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Training is an essential and ongoing part of your Peace Corps service. Pre-service training will give you enough skills and information to begin your adjustment to and service in South Africa. It is the first “reality test” of your life as a Volunteer, which will help you make an informed commitment when you swear in as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
  
===Overview of Pre-Service Training===
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The 8- to 10-week pre-service training in South Africa is community based, meaning that the bulk of the training takes place in a community similar to where you will be placed as a Volunteer. The training staff will design a learning environment with experiences and meetings designed to allow you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for your work as a Volunteer. There will be sessions on language, community integration, cross-cultural communication, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills appropriate to your assignment. Throughout your training, you will live with a South African family and work in villages and schools.
  
The most important function of Peace Corps staff is to
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At the onset of training, the training staff will outline the training goals and assessment criteria that each trainee has to reach before becoming a Volunteer. Evaluation of your performance during training will be based on a continual dialogue between you and the training staff. The training manager, along with other training staff, will work with you to achieve the training goals by providing you feedback throughout training.  
provide support for Volunteers. Support does not imply
 
daily supervision of Volunteers’ work, nor does it imply
 
assuming parental roles. Volunteer support implies an
 
ongoing interaction between Volunteers and all Peace Corps
 
staff regarding how you handle such matters as your overall
 
adjustment to the Peace Corps, your job assignment, and your
 
community. Your Peace Corps staff is responsible for making
 
regular visits to your site to assist you in any way possible in
 
your orientation in-country.
 
  
Training will be busy for everyone. Often you will work over
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eight hours a day, five or six days a week. Be prepared for a
 
rigorous, full schedule. The principal objectives of training
 
are to provide a learning environment that enables you to
 
develop the language (Kinyarwanda), technical and cultural
 
skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary to work and live in
 
Rwanda.
 
  
Your training will be a mixture of classroom instruction and
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===Technical Training ===
training in the community, where you will learn by doing and
 
then reflect on your experiences during formal sessions. You
 
will spend time in the field, completing hands-on, practical
 
tasks and participating in group discussions, lectures, and
 
field trips. Each week you will spend time discussing what you
 
learned the previous week, preparing for the next work week,
 
and attending essential cross-cultural, health, administrative,
 
and integration sessions.
 
  
Most of the training staff will be Rwandan nationals.
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Technical training will prepare you to work in South Africa 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. The Peace Corps staff, South Africa 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.  
  
====Technical Training====
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Technical training will include sessions on the environment, economics, and politics in South Africa and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the South African agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. 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.
  
Technical training prepares you to work in Rwanda by building
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===Language Training ===
on the skills you already have and helping you to develop new
 
skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country.
 
The Peace Corps staff, Rwandan experts, and expatriate
 
consultants 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 the general
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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.  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.  South Africa language instructors teach formal language instruction five days a week in small classes of four to five people. South African languages are also introduced in the health, cross-cultural, and technical components of training.  
environmental, economic, and political conditions in Rwanda
 
and strategies for working within such a framework. You will
 
review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the
 
Rwandan agencies and organizations that invited the Peace
 
Corps to assist them.
 
  
You will be supported and evaluated by the training staff
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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 and with your host family. The goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop language skills further on your own. Prior to your swearing in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.  
throughout the training to build the confidence and skills
 
you will need to undertake your project activities and to be a
 
productive member of your community.
 
  
====Language Training====
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===Cross-Cultural Training ===
  
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will find that language skills
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As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a South African host family. The experience is designed to ease your transition to 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 South Africa. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.  
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.
 
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 Rwandan language instructors give formal
 
language classes in small classes of four to five people. The
 
national language, Kinyarwanda, will also be introduced in the
 
health, culture, and technical components of training.
 
  
Your language training will incorporate a community-based
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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, nonformal and adult education strategies, and political structures.  
approach. You will have classroom time and will be given
 
assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with
 
your host family. The goal is to get you to a point of basic
 
social communication skills so you can 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====
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===Health Training ===
  
Cross-cultural and community development will be covered
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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 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 South Africa. 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.  
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====
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===Safety Training ===
  
During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical
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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.  
training and information. You are expected to practice
 
preventive health care and to take responsibility for your own
 
health by adhering to all medical policies. The topics include
 
preventive health measures and minor and major medical
 
issues that Volunteers may encounter while in Rwanda.
 
Nutrition, mental health, setting up a safe living compound,
 
and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other STDs are also covered.
 
  
====Safety Training====
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===Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service ===
  
During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt
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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 continual 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:
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 Training During Volunteer Service====
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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.
In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the
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* Midterm 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.
Peace Corps has implemented a training system that provides
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* Close of service conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and reviews their respective projects and personal experiences.
trainees and Volunteers with continual 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.
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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 the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.  
* Midterm 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 reviews their respective projects and personal experiences.
 
  
The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted
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to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See also: [[Rwanda]]
 

Latest revision as of 12:18, 23 August 2016


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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

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Training is an essential and ongoing part of your Peace Corps service. Pre-service training will give you enough skills and information to begin your adjustment to and service in South Africa. It is the first “reality test” of your life as a Volunteer, which will help you make an informed commitment when you swear in as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

The 8- to 10-week pre-service training in South Africa is community based, meaning that the bulk of the training takes place in a community similar to where you will be placed as a Volunteer. The training staff will design a learning environment with experiences and meetings designed to allow you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for your work as a Volunteer. There will be sessions on language, community integration, cross-cultural communication, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills appropriate to your assignment. Throughout your training, you will live with a South African family and work in villages and schools.

At the onset of training, the training staff will outline the training goals and assessment criteria that each trainee has to reach before becoming a Volunteer. Evaluation of your performance during training will be based on a continual dialogue between you and the training staff. The training manager, along with other training staff, will work with you to achieve the training goals by providing you feedback throughout training.


Technical Training

Technical training will prepare you to work in South Africa 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. The Peace Corps staff, South Africa 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.

Technical training will include sessions on the environment, economics, and politics in South Africa and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the South African agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. 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. 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. South Africa language instructors teach formal language instruction five days a week in small classes of four to five people. South African languages are also introduced in the health, cross-cultural, and technical components of training.

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 and with your host family. The goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop language skills further on your own. Prior to your 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 South African host family. The experience is designed to ease your transition to 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 South Africa. 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, nonformal and adult education strategies, and political structures.

Health Training

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 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 South Africa. 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 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 continual 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.
  • Midterm 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 reviews their respective projects and personal experiences.

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 the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and Volunteers.