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close this bookA Trainer's Resource Guide (Peace Corps, 1983, 199 p.)
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Peace Corps training philosophy

Two key components for an Integrated Training System are commitment to a philosophy and accountability - which assumes the existence of goals and standards. This section outlines, the present Peace Corps training philosophy, its training goals and the assumptions underlying the two.

Peace Corps Training is:

1. An on-going process started during staging and continued throughout the Volunteer's service, involving Staging, Pre-Service, In-Service and Close of Service Training.

2. An integrated process, with no single component conducted in isolation, i.e., technical skills are learned within a cultural context.

3. A model of the development process which promotes self sufficiency, problem analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.

4. Based on clear behavioral objectives, with minimum acceptance levels, which are shared with trainees. The training process includes mechanisms for immediate feedback and evaluations of trainees.

Peace Corps Training uses methodologies and techniques that show respect for each trainee as an adult possessing varied individual experiences and skills; it builds on these and involves trainees in the learning process.

Even though all Peace Corps Training is based on the programming of each country, there are common goals in which all Volunteers should receive training. These goals are best met by determining precisely what skills must be provided and where training can best be provided in a cost effective manner. Experience has shown that language and cross-cultural training can be most effectively conducted in the country of assignment. Some technical training can be done best in the United States, while other training can be conducted more effectively in-country or in third country training sites.

Peace Corps Training Goals are:

1. To provide Volunteers and trainees with basic language, technical and cross-cultural skills that allow them to serve effectively as they live and work productively and positively with Host Country people.

2. To model an approach to development by providing training that encourages critical thinking, creative problem solving, information gathering and analysis, flexibility, patience and self sufficiency.

3. To develop in Volunteers strong skills which allow them to function effectively as a consultant - helping others to define and solve problems.

4. To help Volunteers understand the development process, including the involvement of women in this process.

5. To demonstrate the value and methods of sharing knowledge.

6. To enhance the Volunteers understanding of how to develop counterpart relationships.

7. To increase Volunteer's knowledge and understanding of the Peace Corps Mission, general Peace Corps and country specific policies.

8. To provide Volunteers with ways to effectively manage the communication process utilizing listening skills, giving and receiving feedback, and non-verbal communication.

9. To provide Volunteers with effective skills for making a transition to a new culture using observation, information gathering and validation, as well as others' assumptions as they relate to technical work.

10. To provide Volunteers with skills that enable them to effectively manage loneliness, isolation and stress while also understanding basic nutrition, hygiene and personal health.

11. To assist Volunteers in understanding their technical assignment, and in developing the skills necessary to perform their jobs.

12. To provide trainees with a clear understanding of what is expected of them as volunteers; enabling them to set personal and professional goals and to measure their progress in achieving these goals.

13. To assist volunteers at the close of their service by facilitating their re-entry into the United States.