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close this bookAppropriate Community Technology - A Training Manual (Peace Corps; 1982; 685 pages)
View the documentThe Farallones Institute Rural Center
View the documentCHP International, INC.
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentIntroduction
close this folderPhase I: Introduction to training
View the documentPhase I Calendar
View the documentSession 1. Sharing perceptions of appropriate technology: an ice breaker
View the documentSession 2. Defining expectations of the appropriate community technology training program
View the documentSession 3. Group resource assessment
View the documentSession 4. Appropriate educational and learning processes part 1: non-formal education (nfe) and international community development work
View the documentSession 4. Appropriate educational and learning processes part 2: adult learning theory and how it is used in this training program
View the documentSession 5. Development of facilitation skills criteria
View the documentSession 6. Cross-cultural awareness and communication
View the documentSession 7. Hollow square
View the documentSession 8. Health in a cross-cultural context
View the documentSession 9. Community resource investigation
View the documentSession 10. An exercise in problem solving: formulating a plan for well-being
View the documentSession 11. Communication and listening skills
View the documentSession 12. Construction of earthen block molds: a focus on group dynamics
View the documentSession 13. Construction of earthen blocks
View the documentSession 14. Global energy issues
View the documentSession 15. Introduction to the evaluation process
View the documentSession 16. Evaluation and integration of training themes
Open this folder and view contentsPhase II: Earthen construction and fuel-saving cookstoves
Open this folder and view contentsPhase III: Pedal/treadle power
Open this folder and view contentsPhase IV: Solar water heaters
Open this folder and view contentsPhase V: Solar agricultural dryers
Open this folder and view contentsPhase VI: Concluding the program: The energy fair
Open this folder and view contentsAppendices

Session 3. Group resource assessment

Total time:

2 hours


* To share the skills, experiences, knowledge and interests of participants and trainers
* To practice gathering information using active listening and interviewing skills


* Newsprint and felt-tip pens
* “Interview Format” on newsprint (See Step 4)

Trainer Notes

In order to promote a sharing of experience among all program participants, it is recommended that the entire training staff engage in this activity.


Step 1. (5 minutes)
Review the session objectives and procedures.

Step 2. (5 minutes)
Present a short talk on the value of a group resource assessment

Trainer Notes

The talk should include the following points:

* Information gathering will serve as a useful skill during training and as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

* One of the first steps when entering a new community is to gather information about the skills, knowledge and experience of the group members in order to better assess the community's resources.

* By sharing these resources, we will enrich one another's knowledge and experiences.

* During this program we will all be serving in the roles of both trainers and participants at one time or another.

Step 3. (10 minutes)
Have the group brainstorm a list of interview questions which could help assess the group's skills, knowledge, experience and interests.

Trainer Notes

The resulting interview questions should be consolidated or in some other way pared down so that the list does not exceed 4 or 5 open-ended questions that will stimulate conversation.

One way of providing focus during the brainstorm is to post the key points to be included in the interview: skills, knowledge, experience ant interests.

Step 4. (5 minutes)
Post and review the interview format.

Trainer Notes

The Interview Format:

Step 1. (5 minutes)
Find someone in the group whom you don't know and move to a comfortable, private location.

Step 2. (30 minutes/15 minutes per person)
Interview one another using the list of questions as guidelines.

Step 3. (10 minutes)
Complete written reports on the interviews.

Step 4. (5 minutes)
On a separate sheet of paper, complete the following statements, using the interview reports as a reference:

* (Name of Person) can be a resource to our group in the following ways . . .

* ... is interested in finding other group members who ...

Step 5. (10 minutes)
Share the interview sheets with your partner and make any modifications or additions.

Step 6. (10 minutes)
Post the interview reports and walk around the room scanning the other interview reports and noting any information of special interest.

Step 5. (1 hour, 10 minutes)
Have the participants interview one another.

Step 6. (10 minutes)
Facilitate a discussion of the group's overall impressions of the resources that exist within the training community.

Step 7. (15 minutes)
Conclude the session by asking the following:

* What do you feel that you learned about interviewing from this activity?

* What advantages and disadvantages do you anticipate in using interviews as a way of gathering information in your host country?

Trainer Notes

It is helpful to keep the interview reports posted for several days so that everyone can examine them more closely.

The reports should then be kept in a place where they are accessible and can be used as continuing resources throughout the program.

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