Volunteer & vocational training
Designing a Pre-Service Training Model for Papua New Guinea
Recognizing the need to make Pre-Service Training in Papua New Guinea more village based, a PCV couple designed a week-long Technical Village Live - In Session. With encouragement from the Training Director, Country Director, and APCD, the couple planned to have the entire training class and training staff visit their village for the week. They arranged to have local people house the Trainees and to train them in the skills needed to run projects related to their assignments.
Health Volunteers joined the health center staff, assisting in the maternal child health clinics and accompanying staff on home visits. Agriculture Trainees were assigned to farmers for a day and visited beekeeping, poultry raising, and vegetable growing projects. As a group, the Trainees constructed a drum oven, discussed development issues, and attended practical demonstrations on cooking and pesticide use.
Host families and the village "trainers" were invited to participate fully in all activities. A dinner, concluding the week's activities, was held with Trainees and host families performing skits on the important issues they had discussed. The program was so successful that it was repeated by the initial Volunteer couple for the next training class and implemented by other PCVs at subsequent Pre-Service Trainings.
Maintaining Farm Equipment in Tonga
A Business Volunteer assisting the Young Farmers Association in Tonga as her secondary activity became aware that members did not know how to maintain their farm equipment properly. Machinery constantly was breaking down, and no one could do the repairs. The PCV had heard about the Peace Corps' Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) program, and wrote to Peace Corps/Washington for more information. From the response she received, she got her APCD's approval to request the technical assistance of a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer.
As a result, two FTF volunteers arrived from the U.S. to inventory the equipment and set up a servicing schedule for maintaining the usable machinery. In addition, the Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers gave seminars on how to perform standard maintenance procedures, enabling Association members to repair and service their own machinery.
Teaching Young Women to be Office Workers in Fiji
As her secondary activity, a PCV in Fiji designed and implemented a course to train 11 young women to be office workers, who were enrolled in a rural high school in Savai'i. She produced a 100-page syllabus to teach the girls typing and office procedures, and at the same time hone their English language skills. She also provided the necessary books to accompany the material she was teaching them. Her course proved so successful that Peace Corp/Fiji decided to continue the course after she left, assigning a business studies PCV to the school to teach the class.
Training Women to Operate Solar-Powered Radios in Belize
To communicate with the local health center and the police, the Voice of America (VOA) offered to provide 14 remote villages in Belize with solar-powered radios. No one in these villages, however, was trained to operate or maintain them. As a consequence, a PCV in another village decided to organize a training program, with the consent of the VOA, which agreed to provide his village with a radio as well.
As women were more likely to be at home during the day, it was decided that they would be the radio operators. Besides installing the radios, the VOA also provided the trainers.
Twenty women attended the training to become radio operators. They now had a new, important role to play, underscored during a cholera outbreak when the radios were responsible for saving several lives.
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