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close this bookPersonal Safety in Cross-Cultural Transition (Peace Corps)
close this folderUnit three: Volunteer workshop on handling difficult situations and peer counseling
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View the documentAttachment A: Sample situations for step 9.b
View the documentAttachment B: Workshop evaluation form



1a. Explain that many Volunteers want an opportunity to pass on their knowledge to incoming Volunteers. The next hour will help them do just that. It will be a time to learnt how they can pass information on to new Volunteers.

[5 min]

1b. Mention that there are many possibilities. Some countries develop handbooks on safety advice, cultural training sessions involving Volunteers, slide shows on Volunteer lifestyles in the country, etc.

Volunteer Activities

2a. Ask them to list areas in which they would like to develop more information for new Volunteers, e.g., safety information for new Volunteers.

[5 min]

2b. After they have listed the areas of interest, ask them to divide into groups according to their personal interests.

In these groups they will be discussing:
- the type of information, activity or skill they want to pass on;
- how they want to develop this material; and
- individual responsibilities for following through on the tasks.

[45 min]

2c. When they have completed the group work, have each group give a brief summary of what they will be doing and how.


[5 min]

1a. Recap the day, briefly mentioning the topics and activities.

Post again the goals and check with participants to make sure they were met. If they were not, ask why. Ask how they could follow up.

1b. Distribute evaluation forms and ask participants to provide suggestions for future such workshops.

Attachment A: Sample situations for step 9.b


The following are sample situations that in some countries would be inappropriate and would inadvertently send undesired messages to HCNs. When developing situation for your country, be sure to 1) keep them short (one or two sentences) and 2) keep them descriptive. They are not rules, but examples of behaviors that Volunteers need to look at and possibly avoid. The trainees should be able to examine the situation for possible non-verbal messages that are being communicated.


1. A female PCV hitchhiking gets into the back of a truck filled with men.

2. A male and female PCV are holding hands while walking downtown.

3. A female PCV lives in a village where a lot of PCVs transfer on their way into the capital. Since this often involves staying overnight, she opens her house to them. As a result she has numerous male Volunteers spending the night at her house.

4. Two female PCVs go to the local bar for a quick drink after work.

5. Several PCVs are dancing and having a good time at the local bar. Some of the women enjoy dancing and have spent the evening dancing and drinking with a couple of the local men.

6. A male PCV goes into the local bar to talk with some friends, and finds he spends the whole evening drinking and joking about women and sex.

7. A female PCV is used to jogging/walking in the early evening hours, so at sunset she takes long walks along the village road.

Attachment B: Workshop evaluation form

This session had been part of an agency pilot of training materials on Personal Safety. Please take a few minutes to complete the following questions. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Thank you

1. How appropriate did you finds this session?

1 - Not at all appropriate
2 - Not very appropriate
3 - Average
4 - Appropriate
5 - Very appropriate

2. Did you find the materials to be interesting?

3. What would have made it more interesting? or more appropriate?

4. What was helpful to you?

5. Would you recommend that others participate in the same session?

Who would you recommend attend?

6. What would you change if you were able to change the session and offer it to another group?

7. What, if anything, did the trainer do that... enhanced the session detracted from the session _____________________________________ detracted from the session ___________________

8. Please add any comments regarding the material, the design, or the trainer.

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