desert-like.  The terrain is very barren.  It gets quite cold in the winter,but we do have great heat which gets turned on around November 1. In my town there is no western foods or groceries available at all. There are some western food restaurants and some western food supplies sold in Lanzhou, about two hours away by bus.
  
====Cross-Cultural Training====
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===='''[[Guizhou Province]]'''====
Community skills training provides information and methods for integrating into the Albanian culture, and the skills and tools that will help you understand your community more deeply.
 
  
As part of your pre-service training, you will live with an Albanian host family. This experience will ease your transition to life at your site. Host families have gone through an orientation by Peace Corps staff to explain the purpose of pre-service training and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Albania. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.
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'''[[Guiyang]] (贵阳):'''  Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou province in southwest China. About ten volunteers are placed in and around the city. Some live right downtown and can frequent Walmart on a regular basis. Others live a 45 minute bus ride or so away. In Guiyang you can find the basic foreign essentials (butter, coffee shops, Pizza Hut) if you so desire. Some of the volunteers who live in the city have to take buses to their campus outside of the city. Others live and work in the city. Those who live in the suburbs live on college campuses. Everyone lives in apartment buildings with other university/college workers.  
  
Cross-cultural and community development training will help you improve your communication skills and understand your role as a facilitator of development. You will be exposed to topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, non-formal and adult education strategies, and political structures.
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'''[[Kaili]] (凯里):''' Kaili is a small city in rural Guizhou--- close enough to the Guizhou capital of Guiyang that I can travel there and visit with PCVs, but I'm also happy enough here to spend weekends in Kaili with my sitemate or my students. The mountains in the area are gorgeous, and if you travel even just a half hour outside the city you feel like you've traveled back in time: people in rural Guizhou villages still make their own rice-wine, plough their fields with oxen, and celebrate their traditions through singing and dancing.
  
====Health Training====
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'''[[XingYi]]:''' My site mate and I are in a small city in South West Guizhou province, right by the Yunnan border. The weather is comfortable, it is never too hot or too cold. The surrounding country side is gorgeous, we have a place called 10,000 peaks (with mountains that go on for ages) and another place called Maling Gorge (with 100's of waterfalls.) One of my favorite parts of Guizhou is the rich culture. There are about 56 minority groups in China, and 18 have made their home in this province. There are only 3 foreigners in the whole city.  That being said, we get a lot of attention.  The local people are very curious about us, some of them have never met a foreigner before.
During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and health information. You will be expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies.  
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The city is located roughly 6 hours from Guiyang, the provincial capital, and isn't as westernized as some other PC China sites. Some staples of westernization, such as American fast-food establishments and supermarkets (read: KFC and Walmart) haven't yet reached the city. A train station allows quick travel to neighboring Yunnan and Guangxi provinces, but as of early 2010 no railway exists to Guiyang. Chengdu is roughly 19-24 hours away by train and bus, dependent on layovers and ticket availability.
  
Trainees are required to attend all medical sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that you might encounter while in Albania. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living compound, and avoiding HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered.
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===='''[[Sichuan Province]]'''====
  
====Safety Training====
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'''[[NeiJiang]]:''' NeiJiang a small city in Sichuan, about 2 hours from Chengdu and Chongqing City. The population is about 500,000 in the downtown area and 6 million in the county. Most of the students come from laborer and farmer families from around SiChuan, and their level ranges, but hovers around average. For me, the size and location worked out well for what I like. My campus is across the river from the downtown area, so its nice to be a little away from the hectic traffic but still close enough to get there whenever I want. My sitemate and I are 2 of the 6 foreigners in the city, so people are generally really curious about us. My school has been with Peace Corps now for several years so we have a good reputation with the staff and the students. There are two volunteers here with one rotating in and out every year, so whoever the new volunteer is has someone who can show them the ropes.
During the safety and security training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces your risks at home, at work, and during your travels. You will also learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention and about your individual responsibility for promoting safety throughout your service. You will learn how to assess basic risks and hazards and to identify and manage the risks you may encounter. There will be tests of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and your compliance is required in order to complete training. You will learn that safety and security are team efforts and if you do not work and live safely, you can put other members of the team at risk. As one Volunteer said, “safety is a team sport in Albania and never takes a vacation.
 
  
===Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service===
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'''[[Mianyang]]:''' Approximately three hours north of Chengdu (Sichuan province), Mianyang is a medium size (+/-600,000) town that is primarily known for being a center of technical and electronic research/production. The current PCV is placed at the local teacher-training university on the west-side of the town.
In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system that provides Volunteers with continual opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their language, community, and technical skills. Peace Corps/ Albania provides two types of training events:
 
* In-service training: Provides opportunities for Volunteers to upgrade their language, community, technical, and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment to serve. You may participate in several in-service training events during your two years of service.
 
* Close of service conference: Provides an opportunity to review Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences and prepares them for the future after Peace Corps service.
 
  
Training events are integrated and inter-related, from the predeparture orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.  
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[[Xindu]]: Suburb of Chengdu: Although my site is technically in Chengdu, it takes a couple hours to get downtown, and in most ways, I'm thankful for this.  I was originally thinking I wanted to go to a smaller town, but now I have small town comfort with big city convenience and excitement available on weekends.  The best thing about my town in The Village.  This is the area right outside the school gate that sells fruit, vegetables, and dozens of kinds of street food from dawn til midnight.  There are small convenience stores, clothing shops, restaurants, tea houses, sports stories--and all within the student (and PCV!) budget. I'm the first volunteer at my site, although there are three other foreign teachers here (two Americans, one Russian).  The campus is characterized by colossal, grey Soviet-style architecture and traditional Chinese landscaping (think flowering trees and man-made lakes lined with willows and walking paths).  The facilities are pretty modern and comfortable (lots of multimedia classrooms available; no white boards though), and the students seem to have more fashionable clothes than I do.  Also, my apartment is great: two spacious rooms with fake hard wood floors, an AC/heating unit, small balcony, cute kitchen, washing machine, and Western toilet.  In these superficial ways, my site doesn't feel very Peace Corps. However, when I started teaching, I see why this school needs volunteers.  It hasn't figured out how to attract quality teachers, and the kids' learning has suffered as a result.  In my first year, I already feel like I've made an impact at the school. In fact, there's a rumor another volunteer could be coming this fall... maybe I'll see you then!
 
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Latest revision as of 12:16, 23 August 2016

Chongqing Province

Fuling: My site placement is in Fuling, Chongqing or more famously referred to as "River Town" via Peter Hessler's award winning novel. Fuling is a great site, the community is very friendly and the staff and students really need you and will do all they can to make you happy and comfortable. That said, it is a small town, and one that was closed off for many years and there is still a lot of dubiety regarding foreigners, which means a lot of stares and curiosity: this is all part of daily life.

Yongchuan: My husband and I teach mostly oral English in Yongchuan, a "small" city of about 300,000. Yongchuan has convenient transportation, lots of developments, and fairly clean air, though sitings of the moon are rare since the sky is most often cloudy. We think being a couple and being our age (67) has helped us make lots of connections in our community, including church and tai ji class. We are non-threatening and approachable; every bus ride is a relational adventure. As all of Chongqing, in the summer it is HOT; the winters are damp and chilly, settling around 40 degrees F. Fresh fruits and vegetables abound; you will love the outdoor markets. Dont' worry about the hot, spicy food; restaurants can cook very tasty non-spicy food on request. Just learn how to say "bu yao la jiao."

Gansu Province

Zhangya: I live in Zhangye, Gansu, the northernmost assignment. It's a small city of about 250,000 and seems both larger and smaller than that number at different times. I have three awesome sitemates and a lot of amazing scenery. The Gobi Desert, Mati Si (Buddhist mountain temples) and Danxia Di Mao (painted rocks world heritage site) are all within a day's bike ride, albeit some long ones. I teach at the local medical college with one of my sitemates, while the other two volunteers teach at the larger Hexi University. I have had nothing but good experiences here and highly recommend this region. It is remote though and a 27-hour train trip to Chengdu. Money goes further here, but there are far fewer things to spend it on.

I am in a small town in Gansu province, teaching at a small college. I have one sitemate. We are the only foreigners here. The air is extremely dry, desert-like. The terrain is very barren. It gets quite cold in the winter,but we do have great heat which gets turned on around November 1. In my town there is no western foods or groceries available at all. There are some western food restaurants and some western food supplies sold in Lanzhou, about two hours away by bus.

Guizhou Province

Guiyang (贵阳): Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou province in southwest China. About ten volunteers are placed in and around the city. Some live right downtown and can frequent Walmart on a regular basis. Others live a 45 minute bus ride or so away. In Guiyang you can find the basic foreign essentials (butter, coffee shops, Pizza Hut) if you so desire. Some of the volunteers who live in the city have to take buses to their campus outside of the city. Others live and work in the city. Those who live in the suburbs live on college campuses. Everyone lives in apartment buildings with other university/college workers.

Kaili (凯里): Kaili is a small city in rural Guizhou--- close enough to the Guizhou capital of Guiyang that I can travel there and visit with PCVs, but I'm also happy enough here to spend weekends in Kaili with my sitemate or my students. The mountains in the area are gorgeous, and if you travel even just a half hour outside the city you feel like you've traveled back in time: people in rural Guizhou villages still make their own rice-wine, plough their fields with oxen, and celebrate their traditions through singing and dancing.

XingYi: My site mate and I are in a small city in South West Guizhou province, right by the Yunnan border. The weather is comfortable, it is never too hot or too cold. The surrounding country side is gorgeous, we have a place called 10,000 peaks (with mountains that go on for ages) and another place called Maling Gorge (with 100's of waterfalls.) One of my favorite parts of Guizhou is the rich culture. There are about 56 minority groups in China, and 18 have made their home in this province. There are only 3 foreigners in the whole city. That being said, we get a lot of attention. The local people are very curious about us, some of them have never met a foreigner before. The city is located roughly 6 hours from Guiyang, the provincial capital, and isn't as westernized as some other PC China sites. Some staples of westernization, such as American fast-food establishments and supermarkets (read: KFC and Walmart) haven't yet reached the city. A train station allows quick travel to neighboring Yunnan and Guangxi provinces, but as of early 2010 no railway exists to Guiyang. Chengdu is roughly 19-24 hours away by train and bus, dependent on layovers and ticket availability.

Sichuan Province

NeiJiang: NeiJiang a small city in Sichuan, about 2 hours from Chengdu and Chongqing City. The population is about 500,000 in the downtown area and 6 million in the county. Most of the students come from laborer and farmer families from around SiChuan, and their level ranges, but hovers around average. For me, the size and location worked out well for what I like. My campus is across the river from the downtown area, so its nice to be a little away from the hectic traffic but still close enough to get there whenever I want. My sitemate and I are 2 of the 6 foreigners in the city, so people are generally really curious about us. My school has been with Peace Corps now for several years so we have a good reputation with the staff and the students. There are two volunteers here with one rotating in and out every year, so whoever the new volunteer is has someone who can show them the ropes.

Mianyang: Approximately three hours north of Chengdu (Sichuan province), Mianyang is a medium size (+/-600,000) town that is primarily known for being a center of technical and electronic research/production. The current PCV is placed at the local teacher-training university on the west-side of the town.

Xindu: Suburb of Chengdu: Although my site is technically in Chengdu, it takes a couple hours to get downtown, and in most ways, I'm thankful for this. I was originally thinking I wanted to go to a smaller town, but now I have small town comfort with big city convenience and excitement available on weekends. The best thing about my town in The Village. This is the area right outside the school gate that sells fruit, vegetables, and dozens of kinds of street food from dawn til midnight. There are small convenience stores, clothing shops, restaurants, tea houses, sports stories--and all within the student (and PCV!) budget. I'm the first volunteer at my site, although there are three other foreign teachers here (two Americans, one Russian). The campus is characterized by colossal, grey Soviet-style architecture and traditional Chinese landscaping (think flowering trees and man-made lakes lined with willows and walking paths). The facilities are pretty modern and comfortable (lots of multimedia classrooms available; no white boards though), and the students seem to have more fashionable clothes than I do. Also, my apartment is great: two spacious rooms with fake hard wood floors, an AC/heating unit, small balcony, cute kitchen, washing machine, and Western toilet. In these superficial ways, my site doesn't feel very Peace Corps. However, when I started teaching, I see why this school needs volunteers. It hasn't figured out how to attract quality teachers, and the kids' learning has suffered as a result. In my first year, I already feel like I've made an impact at the school. In fact, there's a rumor another volunteer could be coming this fall... maybe I'll see you then!