We’re now at our training site for our 10 week training. Once we complete our 10-week training we have our swearing-in and then we head off to our sites for our 2 year service. As of right now we are Peace Corps Trainees (PCTs)
The Deaf Service and Math/Science Education programs had their pre-staging together (28 of us) and then we split up. The Deaf Service people headed to their training site while the Math/Science Education people headed to their training site.
The Deaf Service group started off with 12 people but sadly one had to leave last Monday since her dad is having health issues. There are 11 of us now. Some of us have had exposure to deaf people (CODA, Deaf education major, etc) and others have not had any exposure to sign language or deaf people.
It’s a fun and diverse group. We’re all learning from each other!
We generally have classes and training from 8am- 5pm during the week. We had lectures about Diarrhea and food hygiene, causes of deafness, safety and security, malaria, common health problems, coping with unwanted attention, PST policies and norms, Bilingualism, and the New Kenya Constitution on Deaf Community. We also had Swahili classes most mornings and got our 2nd Rabies shot.
We meet at different sites for our training sessions, sometimes we walk up to 40 minutes which has been a great way to get to see more of our training site.
Yesterday, we got our schedule for the next 2 weeks:
-Introduction to Kenya Education System
-How to say “No” or “Yes”
-Host Family Program Introduction
-Hierarchy of Teachers and Chain of Command
-STIs/HIV, Alcohol, Drugs, and Contraception
-Kenya Education System
-The role of KNEC, KIE, KCSE, KCPE in the education system
-Rules of the House
-State Nationality and Work Rules
-History of KSL
-Maintaining Strong Emotions
-Residential Schools and Deaf Units
-Site Announcements (CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!!!!)
-Identifying Foods and Non-Foods
-Deaf Kids’ Continuing Education
Am ready for the next busy 2 weeks but am super excited about what I will learn. This is awesome!