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ERIC Number: ED028405
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 35
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Coming of Age in Samoa -- The Peace Corps Way.
Pirie, Peter; And Others
University training programs for Peace Corps Volunteers have not been successful, due to the lack of definite prescriptions by the Peace Corps and of creative programing by the universities; but Samoa I, II, and III, run by the University of Hawaii, have developed a new approach which seems successful. Samoa I, based on Area Studies and Language instruction by Samoans, inadequately prepared the Volunteers for the realities of the Samoan social structure. In Samoa II, host-country nationals were used as discussion group leaders as well as language instructors; the program concluded with two weeks of transitional training in a simulated Samoan village. In Samoa III, 14 Volunteers spent the first three weeks living with Samoan families in the Nanakuli area on Oahu and were occupied with High Intensity Language Training under native Samoans. Cross Cultural Studies (instead of Area Studies) occupied the last nine weeks; feedback materials from Volunteers in the field were used and a much greater responsibility to provide conditions promoting "self-assessment" was assumed. It is recommended that groups be kept small, native Samoans be used as instructors, feedback be used, the cross cultural experience be continued, and original research materials be developed. (eb)
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Identifiers: Peace Corps; Samoa