|Aquaculture - Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1990, 350 p.)|
|Chapter eighteen: Program design - week nine|
Time Frame: Very variable depending upon number of countries represented, number of visitors or staff members with information about those countries, and the programs prepared by those individuals.
· Provide trainees with information about the specific country to which they are assigned regarding the programming and technical aspects as well as the social, cultural and political aspects of living and working in that country;
· Provide opportunity for trainees to meet and talk with people who have lived and worked in the countries to which they are assigned;
· Provide trainees with as broad as possible a perspective about technical and programming approaches practiced in as many countries as are represented by the group's assignments.
Overview: Throughout the first eight weeks of training,trainees were urged to concern themselves with the generic technical and personal skills that will be important for all of them in effectively carrying out their duties as aquaculture extensionists. At this point in the program, they are provided with more of the specifics that relate to the countries in which they will be working, and have an opportunity to learn more about actually living and working in those particular countries. This will be a set of trainer notes rather than a session design.
1. The means by which trainees receive country specific information varies. Some examples include:
· Written material provided by either Peace Corps/Washington or Peace Corps field staff from the individual countries, or existing in training program files.
· Slide shows, lectures and question/answer periods facilitated by a visitor who has worked in the countries of assignment. These visitors may include Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Volunteers who are temporarily in the United States on home or medical leave, Peace Corps/Washington staff members who are very familiar with the countries and their programs, and visiting Peace Corps field staff or ministry personnel from the assigned countries.
· Slide shows, lectures and question/answer periods facilitated by training staff members who served in the assigned countries.
2. Arrangements for visitors should be made well in advance. Lodging and meals should be set up and the staff and the visitors should be clear about how payment will be handled. Flight times should be verified and staff members should be designated for picking up and dropping off visitors at the airport as necessary.
3. Trainees should be told about who will be visiting and informed of any special considerations of which they should be aware regarding appropriate protocol or the kinds of information this person might best be able to provide.
4. See trainer notes in Field Trip Debriefing/Reentry to Training section regarding written information to be provided to trainees.
5. Since the trainees will be very busy and distracted during the days, it often works out best to schedule meetings with visitors or trainers in the evening. Slide shows and question/answer periods are usually informal and enjoyable. Attention should be paid to the trainees' energy level and other responsibilities in scheduling evening meetings, and if possible, they should be staggered so that trainees do have some evenings free.
6. In addition to the scheduled meetings and slide shows,trainees should be encouraged to spend informal time with visitors at meals or during free time. In some cases, it works out well for visitors to meet informally with individual trainees during the day as well.
Resources and Materials:
· Written information provided by Peace Corps/Washington, Peace Corps field staff or from program files. When feasible, each trainee should receive his/her own photocopy of the material about the appropriate country. If some documents are very large, two or three trainees can share a copy, and arrangements can be made to make more individual copies upon request.
· Maps of the countries to which the trainees are assigned.
· RPCV's, field staff and/or other resource people as listed above who have experience living and working in the countries of assignment, particularly in the aquaculture programs.
· Slide projector and screen (with necessary carousels, extension cords, etc.).
· Overhead projector, if necessary.
· Comfortable place to meet in evenings.