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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
Open this folder and view contentsPhase I: Introduction to training
Open this folder and view contentsPhase II: Earthen construction and fuel-saving cookstoves
Open this folder and view contentsPhase III: Pedal/treadle power
close this folderPhase IV: Solar water heaters
View the documentPhase IV Calendar
View the documentSession 1. The role of the volunteer in development: international development part 2: the green revolution: successes and failures
View the documentSession 2. Introduction to solar water heaters
View the documentSession 3. Assessing community water needs and uses
View the documentSession 4. Introduction to solar water heating: determining hot water demand
View the documentSession 5. Plumbing a solar water heater
View the documentSession 6. Sizing a solar water heater
View the documentSession 7. Demonstrating a technical concept
View the documentSession 8. Shade mapping and solar siting
View the documentSession 9. Design of solar water heaters.
View the documentSession 10. Construction of solar water heaters
View the documentSession 11. Multi-media standard first aid
View the documentSession 12. Wind technology
View the documentSession 13. Volunteer in development part 2: women in development
View the documentSession 14. House design in four climates
View the documentSession 15. Presentation of 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 13. Volunteer in development part 2: women in development

Total time:

2 hours


To discuss Women in Development issues


To discuss the role of the Peace Corps Volunteer in relation to Women in Development issues


Huston, Third World Women Speak Out


Newsprint and felt-tip pens

Trainer Notes

There are two optional activities outlined in this session, each designed to independently meet the session objectives. Both need preparation.

Option #1:

Requires the formation of a discussion panel of Third World women

Option #2:

Depends on the preparation of discussion leaders selected from among the participants and requires providing them with copies of the resource book, Third World Women Speak Out

Option #1, panel of Third World women

Trainer Notes

* The discussion panel should consist of from 3 to 5 Third World women.

* There are several ways to go about forming the discussion panel. If the training program is outside the United States, it may pose no problem because you can call on staff and/or friends. Programs within the United States may require your contacting a nearby university. Most universities have a foreign student office and are generator accustomed to responding to requests for foreign student speakers.

* After you have identified the panel members, meet with them ahead of time, briefing them on the session objectives and procedures. Also explain to them that they will be asked to speak on the topics related to Third World women identified in Part I of Women in Development (See Phase III: Session 19). It is important that the panel members understand they will be asked to speak informally for up to ten minutes at the beginning of the session. Be certain to allow sufficient time for them to prepare.


Step 1. (10 minutes)
State the session objectives. Introduce the panel members and outline the procedure for the panel discussion.

Trainer Notes

Mention the topics related to women in development that were identified by the participants during Phase III: Session 19.

Step 2. (30 - 50 minutes)
Have each of the panel members give a brief talk (up to 10 minutes) on individual perceptions of the roles of women in development.

Step 3. (55 - 1 hour, 15 minutes)
Open the panel to questions and discussion.

Step 4. (5 minutes)
Close the panel by briefly summarizing any conclusions and thanking the panel members for their participation.

Option #2, Women in development discussion panel

Trainer Notes

To prepare for this activity you will need five volunteers from among the participants to act as discussion leaders/facilitators. Remind the volunteers of the topics identified in the previous women in development session (Phase III: Session 19). Explain that each of them should select a chapter from Huston's Third World Women Speak Out ant prepare a brief (up to 10 minute) report on the chapter, highlighting any situations that refer to any of the women in development topics. Also, explain that during the session they will be asked to facilitate a 10 minute discussion on their reports. Mention that they should focus the discussion on what role might be played as Peace Corps Volunteers in trying to improve the situation of women. Inform them that time will be set aside at the end of the session for feedback on their facilitation skills.


Step 1. (5 minutes)
Review the session objectives, outline the session activities and introduce the discussion heaters/ facilitators.

Step 2. (1 hour, 40 minutes)
Have the first discussion leader/facilitator present the 10 minute report and facilitate a 10-minute discussion on the report, including comments on the role that might be played as Peace Corps Volunteers in trying to improve the situation of women in the Third World.

Trainer Notes

Repeat the process for each discussion leader/facilitator.

Step 3. (5 minutes)
Discuss and summarize some of the key points which were brought out by the reports.

Step 4. (10 minutes)
Conclude by encouraging feedback on the facilitation skills of the discussion leaders/facilitators.

Trainer Notes

Elicit feedback by asking the following questions:

* What did you like best about (name of facilitator)'s report and facilitation of discussion?

* What could have been done to make the report better?

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