Trainees induction in Uganda - Homestay Experience!
As part of the Pre-Service Training, Peace Corps Trainees spend 5 (five) weeks with host families across the country.
This offers a great opportunity for the Trainees to learn the local language and to begin a cultural journey of experiencing life in Uganda. The home stay is designed to explore all aspects of the culture that would come into play as the Volunteers integrate into the communities where they will be serving for the next two years.
At the end of the five weeks, the tradition is for host families to say farewell to the Trainees. The event that is usually attended by community leaders, friends, Peace Corps staff representatives and members of the community is always emotional. It is characterized by partying, testimonies and exchange of gifts. At the end, host families are very grateful for the opportunity to learn about Americans and to build lasting friendship with the Trainees whom they would have inducted into their community life. On their part, Trainees feel accepted and inducted into the local culture in readiness for service.