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Peace Corps Programming and Training Booklet 5 How to Implement a Project

Peace Corps Programming and Training Booklet 5 How to Implement a Project

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Peace Corps Programming and Training Booklet 5 How to Implement a Project

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Peace Corps Programming and Training Booklet 5 How to Implement a Project

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Published by: Accessible Journal Media Peace Corps Docs on Nov 23, 2010
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05/25/2012

One of the primary goals of site visits is to provide technical support
to Volunteers.

Observing Volunteers while they work provides specific information
that APCDs can use to give Volunteers feedback on how to increase
their effectiveness. Taking time to sit and talk one–on–one
encourages Volunteers to assess their situation and identify where
they need to take action or ask for assistance.

In addition to technical support, site visits also offer opportunities for
Peace Corps staff to:

• congratulate Volunteers and their partners on their
accomplishments;

• reinforce the goals and objectives of the project with
Volunteers, supervisors, and community partners;

• gather information for project monitoring and evaluation
purposes (such as information that helps track the
benchmarks that have been achieved, what is going well, and
what changes need to be made);

• identify technical training needs for ISTs;

• continue building professional relationships with Volunteers
and their colleagues;

• problem solve;

• pay visits to local officials whose support is critical to the
success of the project and Peace Corps’ work within the
country;

• gather information to use in deciding whether or not Peace
Corps should place another Volunteer at the site; and

• identify other sites within the community where it might be
appropriate to place Volunteers.

Little things mean a lot

There are little things that Peace Corps staff can do that
are greatly appreciated by Volunteers and demonstrate a
genuine caring and support. Before leaving for site visits, identify the
Volunteers in the area that will be visited. Then gather as many of their
packages and mail that can fit into the vehicle or be carried. Also ask
the PCMO if there are any medical items needed by those Volunteers.
And check with other staff to see if there are messages that can be
delivered.

At the end of each site visit, write a short note to the PCVs visited
showing appreciation for different aspects of the visit, giving support

Walking the Talk

In Panama, Peace Corps
administrative staff go out to the
field once a year. But they do not
merely travel by Peace Corps
vehicle. Instead, they take the
same transport that Volunteers
use, whatever it takes to get them
to the site and back to the office.
They also spend the night! This
experience helps them
understand and appreciate
Volunteer challenges and
requests for support.

P&T Booklet 5: How to Implement a Project

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and feedback, making observations, and stating what follow–up will be
done and by when.

Site visits are made not only by programming staff, but also by the
CD, PCMO, training staff, and administrative staff. However, visits
by other staff do not take the place of site visits from APCDs.
Because many Volunteers perceive their APCD to be their Peace
Corps “boss,” it is critical that APCDs make the agreed–upon
scheduled visits to Volunteer sites and sit down with each Volunteer
alone to discuss what and how they are doing.

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