One of Cuso International’s key approaches to development is a commitment to learning. We offer pre-departure and in-country training programs in addition to providing support for volunteers to conduct self-briefing throughout their preparation process. We provide briefing materials, references for further reading and contacts with returned volunteers.
Cuso International expects you to actively engage in your own learning and attend a face-to-face training course.
Our training program explores issues related to personal preparation, health and security, values and behaviours in intercultural settings, the broader development context and ways that volunteers can involve their family, friends and communities in their overseas experience.
Our five-day course introduces practical skills and attitudes volunteers will need to implement Cuso International’s approach to development during their placements. Through an experiential learning approach that integrates action, theory, reflection and planning, volunteers design participatory tools and practice facilitation skills to work effectively with the multiple stakeholders in their placement.
Upon arrival in-country, volunteers will be provided with in-country training. This training and learning session will focus on information specific to your country and region of placement. Topics can range from very practical (health, safety and security), cultural orientation and development issues. Depending on your country of placement, this may also include language training.