Peace Corps Senegal trains a New Group of DREAMers

By Jordan Weinstein and Jenson Daniel
Feb. 2, 2015
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The first training activity asked participants to give their "laundry list" of hopes and fears.

Why does a person join Peace Corps?

While the reasons are many, the overarching theme is usually the same: to make a difference.  But with volunteers turning over every two years, mistakes get repeated and the wheel is constantly reinvented.  Overcoming that problem is much easier said than done, but Peace Corps Senegal is taking a crack at it.

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The first training activity asked participants to give their "laundry list" of hopes and fears.

On January 28th and 29th, we held our third DREAM Team Training.  "D.R.E.A.M." stands for Design, Reporting, Evaluation, and Monitoring, and we believe these elements are the keys to making the biggest possible impact as a Peace Corps program.  If volunteers can design better projects using the most up-to-date understanding of what works and a framework that coordinates their efforts; if they can monitor and report on those projects so we can measure their outcomes; and if we can evaluate those outcomes, learn from them, and pass on the knowledge to the next generation of volunteers, then we will no longer have to worry about reinventing the wheel, but can begin to build upon our efforts and move forward.

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Health PCVs Randi, Jensen, Sarah, and David explained their project framework with four haikus that quite literally built on one another.

The "Team" consists of volunteers from every sector and region, who are chosen by their Associate Peace Corps Directors (APCDs) for their demonstrated work ethic, leadership, and reporting ability.  At the training, these volunteers gain an in-depth understanding of their project frameworks and indicators, work side-by-side with their APCDs to troubleshoot current reporting issues, and provide valuable feedback on existing design, monitoring, and reporting resources.  They then carry all of this knowledge back to their fellow volunteers and work with them to report the highest quality data possible.

With the help of these dedicated volunteers, we're making a healthier, more financially and food secure Senegal a "DREAM" come true.


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Director of Programming and Training Vanessa Dickey explains the logic behind the rock-and-ripple metaphor.
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"There are still a lot of numbers, but I'm not afraid anymore," said Agriculture Volunteer Rhianna as she revisited her hopes and fears at the end of Day 1.
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Community Economic Development Volunteers engage in a lively discussion of their sector indicators with Associate Peace Corps Director Amar Sall.
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Health Volunteers meet with Health Associate Peace Corps Director Mamadou Diaw to discuss common reporting issues and how to address them.
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Agroforestry Volunteer Mikhael meets with Monitoring, Reporting, and Evaluation Coordinator Abiboulaye Diouf and Agroforestry Associate Peace Corps Director Demba Sidibe to discuss improvements to the project framework.
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The newly-minted 2015 DREAM Team with Associate Peace Corps Directors and Monitoring, Reporting, and Evaluation staff.

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