ERIC Number: ED480829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Local Environmental Knowledge: A Volunteer's Guide to Community Entry [and] Learning Local Environmental Knowledge: Training Manual.
Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.
These two publications fill the need of newly posted Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) for self-directed learning activities to aid the community entry process. A volunteer's guide provides a way to learn about biophysical, economic, and social aspects of the host community during the first few months of service. It has ideas and activities for discovering practices, perceptions, beliefs, values, people, and other local resources with which development actions can be built. The method helps them explore and discover how community members perceive and relate to their local natural resource base. Learning activities in three areas--biophysical, economic, and social environment--rely on these four tools: communication, observation, action, reflection. Each activity has some or all of these parts: why do this, what to do, key questions, now what, tips, adaptations/alternatives, and what worked. Additional activities are appended. The complementary training manual suggests ways to introduce the guide to PCVs in Pre-Service Training (PST). Section 1 discusses volunteer learning and community entry. Section 2 has designs for four PST sessions called local environmental knowledge warm-up; doing an activity--biophysical; doing an activity--economic; and the volunteer guide and project framework. Section 3 has designs for these two inservice training sessions: (1) volunteer presentations and reviews and (2) review of quarterly reports. Session information consists of some or all of these components: overview, objectives, time required, participants, trainer/trainee preparation, activity procedure, additional options, and reflection questions. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Development, Community Resources, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Developing Nations, Economic Climate, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Intercultural Communication, Learning Activities, Local History, Local Issues, Natural Resources, Physical Environment, Service Learning, Social Environment, Teaching Guides, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
For full text (training manual): http://www.peacecorps.gov/library/pdf/T0126_llekmanual.pdf. For full text (volunteer guide): http://www.peacecorps.gov/library/pdf/M0071_llekguide.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.