| Forestry training manual for the Africa region |
Total time 1 hour 30 minutes
- To help the trainees assume a professional demeanor when interacting with host country officials.
In this session the trainees will practice interacting with host country officials in a professional manner.
1. Role Play
Flip chart, marker pens, tape, newsprint.
"When you cross the Atlantic or Pacific or even our southern border, you undergo a transformation. You become a foreigner. It is imperative to display your beat manners and make a favorable impression on those you meet, because you have also gained new importance. You are now an ambassador of the United States and it is not inconceivable that your personal conduct may influence international understanding. "
Exercise 1 Role Play
Total time 1 hour 30 minutes
Through a series of role plays and the processing of those role plays, the trainees will come to understand the importance of interacting professionally with host country officials.
1. The trainer introduces a series of role plays and the trainees take the roles of Volunteers to practice professional interactions.
1 hour 30 minutes
2. The important part of this exercise is the processing.
Trainer’s Note: Role plays that follow are samples. You may want to write your own based upon actual people.
1. Trainer - Official is pro-United States, and anti-communist. He is in favor of the United States invading Cuba, Nicaragua etc., to stop the spread of communism. He sees PCVs as anti-communist and criticizes the United States for its weak foreign policy (does not bomb Cuba, etc.).
PCV - Volunteer - this is your first visit to the forestry official who will be your contact for your job.
2. Trainer - Official is leftist. The United States is inflicting misery and capitalism on poor people in Third World countries. The United States is sending PCVs to Third World countries as spies to influence public opinion in those countries. (Peace Corps and the CIA are part of the State Department).
3. PCV & 2 Trainers - The counterpart and PCV arrive at the Forestry Office. The counterpart and forestry official are old friends with family ties, etc. The PCV is completely ignored.
4. 2 Trainers - An established PCV arrives at the forestry office. He has been working for two years with the Forestry official and is good friends with him. The Forestry official lets it be known that he is worried about the new PCV who is quiet, immature, and speaks little French or local dialect.
5. Trainer & PCV - A female PCV visits the forestry official. He makes pass at PCV trying to get her to meet him later, going to dance or dinner together.
6. Trainer & PCV - The PCV visits forestry official for the first time. The forestry official is nice, very helpful and interested in the work plan of the PCV. He offers assistance and help in getting the PCV to work on the project.
7. Trainer & PCV - The PCV visits the forestry office for the first time. The forestry official is interested in agricultural crops and tries to exclude any reference to planting forest trees. He/she tries to get the PCV to help in planting potatoes and onions for forestry official's personal use.