|Forestry Training Manual: Inter-America Region (Peace Corps, 1986)|
If possible use the host country forestry school when it is not otherwise occupied with students conducting their own courses. The following considerations should he taken into account when selecting a technical training site:
1. Land for establishing a vivero (nursery);
2. Potting shed with soil for transplanting;
3. Seedlings to he outplanted;
4. Several stands of trees to measure and a stand of trees for pruning and thinning practice;
5. Seeds for outplanting;
6. Seed storage facilities;
8. A dormitory and cafeteria that will provide housing and meals;
9. A library in addition to the one you have set up;
10. Several employees who trainees can talk to about on-going activities at school;
11. Research projects, tasks and sites relevant to trainees;
12. Recreation facilities, i.e., basketball court, soccer field, pool table, ping pong.
In choosing the training site it is important to remember that the focus of the training program is on participant learning. Volunteers should not have to cope with a physical environment that needs a great deal of managing during the training cycle. A certain amount of privacy, running water, electricity and bottled drinking water are minimal requirements. Outdoor recreation areas are also desirable for participants. If you are unable to use a forestry school, you will then have to use a training site that is close to or can provide items one through seven and number 11 outlined in the training site considerations.
Another benefit of using the host country forestry school is that it ties the Ministry into the training program. We were able to have the Ecuadorian Ministry of Agriculture issue a Certificate of Completion to each participant. This certificate showed Ministry cooperation with and approval of the training. It is also beneficial if participants exhibit their certificates at their work sites as this enhances his/her credibility and acceptance by the community.