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There are two Peace Corps/Russia administrative units: [[Russia West]] and [[Russia East]].
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The Russia West office is located in Moscow and supervises the Volunteers located from
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The training center is located in Santa Lucia
the western borders of Russia to the oblast of Krasnoyarsk in the east. The Russia East
 
office, located in Vladivostok, supervises Volunteers from the Irkust oblast to the eastern
 
shoreline including Sakhalin Island. The country director is located in Moscow and a
 
deputy director manages the Vladivostok office.
 
  
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Milpas Altas in the department of Sacatepequez. This is a small town settled along the road that runs between Antigua and Guatemala City. Some parts of training will be done away from the center depending on the program.
  
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====Technical Training====
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'''Status:''' Presently Inactive<br>
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Technical training will prepare you to work in Guatemala by building on the skills you already have and helping you to develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. Peace Corps staff, Guatemalan experts, and current Volunteers 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.
'''Program Dates:''' 1992-2003<br>
 
'''Volunteers Served:''' 729
 
  
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Technical training will include sessions on general environmental, economic, and political situations in Guatemala and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Guatemalan agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated by the training staff throughout the pre-service training to build the confidence and skills you will need to undertake your project activities and be a productive member of your community.
  
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====Language Training====
  
Russia is the largest country in the world measuring 6.5 million square miles. It is 1.8
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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, 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 in order to complete training and become a Volunteer.  Experienced Guatemalan language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small classes of four to five people. The Guatemalan language is also introduced in the health, culture, and technical components of training.  
times the size of the United States. After perestroika and the collapse of the former
 
Soviet Union in 1990, the Russian Government implemented a series of major reforms
 
including the introduction of free-market policies, the elimination of most price controls,
 
the reduction of budget subsidies to promote privatization of state-owned enterprises, and
 
the delegation of more responsibilities to local governments. This painful political,
 
social, and economic transformation continues today.
 
  
The Peace Corps entered Russia in 1992, bringing Volunteers to assist the development
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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 language skills more thoroughly once you are at your site. Prior to swearing in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.  
of business in Russia. The Peace Corps programs in Russia were administered out of
 
three offices: one in Saratov, one in Moscow (which did not have Volunteers), and the
 
third in Vladivostok—each with independent operating budgets and staff. In 1995, TEFL
 
Volunteers came to assist university English programs. Also in 1995, the Saratov office
 
closed, and the staff and budget for Saratov and Moscow consolidated in Moscow. There
 
are two Peace Corps/Russia administrative units: Russia West and Russia East. The
 
Russia West office is located in Moscow and the staff supervises the Volunteers located
 
from the western borders of Russia to the Krasnoyarsk oblast in the east. The Russia East
 
staff with an office located in Vladivostok supervises Volunteers from the Irkust oblast
 
near Lake Baikal to the eastern shoreline including Sakhalin Island. The country director
 
is located in Moscow and a deputy director manages the Vladivostok office.
 
  
After the market collapse of 1998, the value of the ruble dropped. In August 1998, the
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====Cross-Cultural Training====
exchange rate was 6.5 rubles to the dollar. It fell to 25 rubles to the dollar in 1999.
 
During our visit, the exchange rate averaged 30 rubles to the dollar. As the government
 
removes subsidies to services such as transportation, increased costs are affecting Peace
 
Corps operations in Russia.
 
  
The Russia programs were interrupted in 1998 when no Trainees entered Russia, because
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As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a Guatemalan host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition into life in 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 Guatemala. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.  
visas were not granted. However, the Volunteers already in country were allowed to
 
complete their service, and the Peace Corps staff remained intact. In 1999, the
 
governmental sponsorship of the Peace Corps moved from the Ministry of Foreign
 
Affairs to the Ministry of Education.
 
  
Russians are highly educated; the official literacy rate is 98%. The Russian education
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Cross-cultural and community development will be covered to help improve your skills of perception, communication, and facilitation. Topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are also addressed.  
system ranks among the best in the world. It is a highly regulated system with
 
examinations for students and strict credentialing requirements for teachers. Education is
 
free and compulsory until the age of seventeen.
 
  
Increasingly, Russians identify English language proficiency as an important step to
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====Health Training====
regaining footholds in international trade, technology, information sharing, and study
 
abroad. This has led to a demand for English language and business English instruction
 
reflected in the fact that 75% of all students choose it as their first foreign language.
 
Because of this extraordinary demand, and because Russian teachers of English have
 
been isolated from native speakers, there is a need for assistance in teaching English.
 
Volunteers who do not have teaching credentials or teaching experience feel at a
 
disadvantage among their host country teaching colleagues. Russia training strains to
 
overcome the discrepancy between the training and experience of Russian teachers of
 
English and the training and experience of TEFL Volunteers.
 
  
Currently, 81% of the Volunteers in both Russia program assignments concentrate on
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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. As a trainee, you are required to attend all medical sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that Volunteers may encounter while in Guatemala.  Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered.  
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). See Table 1. The Russia West
 
Volunteers are assigned to TEFL projects and business education. In the Russia East program, Volunteers are assigned to TEFL—two Volunteers remain in an environment
 
project and two in business education. Both the business education and the environment
 
projects in the Russia East program have had their last Volunteer input.
 
Russia TEFL Volunteers teach at several levels of the Russian educational system.
 
Volunteers with credentials are assigned to pedagogical institutes for teacher training,
 
Volunteers with advanced degrees go to universities, and most Volunteers go to
 
secondary schools or to “colleges” or technical schools. A few Volunteers work in
 
primary schools in order to have a full teaching schedule. Most of the teacher training,
 
university, and secondary school assignments are in urban centers, but Volunteers who
 
teach at some secondary schools and the primary level may be assigned to more rural
 
settings. In the Russia West program, Volunteers with a business background are
 
assigned to teach business English at universities or at the technical colleges.
 
Providing support is logistically difficult in Russia. In the 1998 PPA Worldwide Survey,
 
53% of the Russia East Volunteers and 69% of the Russia West Volunteers reported that
 
it took 10 or more hours to travel to their Peace Corps office; 35% of Volunteers in the
 
EMA region and 26% of Volunteers worldwide reported 10 or more hours to reach their
 
Peace Corps offices. In some instances, communication is unavailable, difficult, or
 
requires travel to a larger urban center. Email capabilities are available to most of the
 
Volunteers assigned to urban or regional centers, but not to Volunteers in the smaller
 
rural or village sites. Both posts plan to place more Volunteer in smaller cities and rural
 
areas, so the staff must adjust the site selection and development process and Volunteer
 
support accordingly.
 
  
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====Safety Training====
  
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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.
  
==Volunteer Work==
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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 trainees and Volunteers with continuous opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills. During your service, there are usually three training events. The titles and objectives for those trainings are as follows:
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| [[Business Advising]]
 
| [[1997]]
 
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| [[Univ. English Teaching]]
 
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* In-Service Training: Provides 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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* Mid-Term Conference (Done in conjunction with technical sector in-service): Assists Volunteers in reviewing their first year, reassessing their personal and project objectives, and planning for their second year of service.
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* Close of Service Conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and to review Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.
  
===Business Development===
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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.  
Peace Corps Volunteers work to nurture business development by providing business education, consulting, and support to government officials, entrepreneurs, business institutes, schools, and NGOs. One Volunteer collaborated with Russian business owners, business professors, U.S. technical assistance providers, and fellow Volunteers to produce a series of marketing videos based on Russian case studies. These videos will be used in seminars and workshops for Russian entrepreneurs.
 
  
Volunteers have also created the University of Alaska's Russian-American Business Center, which works to develop the business skills of female entrepreneurs as well as offering workshops on business planning over the Internet. Business Volunteers provide a wide range of seminars and workshops for the management and staff of Russian NGOs. A Volunteer-developed NGO training course is being incorporated into the course offerings of the Volga-Vyatka Academy of Public Service, which trains government officials in the Volga region.
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===Education===
 
Volunteers were able to work in elementary, secondary, and higher-education schools.  As Russian English teachers continue to leave local schools to take higher paying positions in the private sector, the Peace Corps is focusing its efforts on training the next generation of Russian English teachers. Russia's economic problems have made it difficult for the Ministry of Education to provide modern textbooks to schools, many of which are still using Soviet textbooks containing anti-American propaganda. In Western Russia, Volunteers authored five textbooks that were published regionally at low cost.
 
 
 
Volunteers also work with students at the high school level. Volunteers in Western Russia conducted a two-week summer immersion program called "Camp America" for over 100 teenagers. In the Russian Far East village of Arsneniev, a Volunteer founded the first English-language newspaper for teens. This for-profit newspaper is written by advanced students from different schools, who are learning layout design, marketing and editing. The profits from the paper provide revenue for new English materials.
 
 
 
In the Russian Far East, university TEFL volunteers participated in regional conferences for language learning often working with the Russian FEELTA (Far Eastern English Language Teaching Association) and the American ELF (English Language Fellows) programs.
 
 
 
===Environment===
 
The Environment program is located in the Russian Far East, an area similar to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The incredible natural beauty of this area provides motivation for increasing environmental awareness. Environmental Education Volunteers contribute to the growing environmental preservation movement through their work in schools, extra-curricular environmental centers, NGOs, and nature preserves. One Volunteer organized the youth in his village to construct solar dehydrators, which were used by local farmers to dry herbs and mushrooms for the winter.
 
 
 
Volunteers are assisting NGOs with grant proposal writing, organizational development, and fundraising techniques. A Volunteer in Vladivostok helped the Resource Center for Environmental Education, a local NGO, successfully implement a proposal to send several Center members and a film technician to the United States to make a documentary about outdoor education. The film will be shown on Russian television and used in seminars with other environmental NGOs.
 
 
 
==Peace Corps News==
 
 
 
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
 
 
 
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==External Links==
 
[http://www.peacecorps.gov/kids/world/europemed/rus_business.html Peace Corps Kids World: Russia]<br>
 
[http://archives.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/12/28/peace.corps/index.html CNN.com: Russia kicks out U.S. Peace Corps (12/28/2002)]
 
 
 
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[Volunteers who served in Russia]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
 
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/rs.html Peace Corps Journals - Russia]
 
 
 
[[Category:Russia]] [[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
 
[[Category:Country]]
 
[[Category:Inactive]]
 

Latest revision as of 13:16, 23 August 2016


Training in [[{{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |2}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |3}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |4}}]]
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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  • [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |2}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |3}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |4}}]]
  • [[Health care and safety in {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |2}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |3}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |4}}]]
  • [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |2}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |3}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |4}}]]
  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |2}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |3}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |4}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |2}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |3}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |4}}]]
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

[[Category: {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |2}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |3}} {{#explode:Training in Guatemala| |4}}]]

The training center is located in Santa Lucia

Milpas Altas in the department of Sacatepequez. This is a small town settled along the road that runs between Antigua and Guatemala City. Some parts of training will be done away from the center depending on the program.

Technical Training

Technical training will prepare you to work in Guatemala by building on the skills you already have and helping you to develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. Peace Corps staff, Guatemalan experts, and current Volunteers 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 will include sessions on general environmental, economic, and political situations in Guatemala and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Guatemalan agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated by the training staff throughout the pre-service training to build the confidence and skills you will 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, 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 in order to complete training and become a Volunteer. Experienced Guatemalan language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small classes of four to five people. The Guatemalan language is also introduced in the health, culture, 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 language skills more thoroughly once you are at your site. Prior to swearing in as a Volunteer, 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 Guatemalan host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition into life in 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 Guatemala. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.

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

Health Training

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. As a trainee, you are required to attend all medical sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that Volunteers may encounter while in Guatemala. Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered.

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 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 trainees and Volunteers with continuous opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills. During your service, there are usually three training events. The titles and objectives for those trainings are as follows:

  • In-Service Training: Provides 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.
  • Mid-Term Conference (Done in conjunction with technical sector in-service): Assists Volunteers in reviewing their first year, reassessing their personal and project objectives, and planning for their second year of service.
  • Close of Service Conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and to review Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.

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.