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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.  
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{{Training_by_country}}Training is an essential part of your Peace Corps service. Our goal is to provide you with information and to develop and enhance some of your skills, which will allow you to live and work effectively in Cape Verde. We anticipate that you will approach your training with an open mind, a desire to learn, and a willingness to become involved. Peace Corps trainees officially become Peace Corps Volunteers after successful completion of pre-service training (PST).
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The nine-week PST provides you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Cape Verde.  You will receive training and orientation in local languages (Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole), cross-cultural communication, development work, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to the Cape Verdean development context. PST is meant to prepare you for the first three to six months of service, and the skills you learn will serve as a foundation to start your community integration and service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde. We will meet and work together as a group, and you will have the chance to experience local culture and customs with your host family and during technical fi eld trips.  
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At the onset of training, the training staff will outline the goals and assessment criteria that each trainee will have to reach before becoming a Volunteer. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process, characterized by a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training director, along with the other trainers, will work with you towards the highest possible achievement by providing feedback throughout training. After successfully completing the pre-service training, you will swear in as a Volunteer and make final preparations for departure to your site.  
  
 
====Technical Training====
 
====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. <br>
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Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer. Technical training will cover areas Peace Corps/Cape Verde has identified as important for community work. This includes sessions on economic, political, and environmental situations in Cape Verde, as well as strategies for working within the project framework. During PST you will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Cape Verdean agencies and organizations that invited Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated by experienced Cape Verdean trainers who will conduct the training program and who, throughout this period, will help you build the confidence and skills needed to be a productive member of your community. Some Peace Corps staff and current Volunteers will be involved in PST, as well.
  
 
====Language Training====
 
====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.
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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. They will help you integrate into your host community, and ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings. Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer. Experienced Cape Verdean language instructors give formal language classes five days a week in small classes of four to five people. Language is also introduced in the health, culture, safety and security, and technical components of 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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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. Our goal is to get you to a point where you feel comfortable with basic social communication as a launching pad for developing your linguistic skills more thoroughly once at site. Prior to swearing in as Volunteers, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.  
  
 
====Cross-Cultural Training====
 
====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.
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As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a Cape Verdean host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition into life in the country. Families have gone through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps staff and Volunteers to explain the purpose of the pre-service training program and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Cape Verde. 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.
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Cross-cultural issues and community development strategies will be covered to help improve your skills of perception, communication, and facilitation. Topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, diversity, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are also addressed.  
  
 
====Health Training====
 
====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.  
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During PST, you will be given primary health training and information. Volunteers are expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for their own health by adhering to all medical policies. As a trainee, you must attend all medical sessions. Topics will include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that trainees/ Volunteers may encounter while in Cape Verde. Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered during these sessions.  
  
 
====Safety Training====
 
====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===
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Keeping safe is an important part of your Peace Corps service, and Peace Corps/Cape Verde takes this seriously.  During the safety and security training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle and personal behavior that reduces risk in your home, at work, and during your travels.  You will also learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention. In sum, you will learn about your individual responsibility for practicing and promoting safety throughout your 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:
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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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Additional Trainings During Volunteer 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.
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In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system which provides Volunteers with continuous opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills.  
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Over the two-year Volunteer term of service, there are additional training events.  
  
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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* In-service training (IST) provides opportunities 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. This is usually combined with an All-Volunteer Conference to address broader Peace Corps and Cape Verde-specific topics with all Volunteers together.
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* Completion of service (COS) conference prepares Volunteers for their lives after Peace Corps service and reviews Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.  
  
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The number, length, and design of trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.
  
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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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Training is an essential part of your Peace Corps service. Our goal is to provide you with information and to develop and enhance some of your skills, which will allow you to live and work effectively in Cape Verde. We anticipate that you will approach your training with an open mind, a desire to learn, and a willingness to become involved. Peace Corps trainees officially become Peace Corps Volunteers after successful completion of pre-service training (PST).

The nine-week PST provides you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Cape Verde. You will receive training and orientation in local languages (Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole), cross-cultural communication, development work, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to the Cape Verdean development context. PST is meant to prepare you for the first three to six months of service, and the skills you learn will serve as a foundation to start your community integration and service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde. We will meet and work together as a group, and you will have the chance to experience local culture and customs with your host family and during technical fi eld trips.

At the onset of training, the training staff will outline the goals and assessment criteria that each trainee will have to reach before becoming a Volunteer. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process, characterized by a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training director, along with the other trainers, will work with you towards the highest possible achievement by providing feedback throughout training. After successfully completing the pre-service training, you will swear in as a Volunteer and make final preparations for departure to your site.

Technical Training

Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer. Technical training will cover areas Peace Corps/Cape Verde has identified as important for community work. This includes sessions on economic, political, and environmental situations in Cape Verde, as well as strategies for working within the project framework. During PST you will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Cape Verdean agencies and organizations that invited Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated by experienced Cape Verdean trainers who will conduct the training program and who, throughout this period, will help you build the confidence and skills needed to be a productive member of your community. Some Peace Corps staff and current Volunteers will be involved in PST, as well.

Language Training

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will find that language skills are the key to personal and professional satisfaction during your service. They will help you integrate into your host community, and ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings. Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer. Experienced Cape Verdean language instructors give formal language classes five days a week in small classes of four to five people. Language is also introduced in the health, culture, safety and security, 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. Our goal is to get you to a point where you feel comfortable with basic social communication as a launching pad for developing your linguistic skills more thoroughly once at site. Prior to swearing in as Volunteers, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.

Cross-Cultural Training

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

Cross-cultural issues and community development strategies will be covered to help improve your skills of perception, communication, and facilitation. Topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, diversity, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are also addressed.

Health Training

During PST, you will be given primary health training and information. Volunteers are expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for their own health by adhering to all medical policies. As a trainee, you must attend all medical sessions. Topics will include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that trainees/ Volunteers may encounter while in Cape Verde. Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered during these sessions.

Safety Training

Keeping safe is an important part of your Peace Corps service, and Peace Corps/Cape Verde takes this seriously. During the safety and security training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle and personal behavior that reduces risk in your home, at work, and during your travels. You will also learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention. In sum, you will learn about your individual responsibility for practicing and 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 which provides Volunteers with continuous opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills.

Over the two-year Volunteer term of service, there are additional training events.

  • In-service training (IST) provides opportunities 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. This is usually combined with an All-Volunteer Conference to address broader Peace Corps and Cape Verde-specific topics with all Volunteers together.
  • Completion of service (COS) conference prepares Volunteers for their lives after Peace Corps service and reviews Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.

The number, length, and design of trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.