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TRAINEE PST GUIDE
Welcome ....................................................................................…. 4
Overview of training ....................................................................... 5
The training Class, 2006: PCT Names .......................................… 8
Peace Corps staff list .......................................………………….. 9
What is PST? ................................................................................... 11
PST Training objectives .................................................................. 13
COMPONENT TRAINING PLANS
Language Training Component ..................................…………… 15
Community Well-being Positive living ………………………….. 19
The Cross-Cultural Component .................................................… 25
Safety and Security……………………………………………….. 31
Assessment & Trainee qualification criteria .............................…. 33
Peace Corps Training policies ...................................................… 35
Calendar of training events (COTE)
Training Organizational Chart
Home stay Guide
Training of Trainers
Calendar of Training Events
Associate Peace Corps Director
Sub-Regional Program and Training
Community Based Training
School Based Training
Peace Corps Medical Officer
General Services Officer
Competency Based Curriculum
Teacher Development and Management Systems
Coordinating Center Tutors
Role of a Volunteer In Development
Daily Language Learning Cycle
Monitoring and Evaluation
Support for Uganda's Primary Education Reform
which has detailed information about your Homestay program. It will be referred to frequently for your guidance. the training calendar. If you have questions. and training policies. We know you have lots of questions about training so we have prepared this 'PST Handbook' to give you most of the information about your training program and to answer some of the basic questions you may have. Our purpose is to provide you with opportunities and information that will assist to prepare you well for the variety of experiences you encounter in your work here in Uganda.WELCOME TO PEACE CORPS UGANDA Dear Trainees. Please make it one of your key reference documents during training. 4 . Welcome to Uganda. We are happy you have come and congratulate you on being selected as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda. the assessment process and qualification criteria. please do not hesitate to ask me or any of the training staff. We applaud your determination and willingness to join the Peace Corps and we look forward to working with you in the coming weeks. It also contains Homestay Guide. It contains a description of your training per component.
Shirley Byakutaga Training Manager September 29. I can assure you. P. Your trainers will be available to talk to. 2006 Uganda Address: 6 McKinnon Road. safety and security in Uganda and a brief introduction to training and the specific projects of Health and Education. OVER VIEW OF TRAINING You must be wondering what the next tennine weeks of training will be like. I bet you must have heard about this proverb or knew about it sub-consciously. it will be busy andbut full of fun and learning. You will meet with Medical. Fax 256 41 341720 Tel: 256 41 348506/8/10 Training 0772-220540 Training Manager 0772-220542 Kampala 0772-200534 Our aspirations are our possibilities. Games are also available to keep you awake.to learn about others. 5 . Make sure you note the time for your meeting. You will also learn survival Luganda.O Box 29348. APCDs and Country Director for “get to know you” meetings. You will learn about Peace Corps Uganda. First three days: You will stay at Forest Cottages for 3 days. overcome jet lag. This period is meant for you to rest. which will help us all in our daily activities. so do take advantage of their presence. you will learn a lot about Uganda if you observe the above proverb. Walk around: You will be given some walk around allowance to help you purchase a soda or mineral water.because the above proverb touches the second goal of Peace Corps. Otherwise what was your motivation to join the Peace Corps? . Kampala. You will sign up for the meetings on the list provided. Ugandan proverb.which develops one into open-mindedness and exploration of other ways of doing things. get a feel of the weather and get to meet the Peace Corps Staff. Well. Samuel Johnson A child that never visits says its mother is the best cook. Let me take this opportunity to give you some information.
You will then go on a PCV visit where you will get the opportunity of traveling on public transport and practicing of travel language.00 am on Monday for your sessions. The PCVs just can’t wait to see you! Daily Schedule: The daily schedule begins at 8:00 a. On 4th. You need to find out the directions to the training site from your host family because you are expected at 8. You will spend two nights at the Guest House.m. staff will find alternative sources for you to practice the language. Afternoon tea 3:00 p. All of you shall learn survival Luganda in the first few days after which you shall embark on the learning of your specific Ugandan languages. During this period. Homestay living preparation . safety and security and technical competencies and language. First few Days: During the first few days of training. 6 . How do I get to the Training site? You will be given a bicycle for use to and from your home.m. While at the training site. you will learn a lot about Ugandan culture. you will meet with your homestay family. you shall leave Forest Cottages for Luweero.m. (You are expected to have Breakfast and Dinner with your homestay families).m. and ends at 5:00 p. Although some of you will stay with families that do not speak your target languages. We will have a luncheon with the homestay families after which each trainee will go with his or her family. Training Site – Luweero Diocese Guest House: On October 02.m. They are all excited to meet you. about one and half hours’ drive from Kampala. Break tea 10:00 a. you will be coming daily to the training site.Survival Luganda: Luganda is the language that is dominantly spoken in Central Uganda where your training will take place.All of you will be living with Ugandan families in order to learn about Ugandan cultures and practice language. The Homestay Coordinator will also give you some preparatory sessions for Homestay living. the following will be your meal times. Lunch 12:30 p. The PCV visit is aimed at familiarizing you with Volunteer life and to help you think critically about your commitment to Peace Corps service.
Seek advice from your homestay about dangerous spots on the roads and get tips from them on how to stay safe. The bicycles are also meant for you to prepare for your future work. please be extra conscious to be on the correct side of the road. see Shirley. Boiled water is available at all times. I am not afraid………I was born to do this. Valuables: The training office has a safe for valuables. Read carefully your Highway Code and be familiar with the road signs. you will seriously embark on learning about HIV/AIDS in Uganda as tackled by different sectors. you need to use the bicycle rider’s path for your own safety. What happens after the PCV visit? After the PCV visit. Note that the Luweero highway is narrow.O. You will have access to your envelope at the designated times to be told by the Training Manager. In addition you need to always practice defensive riding as many motorists drive speedily on highways and assume they have the right of way. list the items on the envelope and will be kept in the safe. Mineral water is available in the dining room only at meals. 700/=. BOX 29348 Kampala. and will be carried to Post Office whenever someone goes to Kampala. Due to the anthrax scare. You can place it in a sealed envelope. and you must always wear a helmet on a bicycle. -Joan of Arc What do I need to know while at the training Site? Drinking water: Do not drink water from taps.Bicycle Riding: As you may have noticed in Uganda we drive on the “wrong side” of the road – we keep left. as it will involve the use of bicycle transport. But you can make your order for mineral water at Shs. If you would like to place anything for safekeeping. mail from the States is not as regular as it used to be but it will always be collected anytime a vehicle goes to Kampala. You can get more information from Shirley or Diana about it. When you are riding or want to cross. The mailing address is: Names C/O Peace Corps P. The water filter will be on a table at the Conference room. Luggage: In case you have some luggage you want to put at the office for safekeeping. Mail: An outgoing mailbox will be located in the office at the site. You will learn about the various strategies taken by the Ministry of 7 . the training site has storage rooms for this purpose.
Sarah Cowan 11.Education. Health and Gender. Erin Larsen-Cooper 6 3. Jessica Wilson 9. Carrie May 4. Tiffany Johnson 8 . A calendar of training events in the appendix will help you follow the chronology of events. You will also continue learning language. Hannah Rose Gardi 7. Christina Beach 5. Brett Bell 12. Please read the Technical Component carefully for better understanding. Nora Peterman 10. PEACE CORPS TRAINEES SEPTEMBER PST . Amanda Milholland 2. Courtney Gaskins 8. Alexis Blades 3. 1.2006 Training Class: 1. as you will be guided.
McGrath Jean Thomas Country Director 2. Roger Follas Associate Peace Corps Director (Administration) 6.2006 Kampala Office Staf Names Position 1.PEPFAR 9 . Florence Muhanuzi Financial Specialist 5. Joseph Arinaitwe Cashier 11. James Biingi General Services Officer 12. Badru Kasasa Driver 14. Liz Flowers Peace Corps Medical Officer 9. Ruth Mwandha Safety & Security Coordinator / Program Assistant-Educ 8. Jeffrey Goevia Associate Peace Corps Director (Education) 3.PEACE CORPS STAFF . Anni Nyanzi Peace Corps Medical Officer 10. Ed Hobson (based in Kenya) Peace Corps Safety & Security Coordinator 7. Hidaya Mayende Secretary/Receptionist 13. Vacant Associate Peace Corps Director (Health) 4. Gordon Twesigye Program Assistant.
Emmanuel Nampala Driver 10 .2006 Names Position 1. Irene Kangume Homestay/LTF (Luganda) 4. Karim Seremba Driver 18. Michael Horace MaliriLanguage /Technical Facilitator (Lusoga) 7. Lucy Musoke Resource Center Manager 16. Eppy Idro Admin. Byakutaga Training Manager 2. Henry Bulega Driver/Mechanic 19 Moses Tusabe Janitor 20. Martha Kabogoza Admin Assistant Training Staff . Shirley C. Henry Kabayo Language Coordinator/ Trainer (Runyankore/Rukiga) 5. Mary Amali Olinga Technical Coordinator 6. Assistant . Diana Kabahinda Logistics/LTF (Runyoro/Rutooro 3. Patrick Okodo Information Technology Specialist 17.15.PEPFAR 21.
it is also a time for you and for Peace Corps to assess whether your signing up for the Peace Corps was the right decision.WHAT IS PRE-SERVICE TRAINING? Well. and. your life . as you will discover is full of acronyms and. It is PST. assumptions about Americans and Ugandans. to stimulate your critical analysis skills... PST is a time to adjust to the culture and get a little closer to the reality of being an effective Volunteer in a country other than your own. the knowledge and the attitudes that will enable you to be effective in this new environment.is not your own". Your job is to take full advantage of what is offered. (Although as Craig Storti says in your adjustment booklet " another dynamic of training is the fact that your time…. During PST you are responsible for your own learning and preparation for becoming a Volunteer. assumptions about what's right and what's wrong and what's simply different here. Peace Corps. of course.) 11 . Our job (your Peace Corps trainers) is to set the stage so to speak and provide you with a variety of learning opportunities. indeed. we must have one for Pre-Service Training. It is a time to develop an understanding about why people do the things the way they do. assumptions related to your role as a Volunteer. and to promote your independence.. It is time to gather the knowledge and the tools you will need during your two-year commitment and perhaps the skills you may choose to use throughout your life as you find yourself in new challenging situations. first of all you must learn a new acronym. These are the skills. It's also a time to test your assumptions and find out what works and what doesn't work .. PST is designed to encourage your creativity (and from your résumés this looks to be a group of very talented folks). And of course.
We are also aware that each of you brings to Peace Corps. never actually swore in but he obviously went through PST. We realize it is impossible to train each of you for every contingency at your site. -Joseph Murphy Philosophy of Training Peace Corps Training is an on-going process started during staging and continued throughout the volunteer's service Peace Corps training is based on the idea that we are all adults with individual experiences and motivations. The stage we will set throughout PST will use primarily experiential learning methodologies and your ongoing experiences. even while we are.We hope to set a learning environment that is open and supportive. we encourage you to be an active participant rather than a passive observer. Dickens. we prepare you to begin your Peace Corps service. so we stress that learning does not stop at the end of training. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously. of course. a wealth of personal and professional experience. during this training program. the homestay allows a much greater depth of understanding of the culture than is otherwise possible. And please remember always that while PST can sometimes be stressful. We hope while you are learning from us. with gentle hands. and that involves being independent and responsible for your own learning. As Dickens wrote. it is most of all a ‘Safe’ place for learning. it was the worst of times". Further more. implementing what is known as the Community-Based Training model (CBT). We try as much as possible to utilize the theories of adult and experiential learning that is we retain more of the learning we experience than what we are told. you will do a lot of activities. encouraging you to fly on your own. We feel it is a vital part of your training to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda. So this 12 . we will draw heavily on the use of the feedback model. Rather. It is a place where you can be yourself. We would like you to acquire and practice skills. Therefore. Thus. joyously and abundantly. which you will apply to your project. we are also learning from you. which involve you in the process rather than just having you observe the process. Therefore. "it was the best of times. Our experience is that volunteers who have the opportunity to live with families in the local culture become more culturally aware much quicker than those who have residential training's. and to Uganda. where you can ask for and always get help. One key component of this participatory training philosophy is the homestay program. Throughout PST. about assessment process and the behavior standards all of which you will find outlined in this booklet. we feel strongly that the essential success of PST for all of us requires each of us to actively draw on our knowledge and skills as well as our past experiences.
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear -Ralph Waldo Emerson PST TRAINING OBJECTIVES The following are Pre-Service Training Objectives and the training staffs’ envision on how they can be achieved. motivation. To include PCTs in session designs and delivery Encourage peer teaching and peer assistance Encourage self-directed learning and self-discovery Provide trainees with tools to apply to different situations. 2. 13 .training strongly encourages you to be responsible for your own leaning and to let us know how we can best meet your needs as you enter Peace Corps. Reinforce behavioral skills that promote critical thinking. participation in health units Community contact assignments and activities in all training components Site visits Residential Future site visits Inviting resource persons to training. cultural adjustment. Trainers must be role models Trainers staying in communities with trainees Have consideration for trainees’ needs in daily planning. participation and teamwork. tolerance for ambiguity and other skills necessary for Volunteer safety and effectiveness. 3. Use of homestays School practice. Co-operation between trainers and trainees and between trainees and trainees Give clear explanations especially about culture and living by example. flexibility. Provide avenues for Trainees to adapt their existing knowledge and abilities to new situations as well as to learn new skills. 1. technical competence and personal safety. Provide avenues for community exposures and activities so that trainees can reflect on and begin to develop strategies for community engagement. empathy. cultural sensitivity and personal adjustment.
example: Language tutors Daily Language Learning Cycle Cross-culture informant Encourage PCV’s to attend classes/refreshers at Core Primary Teachers’ College and in communities. strengths/opportunities Promote development/practice/initiatives Encourage participation of marginalized groups Identify (together) sustainability strategy through capacity building activities. Integration teams Cooperation (for all components) Respect (for all components) Full participation (for all components) Regular meetings to discuss: Progress 14 . APCD participation. 5.e. TDMS. Enhance linkages between and integration among all components of training (i. health & safety). technical. CWPL) Regular monitoring by APCD Providing tools to continue learning.4. Involve a cycle of learning opportunities throughout a Volunteer’s service where training events build upon one another. Develop the knowledge. Host Country Nationals and their communities. skills and input Develop strong continuous Monitoring and Evaluation component Involve all stakeholders in Monitoring and Evaluation. In-service training Involving counterpart by providing ideas to help PCTs learn: Culture Technical (Ex.. 8. counterpart and supervisors workshops Articulate common goal and mutual benefits Respect each others efforts. Leadership Problem identification and solving Represent collaborative efforts between the Programming and Training staff. language. community development. and consider gender roles to promote community participation and capacity building. skills and attitudes of volunteers to successfully understand their role as development workers and to participate as partners in the implementation of sustainable projects with their communities. host Agencies. Trainee and Volunteers. Information exchange – workshops Literature Visit other projects Hands-on experiences-skills Promote best practices Positive Community Development Share strength-based approach to development whenever possible. 6. 7. Identify resources. Integration of components Co-planning. cross-cultural.
Future activities Evaluation Involve resource people (local councils from community). Provision of evaluation tools e. Goals and Objectives: To teach you specific language competencies that are useful in your living and work situations. assessment forms Observation and feedback.evaluation forms/checklists. To prepare you attain the expected Peace Corps Uganda minimum language level. Have activities that encourage PCTs to actively participate Discussion groups/pair practice. Visit PCVs at sites. To effectively handle this achievable challenge. To equip you with skills and techniques necessary for continued language learning both during and after PreService Training (PST). To train you in basic technical competencies as well as safety and security competencies that requires the usage of target language. -Friedrich von Schiller COMPONENT TRAINING PLANS LANGUAGE TRAINING COMPONENT The year 2006 Language Training Program has been adequately designed to help you acquire language skills needed to enable you integrate in your community and perform your technical assignments competently. in the target language. to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance. Self. a lot of emphasis will be put on the use of functional language to enhance skills needed for communicative purposes as effectively as possible in real life situations. Language Training Strategy: 15 . taking into account the newly developed integrated training competencies. Include participatory mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating training and the impact of training on Volunteer performance. Utility is the great idol of the age. The achievement of that will be through the use of integration strategies with other training components. based on an oral proficiency interview.g. 9. A lot of emphasis will be put on survival language needed to effectively communicate and cope with everyday life situations. most of language learning will take place within the community with the guidance of your Language Technical Facilitator. and handle any survival needs using the target language as development workers. In that regard therefore. oral and written evaluation.
in addition to Medical competencies. A lot of emphasis will be put on language competencies that you will need most during your initial months at your site. safety and security competencies will be handled depending on the relevant theme of the week as identified by the Component Coordinators. whereas others are not. to you. A strategy of reorganizing and rotating of language teachers will be implemented. It is worth noting that. Capitalize on your knowledge of learning styles and learning modalities to guide your LTF on the kind of activities that can help and ease your learning process. Adult learning/teaching theory and experiential learning model will be followed throughout training. medical. Safety & Security and Technical guide. technical. The Competency Based Approach will be implemented in a Community Based Training (CBT) model to enhance your language learning.The 2006 Language Training Program will follow the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). yourself taking full charge of learning with a guiding hand from your LTF. Thereafter. Each language group will be assigned an LTF who will act as a Language. language sessions will be conducted elsewhere in the community and at times at your instructor’s residence. More to that. cultural. Some of these languages are widely spoken and written. as a way of letting you have a chance of experiencing different teaching techniques and styles. The responsibility of learning the target language is envisaged to gradually shift from being LTF designed and facilitated. The language staff regards all of you (trainees) as adult learners who bring many advantages and life experiences to the language class. This approach does not only focus on language but also on the cultural context and purpose of communication. which was adopted for Peace Corps language program worldwide. some of those languages tend to be considered as dialects of others depending on who 16 . More still. You will have formal language sessions in the target language at the hub (Luweero Diocese Guest House in Luweero town) for the first three days of training. Looking at that background. Language Training Design: Your proficiency to communicate in the target host country language is absolutely critical to being an effective Peace Corps Volunteer. you are requested to share with your Language Technical Facilitator (LTF) some of the skills that can make a language class fun and beneficial. Uganda is a multi-lingual country with not less than 54 languages. Cross-cultural. A Competency Based Curriculum is an approach to language training in which training focuses on specific tasks that you will need to accomplish through language. Some competencies will be closely tied to work tasks (Technical) while others will reflect basic survival needs as well as Safety and Security issues. So basic is this precept that it is clearly and well spelt out in the Peace Corps Act as stated thus: 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 proficiency as his (or her) assignment requires in speaking the language of the country or area to which he (or she) is assigned.
as learners. Use this time to get additional assistance from your LTF in learning your new language. we have tried to plan 2 hours blocks of language. Language clinics: You will be able to get time to learn oneonone with your LTF to address some of your learning needs individually. A number of activities have been planned and designed to make your learning as real as possible and fun. You will be asked to go out to the communities to carry out activities incorporating language. one 17 . The time for language clinics will basically fall within the scheduled language time on the COTE. hence the need to use lots of CCAs. and therefore you need to work it out with your LTF to see which blocks of time should be devoted to oneonone. Community Contact Assignments/Activities (CCA): All language training will follow a Community Based model. at designated places within the community. Please use that time to beneficially learn language from people other than the training staff. Community Contact Assignments are activities that will get you. A LWA is so beneficial if conducted in the first two weeks of PST so as to help you practice greetings and introductions with neighbors or shopkeepers. It will be during this time that you learn communicative language as well as technical competencies. Language Walk-Around (LWA): Generally. Immersion day: You are expected to practice by trying out your language skills throughout training. These sessions will either be structured or self directed as decided upon by you. To enable you listen to different speakers of the language (other than the staff and homestay people). we are following a Community Based Training model and LWAs are intended to keep you focused.is talking about a particular language. some days will be committed to carrying out specific community assignments/activities. With that in mind. Sessions will be held at the LTF’s residence. markets. to go out of class into the actual community to accomplish given tasks. cross-cultural and technical aspects. Walk into the community or into the shops with your LTF to practice vocabulary learnt. Lusoga A number of teaching techniques will be used by your LTF to help you learn one of the above languages. Time will be allocated to each trainee as agreed upon by a given language group. Some of the activities include: Scheduled language sessions: Language sessions are expected to take place as scheduled on the Calendar of Training Events (COTE). and at times at the hub. the number of languages to be taught during this PST has been scaled down to three namely: Luganda Runyoro/Rutooro Runyankore/Rukiga. together with your LTF. To enhance the integration of all training components.
Check in the resource center at your LTFs’ residence. Discuss your learning needs with your LTF. those days are designed to help you become good conversation managers. use that day profitably to enhance your speaking and listening skills as you get prepared for your final Language Proficiency Interview (LPI). you will be a fluent speaker in your new language. Selfstudy time: You are requested to be an independent language learner. A writing pad. Some languages have got additional reading materials such as dictionaries. blank tapes and batteries to be used in language learning. This is intended to let you take charge of your own learning as training progresses on. plan together and make the learning process as fun and interactive as possible.day (in middle of week 8) will be devoted to an immersion activity with a group of speakers of your new language as identified by your LTF. pocket notebook and a pen will also be given to you. Since the Competency Based Approach to language learning puts a lot of emphasis on functional and communicative language. Language staff: You will have a variety of language instructors who are very willing and ready to facilitate your learning during PST. Use this time to review and organize your notes. 18 . The language component staff consists of welltrained and motivated women and men who have a mission to prepare you speak and communicate in the target language. Language resources: You will be given a user-friendly language manual. Time will be given to you in the slotted language time to do self-study. You will also be availed with a cassette recorder. Please. Use those opportunities to practice language used in any given situation. Learner responsibility: You are encouraged to take an active role in learning your new language. Work with them and by the end of PST. grammar books and newspapers. do not get surprised if you are asked to account for it! Simulation days: There will be two days in training committed to carrying out simulation activities. This time will be language time and therefore.
Try out self-assessments as well as doing weekly quizzes. -Eliza Cook Health /Education Program: Week One: Community Entry and overview of HIV/AIDS in Uganda The first major event will focus on the skills and techniques of entering a Ugandan Community in an acceptable way. The final language evaluation will be conducted in form of an oral proficiency interview in week 9 of training. It is from the information got that the necessary changes are made in sessions’ delivery as training progresses on. as a way of introducing to you how the final Language Proficiency Interview (LPI) will be conducted. This interview. CCAs and oral interviews with your LTF. Week Three: Prevention with Positives and Care. strategies and challenges will be discussed. and not passive skills or knowledge about the target language. familiarization and integration and. You will visit volunteers in different parts of the country to practice public transport travel and to get a hands-on experience of the life of a volunteer at site. ENJOY & HAVE FUN! Though language forms the preacher. is a test of functional language ability. You are expected to take language learning seriously. A Mock oral proficiency interview will take place in week 4 of training. it’s “good works” make the man/woman. Uganda’s HIV/AIDS success stories. Other areas to be emphasized will be on the background and Time line of HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Week Two: Prevention of HIV/AIDS in Uganda and School Based Training In this week you will be exposed to the Prevention Strategies of HIV /AIDS and the relationship between Socio-Culture and HIV/AIDS.Assessment/Evaluation of language skills: Feel free to assess your language skills regularly with your LTF. The Education trainees will go to a primary school for school entry. 19 . PC LPI (Peace Corps Language Proficiency Interview). so as to attain the Peace Corps Uganda language goal of a minimum level of Intermediate Low at the end of PST.
You will also facilitate some sessions with trainers. Straight Talk Foundation will share Communication for positive Health and Life Skills. A counterpart/supervisors’ workshop will be conducted this week. (CPD) and Peer group meetings for in-service teachers. successes and challenges. Counseling and Testing (VCT). the roles of a Coordinating Center tutor and life at a coordinating center. You will have a visit to Reach Out Mbuya Parish Initiative for HIV/AIDS to observe Community activities. Trainees and their counterparts will build a good socioprofessional relationship to demonstrate an understanding of roles and responsibilities in working for a Ugandan organization. Issues pertaining to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Uganda will be explored. identify available resources and existing programs. and a team from the Right To Play will share their expertise with trainees on how to use games and sports for Prevention and Care of HIV/AIDS with youths. where you will be assigned for the next two years. families and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. You will be visiting the site. Week Four: Comprehensive Care of HIV/AIDS Here you will go into details of comprehensive care of HIV/AIDS (medical care and management. Week Five: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Coordination Center Based Training. Medical. who demonstrate construction of an energy saving cook stove as an income generating activity. promoting Care of OVC and then visit MILDMAY a non-Profit making Organization that focuses on Orphans and Vulnerable Children. In collaboration with your counterparts/supervisors you practice community entry skills to get to know your community members. The Presidential Initiative of HIV/AIDS strategy for Communication for Youth (PIASCY) will be high lighted by looking at PIASCY work methods. You will have an opportunity to interact with resource persons from various organizations targeting HIV/AIDS prevention/care through their experiences with you. You will also participate in Water and Sanitation Project and Home Based Community activities. Trainees will facilitate training on the different innovative strategies for fighting HIV/AIDS. Focus will be on professionalism and work ethics. A resource person from Safe the Children US. will conduct a session on Community activities focusing on Orphans and Vulnerable Children. use of Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART)). Holistic Care packages of income-generating projects. Week 6: Working with Partners and Government/Site Visit As you are invited by the Uganda government. This week 20 . Although nutrition care will be integrated throughout the various pillars. This week the Education Trainee will go for a coordinating center based training in Kibaale District to experience Continuous Professional Development.The main theme this week is on Uganda aspects of HIV/AIDS in terms of Prevention and Care.enterprise by a returned Peace Corps volunteer. Positive Living and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and socioeconomic factors affecting their implementation will be discussed. Education and Micro-finance. Week 7 Theme: Nutritional Care and Support for HIV/AIDS Community well Being emphasizes among others things the importance of proper nutrition for individuals. you need to know that you are accountable to your organizational supervisors. You will interact with children from Bishop Willis Coordinating Center. The Education sector also emphasizes proper nutrition for school children to enable them develop mentally and physically and learn well. You will also participate in Materials development led by Resource persons from Mango Tree.
to explore work opportunities using asset based approach and how to extend PCV work to reach all the beneficiaries of the project. In addition you will be required to demonstrate your readiness to embark on your technical work by presenting a model workshop based on the needs assessment you will have done in a Ugandan community.will have an opportunity to demonstrate its nutritional contributions. you will redefine your role as a development agent.we shall have special focus on sound nutritional practices and visit partner organizations that run projects that support Nutritional Care and Support for HIV/AIDS. Those of you who may have done a gardening project. Overall. Acronyms used at the Primary School: P/S H/T H/M MOD TOD PTA SMC SFC SNE SNECO EARS UPE PLE HOD Primary School Head Teacher Head Maser /Mistress Master/Mistress on Duty Teacher of Duty Parents Teachers Association School Management Committee School Finance Committee Special Needs Education/Educator Special Needs Education Co-ordinator Education Assessment and Rehabilitation Services Universal Primary Education Primary Leaving Examination Head of Department Acronyms used at the Primary Teacher College 21 . Week 8 Theme: Site findings and Qualifying Projects You will reflect on the site-visit findings to envision ways to integrate smoothly into a community. Week 9 Theme: Swearing-In (Read to Serve) The big event is the swearing-in on November 30. as this will mark the climax of Pre Service Training of 2006.
Director of Studies
continuous Professional Development
Teacher Development and Management System
Coordinating Centre Tutor
Deputy Principle Outreach
Deputy Principle Preservice
Head of Program
Peer Group Meeting
Volunteer Community Mobilizer
Primary Teacher Education
Primary Teacher College
Acronyms used by the Government and Ministry
Member of the Parliament
District Education Officer
District Inspector of Schools
Area Education Officer (aka County Inspector of Schools)
Chief Administrative Officer
country Education Officer
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Resident District Commissioner
Ministry of education
Secretary for Children’s Affairs
AIDS Information Center
African Medical Research Foundation
Acute Respiratory Infection
Anti – Retroviral – Therapy
Centers for Disease Control
Community Health Worker
Deputy Director Health Services
Director Health Services
District Medical Officer
Gender and Development
Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy
Health Care Worker
Income Generating Activity
Maternal Child Health
Ministry of Health
Memo of Understanding
National Immunization Days
Oral Rehydration Solution/Oral Rehydration Therapy
Orphans and Vulnerable Children
PLWA Person Living With AIDS
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission
Participatory Rural Appraisal
Sexually Transmitted Disease/Infection
Traditional Birthing Attendant
United Nations Children’s Fund
United States Agency for International Development
Volunteer Assignment Description
Voluntary Counseling and Testing
World Health Organization
Women in Development
Water Supply and Sanitation
Action is the antidote to despair
Trainee Qualification Criteria (Technical)
Upon the completion of PST 2006, you will be expected to:
Have demonstrated an attitude of participation during all training activities.
Have planned and implemented appropriate training sessions with both communities
and CBOs using available resources and a variety of techniques.
Have demonstrated the ability to manage an audience to create a functional learning
Have demonstrated the ability to build relationships and work professionally with
Ugandan counterparts (Health/Education workers, community groups, CBOs and
NGOs staff and Schools).
Have demonstrated the ability to organize a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for
a target group by taking into consideration the real needs of the workshop participants.
Have demonstrated the ability to identify work opportunities at your site
Have demonstrated the ability to self evaluate performance and incorporate feedback
Have demonstrated the flexibility and patience necessary to adapt to life in the
Have presented a qualifying project using the prescribed criteria.
Monitoring and Assessment
Culture refers to the total way of life for a particular group of people. in the homestay experience. homestay family members and Ugandan trainers. It includes (what) a group of people thinks. over the course of your assignment. 3. (N. group work. We will equip you with various information gathering techniques and opportunities to interact with community members. All assignments are mandatory in order to meet the competencies and qualification criteria as a Trainee in PST.B. In the initial stage of training. in the technical training sessions. THE CROSS-CULTURAL COMPONENT Culture is an integrated system of learned behavior patterns that are characteristic of the members of any given society. keep in this notebook both individual. The technical training staff will read and evaluate your assignment record notebook twice during PST. Teaching/Animation observations: You will be observed as you practice health education activities including conducting training sessions with various target groups. This can help you to evaluate your growth in the program). in community development sessions. with the cross-cultural learning necessary for you to be successful throughout your time here. says. attitudes and skills necessary to function effectively in cross-culture living during the initial stages of your time in Uganda and to be equipped to continue. teachers. 2. does and makes – its customs.Your assessment in technical component will be done by technical training staff with assistance of the Language training staff (many of whom are experienced teachers) through: 1. Method/Process: The knowledge. we will equip you with safety tips so as to ensure your safe stay in the community. Please. as well as in sessions set aside to look at the cross-culture closely. Goal: The goal of our cross-cultural training component is for you to acquire the knowledge. Assignments Record: You are expected to record and process the completion of hands-on activities/tasks assigned on weekly basis. and brief reflections notes over different activities. language. We will emphasize hands on activities with your trainers and families so as to learn 25 . material artifacts and shared systems of attitudes. attitudes and skills necessary for functioning successfully cross-culturally here in Uganda are integrated into all of the components of Pre-Service Training. in language. Interviews: Two interviews will be used as means of focusing self-assessment and Trainee’s Progress Assessment and helping you achieve the required competencies. in health and safety sessions.
26 . Outside of formal sessions. 4. our training staff is ready to help you to make sense in cross-cultural terms. emotional and professional stresses of a Peace Corps assignment in Uganda with emphasis on developing cultural sensitivity and understanding aspects of the cultural adjustment cycle. Assessment indicators: We will look at the following indicators for your assessment: • Your ability to establish and maintain good relations with your host family. Skills relevant to living in Uganda: considering ways of promoting a more productive and comfortable living experience. attitudes and skills relevant to understanding inter cultural communication and cross-cultural analysis: employing a conceptual framework for understanding and managing cultural differences and cultural misunderstandings.basic survival skills and we encourage you to read and use “Culture Matters” a Peace Corps Cross . Focus Areas: We will focus on the following areas: 1. We encourage you to be involved in family ceremonies and functions such as weddings. politics and history. of what can be confusing experiences you may have when interacting with Ugandans. becoming a better observer and listener. and identifying and coping with problems of functioning effectively in an unfamiliar cultural environment. We ask families to help you acquire basic survival skills such as preparing a simple meal. Some of you will be staying with teachers and health workers.S. levels of cultural awareness and attitudes towards cultural difference. Knowledge. introductions. its cultural practices so as to adjust and work effectively for the next two years. We encourage you to be in-charge of your own learning and to find out as much information as you can about Uganda. Issues relevant to entry and transition between cultures: learning strategies of living beyond life in the U. If you can walk you can dance. (Zimbabwe proverb) Homestay program: The homestay program is one of the major components of Pre-Service Training which Provides learning within a Ugandan family. We urge you to bring your questions to them. It is where you will learn by seeing and doing. church ceremonies and many others.Culture workbook that will serve as your source in structuring your own internal learning process. utilize the opportunities of practicing it and a lot more about culture. Utilize the families to learn as much as you can about your jobs. wash by hand and many others. If you can talk you can sing. by establishing and maintaining effective social and professional roles and relationships and becoming involved in a community. For the trainees who are going to live with families that speak the language you are learning. Personal management strategies: Ideas for preparing to cope with the physical. 2. 3.
Mary Catherine Bateson. PCV/Kenya. Peripheral Visions Expect to feel embarrassed. plan with them. In community Development sessions and field visits.• • Your ability to adapt to the cross-cultural demands of training (such as the need to modify personal habits). Your ability to demonstrate flexibility and relativity when confronted with cross-cultural challenges and frustrations and to learn from situations. quoted in Culture Matters No day in which you learn something is a complete loss. -David Eddings COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT The Goal The main goal of the Community Development Component (CDC) is to give an opportunity to the trainees to explore some basic concepts of community development as human development. We hope this will enable you to fully involve yourselves in the villages and at the schools as both facilitators and educators. These are All part of the experience (of) what we elegantly call “adjustment”. 27 . We will promote the idea of Positive Community Development and focus on identifying existing strengths and assets in the community instead of focusing and continually identifying needs and problems. foolish. love them. learn from them. the PCTs and trainer together shall explore and share the strategies of enabling the trainees to be facilitators of the system and the process of community reconstruction. Men and women confronting change are never fully prepared for the demands of the moment. and sometimes inadequate. but they are strengthened to meet uncertainty if they can claim a history of improvisation and a habit of reflection. The community development message for you is summarized as: Go in search of your people.
when the task is accomplished. the work is done. positive community development will be integrated. we did it ourselves. build on what they know. Most of the learning will take place in real life working environment. By the end of training they will have become part of your vocabulary. We will emphasize observation and listening skills. Training Design: The process of learning about positive community development will enable trainees to increase their levels of awareness about how they can participate in Ugandan activities. acknowledging existing strengths in individuals. formal sessions will be conducted in order to introduce basic concepts and process trainees' experiences. the people know not they exist. In addition. Articulate Peace Corps approach to development. Behavioral Competencies to be acquired: Establish relationships with host family and share cross-cultural issues. throughout your technical and language competencies. They are open ended for you to think through and see their applications. They turn to each other and say. the people will say. Positive Community Development sessions have been designed as thought provoking 20 – 25 minute sessions usually held as openers of Tech sessions. Explore concept and characteristics of effective development.begin with what they have. “We have done it ourselves”. 28 . but of the best leaders. -Zen saying. Lao Tzu The best leaders of all. Key. and encourage trainees to participate in activities with host families.
3. Describe and begin to understand the differences between problem-based and asset-based approaches to development. Explain the importance of establishing and developing intentional relationships with community members/organizations. You will be asked to evaluate the medical sessions to help us improve on content and delivery. We want you to be aware of how to use the Peace Corps medical office and of the medical support system in Uganda. Begin to understand and articulate the role of the volunteer in development. There will be weekly medical sessions during PST. You will have individual medical interviews with the PCMO (Peace Corps Medical Officer) during your first few days in country. language. -George Bernard Shaw MEDICAL COMPONENT The overall medical PST is to make you Trainees aware of the physical. During our medical sessions we will give you the knowledge and skills to help do this. Begin to understand the nature of and progression of community entry and practice methods. The real moment of success is not the moment apparent to the crowd. technical. You will receive immunizations to protect you against certain diseases.e. 29 . These will be done in conjunction with other components i. Learn to lower expectations in various development activities because Community Development is a slow process in showing impact. How will medical component be implemented? 1. Discover strategies to increase integration and linkages of his/her work with on going development programs. There will be a post-test towards the end of training to assess what you have learned and this will be used to review medical issues. x-culture. Define positive Community Development by emphasizing the building on existing strengths and by linking local resources in order to empower the Discuss the roles of a PCV as an educator and a facilitator in a Community Development process. 2. environmental and social factors that affect your health in Uganda. Evaluation strategies for medical component: Health evaluation is an ongoing process and takes place throughout PST. We want you to practice preventative means of keeping yourselves safe and secure and of maintaining good physical and mental health.
Sexually Transmitted Infections and Contraception. Peace Corps medical policies 30 . 11. Prevention/treatment of Malaria 5. Nutrition and Dental health in Uganda. The main goal is for you to practice self-reliance. During the sessions that you will receive in training we will help you ‘build skills’ so that you can practice this philosophy throughout your time in Peace Corps. 3. information and skills in the following areas: 1. 4. HIV/AIDS 9. Health maintenance in Uganda. 6. We as the medical team will assist you in any way we can. First Aid 12. Personal safety and unwanted attention 7.Peace Corps Health Philosophy: The Health and Safety of Peace Corps Trainees/Volunteers is of utmost importance to us. Common health problems in Uganda. This means we will lay heavy emphasis on prevention.Will Durant. PCMO/PCV responsibilities. 8. The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations. Our health care system aims are to ensure that the Trainee/Volunteer assumes responsibility of their own health. 10. . Maintaining strong mental health. Immunization schedule. Objectives for Medical Component: By the end of PST we will expect trainees to have knowledge. 2.
skills and attitudes needed to keep you safe and secure throughout your stay in Uganda. such as race. etc.. List the components of the Personal Safety Paradigm Identify those threats to which Volunteers are most vulnerable (e.g. motor vehicle accident) Examine how Volunteer characteristics. the saving thing. religion. But most of the time the safety and security competencies will be integrated in your Language. Through integration in your communities to enable you to live safely with Ugandans. all our irritations and resentments slip away. assault. Cross-culture and Technical training. The minute it crops up. Design: Formal sessions on EAP and Safety/Security practices will be given. and a sunny spirit takes their place. ability. -Mark Twain Safety and Security: The overall objectives for Safety and Security: Goals and Objectives: The overall objectives for safety and security is: For you to be able to acquire knowledge.Humor is the great thing. sexual orientation. age. should inform a Volunteer’s personal safety strategy 31 . theft. Pre-Service Training and Security Competencies 1 Demonstrate and applied knowledge of a personal safety strategy.
Demonstrate basic ability with safety and security vocabulary in the local language Ask for help in the local language Describe assignment/Peace Corps Volunteer role in local language Give address and phone number of the Peace Corps office in language 32 . sexual advances or offers Identify the types of unwanted attention/sexual advances that are most likely to occur to Volunteers Describe strategies to reduce the incidence and impact of unwanted attention or sexual advances Demonstrate culturally appropriate strategies for declining unwanted offers of food/drink/assistance. Develop a personal transportation safety strategy Demonstrate the appropriate steps Volunteers take to prepare for safe travel List the characteristics Volunteers should consider when selecting a safe mode of public transportation Identify potential transportation risks and response strategies to reduce exposure Develop a personal safety strategy for site entry State the minimum housing security standards for Volunteers Demonstrate skills in community mapping Demonstrate culturally appropriate community integration skills 3 4 5 Demonstrate an ability to cope with unwanted attention. etc Demonstrate an understanding of the assault risk factors and strategies for reducing risk Identify specific risk factors associated with assaults Identify strategies to reduce the risk factors associated with assaults Identify the support resources available to victims of assault Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of incident reporting Define a reportable incident List 5 reasons why incident reporting is important Describe the correct in-country incident reporting procedure 6 7 8 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the EAP and the Volunteer’s roles and responsibilities in the EAP Identify site and consolidation point on map and who is Volunteer emergency “point of contact” Define the phases of EAP and explain Volunteer role for each phase Identify the contents of the bag a Volunteer would prepare to take during a consolidation and/or evacuation. 2 Identify strategies to reduce vulnerability.
the local legal system and laws that affect Volunteers Explain how important Peace Corps policies are intended to support safe. or assessment. and culture can influence Volunteers’ perspective.g. the goal is: To provide you with positive and corrective feedback on your progress in meeting Training objectives. The procedure for assessment includes ongoing personal reflection and self 33 . Trainee assessment is a process. male Volunteers working in a traditionally female sector. As with any performance reviews. values. The following sections will introduce the "WHAT" and 'HOW” of Peace Corps' Trainee Assessment. The trainee assessment process is intended to allow trainees and staff to mutually determine if it is in the best interest of the Peace Corps and the trainee for that person to be sworn in as a Volunteer. and how this impacts Volunteers’ safety in personal and professional settings Identify how gender and cross-cultural issues in country can impact safety issues in Volunteers’ work environment (e. In Peace Corps parlance. judgement. It is designed to help trainees recognize their successes and pinpoint the skills they need to improve. (Volunteers are subject to host country laws) Identify important laws that are different from US law Demonstrate a strategy for dealing with police or military detention Sometimes you have to put your foot down to get a leg up. during your PreService Training (PST) these performance reviews are called "Trainee Assessments". and how these roles support and constrain Volunteers’ personal life and professional interactions Compare and contrast male-female interaction and relationships in the US and host country communities. and to help the training staff identify ways to assist trainees in attaining the training objectives. or will work with. and understanding of their host country Explain how US gender roles are perceived in country. effective service and the integrity of the Peace Corps program Describe the legal status of Volunteers within the country. and vice versa Demonstrate knowledge of important Peace Corps policies.9 10 Demonstrate an understanding of gender issues/relations within your new cultural context Explain how US gender roles. Peace Corps also has periodic performance reviews. -Dave Weibaum THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS As with any organization you may have worked with.
assessment by the trainee and informal conversations with staff and peers. What? You will be given feedback on your progress in meeting training qualification criteria. Health and Community Development. This is what your performance is being measured against. meetings. Self-Assessment: -Three times during the course of training we will ask you to reflect and comment upon your training progress. B. We will schedule these meetings on as needed basis or you may at any time request a meeting with your Component Coordinator or the Training Manager. -Health. supply positive feedback and suggest ways to improve your performance. In addition to these training objectives.Ongoing meetings: Ongoing Assessment by participation in the training activities. How? There are four primary ways your progress will be monitored: A. • Motivation • Respect and Empathy • Cultural Awareness and Ability to Adjust • Interaction Skills • Productive Competence The training qualification criteria and assessment dimensions constitute the "WHAT". -Technical. -The point of these meetings is to discuss your progress. Note that these objectives are specific to the five components of training: -Language. Technical. Meetings . C. -Community Development. We request that you evaluate your own progress in Language.Cross Culture. This will also give you an opportunity to provide the training staff feedback in general. . your progress will also be measured against Peace Corps worldwide "assessment dimensions". interviews and trainer/ trainee seminar site check in by component coordinators. The assessment process is a required component of PST. It also includes a more formal procedure comprising a series of interviews with training staff members. Oral tests: 34 . Cross Culture.
Trainees may receive permission to travel with them by applying in advance at the Training Office. During PST you will learn what an "Intermediate Low" means. The basis for these policies is the Volunteer Handbook. please sign the Training Contract insert and hand it in to the Training Manager). to projects and presentations. All trainees are expected to spend nights and weekends at their homestays. 4. -Kahlil Gibran PEACE CORPS TRAINING POLICIES The following policies are in effect for the duration of Pre-Service Training. (After reading this carefully. 35 . (See appendix). If you do not achieve this score during PST. it is hoped that you will score an "Intermediate Low". All Peace Corps/ Uganda (PC/U) policies are observed for Pre-Service Training. The Mock LPI and the final LPI. If you have questions about any of these. Attendance of training sessions and activities is mandatory unless a training staff excuses you for medical reasons. 1. 3. Qualifying Projects: -Different components will use other assessments tools ranging from quizzes. If invited by a homestay family.The language component will administer two oral tests. please ask any Training Staff or any person at Peace Corps head office at any time. which you should have received before departure. 2. A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. you will be asked to take the LPI exam again after three months. Details of these will be provided by the specific components. D. In the final LPI. The Peace Corps Volunteer Dress Policy must be observed while at the seminar site and in the Peace Corps office. Illness or approved special events are the only exceptions to this rule. Professional dressing is to be worn during all sessions throughout PST.
11. Public displays of affection such as kissing and fondling between males and females are strictly private in the Uganda culture and will not be tolerated in public areas (including the training hub).5. 9. -Mark Yost 36 . a written warning will be issued with a copy to the Training Manager. will be dealt with as follows: - The trainer will be given two (2) verbal warnings. although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great. damage a Trainees’ ability to work effectively or Peace Corps’ ability to operate. are grounds for immediate administrative separation. There shall be no consumption of alcohol during training sessions. 10. the matter will be transferred to the Country Director. single male and female trainees cannot be in a bedroom together at any time in the family homes. Actions which are illegal. Homestay families expect you to arrive before dark. To be sensitive to the homestay families' and cultural norms. if no effort is made to address the concerned behavior. Romantic relationships between training staff and trainees is strictly prohibited due to the necessity for objective evaluations and professional assessment of trainees by staff. Enforcement Procedures: Please not that breach of those policies that do not result into immediate Administration separation. and the Training Manager will talk to the person concerned. Infringement of this rule is grounds for immediate staff dismissal and administrative separation for trainees. Trainees must wear a helmet whenever riding a bicycle or as passengers on a bicycle. destructive to self/others. is more often shaped by the many acts of the small. 7. 8. 6. History. If the behavior continues.
PEACE CORPS STAFF BIODATA Country Director for Peace Corps Uganda: McGrath Jean Thomas McGrath Jean Thomas has nearly three decades of international development and NGO management experience. She joined Peace Corps in May 2003 where she served as the Country Director for Peace Corps Lesotho for two years. Her experience includes eight years in Egypt where she served as Chief of Party/Project director on a $27 million civil society capacity development project funded by United States Agency for International 37 . She became the County Director for Peace Corps Uganda in July 2005.
the Caribbean. he was a Project Officer at CDC’s Headquarters in Atlanta. LA. Asia. Roger has a BA in Sociology from Catawba College. and grants management.Development. NGO development. Thomas has a Master’s degree in business and public administration. Ethiopia. Ms. NCNW. civil society strengthening. NC. Salisbury. he was the Associate Director for Operations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global AIDS Program in Addis Ababa. government contracting. Ms. Peace Corps Safety and Security Officer: Ed Hobson 38 . Africare. the supervision and coordination of human capacity development activities. and an MPH from Tulane University in New Orleans. and she has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations. and a Bachelor’s of Science in business administration. For the three years prior to that. Administration Officer: Roger Follas Roger Follas is the APCD/Administration at Peace Corps/Uganda since March 2003. GA for twelve years. She has worked with nonprofit organizations such as Meridian International Center. Latin America and the Middle East. and they are the parents of Matthew (7). and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. PACT. She has worked on NGO development initiatives in various countries in Africa. Again before that. Tyler (3) and Kira (1). Roger is married to Happy Rukundo. Thomas’ experience encompasses volunteer support and management.
and the Two Greatest Dogs in the World. where he served a recruiter in Peace Corps’ recruiting office in Dallas. project manager for two USAIDfunded education and technology projects. and adjunct professor for a study abroad program focused on development 39 . While a volunteer. Kimberley. HIV/AIDS. physics.Ed Hobson is your friendly neighborhood Safety and Security Officer for East Africa. After completing his service as a volunteer. Jeffrey taught mathematics. Malawi. Kenya. Catholic secondary school located very near Uganda about 12 miles north of the town of Bukoba. covering the PC programs in Uganda. and technology advisor for USAID in Namibia. Jeffrey began his career in education and development as a PCV in Tanzania where he was posted to an all-girls. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (“Go Gators ‘til next year!) and lives in Kampala with his wife. Associate Peace Corps Director/Education: Jeffrery Goveia Jeffrey became the Associate Peace Corps Director for the education project here in Uganda in February of 2005. Prior to working for Peace Corps he was commander of the Forensics unit at the Orlando Police Department for 11 years and served 6 years as an Air Force Officer. Jeffrey was invited to serve as a trainer and then a technical training coordinator for Peace Corps in Tanzania. Jeffrey’s next position was also with the Peace Corps. Madagascar and Zambia. Jeffrey was sent to Namibia to design a new technical training component for Peace Corps’ primary education teacher training project there. and English and aided his school in developing several English as a Second Language programs. From there. Tanzania. education. This was the first of what would be six different positions that Jeffrey held in Namibia including work as an education planner directly with the Ministry of Education.
He also has a graduate degree in public policy focusing on international education policy. Muhanuzi. In my 14th year of working for Peace Corps. Financial Specialist: Florence K. Muhanuzi Florence K. etc.and social justice issues in Southern Africa. My professional training is in Business Administration and Accounting. A warm welcome to you all! It is nice to have you all on board. Making sure your accounts are credited and liaising with the bank staff to ensure timely deposits is another integral part of my job. His graduate research included studies on civic education in the United States and the impact of HIV/AIDS on the education system in Namibia. Jeffrey is married to his wife. Heidi Soule. As with some of our current education volunteers. I am the Financial Specialist. Jeffrey's last position before returning to Peace Corps was Deputy Director for dot-EDU. responsible for processing all of your allowances (Living. Settling-in. I look forward to working and serving you all to my very best. Cashier: Joseph Arinaitwe 40 .) necessary for making you comfortable throughout your two and a half years’ assignment. Jeffrey and Heidi have a seven-months-old daughter called Sabra. a USAID-funded initiative overseeing technology and education projects in 18 countries around the world and including a project in Uganda. Jeffrey’s undergraduate degree is in engineering. I have a very strong experience of handling my job and serving volunteers in the field.
I was working with Citi group.K. I love the Lord. I'm 32 years old.On a more personal note. PEACE CORPS MEDICAL STAFF There are two PCMO’s (Peace Corps Medical Officers) sharing a full time position. I was born in western Uganda (Mbarara) in the Turbulent Amin era where I lost my father. and married. I am a State Registered Nurse trained in the U. I was born and brought up in Zimbabwe and moved to England for nursing studies where I met my husband who is British.A in Social Work & Social Administration and pursuing MBA in Financial Management. Peace Corps Medical Officer: Liz Flowers My name is Liz Flowers and I have lived in this beautiful country of Uganda since 1981. 41 . Cheers! Joseph. also trained in the U. Prior to joining Peace Corps.K. I hold B. I am the first born of four kids -two sisters and a brother. and I am also a State Certified Midwife.
I bring you my long experience in the field of Personal Secretaries and office managers. Kenya. Africa and USA. Peace Corps Medical Officer: Anni Nyanzi My name is Anni Nyanzi and I am married to Steven.In 1978 I joined an overland expedition as expedition nurse and traveled throughout Africa ending up in Nairobi. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights of Makerere University and a Bachelors Degree (honors) in Secretarial. I started working as Executive Program Secretary. After working in Johannesburg. Kenya. I am happy to work with you all. I have two children both born here in Uganda. We have two children. I have worked as a personal secretary in Shell Uganda Limited. Stockley. Mwandha. South Africa for a short while I joined my soon to be husband who was working in Uganda and have been here ever since. I worked at the American Embassy Health Unit before joining Peace Corps in 1991. When I migrated with my family from Germany to Uganda in 1997. I joined the Peace Corps as a PCMO. I also hold a Higher Secretarial Diploma from Kianda College. I trained as a nurse in Karlsruhe. 6 years in Switzerland and almost 7 years in Uganda. identifying PCV sites. liaising with Ministry of Education officials. 42 . I have 5 children including a pair of twins so (I am therefore called NALONGO). I also help in other work that may be available. Gibbons and Dr. such as attending to the telephone switchboard. Management Studies also from Makerere University Kampala. a Ugandan national. I worked as a nurse at The Surgery with Dr. In May 2002. AMREF. I have traveled widely in Europe. and The British Council and in November 2000. Germany and have worked 5 years in Germany. I first came to Uganda in 1988 as a volunteer for one year. Safety & Security Coordinator/Program Assistant: Ruth Mwandha My name is Ruth E.
and in the year 2003.Welcome to Uganda. I worked as a Training Secretary – Peace Corps. IRC MANAGER: Lucy Ofuti Musoke Lucy Musoke is currently the in country Resource Center (IRC) Manager (such a lengthy equivalent of Librarian) for Peace Corps Uganda. I am ready to serve you anytime. Before I joined Peace Corps. I am determined to bring more advanced Secretarial and administrative skills as will be evidenced in doing work on time without supervision. She worked briefly in a Major seminary in Katigondo. carrying out any other duty assigned to me as and when necessary with a good secretarial touch. born in Kampala and has lived most of her life in Kampala. on to the Mennonite Central Committee as an Administrative Assistant for three and a half years while doing her Bachelor of Library and Information Science. She then went to the British Council as Library and Information Manager for two years. I work as a Secretary/Receptionist and handle administrative duties at Peace Corps Head Office. She attended the East African School of Librarianship Makerere University for both diploma and BLIS. the Pearl of Africa. I hold a Bachelors degree (honors) in Secretarial. Management and Administrative studies from Makerere University. and then on to the Ministry of Finance for eight months just prior to returning to PC in her old job in August 2002. Masaka as an Assistant Librarian. Secretary/Receptionist: Hidaya Mayende I am Mayende Hidaya. Please feel free to ask me for any information within my area of jurisdiction. From there. You are most welcome. Lucy joined PC in 1998. 43 . I worked as a Personal Secretary at Chillington Tool Company (U) – Jinja for 6 years. just about 6 months before the program was suspended. Lucy is a Ugandan. From 1990 to 1994 she worked with the Uganda Catholic Charismatic Renewal as a Librarian and Office Administrator.
One more time. Currently I work as Program Assistant . I did work for MFI office solutions (U) ltd. Lugishu. Welcome to the Pearl of Africa. and Aptech World-Wide Computer Education as a support Engineer and Systems Administrator/ Technical Trainer respectively before joining Peace Corps Uganda Team last year. Luganda and a bit of Kiswahili and Luo PEPFAR COORDINATOR – Health: Gordon Twesigye My name is Twesigye Gordon.T at post. welcome to Uganda and I hope you enjoy your time here. Lugbara. My job involves working with all in the office and outside to ensure effective management of all aspects of I. I am a trained teacher by profession with a Bachelors degree in Education.Languages: English.Health with Peace Corps. 44 . I am the Management information Specialist. I wish you a happy and memorable experience in Uganda. MIS Specialist: Patrick Okodo Hello. My training background is in Electronics/Communication Engineering and Information Technology. I have a Master’s degree in Population and Development Studies (ii). & other certificates in Project Planning Community Development and Adult Training. I worked with ICOBI (Integrated Community Based Initiative) a CBO as a Community Development Officer/Trainer.
and I started working as a Secretary/Receptionist until 2003. I worked as Safety and Security Coordinator until Feb. 45 . process work permits and interacts with Uganda Offices where Peace Corps have interests. I handle maintenance of buildings and motor vehicles. (General Service Officer). I joined Peace Corps in 1994 as a driver. thereafter. I am married and blessed with three children including a set of twins. 2006. I come from the Western Part of Uganda from a town called Masindi. later worked as General Service Assistant and now as GSO. I do a lot of general work in Peace Corps. I joined Peace Corps in 1997. the Pearl of Africa. Administrative Assistant (PEPFAR): Eppy A. Idro I am Eppy Idro. I am currently working as an Administrative Assistant (PEPFAR)-President Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief). most Volunteers like calling me “Eppy-Center”. Welcome to Uganda. As the name goes. I look forward to working with you.General Service Officer: James Biingi My name is Biingi James.
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Secretarial Studies. Then I joined Peace Corps as a Driver/Mechanic. Defense Systems as a Mechanic/Driver. I was born in Masaka and I really love my job. I am married and we have three sons and one daughter. I like working with Peace Corps and bring or advices to the organization especially on motor vehicle techniques. that is when I joined U. I first worked with a Tour Company before I joined Peace Corps where I have worked for eight years now. Driver: Karim Seremba My names are Karim Seremba. Before I joined Peace Corps. From December 4th.S. I am glad to be associated with you and you are very warmly welcome! Driver/Mechanic: Henry Bulega I am Bulega Henry a Ugandan by nationality. I worked with Alarm protection Service as a Mechanic/Driver for 3 years from 1993 December up to 1996 November. I wish you a happy stay in Uganda Janitor: Moses Tusabe 46 . up to 22nd December 2000.
I have traveled to South Africa. who also recommended me to Portia Williams. Mr. I worked at the residence of APCD. Then I joined Peace Corps as a driver in 1996 until 1999 after the suspension of the program. I joined European Union and worked there for two and half years.I am Moses Tusabe. he recommended my name to his successor Medalaine Mader. Prior to this. In the year 2000. I was recommended to join Peace Corps Head Office Kampala in 1997. I wish you a healthy and happy life in Uganda. In 1991. I worked with the British Police training Team as a Cleaner from 1987 to 1991. My promise is to exchange with you the experience and knowledge I have. I first started working with a tour and travel company as a driver for more than eight years. When he left the country. Bookman. I love working with Peace Corps because the staff and volunteers are so wonderful! Administrative Assistant: Martha Cleopatra Kaboggoza 47 . when I came to Kampala in 1987. Due to my experience and good work. I am a Peace Corps Driver. Driver: Badru Kasasa My name is Badru Kasasa.
Up till June 2006. after which I was appointed 48 . In 1998. I have been working as a Senior Lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda. Looking forward to meeting you all. and since then I worked as a Cross-Cultural Coordinator up to 1997. My experience with Peace Corps starts in 1991 when Peace Corps returned. I have a Diploma in Secretarial Studies from Makerere University Business School and also hope to go back for further studies in Human Resource Management.My names are Martha Cleopatra Kaboggoza. I know you will like it here! TRAINING STAFF BIODATA Training Manager: Shirley Byakutaga I am Shirley Byakutaga. I was appointed Assistant Training Manager. I worked as an Administrative Assistant with “The HIV/AIDS Integrated District Model Program” (AIM) a John Snow Inc (JSI) project funded by USAID.A in Linguistics from University of Victoria. Our family is sometimes called the "S" family because all our first names begin with "S" (Terry Murphree CD Malawi) I hold a M. the Training Manager. I am married to Sam and we are blessed with six children.C Canada. B. I am the Administrative Assistant and a very recent addition to the Peace Corps.
Homestay Coordinator/Language Trainer: Irene Kangume I welcome you all to our beautiful Country Uganda. I hope to support you in order to achieve your Peace Corps goals. became an Assistant Language Coordinator and then was the Language Coordinator until 1998 when I left to pursue my Masters in French philosophy. I am married with 3 children. I am happy to be back in a different setting with different responsibilities. My name is Diana Kabahinda.Training Manager in 2000. I started as a Language trainer. Karibu sana. Oh it was so cold for me when all others said it was in the warmest part of Canada!!! You are always welcome to ask me for guidance. I hope to support you in settling in to a new culture and achieving your goals. My two-year experience in Canada gives me special empathy of the Peace Corps Training experience for Cross-cultural adjustment. I have been working in the Peace Corps Training program since 1991 when it came back to Uganda. Language Coordinator: Henry Kabayo 49 . Training and Community Development. My name is Irene Kangume working as the Homestay Coordinator/Language Trainer in the 2006 training program. My professional background and experience is in Adult Education. Logistics and Language Trainer: Diana Kabahinda "Mwebale kwija! " This means. "Welcome” in my language. Enjoy your stay in Uganda.
Driver: Emmanuel Nampala 50 . I have 23 years experience in teaching at Primary. Technical Coordinator: Mary Amali Olinga Iam Mary Amali Olinga. You are most welcome and I look forward to benefiting from the many rich talents and skills you bring with you to Uganda. although I have worked with other development organizations like Swiss-Contact. This is the forth time to work for the US Peace Corps. and I have participated in all PSTs since then. My humble promise to you all is that I am ready and willing to facilitate your language learning process to be as fluent as I promise by the end of this year’s PST! Welcome and have fun as you communicate in your new language. I am a graduate teacher with a Master of Arts degree in Developments Studies. and supervisory work in rural development activities for many years. Amali is a name given to a girl child who is a second follower to twins and Olinga describes a beautiful rich color of a cow that is more like a Zebra. I started my training career with Peace Corps Uganda way back in 1991 as a Language Instructor. Secondary and teacher education as a Senior Lecturer.Henry Kabayo is my name. Feel very free to approach me on matters of training and others. I will be working as the Language Coordinator during this PST. Lillian Foundations and others. but I comfortably respond to the name Kabayo.
Prior to this. I am a teacher by profession and I was a warden and teacher at Everlight College. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Language Technical Facilitator: Michael Horace Maliri I am called Maliri Horace Michael. I look forward to moving with you from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ in one piece. I am a liberal Economist. Bunga before joining Peace Corps. I will be working as the Lusoga language Technical Facilitator. Nice Time.My name is Nampala Emmanuel. Cross-Culture Component SAFETY & SECURITY Safety and Security Component 51 . Technical Component –Health/Education X-CULTURE. CALENDAR OF TRAINING EVENTS KEY LANGUAGE Language Component TECH. I hail from the East and I am a Musoga by tribe. I am a Peace Corps training driver and this is my second Training. I worked with a USAID funded project called ACDI/VOCA for five years then I joined UNDP and worked with a project called GET/SGP (small grants Project.
ADMIN LUWEERO Training ADMIN KAMPALA Administration Kampala MEDICAL Medical Component PCD Positive Community Development 52 .
Belts are highly recommended. in Uganda includes: For women: Long skirts. No tank top or straps (blouses. Suggestions: Tennis shoes should be avoided in professional Settings. For men: Collared shirts. 53 . if worn.PST DRESS POLICY FOR ALL SESSIONS Our conservative take on professional dressing. men look a bit “undressed” without them. golf shirt. or button-down shirt with Short or long sleeves Trousers No shorts or Jeans Decent shoes with socks. no sandals or flip flops and Tennis shoes. skirt below the knee. dresses) Decent shoes and sandals but not flip-flops and no TEVAS and tennis shoes if worn must be clean. must be clean.
Peace corps officially established: march 1. 7% of volunteers are over 5 0 years old (oldest volunteer is 82) 82% have undergraduate degrees.HOME STAY GUIDE INTRODUCTION The purpose of this booklet is to provide Ugandan families who participate in the Homestay Program with the information they need to serve as effective homestay families. 61% female 39% male 90% single 10% married 15% of Peace Corps volunteers are American minorities. WHAT IS PEACE CORPS? Peace corps is an Agency of the United States government. 54 .000 Total number of countries served: 135 Peace corps volunteer statistics: 7. and are assigned as members of staff to various Core Primary Teacher Colleges around the country. This includes an understanding of the goals of Peace Corps and the purposes of the homestay experience as well as an understanding of the expectations and responsibilities of both homestay families and Peace Corps trainees during homes.000 currently serving around the world. 13% have graduate studies/degrees. on the invitation of a host government. The average age of volunteers is 28 years old. to serve for two years in the requesting country. These volunteers are selected on the basis of their experience and education. culture and technical training prior to their service. usually in small. it will be given to peace corps trainees to provide them with an understanding of the purposes of the homestay experience and to outline the responsibilities and expectations as well as those of the homestay families during training. The Teacher Trainers are requested by the Ministry of Education and Sports. and receive extensive language. Current number of countries served: 61 Peace corps/Uganda currently has 52 PCVs in the Health and Education Programs. 1961 Total number of Volunteers to date: 70. which provides volunteers. rural communities. This booklet will serve as the main reference for homestay information during training. They live and work in the same situation as their counterparts in their host countries.
A community well-being/Positive Living Program began in 2002. Volunteers will also support the ministry’s efforts in the community mobilization. we call them “trainees”. and vice versa. youth development. CBOs request for assistance in building capacity to plan and implement such activities as: the provision of home care service. small business development.. These volunteers have 55 . The training consists of two major parts. Volunteers and tutors work together to organize and provide the in-service-training necessary to upgrade the skills and abilities of primary teachers in each coordination center’s catchment area. program changed according to the interests of the Ugandan people. and the training staff must determine that they are ready to be sent to their new sites to live and work. President Museveni had a peace corps teacher for chemistry). to a level where one is able to begin work and live with Ugandans. providing Community Health Volunteers to small community-based organizations. and the first new volunteers arrived in the country in March 2001. During this. and community conservation/natural resource management. hygiene and sanitation oriented projects. Peace Corps introduced a community well-being/positive living program. assisting to develop the school as an obvious community resource. and to advocate for involvement of traditional leaders and local religious leaders. not yet volunteers. In may.Their working sites are at coordinating centers. In 2002. ‘community interest skills’ to the primary assignment as a teacher trainer. working closely with Uganda coordinating Center Tutors. over the years. and for continued community vigilance on issues such as ways to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and voluntary testing and counseling. The process of re-establishing the program began in August 2000. They must ‘pass’ the training. and sustainable agriculture. working in the areas of primary teacher training. Peace Corps returned with technical education and natural resource volunteers. Peace corps volunteers receive no salary but are given a living allowance sufficient to meet their needs. During the Insecurity of 1970’s. environment education. Peace Corps pulled out of the country. information technology. Skills such as health extension. First. Peace Corps first came to Uganda in 1964 working mostly in secondary education (in fact. permit these volunteers to explore ways of enhancing school and community views of one another. These were primary teacher trainers. before they are allowed to become volunteers. learning a local language. at the request of the government of Uganda. 1999 the program was temporarily suspended due to the insecurity at the time in the country. as each brings additional. In 1991. By 1999. nutrition. the volunteers are prepared for the activities required in living and working in Uganda. there were 75 volunteers in Uganda. They are expected to live like and with the people in the local communities of their host country. Second. exchanging technical skills and cultural information while promoting sustainable development and community capacity. Are the volunteers trained to work in Uganda? All those who arrive in Uganda are required to go through a training of ten weeks prior to becoming volunteers. period.
By living with a family and interacting with people in the community. If your home language is different. they learn bathing from a basin. In addition to learning how to provide for their own needs while living here. they go to the shamba and they fetch water. They see young ladies helping their mothers prepare evening meals. and look after the young one and do other things. something which is abundant in this country. and explain the differences Basic Survival Skills: While in the homestays. but much of their training will be undertaken by community members. In other words. Keeping in mind that they are placed with you because they will be going to your home area when they become volunteers. and health workers but they need your help to learn how to apply their skills here in Uganda. sometimes it is just an expression of generosity. Cultural Learning: Trainees will pick much of the Buganda culture because they live in these areas for the duration of training. They ride taxis and buses and meet people of all ages. families are 56 . For example. health workers and local administrators. At the homestay they learn to do things the way Ugandans do. ready to interact and engage with colleagues and community members. Ugandans. and they try to take part themselves. Often. NOTE TO TRAINEES Host families volunteer for the position for a number of different reasons. people in your home area eat posho or millet. lighting a charcoal stove and using a pit latrine etc.. interact and behave in different situations and they try to do so themselves. if your language in the home is Luganda. of students and teachers here in Uganda and community based organizations. What exactly is a homestay program? The homestay program during training provides learning within a Ugandan family. They will attend some classes together at the hub training site.experience and skills as educators. At homestays. They see how men and women and Children dress. when discussing eating habits. volunteers are prepared to go to the sites where they will work for two years. you might mention that while Matooke is staple foods in this area. they listen to the spoken language and practice speaking with people who are different from their “official” trainers. As a result of homestay experience. They will be prepared to contribute and to make the most of their opportunities in school and communities. learn something about Americans and Americans learn much about Ugandans. it is where trainees learn by watching and doing. it will be very simple to live your customs and the Trainees will learn much without really realizing that he/she is being taught. fetch water. we would appreciate if you could mention the differences when you are having talks with the Trainee in your home. They learn to cook and eat Ugandan prepared meals. Homestay families. they milk cows. to name just a few chores. they also become aware of the realities of their lives. they wish to expose their children to another culture. young and old. or they are interested in exchanging ideas with someone from a different country. professionals and dispositions. trainees are expected to learn basic survival skills such as cooking simple food.
then we ask you to let the language facilitator know. then it is sufficient just to bring the water to a rolling boil. CONTACTS: Families should use the following contact numbers in case of emergency: 57 . as bacteria will rapidly multiply in just wormed up food. At first these Americans will be very vulnerable to getting diarrhea. teach their trainees these basic skills. but to your own family as well. remember that if you are making fruit juice for drinking. If a Trainee is sick. It is very important that the food you serve them is eaten while it is hot.m Sickness You will probably find that your trainees do become sick sometime during their stay with You. Americans like plenty of fruit and vegetable. Food: It will also take sometime for your trainees to become accustomed to the Uganda food. they are not familiar with diseases in Uganda. Food that is left lying around is more likely to be contaminated by flies. MEDICAL INFORMATION All Drinking Water Must Be Boiled: This does not only apply to your American trainees. We request that you do not ask them for treatment. then the water you add to the juice must first be boiled. try to give them their food before 9. The water should be brought to rolling boil (that is when you see many bubbles in the water). Hand washing is also very important and hands must be washed with soap and water prior to preparing water and food.encouraged to. so if possible. The water should be left to cool down and then stored in clean containers ready for drinking.00p. Left over food that is re-heated for eating must be thoroughly heated to a high temperature before consumption. so try to include as much as possible in the food you prepare. you should boil it for three minutes. They are each given a First Aid Kit and will be able to treat themselves for minor Ailment. Most Americans are not used to eating their food late at night. but if fuel for cooking is not readily available. To be absolutely safe. They have been instructed Not to treat their homestay families. or let the Peace Corps staff know.
it means you are not on good terms with them. better not use the index finger when calling people in Uganda. Public display of affection: Love is very much valued within the African family. The colonialists used to call the natives by using the index finger. which means “come” in Uganda.S. so it is not easy to reject relatives’ request for assistance. Also calling a person using the index finger communicates an arrogant or superior attitude. If one has a good job. If you need any help from someone. relatives helped her/him on her/his way to current position. there will be a flow of relatives coming to seek help. Ugandans have a very strong extended family system.Training Manager 0772 220542 Duty Officer (Luwero) 0772 220540 Contact the nearest trainer in the village. Infact. use a similar way to say “hullo” in the U. it is very important to greet him/her first or else you might not get help. If you don’t greet your neighbors every time you meet them. Therefore. Beckoning people with your index finger: In Uganda the index finger is used to call dogs. we like to help each other – ones problem is another’s problem. Calling people using the index finger is like calling them a dog. since it can enhance or distort good relationships. It is also culturally common to have as many Children in your home. INFORMATION TO TRAINEES Greeting people: Greeting people is one of the most important cultural aspects in Uganda that a foreigner should be aware of. wave the palm of your hand in a downward motion. clap and use the palm of your hand to call him/her. and from the Islamic perspective. So as not to be considered as having a colonial mentality. Instead. If the one you want to call is a bit far and not looking at you. Reasons for this are complicated and you will take some time to Come to terms with it in the face of poverty. dogs are considered unclean. Often. If you have a problem. any love which is related 58 . Extended families: Don’t be surprised if you find your host family consisting of more than 10 people. Apart from this. it means he respects you and he is ready to begin a conversation at anytime. they will be less inclined to help you. If someone greets you. Dogs are not valued in the same way as in the U.S. However. having a good economic position enables one to help relatives and friends by allowing them to stay in your home.
Most trainees just follow the BYOTP (Bring your own toilet paper) rule. there is a bucket full of water so after doing “choo business”. but offering your help will be well received Toilet: Toilets in the majority of Ugandan homes are pit latrines. more than the male PCTs. division of labor is organized according to gender. especially in the dry season prior to harvest. You wash your hands with the water. They often have more leisure than the women. Usually. This is considered unclean. Men are primarily Responsible for the work in the fields. The hole and the floor is pretty self-explanatory. Work roles for Women include household tasks – fetching water. If you are a female trainee. Do not let dogs lick you. gathering of firewood. Division of Labor: In African families. meals Preparation and child rearing. especially for rising cash crops. Kissing or hugging in public is not common (holding hands between two people of opposite sex in public is considered improper as it signifies romantic relationship). you might be expected to assist your host mother with Housework. 59 .to sex is considered a very secret issue and it is not to be displayed in public. as well as many gardening activities.
Logistician/Trainer Diana Kabahinda 3. Language Trainer (Lusoga) Michael Horace Maliri 4. Training Manager Shirley Byakutaga 2.Training Staff September 2006 1. Training Driver Emmanuel Nampala Mary Amali Olinga Henry Kabayo 60 . Technical Coordinator 5. Homestay Coordinator Irene Kangume 7. Language Coordinator 6.
TRAINEES CAN USE THE FOLLOWING STRATEGIES TO ADJUST TO THEIR FAMILIES Integrate into your family as you would do with your family at home. HOMESTAY LOGISTICS DURING PST 2006 61 . Ask them to take you around the community and places of interest. Make sure that the drinking water is boiled. cooking. tank tops or low neck. You will find that most people are eager to help you learn more. A few may attempt to be open. religion. Work with your family to learn the basic survival skills you will need at you site (e. socializing. washing) Try as much as possible to eat what the family eats. but they may be unsure as to how to approach you. and playing with children are all ways of becoming a family member. Try to return home as early as possible and please inform your family if you will be late.g. too tight. Learn the name of the head of your family and of the area where you live and use them to identify yourself in the location. Accompany your family to as many activities as you can. Respect the family norms regarding customs. Most families will keep a distance if you keep one. sharing pictures of home. or clothes that are “revealing” – too short. Be careful not to wear dirty or tattered clothes. Express your preferences out of the family menu and introduce some of your preferred dishes in a cautious manner. seep-through. cover nightwear with a robe or a kanga/lesu or kitenge. skirt or dress below the knee. Practice what you have learned in the local language with your family members. etc. Participate in family activities as much as possible to nurture this integration. The families have been advised to boil the drinking water for your health care. button up shirts). Helping with daily activities. dress. For women. Dress conservatively (shirts or dress with sleeves.
Homestay orientation and evaluation: We shall have one-day orientation at the training site with all the homestay families one Week before the trainees arrive. we will discuss many issues concerning Trainees and homestays. Homestay visits during Pre-Service Training. please understanding that they are meant for the Use of the Trainee and will be collected immediately after training. pillow. the Homestay Coordinator and the trainers will be visiting you and will discuss with you how things are going with your trainee.Information for Homestay families Mattress: Some of you have your own mattresses and Peace Corps will provide some with mattresses. bed sheets. which the trainee will come with. new host families will be able to meet old host families and exchange information. from week one onward. lantern and mosquito net. 62 . Items that each trainee will bring are blankets. In the meetings. If you receive any of these items.
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