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Training is an essential part of your Peace Corps service. Our goal is to give you enough skills and information to allow you to live and work effectively in El Salvador. In doing that, we plan to build upon the experiences and expertise you bring with you to the Peace Corps. 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 training.
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Your Peace Corps training begins in the United States during pre-departure orientation, when you come together as a group to prepare for your flight to Kazakhstan. When you arrive in Almaty, you will be met at the airport and transported by bus to your training site. Pre-service training lasts 12 weeks and consists of Kazakh and Russian language instruction, cross-cultural awareness, health and personal safety, and technical skills—depending on your assignment. Pre-service training emphasizes experiential learning in which you take responsibility for your own learning. Training is an immersion model—that is, being immersed in the local living and work conditions. During your first week in-country, you will move in with a host family selected by the Peace Corps. Expect to deal with the frustrations of language barriers and cultural differences from the start. Expect to deal with frustrations due to lack of e-mail, telephones, copy machines, and computers. Training will prepare you for your first three to six months at site and the techniques for continued individual learning. It is also the time for you to make an informed two-year commitment to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.  
 
 
The 10-week training provides you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to El Salvador.  You will receive training and orientation in components of language, cross-cultural communication, area studies, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your assignment. The skills you learn will serve as a foundation upon which you will build your experience and work together as a group. And you will have the chance to experience local culture and customs on your own during your stay with a host family and on various site visits.  
 
 
 
During the first few days in-country, you will participate in an arrival orientation at the training center in San Vicente.  After this initial period, you will move in with your host family in a community in or around San Vicente. You will live with one host family for the duration of your pre-service training.
 
 
 
The host family experience will help you bring some of the topics covered in training to life, and it will give you a chance to practice your new language skills and directly observe and participate in Salvadoran culture. You will be expected to take part in the meals and daily activities of your host family. If you invest yourself in this experience, it will prove to be a rich and positive one. You will be assisted and guided in your cultural adaptation and skills acquisition by members of the training staff. All staff members will work with you—individually as well as in groups—to help you adapt to the new culture and prepare yourself for your eventual assignment.  
 
  
 
===Technical Training ===
 
===Technical Training ===
  
Technical training prepares you to work in El Salvador by building on the skills you already have and by helping you to develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. The Peace Corps staff, El Salvador 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 prepares you to work in Kazakhstan 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. The Peace Corps staff and Kazakhstani trainers will conduct training. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have and how to determine what the community feels are their needs. A key to successful Peace Corps service is not to impose what you feel they need, but to learn what the community members and host agencies deem to be their needs and work with them on those projects.  
 
 
Technical training will include sessions on general environmental, economic and political situations in El Salvador and strategies for working within such a framework.  You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Salvadoran agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them.  
 
  
You will be supported and evaluated by the training staff throughout the 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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You will be supported and evaluated by experienced Kazakhstani trainers and Peace Corps staff 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 ===
 
===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 and 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 Salvadoran language and cultural facilitators (LCFs) teach formal, participatory language classes five days a week in small classes of four to five people. Spanish terminology is also introduced in the health, culture, safety and technical components of training.  
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As a Peace Corps Volunteer, 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 ease your personal adaptation to new surroundings and people. 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 Russian and Kazakh language instructors provide formal language instruction six days a week in small classes of five to six people. The Kazakh and Russian languages are also introduced in the health, culture, safety, 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.  
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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 these skills more thoroughly. 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 ===
  
As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a Salvadoran host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition into 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 El Salvador. 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 Kazakhstani host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition into 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 Kazakhstan. 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.
 
 
 
  
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Cross-cultural and community development will be a focus of training to improve your perception, communication, and facilitation skills. Topics such as needs assessments, community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are addressed.
  
 
===Health Training ===
 
===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 El Salvador.  Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered.  
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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. Topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that Volunteers may encounter while in Kazakhstan.  Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered.  
  
 
===Safety Training ===
 
===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.  
 
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 Training During Volunteer Service ===
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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 four training events. The titles and objectives for those trainings are as follows:
 
  
* Pre-service training: Provides trainees with solid technical, language, and cross-cultural knowledge to prepare them for living and working successfully in El Salvador. 
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In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system that provides Volunteers with opportunities to increase their technical, language, and cross-cultural skills throughout their two years of service.  
* 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 to review Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.  
 
  
The number, length, and design of these trainings will be 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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During your service, there are usually three or four training events. The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The titles and objectives for trainings in Kazakhstan are as follows.  
  
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* In-Service Trainings: In-service trainings provide an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences. Additional trainings may be held on specific topics (e.g., HIV/AIDS prevention, project design and management, or grant writing.)
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* Close of Service Conference: The close of service conference prepares Volunteers for their future after Peace Corps service and reviews Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.
  
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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:
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Your Peace Corps training begins in the United States during pre-departure orientation, when you come together as a group to prepare for your flight to Kazakhstan. When you arrive in Almaty, you will be met at the airport and transported by bus to your training site. Pre-service training lasts 12 weeks and consists of Kazakh and Russian language instruction, cross-cultural awareness, health and personal safety, and technical skills—depending on your assignment. Pre-service training emphasizes experiential learning in which you take responsibility for your own learning. Training is an immersion model—that is, being immersed in the local living and work conditions. During your first week in-country, you will move in with a host family selected by the Peace Corps. Expect to deal with the frustrations of language barriers and cultural differences from the start. Expect to deal with frustrations due to lack of e-mail, telephones, copy machines, and computers. Training will prepare you for your first three to six months at site and the techniques for continued individual learning. It is also the time for you to make an informed two-year commitment to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.

Technical Training

Technical training prepares you to work in Kazakhstan 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. The Peace Corps staff and Kazakhstani trainers will conduct training. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have and how to determine what the community feels are their needs. A key to successful Peace Corps service is not to impose what you feel they need, but to learn what the community members and host agencies deem to be their needs and work with them on those projects.

You will be supported and evaluated by experienced Kazakhstani trainers and Peace Corps staff 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, 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 ease your personal adaptation to new surroundings and people. 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 Russian and Kazakh language instructors provide formal language instruction six days a week in small classes of five to six people. The Kazakh and Russian languages are also introduced in the health, culture, safety, 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 these skills more thoroughly. 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 Kazakhstani host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition into 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 Kazakhstan. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.

Cross-cultural and community development will be a focus of training to improve your perception, communication, and facilitation skills. Topics such as needs assessments, community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are 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. Topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that Volunteers may encounter while in Kazakhstan. 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 Volunteers with opportunities to increase their technical, language, and cross-cultural skills throughout their two years of service.

During your service, there are usually three or four training events. The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The titles and objectives for trainings in Kazakhstan are as follows.

  • In-Service Trainings: In-service trainings provide an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences. Additional trainings may be held on specific topics (e.g., HIV/AIDS prevention, project design and management, or grant writing.)
  • Close of Service Conference: The close of service conference prepares Volunteers for their future after Peace Corps service and reviews Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.