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==Overview of Pre-Service Training==
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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. The long hours of study and the accomplishment of difficult tasks will pay off in your ability to work effectively in a challenging job that will directly benefit a great number of people.
 
  
The training approach is best described as discovery-oriented and self-directed. Based on adult learning methods, it emphasizes individual responsibility for developing the competencies to function independently as a Volunteer.
 
  
===Technical Training===
 
  
Technical training will prepare you to work in The Gambia by building on the skills you already have and helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country. Technical training will include sessions on the environment, economics, and politics in The Gambia and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your project’s goals and will meet with the 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.
 
  
By the end of training, health trainees will be able to contribute to the improvement of The Gambia’s primary health care through the planning and implementation of educational activities that promote maternal and child health.  Education trainees will be ready to teach computer literacy, math and science, social and environmental studies, and English, as well as to implement in-service teacher-training programs. Environment trainees will be prepared to teach agroforestry and improved agricultural and horticultural techniques to rural farmers, as well as to promote community forestry projects and environmental education in schools and communities.  
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The Peace Corps entered the Eastern Caribbean in 1961, when St. Lucia became one of the first countries in the world to receive Volunteers. Since then, approximately 3,300 Peace Corps Volunteers have served on various island nations in the region. Volunteers were initially assigned to education, agriculture, health, youth, and community development projects. The contributions of Volunteers in these areas have provided strong and consistent technical support to the Eastern Caribbean for more than 40 years. Basic human needs programming in the 1970s encouraged health, special education, preschool education, teacher training, forestry, fishery, and livestock extension projects. The 1980s were a period that focused on four projects: education, health, agriculture, and small enterprise development. At the beginning of the 1990s, education, environment, health, and youth initiatives were priorities. Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean has made significant progress since January 1991 to establish project-based programming and to provide focus to the program. After concluding an assessment of the program in 1993, efforts focused on developing partnerships with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and moving steadily away from formal education into educational projects targeting at-risk youth.  
  
===Language Training===
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Peace Corps Volunteers currently serve in six island nations in the Eastern Caribbean: (1) Antigua and Barbuda, (2) Dominica, (3) Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique, (4) St. Kitts and Nevis, (5) St. Lucia, and (6) St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  
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. Experienced Gambian language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small groups of four to five trainees.
 
  
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 continue to learn the language once you are at your site. 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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===History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in the Eastern Caribbean ===
  
===Cross-Cultural Training===
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Programming on each island nation of Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean is guided by the development priorities of the various governments and their ministries, as expressed in official plans and budget documents. With these partners, Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean periodically reviews programming on each island nation to ensure continuing appropriate focus and direction.
  
One of the most important aspects of the training program is the experience of living with a Gambian host family. There is no other way to learn as much about Gambian attitudes, customs, and day-to-day life. Your host family can be invaluable in helping you learn the language and in introducing you to other members of the community. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.  
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At present, the major focus of Peace Corps /Eastern Caribbean is on improving the quality of life of disenfranchised and low-income communities by assisting in their transformation from recipients of aid into partners in change. Volunteer activities are aimed primarily at assisting communities in identifying, evaluating, and developing solutions to the many challenges they face. In responding to needs and priorities identified by their communities, Volunteers may be involved in a wide range of activities, including strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations and ministries working at the community level, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases, and enhancing educational and employment skills by emphasizing skills transfer in the areas of special education, literacy, and service learning. Peace Corps is considered by many government officials to be a leader in addressing the social and economic problems resulting from high unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, and unhealthy lifestyle choices among community members in the Eastern Caribbean.  
  
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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The integrated community development program in the Eastern Caribbean addresses community needs and provides Volunteers with the flexibility to find the projects and programs where community needs and Volunteers skills and interests intersect.. As a result, Volunteers are assigned to a community where they work directly with community stakeholders. In addition to a community placement, a few Volunteers may also be assigned to a specific organization or government agency. This, of course, requires careful planning and coordination to ensure that a Volunteer’s primary focus on the community is maintained.  
  
===Health Training===
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While all Volunteers will address the needs of the community where they have been placed, Volunteers over time will find their special niche in the areas of health, youth development, business, organizational strengthening, education, and service learning. Volunteers may train teachers in special education methodologies or assist national governments in organizing special education services for their students. Volunteers with a passion for business may coordinate Junior Achievement activities and promote entrepreneurship among various groups in their community. Other Volunteers may apply the behavior change communication (BCC) methodology to develop communication products and community outreach programs targeting HIV/AIDS and other problems, such as teenage pregnancy or drug use.
  
During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You will be expected 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 The Gambia. 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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===Assignment History===
  
===Safety Training===
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{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
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|-
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| align="center" | '''[[Sector]]''' || '''[[Assignment]]''' || '''[[Beg. Yr]]''' || '''[[End. Yr]]'''
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|-
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| rowspan="10" align="center"| '''[[Agriculture]]'''
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| [[Ag Economics]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1991]]
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|-
 +
| [[Ag Education]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1986]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Ag Extension]]
 +
| [[1968]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Animal Husband]]
 +
| [[1976]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Animal Husband Lg]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Apiculture]]
 +
| [[1973]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Crop Extension]]
 +
| [[1961]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Farm Mechanics]]
 +
| [[1983]]
 +
| [[1985]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Fisheries Marine]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1991]]
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|-
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| [[Soil Science]]
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| [[1976]]
 +
| [[1983]]
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|-
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| rowspan="8" align="center"| '''[[Business]]'''
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| [[Accounting]]
 +
| [[1974]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Archictecture]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1991]]
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|-
 +
| [[Business Advising]]
 +
| [[1976]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Business Development]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
| [[2001]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Computer Science]]
 +
| [[1998]]
 +
| [[2005]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Cooperatives]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1990]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[NGO Advising]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
| [[2007]]
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|-
 +
| [[Urban and Regional Planning]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Crisis Corps]]'''
 +
| [[Crisis Corps]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[2008]]
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|-
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| rowspan="23" align="center"| '''[[Education]]'''
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| [[Art Education]]
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| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1998]]
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|-
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| [[Bus. Ed/Sectl Skl]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[English Teacher]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[2000]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[English Teacher Trainer]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Fisheries Fresh]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Gen. Construction]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[2000]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Home Economics]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Industrial Arts]]
 +
| [[1972]]
 +
| [[1998]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Library Science]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Literacy Ed.]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
| [[1997]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Math Teacher Trainer]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Occupat. Therapy]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1987]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Phys. Ed/Youth Wk]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1997]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Prim-Ed/Teach Trn]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1999]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Science Ed/Gen.]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Science Teacher Trainer]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Secondary-Ed Math]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Secondary-Ed Sci.]]
 +
| [[1970]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Special Ed/Blind]]
 +
| [[1986]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Special Ed/Deaf]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Special Ed/Gen.]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Speech Therapy]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Voc. Trainer]]
 +
| [[1971]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="4" align="center"| '''[[Environment]]'''
 +
| [[Comm Forestry Ext]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Environmental Ed.]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[2001]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Forestry]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Protected Areas Management]]
 +
| [[1987]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="9" align="center"| '''[[Health]]'''
 +
| [[Disease Control]]
 +
| [[1978]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Envir. and Water Resource]]
 +
| [[1970]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Health Degreed]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[2005]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Health Extension]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Home Econ/Ext.]]
 +
| [[1983]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Hygiene Ed/Sanitation]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Med. Technician]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Nursing]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Physical Therapy]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1990]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Master's International]]'''
 +
| [[Masters Internationalist]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
| [[1999]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="2" align="center"| '''[[Other]]'''
 +
| [[Flexible App]]
 +
| [[1976]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Unique Skill]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[UNV]]'''
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| [[United Nations Volunteer]]
 +
| [[1977]]
 +
| [[2001]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="6" align="center"| '''[[Youth and Community Development]]'''
 +
| [[Appropriate Tech.]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1989]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Commun. Serv/Deg.]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Mechanics]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Road Const/Engin.]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Rural Youth Dev.]]
 +
| [[1978]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Youth Development]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
|}
  
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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[[Category:Eastern Caribbean]]
 
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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 your service, a variety of training events may be conducted. The titles and objectives for those trainings are as follows:
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* Reconnect in-service training: Provides Volunteers with an opportunity to assess their first six to nine months of service and make plans for the following year. Volunteers work with associate Peace Corps Directors to develop training to increase their technical, language, and project development skills.
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* Life Skills Manual training of trainers: Provides interested Volunteers and counterparts with training to assist youth in building their self-esteem, making responsible decisions, fighting HIV/AIDS, and acquiring skills to enhance their upward mobility.
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* Gender and development and information technology in-service training: Provides interested first-year health and environment Volunteers and counterparts with the skills and information necessary to teach gender issues in their schools and communities and to incorporate information technology in everyday life.
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* Nursery management and fruit tree grafting in-service training: Provides first-year environment Volunteers and counterparts with information on these topics and strengthens the skills Volunteers acquired during pre-service training.
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* Gardening in-service training: Equips Volunteers with the skills and information to grow and maintain vegetables and to encourage their communities in gardening for greater income and improved nutrition.
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* Beekeeping in-service training: Provides first-year environment Volunteers with information on and skills in beekeeping, including honey harvesting, wax production, income generation, and nutrition.
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* Close of service conference: Prepares Volunteers for their future after Peace Corps service and reviews their respective projects and personal experiences.
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The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation (staging) through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the Peace Corps staff, the training staff, and Volunteers.
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[[Category:The Gambia]]
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[[Category:Training|Gambia, The]]
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Latest revision as of 08:18, 21 May 2014

History of the Peace Corps
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Since 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 138 countries all over the globe.

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The Peace Corps entered the Eastern Caribbean in 1961, when St. Lucia became one of the first countries in the world to receive Volunteers. Since then, approximately 3,300 Peace Corps Volunteers have served on various island nations in the region. Volunteers were initially assigned to education, agriculture, health, youth, and community development projects. The contributions of Volunteers in these areas have provided strong and consistent technical support to the Eastern Caribbean for more than 40 years. Basic human needs programming in the 1970s encouraged health, special education, preschool education, teacher training, forestry, fishery, and livestock extension projects. The 1980s were a period that focused on four projects: education, health, agriculture, and small enterprise development. At the beginning of the 1990s, education, environment, health, and youth initiatives were priorities. Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean has made significant progress since January 1991 to establish project-based programming and to provide focus to the program. After concluding an assessment of the program in 1993, efforts focused on developing partnerships with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and moving steadily away from formal education into educational projects targeting at-risk youth.

Peace Corps Volunteers currently serve in six island nations in the Eastern Caribbean: (1) Antigua and Barbuda, (2) Dominica, (3) Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique, (4) St. Kitts and Nevis, (5) St. Lucia, and (6) St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in the Eastern Caribbean[edit]

Programming on each island nation of Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean is guided by the development priorities of the various governments and their ministries, as expressed in official plans and budget documents. With these partners, Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean periodically reviews programming on each island nation to ensure continuing appropriate focus and direction.

At present, the major focus of Peace Corps /Eastern Caribbean is on improving the quality of life of disenfranchised and low-income communities by assisting in their transformation from recipients of aid into partners in change. Volunteer activities are aimed primarily at assisting communities in identifying, evaluating, and developing solutions to the many challenges they face. In responding to needs and priorities identified by their communities, Volunteers may be involved in a wide range of activities, including strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations and ministries working at the community level, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases, and enhancing educational and employment skills by emphasizing skills transfer in the areas of special education, literacy, and service learning. Peace Corps is considered by many government officials to be a leader in addressing the social and economic problems resulting from high unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, and unhealthy lifestyle choices among community members in the Eastern Caribbean.

The integrated community development program in the Eastern Caribbean addresses community needs and provides Volunteers with the flexibility to find the projects and programs where community needs and Volunteers skills and interests intersect.. As a result, Volunteers are assigned to a community where they work directly with community stakeholders. In addition to a community placement, a few Volunteers may also be assigned to a specific organization or government agency. This, of course, requires careful planning and coordination to ensure that a Volunteer’s primary focus on the community is maintained.

While all Volunteers will address the needs of the community where they have been placed, Volunteers over time will find their special niche in the areas of health, youth development, business, organizational strengthening, education, and service learning. Volunteers may train teachers in special education methodologies or assist national governments in organizing special education services for their students. Volunteers with a passion for business may coordinate Junior Achievement activities and promote entrepreneurship among various groups in their community. Other Volunteers may apply the behavior change communication (BCC) methodology to develop communication products and community outreach programs targeting HIV/AIDS and other problems, such as teenage pregnancy or drug use.

Assignment History[edit]

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture Ag Economics 1980 1991
Ag Education 1982 1986
Ag Extension 1968 1993
Animal Husband 1976 1988
Animal Husband Lg 1981 1991
Apiculture 1973 1995
Crop Extension 1961 1994
Farm Mechanics 1983 1985
Fisheries Marine 1981 1991
Soil Science 1976 1983
Business Accounting 1974 1988
Archictecture 1982 1991
Business Advising 1976 2007
Business Development 1995 2001
Computer Science 1998 2005
Cooperatives 1981 1990
NGO Advising 1995 2007
Urban and Regional Planning 1981 1981
Crisis Corps Crisis Corps 1991 2008
Education Art Education 1982 1998
Bus. Ed/Sectl Skl 1981 1994
English Teacher 1981 2000
English Teacher Trainer 1991 1994
Fisheries Fresh 1981 1991
Gen. Construction 1981 2000
Home Economics 1980 1991
Industrial Arts 1972 1998
Library Science 1981 1995
Literacy Ed. 1996 1997
Math Teacher Trainer 1991 1995
Occupat. Therapy 1981 1987
Phys. Ed/Youth Wk 1980 1997
Prim-Ed/Teach Trn 1981 1999
Science Ed/Gen. 1982 1982
Science Teacher Trainer 1991 1995
Secondary-Ed Math 1982 1996
Secondary-Ed Sci. 1970 1996
Special Ed/Blind 1986 1988
Special Ed/Deaf 1981 1996
Special Ed/Gen. 1980 2007
Speech Therapy 1981 1995
Voc. Trainer 1971 1996
Environment Comm Forestry Ext 1993 1993
Environmental Ed. 1991 2001
Forestry 1980 1991
Protected Areas Management 1987 1996
Health Disease Control 1978 1988
Envir. and Water Resource 1970 1988
Health Degreed 1981 2005
Health Extension 1981 2007
Home Econ/Ext. 1983 1996
Hygiene Ed/Sanitation 1992 1992
Med. Technician 1980 1994
Nursing 1981 1995
Physical Therapy 1982 1990
Master's International Masters Internationalist 1993 1999
Other Flexible App 1976 1988
Unique Skill 1980 1996
UNV United Nations Volunteer 1977 2001
Youth and Community Development Appropriate Tech. 1980 1989
Commun. Serv/Deg. 1980 2007
Mechanics 1988 1988
Road Const/Engin. 1980 1982
Rural Youth Dev. 1978 1994
Youth Development 1996 2007