For those of you who are applying to Peace Corps and being considered for Namibia in the education sector, this is what a typical day of training looked like for my group. During training, you will learn an incredible amount of material related to culture, language, and how to be a teacher in Namibia. I hope this helps give people an idea of what to expect and alleviates any fears for those who might be nervous about not having much experience– trust me, you will learn or figure it out along the way!
Pre-service Training: August 16-September 15, October 6-19
• 5:30 – Wakeup, get dressed, eat breakfast, do last minute language review
• 6:50 – Walk to pick up point
• 7:00 – Head to training center
• 7:20 – Arrive at center. On MWF, we begin at 7:30 for morning assembly and then singing. On TThSat, we begin at 8:00 so we have some free time for coffee, hanging out, studying, etc.
• 8:00-10:00 – Language Training
• 10:00-10:30 – Tea Time!
• 10:30-12:30 – Technical sessions covering various topics such as culture, history, classroom management, teaching methods, medical, etc.
• 12:30-1:30 – Lunch
• 1:30-3:00 – more technical sessions
• 3:00-3:15 – Break
• 3:15-4:30 – Technical
• 4:30-5:30 – On TTh, there is free time to hangout, exchange TV shows and movies, etc.
• 4:30/5:30-end of day – Head home for dinner with host family, studying, and sleeping
Community Based Training: September 15-October 6
• 4:20 – Wakeup, make breakfast, prepare last-minute teaching materials
• 6:00 – Pick up time
• 6:30 – Get to school and begin training
• 7:00-12:00 – Observe (Week 1), Co-teach (Week 2), Teach (Week 3) at least nine periods per week
• 12:00-1:00 – Lunch break for consulting with teachers, going over observations, and reviewing how co-teaching/teaching went
• 1:00-4:00 – Technical training
• 4:00 – Leave school and either head to the shopping center or to my host-family’s house. Rest of the night consists of bonding with family, cooking, watching movies or TV, marking, lesson planning, and lots of sleeping.
Good luck to the next group of applicants! Hope to see you in Namibia!
** I would like to note that the training for Education Volunteers has changed since I went through training and may not be what new trainees experience
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