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close this bookAquaculture - Training Manual (Peace Corps; 1990; 350 pages)
View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentForward
View the documentChapter one: Introduction
View the documentChapter two: Training philosophy and methodology
View the documentChapter three: Goals and objectives
View the documentChapter four: Site requirements, logistics and length of training
View the documentChapter five: Trainee qualifications and assessment
View the documentChapter six: Staff qualifications, staffing pattern and staff training
View the documentChapter seven: Ten-week program: summary and weekly schedule of events
View the documentChapter eight: Eight-week program: limltations, adjustments, program summary and weekly schedule of events
View the documentChapter nine: Program design considerations and orientation
Open this folder and view contentsChapter ten: Program design - week one
Open this folder and view contentsChapter eleven: Program design - week two
Open this folder and view contentsChapter twelve: Program design - week three
Open this folder and view contentsChapter thirteen: Program design - week four
Open this folder and view contentsChapter fourteen: Program design - week five
Open this folder and view contentsChapter fifteen: Program design - week six
Open this folder and view contentsChapter sixteen: Program design- week seven
View the documentChapter seventeen: Program design - week eight
close this folderChapter eighteen: Program design - week nine
View the documentSession IX-1: Field trip debriefing/reentry to training
View the documentSession IX-2: Site selection/pond design
View the documentSession IX-3: Wheelbarrow project
View the documentSession IX-4: Pond construction project
View the documentSession IX-5: Final reports
View the documentSession IX-6: Pond interview - week nine
View the documentSession IX-7: Personal interview - week nine
View the documentSession IX-8 Country specific information
View the documentSession IX-9: Trainer panels
View the documentSession IX-10: Male and female volunteer issues
View the documentSession IX-11: Level of intensity assignment wrap-up
View the documentSession IX-12: Basic management strategy for Oreochromis niloticus
View the documentSession IX-13: Final harvests
View the documentSession IX-14: Fish marketing
Open this folder and view contentsChapter nineteen: Program design - week ten
View the documentChapter twenty: Program evaluation
View the documentChapter twenty-one: Recommendations for in-country training
View the documentChapter twenty-two: Publications, equipment and materials

Session IX-8 Country specific information

Time Frame: Very variable depending upon number of countries represented, number of visitors or staff members with information about those countries, and the programs prepared by those individuals.


• Provide trainees with information about the specific country to which they are assigned regarding the programming and technical aspects as well as the social, cultural and political aspects of living and working in that country;


• Provide opportunity for trainees to meet and talk with people who have lived and worked in the countries to which they are assigned;


• Provide trainees with as broad as possible a perspective about technical and programming approaches practiced in as many countries as are represented by the group's assignments.

Overview: Throughout the first eight weeks of training,trainees were urged to concern themselves with the generic technical and personal skills that will be important for all of them in effectively carrying out their duties as aquaculture extensionists. At this point in the program, they are provided with more of the specifics that relate to the countries in which they will be working, and have an opportunity to learn more about actually living and working in those particular countries. This will be a set of trainer notes rather than a session design.

1. The means by which trainees receive country specific information varies. Some examples include:

• Written material provided by either Peace Corps/Washington or Peace Corps field staff from the individual countries, or existing in training program files.


• Slide shows, lectures and question/answer periods facilitated by a visitor who has worked in the countries of assignment. These visitors may include Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Volunteers who are temporarily in the United States on home or medical leave, Peace Corps/Washington staff members who are very familiar with the countries and their programs, and visiting Peace Corps field staff or ministry personnel from the assigned countries.


• Slide shows, lectures and question/answer periods facilitated by training staff members who served in the assigned countries.

2. Arrangements for visitors should be made well in advance. Lodging and meals should be set up and the staff and the visitors should be clear about how payment will be handled. Flight times should be verified and staff members should be designated for picking up and dropping off visitors at the airport as necessary.

3. Trainees should be told about who will be visiting and informed of any special considerations of which they should be aware regarding appropriate protocol or the kinds of information this person might best be able to provide.

4. See trainer notes in Field Trip Debriefing/Reentry to Training section regarding written information to be provided to trainees.

5. Since the trainees will be very busy and distracted during the days, it often works out best to schedule meetings with visitors or trainers in the evening. Slide shows and question/answer periods are usually informal and enjoyable. Attention should be paid to the trainees' energy level and other responsibilities in scheduling evening meetings, and if possible, they should be staggered so that trainees do have some evenings free.

6. In addition to the scheduled meetings and slide shows,trainees should be encouraged to spend informal time with visitors at meals or during free time. In some cases, it works out well for visitors to meet informally with individual trainees during the day as well.

Resources and Materials:

• Written information provided by Peace Corps/Washington, Peace Corps field staff or from program files. When feasible, each trainee should receive his/her own photocopy of the material about the appropriate country. If some documents are very large, two or three trainees can share a copy, and arrangements can be made to make more individual copies upon request.

• Maps of the countries to which the trainees are assigned.

• RPCV's, field staff and/or other resource people as listed above who have experience living and working in the countries of assignment, particularly in the aquaculture programs.

• Slide projector and screen (with necessary carousels, extension cords, etc.).

• Overhead projector, if necessary.

• Comfortable place to meet in evenings.

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