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Training is an essential part of Peace Corps service. Our goal is to give you enough skills and information to allow you to live and work effectively in Chad. In doing that, we build on the experiences and expertise you bring to the Peace Corps.  We anticipate that you will approach your training with an open mind, a desire to learn, and a willingness to become involved. Trainees officially become Volunteers after successful completion of training.  
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The goal of pre-service training (PST) is to provide Volunteers the skills needed to be successful and solve most problems at their post on their own. You should be able to rely on Guinean counterparts, friends, and your community, rather than fellow Americans, as your primary support group. By the end of training, you will have the skills to integrate rapidly into your community and a clear understanding of your role as a Peace Corps Volunteer in your project and in the overall development of Guinea.  
  
The 11-week training will provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Chad. You will receive training and orientation in language, cross-cultural communication, the history of Chad and its people, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. The skills you learn will serve as the foundation upon which you will build your experience as a Volunteer in Chad.  
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The PST program has four major components: language, technical, cross-cultural, and medical (which includes personal safety and security). In language training, you will learn French and local language skills, and explore ways to communicate across cultural barriers. From technical training sessions, you will acquire the skills needed to accomplish project objectives. Cross-cultural training sessions will help you adapt to Guinea’s culture. Medical sessions will teach you how to stay healthy and identify illnesses, and safety sessions will help you identify safety risks and prepare you to take responsibility for your own safety. The overall training program is designed to integrate as many of these components as possible into simultaneous training sessions.  
  
Training will combine structured classroom study, directed study, and independent study, with the maximum possible number of hours spent out of the classroom. At the outset of training, the training staff will outline the training goals that each trainee has to reach before becoming a Volunteer and the criteria that will be used to assess achievement of those goals. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process based on a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training director, along with the language, technical, and cross-cultural trainers, will work with you toward the highest possible achievement of training goals by providing you with feedback throughout your training. After successful completion of pre-service training, you will be sworn in as a Volunteer and make the final preparations for departure to your site.  
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Pre-service training is based in Forecariah, a semi-urban town about 60 miles (100 km) north of Conakry. During training, you will live with a Guinean family. Peace Corps’ language and cultural facilitators will live in the community with you (one per four trainees).  
  
===Technical Training ===
 
  
Technical training will prepare you to work in Chad by building on the skills you already have and helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. The Peace Corps/Chad staff and local Chadian experts will conduct the training program. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer.
 
  
Technical training will include sessions on the general economic and political environment in Chad and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Chadian agencies and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated throughout the training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake your project activities and be a productive member of your community.  
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Trainees and Volunteers in Guinea consistently rate the host family experience as the most challenging and meaningful aspect of training. The challenge lies in adapting to the basic living conditions of a Guinean village and communicating before you've learned the basics of French and your local language. You will have a private room with a bed and a mosquito net.  Toilet facilities usually consist of an outdoor pit latrine and bathing is done with water in a bucket in outdoor stalls—under the sun or stars! You will eat breakfast and dinner (and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays) with your host family.  
  
===Language Training ===
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===Technical Training===
  
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will find that language skills are the key to personal and professional satisfaction during your service. These skills are critical to your job performance, they help you integrate into your community, and they can ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings. Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer.  Chadian language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small groups of four to five people.  
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Technical training will prepare you to work in Guinea by building on the skills you already have and by helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. Peace Corps staff, Guinean experts, and current Volunteers will conduct the training program. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer.  
  
Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. In addition to classroom time, you will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family. The goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop language skills further on your own. Prior to being sworn in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.  
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Technical training will include sessions on the general economic and political environment in Guinea, and strategies for working within such an environment. You will review technical sector goals, and will meet with the Guinean agencies and organizations that invited Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated throughout training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake project activities.  
  
===Cross-Cultural Training ===
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====Language Training====
  
As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a Chadian host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition to life at your site. Families have gone through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps/Chad staff to explain the purpose of pre-service training and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Chad. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.  
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As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will find that language skills are the key to personal and professional satisfaction during your service. These skills are critical to your job performance. They help you integrate into your community, and they can ease your personal adaptation to new surroundings.  
  
Cross-cultural and community development training will help you improve your communication skills and understand your role as a facilitator of development. You will be exposed to topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, nonformal and adult education strategies, and political structures.  
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Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer.  Guinean language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small groups of three to five people. You will learn both French and the local language—Pulaar, Maninka, or Soussou—most commonly spoken at your site.  
  
===Health Training ====
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Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. In addition to classroom time, you will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom with your host family and other members of the community. The goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication so that you can practice and further develop your language skills further on your own. Prior to being sworn in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.
  
During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You will be expected to practice preventive health care and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies. Trainees are required to attend all medical sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that you might encounter while in Chad. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living compound, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered.
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====Cross-Cultural Training====
  
===Safety Training ===
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As part of PST, you will live with a Guinean host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition to life at your site.  Families go through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps staff to learn the purpose of pre-service training and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Guinea. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.
  
During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces your risks at home, at work, and during your travels. You will also learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention and about your individual responsibility for promoting safety throughout your service.  
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Cross-cultural and community development training will help you improve your communication skills and understand your role as a facilitator for development. You will be exposed to topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, non-formal and adult education strategies, and traditional political structures.  
  
===Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service ===
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====Health Training====
  
In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system that provides Volunteers with continual opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills. During your service, there are usually three training events. The titles and objectives for those trainings are as follows:
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During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You will be expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health and well-being by adhering to all medical policies. Trainees are required to attend all medical sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that you might encounter while in Guinea. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living compound, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered.
  
* In-service training: Provides an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment after having served for three to six months.
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====Safety Training====
* Midterm conference (done in conjunction with technical sector in-service): Assists Volunteers in reviewing their first year, reassessing their personal and project objectives, and planning for their second year of service.
 
* Close of service conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and reviews their respective projects and personal experiences.
 
  
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During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risks at home, at work, and during your travels. You will learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention and about your individual responsibility for promoting safety throughout your service.
  
The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the training staff, Peace Corps/Chad staff, and Volunteers.
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Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service
  
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In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system that provides Volunteers with continual opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills. During service, there are usually three training events. The titles and objectives for these trainings are as follows:
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* In-service trainings (ISTs): provide an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment after having served for three to six months.
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* Close-of-service (COS) conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and reviews their respective projects and personal experiences. 
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The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by Peace Corps staff and Volunteers.
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Pre-service training will probably be the most intense period of your Peace Corps service, as you will need to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully serve as a Volunteer in just 10 weeks. While the training period will be extremely busy, it should also be a time of excitement, discovery, and self-fulfillment. The effort and challenges of adapting to a new culture will draw on your reserves of patience and humor but will be handsomely rewarded with a sense of belonging among new friends.
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

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The goal of pre-service training (PST) is to provide Volunteers the skills needed to be successful and solve most problems at their post on their own. You should be able to rely on Guinean counterparts, friends, and your community, rather than fellow Americans, as your primary support group. By the end of training, you will have the skills to integrate rapidly into your community and a clear understanding of your role as a Peace Corps Volunteer in your project and in the overall development of Guinea.

The PST program has four major components: language, technical, cross-cultural, and medical (which includes personal safety and security). In language training, you will learn French and local language skills, and explore ways to communicate across cultural barriers. From technical training sessions, you will acquire the skills needed to accomplish project objectives. Cross-cultural training sessions will help you adapt to Guinea’s culture. Medical sessions will teach you how to stay healthy and identify illnesses, and safety sessions will help you identify safety risks and prepare you to take responsibility for your own safety. The overall training program is designed to integrate as many of these components as possible into simultaneous training sessions.

Pre-service training is based in Forecariah, a semi-urban town about 60 miles (100 km) north of Conakry. During training, you will live with a Guinean family. Peace Corps’ language and cultural facilitators will live in the community with you (one per four trainees).


Trainees and Volunteers in Guinea consistently rate the host family experience as the most challenging and meaningful aspect of training. The challenge lies in adapting to the basic living conditions of a Guinean village and communicating before you've learned the basics of French and your local language. You will have a private room with a bed and a mosquito net. Toilet facilities usually consist of an outdoor pit latrine and bathing is done with water in a bucket in outdoor stalls—under the sun or stars! You will eat breakfast and dinner (and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays) with your host family.

Technical Training

Technical training will prepare you to work in Guinea by building on the skills you already have and by helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. Peace Corps staff, Guinean experts, and current Volunteers will conduct the training program. Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer.

Technical training will include sessions on the general economic and political environment in Guinea, and strategies for working within such an environment. You will review technical sector goals, and will meet with the Guinean agencies and organizations that invited Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated throughout training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake project activities.

Language Training

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will find that language skills are the key to personal and professional satisfaction during your service. These skills are critical to your job performance. They help you integrate into your community, and they can ease your personal adaptation to new surroundings.

Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer. Guinean language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small groups of three to five people. You will learn both French and the local language—Pulaar, Maninka, or Soussou—most commonly spoken at your site.

Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. In addition to classroom time, you will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom with your host family and other members of the community. The goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication so that you can practice and further develop your language skills further on your own. Prior to being sworn in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.

Cross-Cultural Training

As part of PST, you will live with a Guinean host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition to life at your site. Families go through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps staff to learn the purpose of pre-service training and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Guinea. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.

Cross-cultural and community development training will help you improve your communication skills and understand your role as a facilitator for development. You will be exposed to topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, non-formal and adult education strategies, and traditional political structures.

Health Training

During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You will be expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health and well-being by adhering to all medical policies. Trainees are required to attend all medical sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that you might encounter while in Guinea. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living compound, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered.

Safety Training

During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risks at home, at work, and during your travels. You will learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention and about your individual responsibility for promoting safety throughout your service.

Additional Trainings During Volunteer Service

In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system that provides Volunteers with continual opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills. During service, there are usually three training events. The titles and objectives for these trainings are as follows:

  • In-service trainings (ISTs): provide an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment after having served for three to six months.
  • Close-of-service (COS) conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and reviews their respective projects and personal experiences.

The number, length, and design of these trainings are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by Peace Corps staff and Volunteers.