Peace Corps Official
This manual provides a guide for those who are helping future Peace Corps Volunteers to acquire basic beekeeping skills. The program is designed to help Trainees develop the skills they will need to work and live in another culture as beekeeping extensionists. This is a skills training program; thus, some further in-country training or orientation is presumed.
The emphasis of the program is on equipping future Volunteers with the skills necessary to promote appropriate beekeeping development. This is a creative process that requires individuals to take an active role in identifying their own needs and finding appropriate and sustainable ways to meet them. The program outlined in this manual creates a model of this process of development by encouraging Trainees to become actively involved in the design and implementation of their program. Trainees are urged to cooperate with others and identify and use the talents and resources available within the group. They practice skills that help to motivate others toward self-reliance. The emphasis placed on developing and reinforcing these skills reflects Peace Corps' belief that beekeeping expertise is valuable only when it is balanced with other qualities.
The approach to training used in this program is based on the principles of non-formal education and is designed to strike a balance between structured learning and independent discovery. By using the sessions, resources and methods outlined in this manual, Trainees will develop a working knowledge of beekeeping, as well as skills for applying that knowledge in a meaningful way.