(A SAMPLE ROLE PLAY)
1 Peace Corps Volunteer
1 Host country counterpart
3 Members of a village committee
The PCV and his or her counterpart are meeting with members of a
village committee to discuss the possibility of launching a guinea worm
education campaign in the village.
ROLES: PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER
The PCV is a bit nervous and tends to dominate the conversation
by talking too fast and speaking a lot of franglais with local language words
mixed in. She or he interrupts the others as they try to ask questions or
clarify information. She or he tends to speak in formal/text book language about
guinea worm (e.g., Dracunculiasis, crustacean host cyclops. subcutaneous
tissue.) She or he hands out a written article to committee members who do not
read. She or he does not give her or his counterpart the opportunity to
facilitate the meeting and in the end everyone is frustrated. The PCV complains
that nobody understands her or him.
She or he is diplomatically patient with the dominating PCV but
is keenly aware of the discomfort of committee members, who do not appreciate
the manner in which the meeting is taking place. When she or he begins to speak
or tries to clarify main points for the committee members in the local language,
the PCV interrupts and finally the counterpart becomes frustrated with the PCV.
The members are mostly there to listen, but their facial
expressions clearly indicate that they are not able to follow the conversation.
They look to the counterpart for clarification but she or he doesn't find the
opportunity to help them understand. They ask questions about guinea worm life
cycle (e.g., Where does the guinea worm come from? How do we get rid of it? How
can it be in my body for a year without me feeling it?) They are confused with
responses given and become frustrated with the