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This workbook is a map to guide you through your cross-cultural experience and also a way for you to record your thoughts and feelings as you live and work in your host country. It contains a variety of exercises, as well as stories and quotations from Volunteers who have served before you, from experts on cross-cultural training, and from the kind of people you might expect to meet in your new country.

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Participatory analysis for community action (PACA) was developed to provide a set of gender-sensitive tools which could facilitate the implementation of this participatory development approach. It grew out of the many requests for materials which could address, simultaneously, the needs for tools to use in community development, urban and rural appraisal, gender and socioeconomic analysis, and other participatory methodologies. These materials, for the most part, are gender-sensitive adaptations of tools which have been used in PRA and rapid rural appraisal for many years.

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This training manual represents The Centre for Development and Population Activities' (CEDPA) experience in gender-focused training programs and was developed in response to requests from participants in CEDPA’s Women in Management (WIM) and Institution Building (IB) programs for a curriculum to help them address gender issues. 

This quick summary provides the diversity and inclusion framework used by Peace Corps/Dominican Republic.

A conceptual map illustrating how intercultural competence, diversity, and inclusion functions as a framework at Peace Corps/Dominican Republic.

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Dreaming, discovering, and growing is a life-long process. Volunteers can provide opportunities and serve as catalysts for this growth. Whether interacting with young women through schools, in communities, or in day-to-day exchanges, Volunteers have the potential to help girls change their lives for the better. This booklet provides a collection of ideas and activities from Volunteers around the world to be used as a resource in the valuable work of empowering young women.

One of the most critical considerations for engaging communities around sensitive topics such as gender-based violence or harmful norms is creating a safe space for these discussions. This brief focuses mainly on emotional safe spaces, but also recognizes that the physical environment-- including the setup of the room or venue-- can greatly affect someone's comfort. This brief discusses what a safe space is really like and how to create one.

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