Our training system provides Volunteers/Interns with continual opportunities to develop their technical and intercultural skills.
During service, there will be multiple training opportunities, including pre-service training, in-service training, and the close-of-service conference.
Overview of pre-service training
CLED Ghana provides and supports you from arrival in Ghana to your departure. Pre-service training is conducted by our staff and current Volunteers. The training including basic local language skills (Twi lesson), activity based skills and material usage and other areas. Successful training results in competence in various technical, linguistic, cross-cultural, health, and safety and security areas.
Integrating into the community is one of the core competencies you will strive to achieve both in pre-service training and during the first several weeks of service. CLED Ghana uses host family experiences to assist in the integration process to foster language and intercultural learning and ensure your health, safety, and security. Your success on the project is based on the relationships you build by respectfully integrating into the community.
Technical training builds on skills you have and emphasizes learning to transfer your skills to the activities you will do in the community. CLED Ghana staff will make sure you build the technical skills needed—from assessment, specialized tutoring and training —to undertake project activities, report progress, and be productive in your volunteer position and duties.
Language skills are critical to your job performance, help you integrate into the community where you will stay and are essential for developing meaningful relationships with the community members, so language training is at the heart of the training program. Language training will incorporate both classroom and community-based approaches, with language instructors teaching small-group language classes three days a week and assignments for you to work on with your host family and in your community. Your goal will be to gain basic social communication skills so you can practice and develop language skills further once you are at your project site.
Intercultural training allows you to reflect on your own cultural values and how they influence your behavior in Ghana. You will also discuss the questions you have about the behaviors and practices you observe in Ghana, exploring the underlying reasons for these behaviors and practices—and your role as a volunteer/intern for development. Training will cover topics such as the concept of time, power and hierarchy, gender roles, communication styles, and the concept of self and relationships. Because adjusting to a new culture can be very challenging, you will participate in resiliency training, to give you a framework and tools to help you with adjustment issues. The host family experience is a key component of intercultural learning, and will ease your transition to life at your site.
During pre-service training, CLED’s medical volunteers instruct you on how to maintain your health during your stay in Ghana, including health prevention, first aid, and treatment of common illnesses in-country. You will be expected to assume primary responsibility for your health by using the skills you learn and by adhering to all medical policies and recommendations. You will also receive training on nutrition, food/water preparation, emotional health, alcohol awareness, prevention of sexual transmitted infections, and responding to emergencies.
Safety and security training
Maintaining personal safety and security during service is a shared responsibility of CLED Ghana and of Volunteers themselves. During the pre-service training, you will learn what you can do to reduce your risks at home, at work, and while traveling. You will learn to identify and mitigate safety risks in-country, as well as about the support CLED Ghana provides in the event you become the victim of a crime. Safety and security training includes specific sessions on transportation safety, gender issues, bystander intervention, dealing with unwanted attention, and emergency planning.