Difference between pages "Training in Albania" and "Training in Kazakhstan"

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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 healthThe 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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Your Peace Corps training begins in the United States during pre-departure orientation, when you come together as a group to prepare for your flight to Kazakhstan. When you arrive in Almaty, you will be met at the airport and transported by bus to your training site. Pre-service training lasts 12 weeks and consists of Kazakh and Russian language instruction, cross-cultural awareness, health and personal safety, and technical skills—depending on your assignmentPre-service training emphasizes experiential learning in which you take responsibility for your own learning. Training is an immersion model—that is, being immersed in the local living and work conditions. During your first week in-country, you will move in with a host family selected by the Peace Corps.  Expect to deal with the frustrations of language barriers and cultural differences from the start. Expect to deal with frustrations due to lack of e-mail, telephones, copy machines, and computers. Training will prepare you for your first three to six months at site and the techniques for continued individual learning. It is also the time for you to make an informed two-year commitment to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.  
  
====Technical Training====
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===Technical Training ===
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.
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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 them.  You 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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Technical training prepares you to work in Kazakhstan 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. The Peace Corps staff and Kazakhstani trainers will conduct training. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have and how to determine what the community feels are their needs. A key to successful Peace Corps service is not to impose what you feel they need, but to learn what the community members and host agencies deem to be their needs and work with them on those projects.  
  
====Language Training====
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You will be supported and evaluated by experienced Kazakhstani trainers and Peace Corps staff throughout the training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake your project activities and be a productive member of your community.  
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.
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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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===Language Training ===
  
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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As a Peace Corps Volunteer, 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 host community, and ease your personal adaptation to new surroundings and people. Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements in order to complete training and become a Volunteer. Experienced Russian and Kazakh language instructors provide formal language instruction six days a week in small classes of five to six people. The Kazakh and Russian languages are also introduced in the health, culture, safety, and technical components of training.  
  
====Cross-Cultural Training====
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Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. You will have classroom time and will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family to learn the language. Our goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop these skills more thoroughly. Prior to swearing in as Volunteers, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.  
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.
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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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===Cross-Cultural Training ===
  
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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As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a Kazakhstani host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition into life at your site. Families have gone through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps staff to explain the purpose of the pre-service training program and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Kazakhstan. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.  
  
====Health Training====
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Cross-cultural and community development will be a focus of training to improve your perception, communication, and facilitation skills. Topics such as needs assessments, community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are addressed.  
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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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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===Health Training ===
  
====Safety Training====
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During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You are expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies. Topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that Volunteers may encounter while in Kazakhstan. Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered.  
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.
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===Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service===
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===Safety Training ===
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:
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* 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.
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* 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.
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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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During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risk in your 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.  
  
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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 opportunities to increase their technical, language, and cross-cultural skills throughout their two years of service.
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During your service, there are usually three or four training events. The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The titles and objectives for trainings in Kazakhstan are as follows.
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* In-Service Trainings: In-service trainings provide an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences. Additional trainings may be held on specific topics (e.g., HIV/AIDS prevention, project design and management, or grant writing.)
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* Close of Service Conference: The close of service conference prepares Volunteers for their future after Peace Corps service and reviews Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.
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Latest revision as of 12:22, 8 December 2015

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Your Peace Corps training begins in the United States during pre-departure orientation, when you come together as a group to prepare for your flight to Kazakhstan. When you arrive in Almaty, you will be met at the airport and transported by bus to your training site. Pre-service training lasts 12 weeks and consists of Kazakh and Russian language instruction, cross-cultural awareness, health and personal safety, and technical skills—depending on your assignment. Pre-service training emphasizes experiential learning in which you take responsibility for your own learning. Training is an immersion model—that is, being immersed in the local living and work conditions. During your first week in-country, you will move in with a host family selected by the Peace Corps. Expect to deal with the frustrations of language barriers and cultural differences from the start. Expect to deal with frustrations due to lack of e-mail, telephones, copy machines, and computers. Training will prepare you for your first three to six months at site and the techniques for continued individual learning. It is also the time for you to make an informed two-year commitment to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.

Technical Training[edit]

Technical training prepares you to work in Kazakhstan 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. The Peace Corps staff and Kazakhstani trainers will conduct training. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have and how to determine what the community feels are their needs. A key to successful Peace Corps service is not to impose what you feel they need, but to learn what the community members and host agencies deem to be their needs and work with them on those projects.

You will be supported and evaluated by experienced Kazakhstani trainers and Peace Corps staff 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, 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 host community, and ease your personal adaptation to new surroundings and people. Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements in order to complete training and become a Volunteer. Experienced Russian and Kazakh language instructors provide formal language instruction six days a week in small classes of five to six people. The Kazakh and Russian languages are also introduced in the health, culture, safety, and technical components of training.

Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. You will have classroom time and will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family to learn the language. Our goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop these skills more thoroughly. Prior to swearing in as Volunteers, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.

Cross-Cultural Training[edit]

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

Cross-cultural and community development will be a focus of training to improve your perception, communication, and facilitation skills. Topics such as needs assessments, community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are addressed.

Health Training[edit]

During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You are expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies. Topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that Volunteers may encounter while in Kazakhstan. Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered.

Safety Training[edit]

During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risk in your 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 opportunities to increase their technical, language, and cross-cultural skills throughout their two years of service.

During your service, there are usually three or four training events. The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The titles and objectives for trainings in Kazakhstan are as follows.

  • In-Service Trainings: In-service trainings provide an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences. Additional trainings may be held on specific topics (e.g., HIV/AIDS prevention, project design and management, or grant writing.)
  • Close of Service Conference: The close of service conference prepares Volunteers for their future after Peace Corps service and reviews Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.