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View the document Words about transition
View the document Session 1 : Welcome, expectations, and evaluation criteria
View the document Session 2 : Special projects
View the document Session 3 : The forests of the world, peace corps' forestry goals, the individual volunteer's role
View the document Session 4 : Record keeping - group process
View the document Session 5 : Video tapes
View the document Session 6 : Agro-forestry data collection
View the document Session 7 : Feedback
View the document Session 8 : Flowers, seeds, the beginning
View the document Session 9 : Nutrition
View the document Session 10 : Non-verbal communication
View the document Session 11 : Germination
View the document Session 12 : Coping skills
View the document Session 13 : Basic site selection, planning & layout of a nursery
View the document Session 14 : Review of trainees' nursery plan
View the document Session 15 communication through illustration
View the document Session 16 : Soil preparation, seedbed sowing
View the document Session 17 : Individual interviews
View the document Session 18 : Reproduction by clippings and nursery review
View the document Session 19 : Introduction to extension
View the document Session 20 : Protection and record keeping (Insect collection)
View the document Session 20A : Chicken preparation
View the document Session 21 : The volunteers' role as an extensionist
View the document Session 22 : Tropical horticulture: care, tending and disease control
View the document Session 23 : Women in development - part I
View the document Session 24 : Team building
View the document Session 25 : Building and using a rustic transit
View the document Session 26 : Women in development - part II
View the document Session 27 : Working with groups as an extension worker
View the document Session 28 : Trees: identification & planting
View the document Session 29 : Lesson plan and use of visual aids in teaching
View the document Session 30 : The ugly American
View the document Session 31 : Catchments - sowing of seedlings into catchments
View the document Session 32 : Weekly interview
View the document Session 33 : Agro-forestry
View the document Session 34 : Community analysis introduction
View the document Session 35 : Soils
View the document Session 36 : Community analysis
View the document Session 37 : Irrigation
View the document Session 38 : Review of expectations - mid-way
View the document Session 39 : Problem analysis
View the document Session 40 : Soil erosion
View the document Session 41 : Species report - research demonstration
View the document Session 42 : Cultural values
View the document Session 43 : Wellbeing
View the document Session 44 : Field trip overview
View the document Session 45 : Agro-forestry reports
View the document Session 46 : Weekly interview
View the document Session 47 : Leave on week-long field trip
View the document Session 48 : Pesticides
View the document Session 49 : Review of field trips
View the document Session 50 : Resources
View the document Session 51 : Area measurement, pacing, compass use
View the document Session 52 : Compost heap - greenhouse construction - germination percentage
View the document Session 53 : Culture shock
View the document Session 54 : Range management
View the document Session 55 : Grafting and fruit trees
View the document Session 56 : Professional approaches to interaction with host country officials
View the document Session 57 : Project planning: goal setting
View the document Session 58 : Final interviews
View the document Session 59 : Ecology teams presentations
View the document Session 60 : Graduation

Session 12 : Coping skills

Total time 2 hours

Goals

- For the trainees to understand the necessity of possessing coping skills as a Peace Corps Volunteer,

- To discuss with the trainees openly and frankly, the differences in the cultures in which they will be and the possible effects these differences may have upon their personal lives.

Overview

This session enables the trainers to introduce sensitive subject matter concerning the possible effects that living in a new culture may have upon the trainees. The mores of the host country are openly discussed so the trainees will understand how to conduct themselves as Peace Corps Volunteers to be effective in their roles. The trainers invite questions and encourage open discussion between themselves and the trainees.

Exercise

1. Coping Skills

Materials

Flip chart, markers.

Trainer's Note: This session requires the trainer to have researched the attitudes, values, mores, and cultural norms of the host country if he/she does not have first hand knowledge of same.

Exercise 1 Coping Skills

Total time 2 hours

Overview

The trainers introduce sensitive subject matter concerning the possible effects that living in a new culture may have upon the trainee. The mores of the host country are openly discussed so the trainees will understand how to conduct themselves as Peace Corps Volunteers to be effective in their roles.

Procedures

Activities

1. The trainer lists on newsprint, the following items:

A. Mores of host country,

B. Corruption,

C. Sexuality,

D. Drinking/drugs,

E. How children are treated,

F. How animals are treated,

G. Women's roles/rights,

H. Hospitality,

I. Privacy,

J. Personal safety.

Activities

2. Men and women are asked to meet with a trainer in separate groups. After presenting the newsprint with the above items, the trainer gives a brief definition/explanation of each as follows.

A. Social customs, eating with hands, special greetings, etc.

B. Corruption that may be evident in host country; the importance of not handling other people's money,

C. Sexuality, the openness in some cultures and the strictness in others, ways of coping with suggestiveness from members of the opposite sex in host country;

D. The drinking practices in host country; ways to cope with not wanting to drink, the appropriateness of women drinking or not drinking drugs reinforcing Peace Corps' policy of "no drugs" even if they are available;

E. How children are treated in some countries, child beating is practiced (but only by the child's parents): how to deal with telling parents that a child is misbehaving if you know that a beating will ensue:

F. How animals are treated the sometimes rough treatment of animals and the advisability of keeping pets;

G. Women's role; long hours of work: how to manage your feelings about women's acceptance of their roles

H. Hospitality in the host country; why your denial of food or drink would be considered rude:

I. Privacy, or lack of privacy:

J. Personal safety; not inviting agressive behavior through your own rudeness (or what could be perceived as rudeness).

It is usually advisable to go down the list one item at a time. Ask the trainees to feel free to ask questions in the areas of concern. The trainer should state that no question is unimportant if it is of concern to the trainee. The trainer should emphasize that these areas will probably be brought up again during in-country training.

Trainer's Note: We have found that trainees have concerns in these areas and are reluctant to ask questions. By having this session early in training, you are able to dispel myths and clear up misinformation that the trainees have either gotten from outside sources or faulty assumptions on their parts that have created concerns.