Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
What kind of work do you do when you get to your actual site?

Some countries use a split training model, in which trainees complete 10 weeks of training, go to their sites for 2 months, and then return to the training center for 2 additional weeks of training. In this model, the first 2 months of site are to be focused on community integration and needs assessment. PCVs may visit important places in the community or region (the mayor’s office, the police station, schools, etc.), and spend time with community members to make their presence known and get a sense of the interests and needs of their communities. A work plan is negotiated between the PCV and the official host counterparts, who work in the host agency (which will most likely be a school in the case of TESOL candidates). Your schedule may be structured or quite flexible, depending on your Peace Corps program (which could be TEFL, Youth Development, or another related program), and the goals and preferences of your counterparts and you.