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This pages attempts to provide you with quick, short answers to the most common questions about staging. Please feel free to add anything else you feel can briefly help one's understanding and is pertinent to staging.
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{{Training_by_country}}You will participate in an intensive 12-week training program that will begin immediately upon your arrival in Albania.  The weekly schedule is Monday through Friday with most Saturday mornings for language training and special events.  You and a few other trainees will live with host families in a small town or village. You will participate in many of the training activities with that small group. One or two days each week, you will travel to a central site where you will participate in training activities with the entire group of new trainees. Pre-service training focuses on learning the Albanian language, cross-cultural, community skills development, technical skills development, safety and security, and health.  The training period is a time for you to reexamine your commitment to being a Volunteer in Albania. It also gives Peace Corps/Albania the opportunity to get to know you and be assured that your skills and attitudes are a good match for the program here. Throughout the training period, you and Peace Corps staff will measure your progress in meeting the training objectives.  
  
'''''What is training?'''''<br>
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====Technical Training====
After staging, your will receive training in the country of your Peace Corps service. At this point, you will be known as a Peace Corps Trainee (PCT).
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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.  
  
You will begin with your whole group, but are then generally split up in small groups to different towns or villages near the Peace Corps office. During training, you will live with a host familyYour days will consist of several hours of language training. Other training will depend on the day, but often include, technical, cultural, safety, or health. There will be certain days that the group as a whole comes together to the Peace Corps office for certain training topicsThere will be a few times you are taken "site" seeing--in part to understand your country.  
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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 inThe training will help you identify strategies to understand and work within existing frameworks. You will review your technical sector’s goals and meet with the Albanian agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist themYou will also meet with other Albanian and international organizations that support the activities of the particular sector. You will be supported and evaluated throughout the training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake your project activities and be a productive member of your community. <br>
  
You'll have 2-3 language tests to evaluate your level to help you accordingly. At one point, trainees will often visit a current volunteer at his or her site for several days to a week in order to gain perspective on just what site life could consist of. Near the end of training, trainees will be interviewed about site preferences they may have, and be assigned their future site. Usually, trainees will depart for several days or up to a week to make a "future site visit" in which they will meet their counterparts, community, and secure housing if not yet found. After future site visits, there is just a couple weeks left of training.
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====Language Training====
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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. 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.
  
'''''How long is training?'''''<br>
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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.
Training typically lasts for 2-3 months.
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'''''How do I get to training?'''''<br>
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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.  
After accepting your invitation, you will be sent a "staging kit" which provides information about your departure. You should call SATO Travel, the Peace Corps travel company, immediately to make travel arrangements. The Peace Corps provides your flight, but you yourself must make the actual arrangements through SATO. After staging, your group will depart together to fly to your Peace Corps country.
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'''''Where is training?'''''<br>
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====Cross-Cultural Training====
The location of your stage depends on which country you go to. Quite often, training is not in the capitol city or in other large cities. Instead, its typically held in a small or medium size town, relatively near a larger city.
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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.
  
'''''Where do we stay during training?'''''<br>
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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.
In some countries, you may spend a few days to a week at a hotel or "dorm" type accommodations at the Peace Corps office. After that, you will meet your host family you'll live with during training, and move in with them. Other countries, you go directly to your host family's home that you'll live with during training.
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'''''What if I don't get along with my host family?'''''<br>
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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, non-formal and adult education strategies, and political structures.
The Peace Corps interviews each family, as well as looks at their living situation, in order to find the best possible host families for the trainee.  
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Minor differences should be over-looked, after all, you are new in this country, culture, and family. Things you may find annoying could be the family simply trying to make you feel welcome, or take care of you like they would a family member.  There are times that things may become uncomfortable (ie. religion or vegetarianism could be those). If it is something small, you should address the situation as clearly, yet politely as possible so as to avoid future misunderstandings. After being used to living on your own, you will most probably feel like a child again--you may not like it, but in this situation, it'll be normal.  
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====Health Training====
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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.  
  
However, if it is anything more than small, ask the Peace Corps staff before doing anything. If it is really a bad situation or you and the family do not get along, let the Peace Corps staff know--they will be the ones who know how to help you.
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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.  
  
'''''What happens after training?'''''<br>
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====Safety Training====
When training is completed, the training group will swear in officially as Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV). Your group will go your different ways and depart to your permanent site assignments you previously found out about. Sometimes Peace Corps staff may accompany you, sometimes you may be on your own or with another volunteer. You may or may not have a volunteer at your site, and its possible that if there is another volunteer, it could be a foreigner! The next step is to get to know your community and understand your work, then dive on in!
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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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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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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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You will participate in an intensive 12-week training program that will begin immediately upon your arrival in Albania. The weekly schedule is Monday through Friday with most Saturday mornings for language training and special events. You and a few other trainees will live with host families in a small town or village. You will participate in many of the training activities with that small group. One or two days each week, you will travel to a central site where you will participate in training activities with the entire group of new trainees. Pre-service training focuses on learning the Albanian language, cross-cultural, community skills development, technical skills development, safety and security, and health. The training period is a time for you to reexamine your commitment to being a Volunteer in Albania. It also gives Peace Corps/Albania the opportunity to get to know you and be assured that your skills and attitudes are a good match for the program here. Throughout the training period, you and Peace Corps staff will measure your progress in meeting the training objectives.

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.

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.

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 the new surroundings. Language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer. Albanian language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small groups of four to five people. The Albanian language is also incorporated into the other components of training.

Your language training will use a community-based approach. In addition to classroom time, you will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family. The goal is to help you acquire basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop language skills further on your own. Prior to being sworn in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.

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.

Cross-Cultural Training

Community skills training provides information and methods for integrating into the Albanian culture, and the skills and tools that will help you understand your community more deeply.

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

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.

Health Training

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.

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.

Safety Training

During the safety and security training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces your risks at home, at work, and during your travels. You will also learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention and about your individual responsibility for promoting safety throughout your service. You will learn how to assess basic risks and hazards and to identify and manage the risks you may encounter. There will be tests of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and your compliance is required in order to complete training. You will learn that safety and security are team efforts and if you do not work and live safely, you can put other members of the team at risk. As one Volunteer said, “safety is a team sport in Albania and never takes a vacation.”

Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service

In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system that provides Volunteers with continual opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their language, community, and technical skills. Peace Corps/ Albania provides two types of training events:

  • In-service training: Provides opportunities for Volunteers to upgrade their language, community, technical, and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment to serve. You may participate in several in-service training events during your two years of service.
  • Close of service conference: Provides an opportunity to review Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences and prepares them for the future after Peace Corps service.

Training events are integrated and inter-related, from the predeparture orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.