Entry #45: Got my eyes on-site

Date: 27 July 2019
Time: 3:25pm


Let’s talk about Technical Immersion

As I have mentioned in the previous post, we are in the final stages of PST; Technical Immersion.

Technical Immersion is about learning about our roles and responsibilities first-hand by shadowing current volunteers in the field.

Get me up to speed… Who, What, and Where?

You got it.

Who

  • Tech Immersion Hosts
    • Katie and Natalie
    • Currently active PCVs in the sector of AgriBusiness and Economic Development
  • Us, the Peace Corps trainees
  • Our wonderful language trainer and coordinator, Dan

What

  • Learn about what it’s like to live like a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Practice going through the motions of our work
  • Understanding our roles as volunteers and facilitators within the community

Where

  • Somewhere in the North-West area of Uganda 🙂

Got it, so tell me more about what you’ve been doing?

One of the great things that we got to do during this week of Tech Immersion is finally getting some rest haha.

The past 8 weeks thus far have been challenging… lol. From dawn to dusk, there was this blanket of pressure on us because we need to be passing our language exams. We need to understand our Peace Corps rights and protocols. With so many things to learn and limited time in between, there wasn’t much of an opportunity to sit back and take it all in.

Always having to be on the move and always having something to think about during the last 8 weeks hasn’t been the easiest, but yet, we pushed through fine and here we are.

Being here in Tech Immersion helped us a lot in terms of physical and mental stress. The pace of the work has finally slowed down as it’s no longer focused on the quantity of work, it’s the quality of our work that we’re now tuning in on.

From learning about observing and learning on how to facilitate, the kinds of relationships we will have with our counterpart and supervisor, potential projects and work that we can do in the future, as exemplified by the work that Natalie and Katie, have showed us clarified what we are and aren’t doing as future PCVs.

And I am EXCITED.

What kinds of work do you think you’ll be doing?

Lots of gardens. Lots of capacity building.

Capacity building… it’s a buzzword in Peace Corps, but an important one as well.

Initially, when trying to visualize our work in Peace Corps, it was hard to get a true understanding of what we are doing there. Certainly we aren’t experts in our field or knowledge, but we have a good upper hand and a new perspective that a fresh pair of eyes on the kinds of projects and outlooks a community has definitely can bring some goodness to a new community.

Our role, as PCVs is guide and bring new perspective to the community members that we will be serving in. We’re teachers and mentors, volunteers whom people can go to for reference and guidance on how to do things. While we might not have all the answers, we definitely have the resources and availability to do the work that others in the community might not be able to.

As we go through Tech Immersion, my role and job for the future has never been clearer and for that, I can’t thank our Tech Hosts: Natalie and Katie for all their hard work 🙂

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