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Peace Corps Volunteer Manual Handbook | 2011

Peace Corps Volunteer Manual Handbook | 2011

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Peace Corps Vol Manual D/C VH11

This is a peace corps worker manual, although peace corps caveats countries vary as excusing manual for workers/volunteers.
Peace Corps Vol Manual D/C VH11

This is a peace corps worker manual, although peace corps caveats countries vary as excusing manual for workers/volunteers.

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Pre-service training (PST) is the frst event within a competency-based
training program that continues throughout your Volunteer service. Pre-
service training ensures that Volunteers are equipped with the knowledge,
skills, and attitudes to efectively perform their jobs. Pre-service training
is conducted in the host country and directed by the Peace Corps with
participation from representatives of host country organizations, former
and current Volunteers, and training contractors. The length of pre-
service training varies, usually ranging from eight to 12 weeks, depending
on the assignment. Posts measure learning accomplishments and
determine if trainees have successfully achieved competencies, including
language standards, for swearing-in as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Pre-
service training afords trainees the opportunity to develop and test their
own resources. As a trainee, you will play an active role in self-education.
You will be asked to decide how best to set and meet objectives and to fnd
alternative solutions. You will be asked to prepare for an experience in
which you will often have to take the initiative and accept responsibility
for decisions. Your success will be enhanced by your own efort to take
responsibility for your learning and by sharing experiences with others.

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Pre-Service Training and Volunteer Selection • Volunteer Handbook

Peace Corps training is founded on adult learning methods and often
includes experiential “hands-on” applications. These involve such things
as conducting a participatory community needs assessment and working
with small groups to build both their technical skills and their skills to

efciently and efectively manage tasks. Successful training results in

competence in various technical, linguistic, cross-cultural, health, and
safety and security standards. Integrating into the community is one of
the core competencies expected of Volunteers to achieve both in pre-
service training and during their service. Successful sustainable
development work is based on the local trust and confdence Volunteers
build by living in, and respectfully integrating into, the local host
community and culture. Trainees are prepared for this through a
“homestay” experience, which often requires trainees to live with host
families during pre-service training. Integration into the community not
only facilitates good working relationships, but it fosters language
learning and cross-cultural acceptance and trust, which help ensure your
health, safety, and security.

As with technical competence and cross-cultural awareness,
the ability to communicate in the host country language is
absolutely critical to being an efective Peace Corps Volunteer.

The ability to communicate in the host country language is critical to
being an efective Peace Corps Volunteer. So basic is this precept that it is
explicit in the Peace Corps Act: “No person shall be assigned to duty as a
Volunteer under this Act in any foreign country or area unless at the time
of such assignment he (or she) possesses such reasonable profciency as
his (or her) assignment requires in speaking the language of the country
or area to which he (or she) is assigned.”

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