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The 10-week training period is a time for you and the Peace Corps to reexamine your commitment to being a Volunteer in Ecuador. Participation in training does not guarantee that you will become a Volunteer. While we fully expect you to successfully complete training, there are certain goals you must achieve before you can be sworn in as a Volunteer.  These goals include attaining a minimum level of ability in the Spanish language (as measured by a standard oral exam), gaining the required technical knowledge, and demonstrating your ability to live and work within the framework of the local culture (as assessed by staff members), while following Peace Corps’ guidance for safety and security and personal health.  These goals are equally important. Not only must you be able to do your job, but you must be able to do it in a culturally acceptable way. You will be evaluated and advised by both American and Ecuadorian members of the training staff regarding your progress.
  
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Throughout pre-service training, you will be encouraged to continue examining your personal motivation for having joined the Peace Corps and your level of commitment, so that by the time you are invited to swear in as a Volunteer, you are making an informed and serious commitment that will sustain you through the full two years of service.  
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''"...in the spring of 2004 had several days of relatively heavy rain followed by one day of unprecedented rain in which 10 inches fell in 24 hours."''
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Ninety percent of training takes place in a community setting, where you will experience living and working conditions similar to those at the site where you will be assigned. During this community-based training period, you will live with an Ecuadorian family and be expected to take full advantage of the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture. Three to five trainees are assigned to each community.
Flood Map, Watershed in the SW DR on the Haitian border[[#Lee Daneker|-Lee Daneker]]
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====Technical Training====
  
==Jimani==
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Technical training will prepare you to work in Ecuador by building on the skills you already have and helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. The Peace Corps staff, Ecuadorian experts, and current Volunteers will 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.
  
Lee Daneker, 2004-2005, Dominican Republic, Crisis Corps.  
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Technical training will include sessions on the economic and political environment in Ecuador and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Ecuadorian agencies, organizations, and community contacts that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. 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.  
  
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====Language Training====
  
"It depicts a watershed in the SW DR on the Haitian boarder. The watershed suffered a serious flood in 2004, which led to my CC assignment...The fan shape is an approximation of the extent of the watershed. The area is more or less a desert, but in the spring of 2004 it had several days of relatively heavy rain followed by one day of unprecended rain in which 10 inches fell in 24 hours. The flood began in Haiti, which is above and to the right of the red line...The small black squares the towns in Haiti, some of which were wiped out with a loss of life of about 2,000. The flood, which was a mixture of rock, water, and mud, was channeled through a narrow canyon (the solid black lines), burst out of the canyon at about 3 am, destroyed about a third of Jimani... killed 800 people, and wiped out a swath of agricultural land between the town and Lago Enriquillo (the blue at the lower left corner)."
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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. Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer. Language training occurs primarily in communities, through interacting with families, community members, and agencies. Along with formal language sessions, language training is also integrated in health, safety, cultural, and technical training activities. High intermediate or advanced speakers are expected to identify alternative learning opportunities in their communities that focus on needs in their future sites. Advanced speakers are expected to structure their own learning with facilitators to help process activities.  
  
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Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. In addition to formal language learning, you will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family. The goal is to get you to a point of 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 once you are at your site.
  
Mark Hofmeister, 2001-2003, Arroyo Blanco.
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====Cross-Cultural Training====
  
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As part of your pre-service training, you will live with an Ecuadorian host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition to life at your site. Families go through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps staff to explain the purpose of pre-service training and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Ecuador. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.  
  
"I put together this map to help seek funding sources for the project. Most proposals required a map so I drew this map up. The community has 85 houses, and approximately 350 people. We put in the water system and 85 water taps. The water source was about 3 km from the town water tank that we built which has three transmission lines that supply the 85 houses."
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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 gender and development, positive community development strategies, and nonformal and adult education strategies.  
  
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====Health Training====
  
== Santo Domingo ==
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During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You will be expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies. 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 Ecuador. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living area, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other STDs are also covered.
  
Matthew Cummings, 2004 Santo Domingo.
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=====Safety Training====
  
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During the safety 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.  
  
Left image. "[Matthew] stands with homeless street boys in front of a Dominican Republic wall map they painted on a classroom wall, October 2004." Right image. "Street kids enjoy a lively game of dominoes at the Don Bosco Center, Santo Domingo, in front of a world map that the Peace Corps Volunteer and the boys painted in a schoolroom as an educational project." Photos by Neil Ross (RPCV Dominican Republic 1962-64).
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Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service
  
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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 technical and cross-cultural skills. During your service, there are usually four training events. The titles and objectives for those trainings are as follows:
  
http://www.fotdr.org <br>
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* Reconnect conference: Four to five months after beginning service, Volunteers get together for a two- or three-day program in which they review their first few months of service, provide input to Peace Corps/Ecuador, and learn new technical and language skills.   
This site is filled with information about Peace Corps/ Dominican Republic and is managed by the returned Peace Corps Volunteers of the Dominican Republic and their organization, Friends of the Dominican Republic.
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* In-service trainings: These provide an opportunity for Volunteers and their counterparts to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences.
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* Local technical training: Provides cross-sector training opportunities, depending on community interest, coordinated with the regional Volunteer coordinators.
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* Close of service conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service, reviews their respective projects and personal experiences, and provides a forum for Peace Corps/Ecuador to discuss Volunteers’ ideas for improving the program in Ecuador.  The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.  
  
===Online Articles / Current News Sites About the Dominican Republic ===
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http://www.dr1.com  <br>
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This site provides daily news summaries in English
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http://www.listin.com.do  <br>
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Online edition of Listin Diario, a Dominican newspaper (in Spanish)
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http://www.hoy.com.do  <br>
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Online edition of Hoy, a Dominican newspaper (in Spanish)
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http://www.dominicanrepublic.com/  <br>
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Official Internet portal to the Dominican Republic with information on history, culture and arts, economy, business, politics, news, etc. (in Spanish and English)
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===International Development Sites About the Dominican Republic ===
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http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/country/dominican_republic/  <br>
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The U.S. Agency for International Development’s programs in the Dominican Republic
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http://portal.onu.org.do/interfaz/main.asp?Ag=2  <br>
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The United Nation’s Development Programme’s projects in the Dominican Republic (in Spanish)
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http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/LACEXT/0_menuPK:258559~pagePK:158889~piPK:146815~theSitePK:258554,00.html  <br>
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The World Bank’s programs in Latin America and the Caribbean
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==Books==
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===Recommended Books===
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# Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1991.
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# Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1995.
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# Alvarez, Julia. ¡Yo! Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1997. These are three novels about Dominican history and the immigrant experience by a writer who moved to the United States as a girl when her parents fled the Trujillo regime.
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# Fischkin, Barbara. Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in a New America. New York: Scribner, 1997. A journalist follows the emigration of a Dominican family from the time they apply for visas through their move to New York.
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# Ruck, Rob. The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic. University of Nebraska Press, 1999. Traces baseball’s roots in the Dominican Republic against a historical background of economic and political change.
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# Pons, Frank Moya. The Dominican Republic: A National History. New York: Hispaniola Books, 1994.
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# Wucker, Michele. Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999.
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Pre-service training will probably be the most intense period of your Peace Corps service, as you will need to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully serve as a Volunteer in just 10 weeks. While the training period will be extremely busy, it should also be a time of excitement, discovery, and self-fulfillment. The effort and challenges of adapting to a new culture will draw on your reserves of patience and humor but will be handsomely rewarded with a sense of belonging among new friends.
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

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The 10-week training period is a time for you and the Peace Corps to reexamine your commitment to being a Volunteer in Ecuador. Participation in training does not guarantee that you will become a Volunteer. While we fully expect you to successfully complete training, there are certain goals you must achieve before you can be sworn in as a Volunteer. These goals include attaining a minimum level of ability in the Spanish language (as measured by a standard oral exam), gaining the required technical knowledge, and demonstrating your ability to live and work within the framework of the local culture (as assessed by staff members), while following Peace Corps’ guidance for safety and security and personal health. These goals are equally important. Not only must you be able to do your job, but you must be able to do it in a culturally acceptable way. You will be evaluated and advised by both American and Ecuadorian members of the training staff regarding your progress.

Throughout pre-service training, you will be encouraged to continue examining your personal motivation for having joined the Peace Corps and your level of commitment, so that by the time you are invited to swear in as a Volunteer, you are making an informed and serious commitment that will sustain you through the full two years of service.

Ninety percent of training takes place in a community setting, where you will experience living and working conditions similar to those at the site where you will be assigned. During this community-based training period, you will live with an Ecuadorian family and be expected to take full advantage of the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture. Three to five trainees are assigned to each community.

Technical Training[edit]

Technical training will prepare you to work in Ecuador by building on the skills you already have and helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. The Peace Corps staff, Ecuadorian experts, and current Volunteers will 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 will include sessions on the economic and political environment in Ecuador and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Ecuadorian agencies, organizations, and community contacts that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. 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.

Language Training[edit]

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. Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer. Language training occurs primarily in communities, through interacting with families, community members, and agencies. Along with formal language sessions, language training is also integrated in health, safety, cultural, and technical training activities. High intermediate or advanced speakers are expected to identify alternative learning opportunities in their communities that focus on needs in their future sites. Advanced speakers are expected to structure their own learning with facilitators to help process activities.

Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. In addition to formal language learning, you will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family. The goal is to get you to a point of 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 once you are at your site.

Cross-Cultural Training[edit]

As part of your pre-service training, you will live with an Ecuadorian host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition to life at your site. Families go through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps staff to explain the purpose of pre-service training and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Ecuador. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.

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 gender and development, positive community development strategies, and nonformal and adult education strategies.

Health Training[edit]

During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You will be expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies. 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 Ecuador. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living area, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other STDs are also covered.

=Safety Training[edit]

During the safety 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.

Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service

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 technical and cross-cultural skills. During your service, there are usually four training events. The titles and objectives for those trainings are as follows:

  • Reconnect conference: Four to five months after beginning service, Volunteers get together for a two- or three-day program in which they review their first few months of service, provide input to Peace Corps/Ecuador, and learn new technical and language skills.
  • In-service trainings: These provide an opportunity for Volunteers and their counterparts to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences.
  • Local technical training: Provides cross-sector training opportunities, depending on community interest, coordinated with the regional Volunteer coordinators.
  • Close of service conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service, reviews their respective projects and personal experiences, and provides a forum for Peace Corps/Ecuador to discuss Volunteers’ ideas for improving the program in Ecuador. The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.