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Pre-service training is probably the most intensive period during your Peace Corps service. During your 8 to 10 weeks of training time (depending on your project), you will need to accumulate the knowledge and experience necessary for the first several months of service. Before beings sworn-in as a Volunteer, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the criteria to qualify for Volunteer service.
 
  
Your first two nights in Zambia will be spent at a simple lodge/camp near Lusaka. Following a brief orientation program, most trainees will proceed to their first site visits.  Health Volunteers will proceed to the training center for two days of orientation and then move into their villages with their host families. The training center is situated approximately 350 kilometers from Lusaka to the north, in the province called Copperbelt. While this site is located in a rural setting, it lies just 20 kilometers from Zambia’s third largest city, Kitwe. Regardless of sector, your home stay families will be your hosts throughout training. Training also includes overnight field trips outside of the Copperbelt.
 
  
Rural aquaculture program trainees are given both center- and field-based training. These trainees live with home stay families around a national fisheries station, and they are assigned their own fish ponds to manage. Language, cross-culture and technical sessions are held around the station for seven weeks. Trainees will spend four weeks during this period at current Volunteers’ sites and will stay with host fish farmers continuing to improve their technical, language and cross-cultural competencies. Trainees in other program sectors will use community-based training. You will live with home stay families in villages within 15 to 20 kilometers of the training center. Your language, cross-culture and technical sessions will take place in your surrounding villages. Once a week, trainees will travel by bike to the training center for medical and other sessions and travel back to their home stay families at the end of the day. The living situation with your families will be similar to what you will experience as a Volunteer (i.e., housing consisting of mud brick with a grass roof and no electricity or running water). Education trainees also have a mixed training program. Their training is divided between three weeks working alongside currently serving education Volunteers and completing practical activities within schools and communities around the training site.  
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#41 221 – 4.1]<br>[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#42 221 – 4.2] || '''Settling-In Allowance''' <br> <small>(See Note 1)</small> || As determined by CD and approved by RD based on Settling-In Allowance Survey completed by Volunteers || Increases over 10% per fiscal year must be approved by RD based on analysis submitted to PC/W to assure availability of funds ||
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#51 221 – 5.1]<br>thru<br>[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#63 221 – 6.3] || '''Living Allowance''' <br><small>(See Notes 2, 3 and 4)</small> || As determined by CD and approved by RD based on Annual Living Allowance Survey at post || Increases over 10% per fiscal year must be approved by RD based on analysis submitted to PC/W to assure availability of funds || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS223.html 223]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#7 221 – 7.0] || '''Leave Allowance'''<br><small>(See Note 5)</small> || $24.00 per month normally paid in local currency with payment of living allowances || See Manual Section for alternative payments authorizations ||
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#81 221 – 8.1]|| '''In-Country Travel'''<br><small>(See Notes 3 and 4)</small> || CD may establish monthly travel allowance for travel on official PC business. Amount based on annual living allowance survey and approved by RD || See paragraph 8-1 for restrictions and limitations || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS218.html 218]<br>[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS220.html 220]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#82 221 – 8.2] || '''En Route Allowance'''<br>(paid for medevac, PC/W consultation, termination, transfer, re-enrollment, etc.) || $16.00 Travel in lieu of per diem.<br><small>(See Note 6)</small> || Travel expenses in excess of this amount for medevac or medical consultation require approval from MS or SS. || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS222.html 222]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#912 221 – 9.1.2] || '''Administrative Hold''' <hr> '''Medical Hold''' || $32.00 per day whether at HOR, Wash., DC or other US location.  || Maximum 60 days Must be approved by RD <hr> Maximum 45 days Must be approved by M/MS || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS218.html 218]<br>[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS220.html 220]<br>[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS222.html 222]<br>[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS282.html 282]<br>[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS284.html 284]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#913 221 – 9.1.3] || '''Emergency Leave'''<br><small>(See Note 4)</small> || $32.00 per day whether at HOR, Wash., DC or other US location. || Maximum 14 days approved by CD and paid in full prior to departure from Post || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS220.html 220]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#914 221 – 9.1.4] || '''Special Leave''' || $12.00 per day || Maximum 30 days approved by CD and paid in full prior to departure from Post || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS220.html 220]<br>[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS281.html 281]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#915 221 – 9.1.5] <br> [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#916 221 – 9.1.6] || '''Medevac To United States''' <hr> '''Medevac to Regional Medevac Point''' || $32.00 per day plus actual lodging in the US Amount provided overseas dependent on rate established by CD at Regional medevac point.<br><small>(See Notes 7 and 8)</small> || First 3 days allowance paid in USC by post prior to departure plus travel allowance <hr> First 7 days allowance paid in USC by post prior to departure plus travel allowance || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS222.html 222]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#917 221 – 9.1.7] || '''Other Daily Allowances While in the U. S.''' || $32.00 per day || || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS222.html 222]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#92 221 – 9.2] || '''Daily Allowances in Third Countries and Country of Assignment''' || <small>(See Note 8)</small>  || || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS222.html 222]
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| [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS221.html#10 221 – 10.0] || '''Evacuation Allowances''' || <small>(See Notes 7 and 8)</small>  || || [http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS222.html 222]
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While pre-service training is extremely busy, it is also a time of excitement, discovery, and self-fulfillment. Drawing on your reserves of patience and humor, the effort and frustrations of functioning in a different culture will be rewarded with a sense of belonging among new friends. The long hours of study and practice will pay off in your ability to work effectively in a challenging job that will directly benefit a great number of people.
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==Notes==
  
===Technical Training ===
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# Allowance paid to newly assigned PCVs upon completion of PST to purchase necessary housing supplies, clothing and equipment. If a PCV is reassigned to another location, an additional settling-in allowance may be authorized if the CD feels it is justified.  Amount is based in established rate as determined by previous Settling-In Allowance Survey.  All newly assigned PCVs will complete a survey form within three months of swearing in and any adjustments will be based on an analysis of the survey as approved by the RD.
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# Living allowances are based on local living standards and costs and are established based on an Annual Living Allowance Survey completed by PCVs as compared with a Market Basket Survey completed by staff assigned to the Post.  Typically, living allowance expenses include, but are not limited to costs associated with housing, required utilities, household supplies, domestic help (only if both a local custom and a necessity), normal clothing replacement, food, moderate recreation and entertainment, reading materials, travel between home and work if required and not provided by host agencies, and incidental expenses.  Living allowances will be paid monthly and are budgeted, obligated and paid in local currency.  Any exceptions must be approved by the CFO and RD.
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# Partial payment for close of service, early termination, medical separation, or other circumstances where a PCV/PCT terminates service before the end of the month will be prorated to cover the actual number of day served during the month in which served.  Calculation will be adjusted to cover up to and including the last day of service.
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# Payment of the monthly living allowance for a PCV on medevac or medical hold will continue for up to 45 days.  For PCVs on emergency leave, payment of living allowances will continue during the emergency leave period and related travel time, but not during any extended period of leave.
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# Normally, PCV leave allowance is paid monthly in local currency with the living allowance.  In situations where there is a prohibition by the host country on converting currency, or where the CD determines it would be advantageous to permit PCVs to obtain their allowance in another country’s currency, the allowance may be paid in a single, cumulative lump sum upon notification by the PCV of planned vacation times.  In those countries where PCVs elect to have their leave allowance paid in lump sum rather than monthly, the payment plan will apply to all PCVs, not differently for individuals.
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# If a required stopover exceeds 6 hours, PCV receives 75% of the per diem rate paid authorized by the Standardized Travel Regulations.  This does not apply to airport stopovers for changing flights where overnight lodging is not required, or is provided by the airlines.
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#Daily rates outside of the allowances stated above in the United States are as follows:
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## If lodging and meals are provided at PC expense (includes hospitalized PCVs and cases where meals and lodging are provided at a U. S. Government facility or by an airline):  $5.00 per day for incidental expenses;
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## If lodging only is provided at PC expense (includes hospitalized PCVs and cases where meals and lodging are provided at a U. S. Government facility or by an airline):  $5.00 per day plus $6.00 per meal;
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## If neither lodging nor meals is provided at PC expense (includes hospitalized PCVs and cases where meals and lodging are provided at a U. S. Government facility or by an airline):
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### $32.00 per day for lodging (actual cost of lodging up to the maximum amount authorized for Peace Corps employees in the same country);
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#Daily rates outside of the allowances stated above in the country of assignment or third country are as follows:
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## Medevac:
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### If hospitalized:  $5.00 per day and in accordance with instructions issued by Medical Services.
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### If not hospitalized: 
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#### Per diem rate for in-country PCVs as set by host CD per MS 813, but not to exceed 75% of the maximum per diem allowable for PC employees in the same country, or:
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## In-Country Administrative/Medical Hold:  Per diem rate established by the CD not to exceed rate set for PC staff;
  
Technical training will prepare you to work in Zambia by building on the skills you already have and helping you to develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs and issues of the country. The Peace Corps staff, Zambian experts, and current Volunteers 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. You will be supported and evaluated by experienced Zambian trainers, current Volunteers, and Peace Corps staff throughout the training to build the confidence and skills you will need in order to eventually undertake your sub-sector activities and be a productive member of your community.
 
  
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==Source==
 
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[http://peacecorpsjournals.com/manual/MS001.html#vol Peace Corps Manual - Volunteers]
Technical training includes sessions on general environmental, economic, and political situations in Zambia and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your technical sector’s goals and will meet with the Zambian agencies and organizations that invited Peace Corps to assist them.
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[[Category:resources]]
 
 
===Language Training ===
 
 
 
Language skills will are key to your personal and professional satisfaction as a Volunteer. These skills will often be critical to your job performance; they will help you integrate into your host community; and they can ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings. For these reasons, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements in order to complete training and become a Volunteer. Experienced Zambian language instructors give formal language instruction five and a half days a week in small classes of four to five people. The Zambian languages that are taught are also introduced in the health, culture, and technical components of training.
 
 
 
Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. You will have classroom time and will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family. Our goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop linguistic skills more thoroughly. Prior to swearing in as Volunteers, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.
 
 
 
===Cross-Cultural Training ===
 
 
 
As part of your pre-service training, you will live with a Zambian host family. The experience of living with a Zambian host family is designed to ease your transition into life in the countryside. Families have gone through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps staff to explain the purpose of the pre-service training program and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Zambia. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their home stay families.
 
 
 
Cross-culture and community development will be covered through a variety of training activities to help improve your skills of perception, communication, and facilitation. Topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are some examples.
 
 
 
===Health Training ===
 
 
 
During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. Volunteers are expected to practice preventive health care and to take responsibility for their own health by adhering to all medical policies. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that Volunteers may encounter while in Zambia. Sexual health and harassment, nutrition, mental health, and safety issues are also covered.  
 
 
 
===Safety Training ===
 
 
 
During the safety training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risk in your home, at work, and during your travels. You will also learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention, and learn 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 continuous opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills.
 
 
 
Over the two-year Volunteer term of service, there are usually three kinds of training events. The titles and objectives for those trainings are as follows:
 
 
 
* Pre-Service Training: Provides trainees with solid technical, language, and cross-cultural knowledge to prepare them for living and working successfully in Zambia.
 
* 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. There are typically two in-service trainings during a Volunteer’s tour of service.
 
* Close of Service Conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and to review Volunteers’ respective projects and personal experiences.
 
 
 
[[Category:Zambia]]
 
[[Category:Training|Zambia]]
 

Revision as of 18:56, 13 December 2009


MS Section & Paragraph Type Amount Terms See Also MS
221 – 4.1
221 – 4.2
Settling-In Allowance
(See Note 1)
As determined by CD and approved by RD based on Settling-In Allowance Survey completed by Volunteers Increases over 10% per fiscal year must be approved by RD based on analysis submitted to PC/W to assure availability of funds
221 – 5.1
thru
221 – 6.3
Living Allowance
(See Notes 2, 3 and 4)
As determined by CD and approved by RD based on Annual Living Allowance Survey at post Increases over 10% per fiscal year must be approved by RD based on analysis submitted to PC/W to assure availability of funds 223
221 – 7.0 Leave Allowance
(See Note 5)
$24.00 per month normally paid in local currency with payment of living allowances See Manual Section for alternative payments authorizations
221 – 8.1 In-Country Travel
(See Notes 3 and 4)
CD may establish monthly travel allowance for travel on official PC business. Amount based on annual living allowance survey and approved by RD See paragraph 8-1 for restrictions and limitations 218
220
221 – 8.2 En Route Allowance
(paid for medevac, PC/W consultation, termination, transfer, re-enrollment, etc.)
$16.00 Travel in lieu of per diem.
(See Note 6)
Travel expenses in excess of this amount for medevac or medical consultation require approval from MS or SS. 222
221 – 9.1.2 Administrative Hold
Medical Hold
$32.00 per day whether at HOR, Wash., DC or other US location. Maximum 60 days Must be approved by RD
Maximum 45 days Must be approved by M/MS
218
220
222
282
284
221 – 9.1.3 Emergency Leave
(See Note 4)
$32.00 per day whether at HOR, Wash., DC or other US location. Maximum 14 days approved by CD and paid in full prior to departure from Post 220
221 – 9.1.4 Special Leave $12.00 per day Maximum 30 days approved by CD and paid in full prior to departure from Post 220
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221 – 9.1.5
221 – 9.1.6
Medevac To United States
Medevac to Regional Medevac Point
$32.00 per day plus actual lodging in the US Amount provided overseas dependent on rate established by CD at Regional medevac point.
(See Notes 7 and 8)
First 3 days allowance paid in USC by post prior to departure plus travel allowance
First 7 days allowance paid in USC by post prior to departure plus travel allowance
222
221 – 9.1.7 Other Daily Allowances While in the U. S. $32.00 per day 222
221 – 9.2 Daily Allowances in Third Countries and Country of Assignment (See Note 8) 222
221 – 10.0 Evacuation Allowances (See Notes 7 and 8) 222

Notes

  1. Allowance paid to newly assigned PCVs upon completion of PST to purchase necessary housing supplies, clothing and equipment. If a PCV is reassigned to another location, an additional settling-in allowance may be authorized if the CD feels it is justified. Amount is based in established rate as determined by previous Settling-In Allowance Survey. All newly assigned PCVs will complete a survey form within three months of swearing in and any adjustments will be based on an analysis of the survey as approved by the RD.
  2. Living allowances are based on local living standards and costs and are established based on an Annual Living Allowance Survey completed by PCVs as compared with a Market Basket Survey completed by staff assigned to the Post. Typically, living allowance expenses include, but are not limited to costs associated with housing, required utilities, household supplies, domestic help (only if both a local custom and a necessity), normal clothing replacement, food, moderate recreation and entertainment, reading materials, travel between home and work if required and not provided by host agencies, and incidental expenses. Living allowances will be paid monthly and are budgeted, obligated and paid in local currency. Any exceptions must be approved by the CFO and RD.
  3. Partial payment for close of service, early termination, medical separation, or other circumstances where a PCV/PCT terminates service before the end of the month will be prorated to cover the actual number of day served during the month in which served. Calculation will be adjusted to cover up to and including the last day of service.
  4. Payment of the monthly living allowance for a PCV on medevac or medical hold will continue for up to 45 days. For PCVs on emergency leave, payment of living allowances will continue during the emergency leave period and related travel time, but not during any extended period of leave.
  5. Normally, PCV leave allowance is paid monthly in local currency with the living allowance. In situations where there is a prohibition by the host country on converting currency, or where the CD determines it would be advantageous to permit PCVs to obtain their allowance in another country’s currency, the allowance may be paid in a single, cumulative lump sum upon notification by the PCV of planned vacation times. In those countries where PCVs elect to have their leave allowance paid in lump sum rather than monthly, the payment plan will apply to all PCVs, not differently for individuals.
  6. If a required stopover exceeds 6 hours, PCV receives 75% of the per diem rate paid authorized by the Standardized Travel Regulations. This does not apply to airport stopovers for changing flights where overnight lodging is not required, or is provided by the airlines.
  7. Daily rates outside of the allowances stated above in the United States are as follows:
    1. If lodging and meals are provided at PC expense (includes hospitalized PCVs and cases where meals and lodging are provided at a U. S. Government facility or by an airline): $5.00 per day for incidental expenses;
    2. If lodging only is provided at PC expense (includes hospitalized PCVs and cases where meals and lodging are provided at a U. S. Government facility or by an airline): $5.00 per day plus $6.00 per meal;
    3. If neither lodging nor meals is provided at PC expense (includes hospitalized PCVs and cases where meals and lodging are provided at a U. S. Government facility or by an airline):
      1. $32.00 per day for lodging (actual cost of lodging up to the maximum amount authorized for Peace Corps employees in the same country);
  8. Daily rates outside of the allowances stated above in the country of assignment or third country are as follows:
    1. Medevac:
      1. If hospitalized: $5.00 per day and in accordance with instructions issued by Medical Services.
      2. If not hospitalized:
        1. Per diem rate for in-country PCVs as set by host CD per MS 813, but not to exceed 75% of the maximum per diem allowable for PC employees in the same country, or:
    2. In-Country Administrative/Medical Hold: Per diem rate established by the CD not to exceed rate set for PC staff;


Source

Peace Corps Manual - Volunteers