So the past couple weeks have been somewhat stressful. It all stems from the fact that the details I could find about pre-service training were vague at best. What it did say was my training would be community based, and that I would be taught in a community very similar to my actual posting. Since that was the only information I had, I started envisioning a situation where I would be whist away to a small village hundreds of mile from another volunteer, and I would be taught by the local villagers who didn't speak English.
I know some of you are saying "whats wrong with that?" Well, for me, it would be nice to have some level of transition during my training.
My concerns where finally addressed when I was able to talk with the Uganda Country Desk Officer. She explained to me that the training is community based, but I will be taught throughout my training with other volunteers. Another good thing was that my training group is made up of volunteers with similar assignments. That way, we can focus specifically on developmental issues.
Believe me, if they had told me that I would be living in a cave, with only my cunning to survive, I would still be going! It’s just nice to know its not going to be like that!