ERIC Number: ED203200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May-21
Reference Count: N/A
The Preparation of Volunteers for Peace Corps Service: Some Areas Need Management Attention. Report to the Director, Peace Corps, by the U.S. General Accounting Office.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
This report examines the management of three areas related to the preparation of volunteers for Peace Corps service: staging, pre-service training, and attrition. The introduction summarizes the activities undertaken by the review. Chapter 2 focuses on staging, which is variously intended to provide country orientation, information about Peace Corps service, selection of individuals for service, some preliminary training, and medical and administrative processing. It describes the three staging processes in use that differ in format, objectives, and cost. It is found that all do not meet their intended purpose, and no formal criteria exist for determining which format volunteers will undergo. Chapter 3 considers the highly decentralized volunteer training system that has evolved. Findings indicate that (1) in-country staffs are autonomous decision makers on matters concerning form and content of training programs; (2) their ability to design, conduct, and manage this function varies signifantly among countries; (3) volunteers do not receive the type, quality, and degree of cross-cultural, language, and technical training they need to be effective; and (4) a core curriculum is under development. Chapter 4 concerns management of attrition. It is reported that attrition data are regularly collected, but there is no routine analysis or distribution of the data. (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Attrition (Research Studies), Orientation, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Voluntary Agencies, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.