Aside from providing a bonding experience, much of the training of the six volunteers in this book involved crash courses about the language, history, and culture of the specific country each one was assigned to. One of the aspects that had undergone significant change in the Peace Corps experience over the five decades is the training. The first change involves the fact that country nationals hosted the in-country training, while the second change concerns how the selection of volunteers is handled. The training period was initially planned to last eight to twelve weeks in which the first few weeks would be spent in a university or a college in the United States, two to four weeks at one of the “outward-bound camps”, and a one to two weeks at in-country overseas training. This chapter illustrates how the training included technical studies, area studies, language studies, American studies, medical studies, physical education, international relations and the danger associated with communism, and an orientation of the Peace Corps.
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