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Peace Corps/Paraguay’s pre-service training consists of 11 weeks of intensive in-country training in five major areas: language (Spanish and Guaraní), community development and personal adaptation, technical job orientation, Volunteer safety and security, and health. By the end of training, each trainee has to pass qualifying criteria in each of these areas to be sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
  
''[http://pcukraine.pbwiki.com/WhatToBring See also an alternative packing list]''
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The training center is located in the town of Guarambaré, which is approximately one hour by bus from the capital, Asunción. Trainees also make visits to Volunteer sites to begin preparing for the realities of life in Paraguay. After eight weeks, trainees spend a week at the site to which they will be permanently assigned.
  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Ukraine]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Ukraine.  
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Trainees live with a Paraguayan family during the entire training period, sharing meals, conversation, and other experiences. The families live in small satellite communities within a few kilometers of Guarambaré, whose residents are from the lower-income to middle-income strata of Paraguayan society. Trainees spend most of their time in language classes at their satellite training facility. Technical, cultural, and community development studies are combined with practice of new skills at the community level, often in cooperation with nearby schools, organizations, and community groups. Combining formal classroom study with ample opportunity for practicing a new language and cultural and technical skills has proved to be an extremely effective way of preparing Volunteers to work as independent professionals during their service.  
  
Luggage should be tough and flexible, like duffel bags and backpacks without external frames. When choosing luggage, remember that you will be hauling it in and out of buses and trains and often lugging it around on foot (there are no porters!).  
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Throughout training, you will be encouraged to continue examining your personal motivation for serving in the Peace Corps and your level of dedication and commitment. By the time you are sworn in as a Volunteer, you should have made an informed and serious commitment that will sustain you through a full two years of service.  
  
===General Clothing ===
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===Technical Training ===
  
Bring comfortable, professional-looking clothes that are appropriate for many occasions and can be layered according to the weather. (Note: you are expected to dress professionally during training.) Because you may be wearing the same clothes for two years, quality is more important than quantity. It is culturally acceptable in Ukraine to have a small wardrobe, so do not overpack. In addition, clothes should be wrinkle-free (polyester-cotton blends are recommended), easy to clean, and dark colored (you are likely to be washing your clothes by hand and cleaning whites is a chore!). It is possible to buy clothes in Ukraine, but selection and sizes are limited in the smaller towns. The price of clothing is also expensive relative to your living allowance. There are second-hand stores in Ukraine that get clothes mostly from the UK.
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The training center is staffed by technical specialists who present a detailed curriculum tailored to the job requirements specified by Peace Corps/Paraguay. Technical training will prepare you to work in Paraguay by building on the skills you already have and helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer; in fact, you will be involved in practical, hands-on training during your first week in-country.  
  
* Mid-weight coat for spring and fall and possibly a light jacket
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Technical training will include sessions on the economic and political environment in Paraguay and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Paraguayan agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated throughout training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake your project activities and be a productive member of your community.  
* Full-length, winter coat or parka with lining (it is possible to buy a good, winter coat in country; outdoorsy, 'tech' coats  like Columbia, North Face, etc. will stand out)
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* Lightweight and heavyweight sweaters
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* Gloves or mittens, preferably wool; glove liners are nice, too (and available locally)
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* Hats (even if your head isn’t cold, the babushkas will make you wear a hat)
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* Long, thermal underwear (silk or some brand like Smartwool or Patagonia recommended, cotton not recommended)
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* Good quality socks (brands like Bridgedale, Smartwool, and Teko are recommended; white cotton socks not recommended)
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* Casual clothes: jeans (1 pair), walking shorts, T-shirts, workout clothes (running)
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*      Lounge wear: Sweats, fleece, yoga pants
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* Swimsuit (in Ukraine, women of all ages, shapes, and sizes wear bikinis. It is the norm for men to wear Speedos)
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===For Men ===
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===Language Training ===
  
* Professional-looking Slacks (Dark-Colored, Wrinkle-Free recommended) - In most cases, khakis with a blazer and tie are acceptable in schools and universities. Note, however, that khaki pants are a rarity and will certainly distinguish a Volunteer from his colleagues as most Ukrainian men prefer to wear dark-colored trousers. Community Development Volunteers should have at least one suit.
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The importance of language ability cannot be emphasized enough, especially because Volunteers in Paraguay need to gain competency in two languages. Your ability to share information, serve as a community resource, and integrate into Paraguayan culture will be directly related to your ability to communicate not just in Spanish but also in Guaraní.  
* Shirts for professional wear
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* Blazer
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* Sweaters - For layering, Ukrainian men commonly wear sweaters and often the same one in the same week. Sweaters are available here, but are mostly acrylic or a blend.
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*      Ties - not many
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*      Quality underwear
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Not Recommended/Things That Will Make You Stick Out
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Because of the importance of competency in Guaraní, all
*      Baggy pants - men here wear things a little more fitted
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*      Big, bright-colored coats (Columbia, Helly Hansen, North Face or similar) - most men here wear short, dark-colored or black jackets or coats
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*      Jeans worn with big sneakers and white socks
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===For Women ===
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language training will be in Guaraní once you reach a basic level of Spanish. Therefore, you are strongly urged to initiate Spanish language studies before you leave for Paraguay.  Guaraní is not an especially difficult language for an English speaker, but it is much easier if one has basic competence in Spanish. (Invitees choosing to come to Paraguay to improve their Spanish skills should think twice, since most Volunteers will speak Guaraní at their sites.)
  
* Professional Attire - separates that can be mixed and matched are better than a suit
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From the beginning, your language training will incorporate 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 get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop language skills further once you are at your site. Prior to your swearing in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your service.
* Variety of slacks for different seasons, preferably in dark colors, with belt loops and pockets
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* Blouses and tops that can be layered with long underwear and sweaters (with a bit of stretch, will hold up better in the wash)
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* Durable stockings - available in Ukraine, though not in all sizes
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* Good quality bras and underwear - the selection and fabric available here may not be what you're used to
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===Shoes ===
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===Cross-Cultural Training ===
  
* Comfortable, durable shoes for work (you will be doing a lot of walking), which are not easy to find in Ukraine (quality shoes are very expensive and the rest of the selection is low quality and expensive for what you are getting)
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The overall goal of personal and cultural training is to help you work within Paraguay’s cultural norms and modify behaviors when appropriate. You will learn about issues related to cross-cultural adjustment and isolation and methods of dealing with them. A key element of this training is living with a Paraguayan host family, who will be your greatest resource for easing the 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 Paraguay. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.  
* Warm, waterproof boots that are dressy enough to wear with work clothes and large enough to wear with a pair of warm socks. Although boots are widely available in Ukraine, large sizes may be hard to find. Also, professional boots for women typically have a high heel. It is better to start with a high-quality pair ahead of time than to have to invest in possibly multiple pairs after arrival. Shoe and boot repair shops are ubiquitous.
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* Heavy-duty sandals - sandals are common in the summer (brands like Teva, Chaco, and Keen are recommended)
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* Athletic shoes - high quality athletic shoes are expensive in Ukraine (if you are a runner or anticipate playing sports bring a nice pair of sneakers)
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* Slippers - you will wear these a lot, as Ukrainians remove their shoes as soon as they walk in the door, but they are readily available in Ukraine
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* Traction aids (e.g., Yaktrax): Walking on slippery roads in winter might be challenging as it increases risk of falls and traumatic injuries; traction aids will help you feel confident and safe when walking on ice.
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
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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 community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, nonformal and adult education strategies, and political structures.
  
Unless you have to have specific brands, you can get almost everything you need—e.g., shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving cream, toothpaste, antiperspirant, hairspray, coloring products, razors—in Ukraine. Things to consider bringing:
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===Health Training ===
  
* Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them; also consider bringing a repair kit
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Health training is designed to enable trainees to become more self-sufficient. As a Volunteer, you will be expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies.
* Two-year supply of contacts lens solutions (the Peace Corps does not provide supplies for contacts)
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* Three-month supply of any prescription medication you take
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* Makeup (also available in Ukraine if you are not particular about brand)
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* Start-up supply of feminine hygiene products (widely available in stores, bazaars, and kiosks, but it may take some time to determine where to get what you want)
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* Moisturizing hand cream
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* Hand sanitizer that does not require water
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* Foot aids such as pads for corns, if you have tender feet
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* Tweezers
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* Nail clipper or emery boards (although they can be found in Ukraine as well)
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* Dental floss (which can also be found in bigger towns and cities, but rarely in small towns and villages)
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* Special vitamins or supplements (the Peace Corps provides multivitamins) Kitchen
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You will learn how to use locally available food to prepare nutritionally balanced meals. You also will be given basic medical training and information. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that you might encounter while in Paraguay. Mental health and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered. Current Volunteers will participate in some of the health sessions to highlight the value of peer support in health maintenance.
  
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When Peace Corps Volunteers are confronted with difficult situations or crises, they are most likely to go to a friend, rather than to someone they do not know very well. Although ideally a Peace Corps Volunteer will complete service without facing major problems, sometimes a Volunteer is presented with a difficult problem or situation. During pre-service training as well as in-service trainings, you will learn to deal with sensitive issues such as depression and stress, as well as how to help other Volunteers when they experience difficulties.
  
You can easily buy most kitchen supplies in Ukraine. There are a few items, however, you might consider bringing:
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===Safety Training ===
  
* Basic cookbook (bring a vegetarian cookbook if you prefer vegetarian dishes); a cookbook of dishes that can be prepared from locally available products will be provided to you
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During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risk in your home, at work, and during travel. 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 also be briefed on the post’s emergency action plan.
* Favorite recipes
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* Measuring cups and spoons with both metric and nonmetric markings
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* Oven thermometer
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* Good vegetable peeler (virtually non-existent in Ukraine; the locals use a knife)
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* Artificial sweetener (sugar and honey are available)
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*      Brown sugar (Even better, bring molasses to make brown sugar.  Easier to transport.)
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*      Durable garbage bags (in Ukraine, they tend to be flimsy and small)
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* Twist ties
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* Plastic storage bags (one-quart and one-gallon freezer bags are best)
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* Favorite seasonings, such as Tabasco sauce, vanilla, Old Bay seasoning, cloves, taco spices, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, soy sauce, and basil (although many spices are available locally at a fraction of the price)
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* Favorite foods such as chocolate chips, peanut butter, maple syrup, popcorn, and gravy and salad dressing mixes
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===Miscellaneous ===
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Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service
  
*      Exercise Equipment - yoga mat, resistance bands, free weights, etc. if you want to be able to exercise at home, although these are available in Ukraine
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In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system throughout the two years of service that provides Volunteers with continual opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their language, technical, and community development skills. During your service, there are usually four training events. The titles and objectives of those trainings are as follows:
* Sport Equipment - consider bringing an American football, a Frisbee, a kickball, which are hard/impossible to find here
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* Laptop computer - most volunteers have a personal computer, useful for work and entertainment
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* mp3 player - for listening to music while traveling/exercising
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* Digital camera - self-explanatory (photo printing/services are widely available in Ukraine)
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* Flash drive - useful for taking documents to be printed or saving emails at an internet club
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* Medium-sized daypack for weekend travel (although most locals travel with duffle bags or plastic bags)
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* Umbrella (available in Ukraine)
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* Durable, water-resistant, and inexpensive watch, with an alarm if possible
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* Reliable alarm clock that runs without electricity
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* Flashlight or Headlamp - for reading on trains, walking home in the dark, or during power outages
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* Neck safe or money belt
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*      Water bottle (Nalgene or similar) - Ukrainians, as a rule, drink a lot less water than Americans
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* Sewing kit (with safety pins)
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* Swiss Army knife with corkscrew or Leatherman tool (very useful)
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* Duct tape (can be used for all sorts of things)
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* Pictures of home to show your host family, students, friends, and colleagues
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* Games such as Scrabble, cards (decks of cards here have 36 cards, 6 and up), Uno
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* Quick-drying travel towel (available at www.rei.com) and washcloths
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* Travel books and other books to read - there is a Peace Corps library but selection is limited; the Bradt guide to Ukraine is better than the Lonely Planet
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* Day planner
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* Maps
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*      School supplies - pens and markers here don't last very long; index cards, post-its may be useful
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* Compact sleeping bag - very useful for traveling, visiting other volunteers, or for keeping warm in a cold apartment
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* Dictionary - you will receive a Russian or Ukrainian dictionary
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* Suntan lotion - widely available in Ukraine but a little expensive
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* Notecards and greeting cards - available in Ukraine
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* Reconnect in-service training: Provides an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their language, safety and security and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment after having served for three months.
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* Project design and management workshop: Provides Volunteers and community contacts with the skills necessary to identify needs, set priorities, and design sustainable community projects. This workshop is usually held after the sixth month of service.
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* Technical in-service training: Provides focused technical training towards the close of the first year of service and helps Volunteers review their first year, reassess personal and project objectives, and plan for their second year of service.
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* Close of service conference: Prepares Volunteers for the transition after Peace Corps service, reviewing their work and personal experiences as well as identifying future aspirations.
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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 to the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.
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[[Category:Training|Paraguay]]

Revision as of 08:33, 8 December 2015

Country Resources

Peace Corps/Paraguay’s pre-service training consists of 11 weeks of intensive in-country training in five major areas: language (Spanish and Guaraní), community development and personal adaptation, technical job orientation, Volunteer safety and security, and health. By the end of training, each trainee has to pass qualifying criteria in each of these areas to be sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

The training center is located in the town of Guarambaré, which is approximately one hour by bus from the capital, Asunción. Trainees also make visits to Volunteer sites to begin preparing for the realities of life in Paraguay. After eight weeks, trainees spend a week at the site to which they will be permanently assigned.

Trainees live with a Paraguayan family during the entire training period, sharing meals, conversation, and other experiences. The families live in small satellite communities within a few kilometers of Guarambaré, whose residents are from the lower-income to middle-income strata of Paraguayan society. Trainees spend most of their time in language classes at their satellite training facility. Technical, cultural, and community development studies are combined with practice of new skills at the community level, often in cooperation with nearby schools, organizations, and community groups. Combining formal classroom study with ample opportunity for practicing a new language and cultural and technical skills has proved to be an extremely effective way of preparing Volunteers to work as independent professionals during their service.

Throughout training, you will be encouraged to continue examining your personal motivation for serving in the Peace Corps and your level of dedication and commitment. By the time you are sworn in as a Volunteer, you should have made an informed and serious commitment that will sustain you through a full two years of service.

Technical Training

The training center is staffed by technical specialists who present a detailed curriculum tailored to the job requirements specified by Peace Corps/Paraguay. Technical training will prepare you to work in Paraguay by building on the skills you already have and helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer; in fact, you will be involved in practical, hands-on training during your first week in-country.

Technical training will include sessions on the economic and political environment in Paraguay and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Paraguayan agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated throughout training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake your project activities and be a productive member of your community.

Language Training

The importance of language ability cannot be emphasized enough, especially because Volunteers in Paraguay need to gain competency in two languages. Your ability to share information, serve as a community resource, and integrate into Paraguayan culture will be directly related to your ability to communicate not just in Spanish but also in Guaraní.

Because of the importance of competency in Guaraní, all

language training will be in Guaraní once you reach a basic level of Spanish. Therefore, you are strongly urged to initiate Spanish language studies before you leave for Paraguay. Guaraní is not an especially difficult language for an English speaker, but it is much easier if one has basic competence in Spanish. (Invitees choosing to come to Paraguay to improve their Spanish skills should think twice, since most Volunteers will speak Guaraní at their sites.)

From the beginning, your language training will incorporate 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 get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop language skills further once you are at your site. Prior to your swearing in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your service.

Cross-Cultural Training

The overall goal of personal and cultural training is to help you work within Paraguay’s cultural norms and modify behaviors when appropriate. You will learn about issues related to cross-cultural adjustment and isolation and methods of dealing with them. A key element of this training is living with a Paraguayan host family, who will be your greatest resource for easing the 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 Paraguay. 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 community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, nonformal and adult education strategies, and political structures.

Health Training

Health training is designed to enable trainees to become more self-sufficient. As a Volunteer, you will be expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies.

You will learn how to use locally available food to prepare nutritionally balanced meals. You also will be given basic medical training and information. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that you might encounter while in Paraguay. Mental health and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered. Current Volunteers will participate in some of the health sessions to highlight the value of peer support in health maintenance.

When Peace Corps Volunteers are confronted with difficult situations or crises, they are most likely to go to a friend, rather than to someone they do not know very well. Although ideally a Peace Corps Volunteer will complete service without facing major problems, sometimes a Volunteer is presented with a difficult problem or situation. During pre-service training as well as in-service trainings, you will learn to deal with sensitive issues such as depression and stress, as well as how to help other Volunteers when they experience difficulties.

Safety Training

During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risk in your home, at work, and during travel. 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 also be briefed on the post’s emergency action plan.

Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service

In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system throughout the two years of service that provides Volunteers with continual opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their language, technical, and community development skills. During your service, there are usually four training events. The titles and objectives of those trainings are as follows:

  • Reconnect in-service training: Provides an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their language, safety and security and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment after having served for three months.
  • Project design and management workshop: Provides Volunteers and community contacts with the skills necessary to identify needs, set priorities, and design sustainable community projects. This workshop is usually held after the sixth month of service.
  • Technical in-service training: Provides focused technical training towards the close of the first year of service and helps Volunteers review their first year, reassess personal and project objectives, and plan for their second year of service.
  • Close of service conference: Prepares Volunteers for the transition after Peace Corps service, reviewing their work and personal experiences as well as identifying future aspirations.

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 to the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.