Difference between pages "Training in Guinea" and "Training in Lesotho"

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The goal of pre-service training (PST) is to provide Volunteers the skills needed to be successful and solve most problems at their post on their own. You should be able to rely on Guinean counterparts, friends, and your community, rather than fellow Americans, as your primary support group. By the end of training, you will have the skills to integrate rapidly into your community and a clear understanding of your role as a Peace Corps Volunteer in your project and in the overall development of Guinea.  
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All new Volunteers arriving in Lesotho are provided with a nine- to 10-week pre-service training program prior to their posting. The training provides skills development in Sesotho, cross-cultural communication, and Volunteers’ particular job assignments. Sessions also cover specific medical and security conditions in Lesotho, first-aid instruction, and the historical, economic, political, and development issues facing Lesotho and southern Africa. Sesotho language classes and cultural training make up more than 65 percent of pre-service training.  
  
The PST program has four major components: language, technical, cross-cultural, and medical (which includes personal safety and security). In language training, you will learn French and local language skills, and explore ways to communicate across cultural barriers. From technical training sessions, you will acquire the skills needed to accomplish project objectives. Cross-cultural training sessions will help you adapt to Guinea’s culture. Medical sessions will teach you how to stay healthy and identify illnesses, and safety sessions will help you identify safety risks and prepare you to take responsibility for your own safety. The overall training program is designed to integrate as many of these components as possible into simultaneous training sessions.  
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Training is a special time that may, at times, seem very intense. During training, the Peace Corps gives you the knowledge and training necessary to become a productive Peace Corps Volunteer. Sometimes the knowledge given to you may not seem relevant to what you think you will be doing as a Volunteer. However, it is usually months after becoming a Volunteer that you realize why the Peace Corps trained you in these areas. Coming to training with an open mind and the ability to be flexible will help you adjust to a new environment and the journey you are about to undertake.  
  
Pre-service training is based in Forecariah, a semi-urban town about 60 miles (100&nbsp;km) north of Conakry. During training, you will live with a Guinean family. Peace Corps’ language and cultural facilitators will live in the community with you (one per four trainees).  
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New Volunteers recruited to work in Lesotho are brought into the country in two training groups annually. One group, consisting of education Volunteers, arrives in mid October to early November, and a second group of community health and development Volunteers arrives in June.  
  
Trainees and Volunteers in Guinea consistently rate the host family experience as the most challenging and meaningful aspect of training. The challenge lies in adapting to the basic living conditions of a Guinean village and communicating before you've learned the basics of French and your local language.  You will have a private room with a bed and a mosquito net.  Toilet facilities usually consist of an outdoor pit latrine and bathing is done with water in a bucket in outdoor stalls—under the sun or stars! You will eat breakfast and dinner (and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays) with your host family.
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===Overview of Pre-Service Training ===
  
===Technical Training===
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The first two weeks of pre-service training are conducted at a central training center. The next five weeks consist of community-based training, in which trainees live with Basotho host families in rural communities.  The remaining weeks take place at the training center.
  
Technical training will prepare you to work in Guinea 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, Guinean 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.
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====Technical Training ===
  
Technical training will include sessions on the general economic and political environment in Guinea, and strategies for working within such an environment. You will review technical sector goals, and will meet with the Guinean agencies and organizations that invited Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated throughout training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake project activities.  
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Technical training refers to the specific job that you have been invited to assist with, such as education, youth development, community development, or health advising. While you should already have some background and interest in the area of your assignment, the training will prepare you to work in Lesotho by building on the skills you already have and helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs and issues of the country.  
  
====Language Training====
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===Language Training ===
  
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 new surroundings.  
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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 host community, and they can ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings.  You will take part in structured Sesotho lessons given by Basotho instructors. At the completion of pre-service training, you will be tested by a certified language examiner, who will rate your ability in spoken Sesotho. In order for you to be sworn in as a Volunteer, you will need to attain a certain level of language proficiency. This is critical for you to function at the community level.  
  
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. Guinean language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small groups of three to five people.  You will learn both French and the local language—Pulaar, Maninka, or Soussou—most commonly spoken at your site.  
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Volunteers who wish to continue their Sesotho training after pre-service training may hire a tutor. Peace Corps/Lesotho provides financial reimbursement for continuing language lessons.  
  
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 with your host family and other members of the community. The goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication so that you can practice and further develop your 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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===Cross-Cultural Training ===
  
====Cross-Cultural Training====
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As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a Basotho host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition to life in Lesotho. 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 Lesotho. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.
  
As part of PST, you will live with a Guinean 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 learn the purpose of pre-service training and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Guinea. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.  
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Cross-cultural sessions will include an explanation of Basotho culture, values, norms, and religious practices, including gender roles, workplace behaviors, and daily life in a village setting. Cross-cultural training also compares American norms and values with those of Basotho and discusses circumstances unique to living as a foreigner in Lesotho. A comprehensive study of the sociopolitical and economic evolution of southern Africa in general and Lesotho in particular is also part of training.  
  
Cross-cultural and community development training will help you improve your communication skills and understand your role as a facilitator for development. You will be exposed to topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, non-formal and adult education strategies, and traditional political structures.
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===Health Training ===
  
====Health Training====
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During pre-service training, you will be given basic health 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 health sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major health issues that you might encounter while in Lesotho. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living compound, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered.
  
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 and well-being 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 Guinea. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living compound, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered.
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===Safety Training ===
  
====Safety Training====
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During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces your risks at 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.
  
During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risks at home, at work, and during your travels. You will 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 ===
  
Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service
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Peace Corps/Lesotho also conducts several in-service training workshops for Volunteers each year. Each Volunteer is entitled to 15 in-service training days for the entire term of service. Workshops focus on upgrading Volunteer skills in Sesotho language and culture; technical training and resource identification relevant to Volunteers’ job assignment; procedures for identifying and implementing community development “secondary” projects; and a review of Peace Corps policies, procedures, and initiatives concerning safety, security, health, and programming.
  
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 service, there are usually three training events. The titles and objectives for these trainings are as follows:
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There is also a close-of-service workshop for Volunteers nearing the end of their service to help prepare them for their return to the United States and life after the Peace Corps.  
  
* In-service trainings (ISTs): provide an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment after having served for three to six months.  
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Training is conducted by Basotho trainers who are hired on short-term contracts. Peace Corps/Lesotho also utilizes sector specialist trainers from the United States on an as-needed basis. Lesotho government officials, current Peace Corps Volunteers, and other local resource persons also deliver sessions on particular topics and assist with the overall training program.  
* Close-of-service (COS) conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and reviews their respective projects and personal experiences.
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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 the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by Peace Corps staff and Volunteers.  
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No worries - Get some Baker's Lemon Cremes and you'll be just fine.
  
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Revision as of 08:06, 8 December 2015

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All new Volunteers arriving in Lesotho are provided with a nine- to 10-week pre-service training program prior to their posting. The training provides skills development in Sesotho, cross-cultural communication, and Volunteers’ particular job assignments. Sessions also cover specific medical and security conditions in Lesotho, first-aid instruction, and the historical, economic, political, and development issues facing Lesotho and southern Africa. Sesotho language classes and cultural training make up more than 65 percent of pre-service training.

Training is a special time that may, at times, seem very intense. During training, the Peace Corps gives you the knowledge and training necessary to become a productive Peace Corps Volunteer. Sometimes the knowledge given to you may not seem relevant to what you think you will be doing as a Volunteer. However, it is usually months after becoming a Volunteer that you realize why the Peace Corps trained you in these areas. Coming to training with an open mind and the ability to be flexible will help you adjust to a new environment and the journey you are about to undertake.

New Volunteers recruited to work in Lesotho are brought into the country in two training groups annually. One group, consisting of education Volunteers, arrives in mid October to early November, and a second group of community health and development Volunteers arrives in June.

Overview of Pre-Service Training

The first two weeks of pre-service training are conducted at a central training center. The next five weeks consist of community-based training, in which trainees live with Basotho host families in rural communities. The remaining weeks take place at the training center.

=Technical Training

Technical training refers to the specific job that you have been invited to assist with, such as education, youth development, community development, or health advising. While you should already have some background and interest in the area of your assignment, the training will prepare you to work in Lesotho by building on the skills you already have and helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs and issues of the country.

Language Training

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 host community, and they can ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings. You will take part in structured Sesotho lessons given by Basotho instructors. At the completion of pre-service training, you will be tested by a certified language examiner, who will rate your ability in spoken Sesotho. In order for you to be sworn in as a Volunteer, you will need to attain a certain level of language proficiency. This is critical for you to function at the community level.

Volunteers who wish to continue their Sesotho training after pre-service training may hire a tutor. Peace Corps/Lesotho provides financial reimbursement for continuing language lessons.

Cross-Cultural Training

As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a Basotho host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition to life in Lesotho. 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 Lesotho. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.

Cross-cultural sessions will include an explanation of Basotho culture, values, norms, and religious practices, including gender roles, workplace behaviors, and daily life in a village setting. Cross-cultural training also compares American norms and values with those of Basotho and discusses circumstances unique to living as a foreigner in Lesotho. A comprehensive study of the sociopolitical and economic evolution of southern Africa in general and Lesotho in particular is also part of training.

Health Training

During pre-service training, you will be given basic health 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 health sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major health issues that you might encounter while in Lesotho. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living compound, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered.

Safety Training

During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces your risks at 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

Peace Corps/Lesotho also conducts several in-service training workshops for Volunteers each year. Each Volunteer is entitled to 15 in-service training days for the entire term of service. Workshops focus on upgrading Volunteer skills in Sesotho language and culture; technical training and resource identification relevant to Volunteers’ job assignment; procedures for identifying and implementing community development “secondary” projects; and a review of Peace Corps policies, procedures, and initiatives concerning safety, security, health, and programming.

There is also a close-of-service workshop for Volunteers nearing the end of their service to help prepare them for their return to the United States and life after the Peace Corps.

Training is conducted by Basotho trainers who are hired on short-term contracts. Peace Corps/Lesotho also utilizes sector specialist trainers from the United States on an as-needed basis. Lesotho government officials, current Peace Corps Volunteers, and other local resource persons also deliver sessions on particular topics and assist with the overall training program.

No worries - Get some Baker's Lemon Cremes and you'll be just fine.