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GUIDE TO. LIVING AND TEACHING IN THE. MARSHALL ISLANDS DARTMOUTH VOLUNTEER TEACHING PROGRAM 2011-2012. PREFACE. CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO ...

    Guide

    to

    Living and Teaching

    in the

    Marshall Islands

    Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program

    2011-2012

    PREFACE

    Congratulations! You have chosen to take the extraordinary step of living and working in a country that is really like no other and to take on a serious responsibilityone for

    which there are high expectations and demands but also one that will prove to be as rewarding as just about anything you can imagine.

    Certainly your decision to join the Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program indicates that you are adventurous and that you care about helping others, but most of all, it shows that you are ready for a challenge. Living and working in the Marshall Islands is not just another day hanging out at the beach in a tropical paradise (although we’d be lying if we

    said that never happens, it’s just a little different from what you might have imagined) –

    you’ll find frustrations, stress and other difficulties that you might not expect. Trying to adjust to the new environment can be a road filled with pitfalls if you are unprepared.

    This document is intended to serve as a brief introduction to life in the Marshall Islands. You should read through it now, during the summer before leaving home and during orientation in Majuro to familiarize yourself with some of the things you are likely to encounter during your time here. Many questions can be answered by reading the pages of this guide so you should take the time to read it before your departure. Much of the fear and anxiety you may feel at the beginning is caused by the fact that you are bombarded with situations and experiences that are completely unfamiliar and unexpected. We hope that this guide will give you at least some idea of what to expect and thus reduce some of the initial shock that you will inevitably experience.

    In many ways, you are taking on challenges and responsibilities far greater than your friends and colleagues who have chosen a more ―traditional‖ path. Our hope is to give you a head start on understanding and preparing for the year to come.

    This book also serves as a reference guide for everyday living in the Marshall Islands. Simple operations like making a long-distance call or getting a letter mailed from the outer islands become much more difficult when you are dealing with foreign operators, telephones, and mail systems. This book aims to make these and other tasks a little less daunting. However, this guide should not be regarded as an infallible (or even a complete) source. Things are changing here quickly enough that what is true today may not be true tomorrow. In addition to reading this book, you should constantly talk with the Marshallese you meet, your fellow DVTP volunteers, and the DVTP staff to get more information.

    Living and teaching in the Marshall Islands offers a spectrum of experiences that depend on your particular placement, your own personal history and your expectations before arrival. The degree to which health, safety and adjustment issues impact your experience are subjective. It is impossible to prepare all volunteers for their own personal experience in the RMI. The realities are that you will have problems and at times you will struggle while living and teaching in the RMI. DVTP is here to support and facilitate your success,

    but you must be prepared to take on new challenges and solve problems on your own.

    Before departure, you should talk to as many people as possible to answer any questions you might have. Returned volunteers are always happy to answer questions. Most of last year’s volunteers will be at the orientation session on the Saturday of Graduation

    Weekend to answer your questions and help you prepare for the big adventure.

    During your stay, you will encounter some things that will absolutely delight you. Nevertheless, inevitably, you will also encounter things that will seem strange, bizarre, or even downright irrational. Many of these things will make you confused, frustrated, or angry. When this happens, there is one thing you must remember: RELAX!!! Try to understand why things are the way they are. Try to think about it from a Marshallese point of view and especially factoring in their unusual geography and the difficulties it imposes, things will begin to make more sense. Many practices and beliefs are rooted in Marshallese culture.

    Whatever the case, do not condemn your host country and its people. Try to understand them. Try to discover what it was that you were assuming or valuing that they were not, and what they were assuming and valuing that you were not. Then ask yourself why? What makes you think and value what you do, and what makes them think and value what they do? This is where writing ―critical incidents‖ is helpful. If you can incorporate this way of looking at the differences you face, you are guaranteed a fascinating experience in the Marshall Islands. If you keep a curious mind, you will learn a lot about the Marshall Islands, about its people, and just as much about yourself and your culture.

*Much of this document is shamelessly stolen from the WorldTeach Guide to Living and Teaching in the Marshall Islands. Our thanks to the time and effort put into that document as well as the willingness to share it with DVTP.

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     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397253" INTRODUCTION PAGEREF _TOC168397253 \H 7

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397254" DVTP in the Marshall Islands PAGEREF _TOC168397254 \H 7

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397255" DVTP Statement of Expectations for Volunteers PAGEREF _TOC168397255 \H 8

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397256" Field Staff PAGEREF _TOC168397256 \H 8

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397257" TEACHING IN THE MARSHALLS PAGEREF _TOC168397257 \H 10

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397258" The Ministry of Education PAGEREF _TOC168397258 \H 10

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397259" Background: An Overview of Marshallese

    Politics PAGEREF _TOC168397259 \H 10

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397260" More Background: MOE and the Government PAGEREF _TOC168397260 \H 11

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397261" The Bikini Local Government PAGEREF _TOC168397261 \H 12

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397262" The Education System PAGEREF _TOC168397262 \H 12

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397263" Outside Educators in the RMI PAGEREF _TOC168397263 \H 15

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397264" Primary Education PAGEREF _TOC168397264 \H 15

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397265" Secondary Education PAGEREF _TOC168397265 \H 16

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397266" Post-Secondary Education PAGEREF _TOC168397266 \H 17

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397267" Private Schools PAGEREF _TOC168397267 \H 17

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397268" Teaching English PAGEREF _TOC168397268 \H 18

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397269" Professional Expectations of DVTP Volunteers PAGEREF _TOC168397269 \H 20

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397270" Early Termination PAGEREF _TOC168397270 \H 21

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397271" Hanging Loose Island Style PAGEREF _TOC168397271 \H 22

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397272" Methods PAGEREF _TOC168397272 \H 23

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397273" DVTP Volunteers’ Methods PAGEREF _TOC168397273 \H 23

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397274" Marshallese Methods PAGEREF _TOC168397274 \H 25

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397275" Working it out with your Principal PAGEREF _TOC168397275 \H 26

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397276" Respect for your Principal and Others in the

    Community PAGEREF _TOC168397276 \H 27

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397277" Cancellations PAGEREF _TOC168397277 \H 28

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397278" Adult Classes PAGEREF _TOC168397278 \H 29

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397279" Materials PAGEREF _TOC168397279 \H 29

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397280" Important Supplementary Topics for All Teachers PAGEREF _TOC168397280 \H 31

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397281" Environmental Education PAGEREF _TOC168397281 \H 31

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397282" HIV/AIDS Awareness/Prevention PAGEREF _TOC168397282 \H 32

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397283" The Twin Curses of Alcohol and Teen Pregnancy PAGEREF _TOC168397283 \H 33

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397284" Suicide PAGEREF _TOC168397284 \H 34

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397285" Discipline PAGEREF _TOC168397285 \H 35

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397286" Cheating PAGEREF _TOC168397286 \H 36

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397287" Parents and Education PAGEREF _TOC168397287 \H 36

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397288" Parent Support at Home PAGEREF _TOC168397288 \H 36

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397289" How to Foster Parent Support at Home PAGEREF _TOC168397289 \H 37

HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397290" DVTP Job Description PAGEREF _TOC168397290 \H 38

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397291" Your Stipend PAGEREF _TOC168397291 \H 40

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397292" School Year Calendar and Holidays PAGEREF _TOC168397292 \H 41

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397293" Initial Travel Arrangements PAGEREF _TOC168397293 \H 42

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397294" Travel during the Year PAGEREF _TOC168397294 \H 43

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397295" Fishing PAGEREF _TOC168397295 \H 44

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397296" Boating PAGEREF _TOC168397296 \H 44

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397297" SCUBA Diving and Snorkeling PAGEREF _TOC168397297 \H 44

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397298" Your First Day in the Marshalls PAGEREF _TOC168397298 \H 45

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397299" MAJURO ORIENTATION PAGEREF _TOC168397299 \H 46

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397300" Living Conditions PAGEREF _TOC168397300 \H 46

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397301" Marshallese Language PAGEREF _TOC168397301 \H 47

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397302" TEFL PAGEREF _TOC168397302 \H 47

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397303" Cultural Adjustment PAGEREF _TOC168397303 \H 48

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397304" Site Visit During Orientation PAGEREF _TOC168397304 \H 48

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397305" Other Opportunities PAGEREF _TOC168397305 \H 48

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397306" Requirements PAGEREF _TOC168397306 \H 49

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397307" LIVING IN THE MARSHALLS PAGEREF _TOC168397307 \H 49

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397308" Expectations PAGEREF _TOC168397308 \H 49

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397309" The Sites: Majuro, Ejit, Laura, Kili, Wotje, Jaluit PAGEREF _TOC168397309 \H 50

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397310" Majuro PAGEREF _TOC168397310 \H 54

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397311" Ejit PAGEREF _TOC168397311 \H 54

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397312" Laura PAGEREF _TOC168397312 \H 55

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397313" Kili PAGEREF _TOC168397313 \H 55

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397314" Wotje PAGEREF _TOC168397314 \H 56

     HYPERLINK \l "_Jaluit" Jaluit 56

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397315" Final word about sites PAGEREF _TOC168397315 \H 57

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397316" Job Success Overseas Expectations vs. Reality PAGEREF _TOC168397316 \H 57

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397317" Doing Your Job Overseas PAGEREF _TOC168397317 \H 58

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397318" The Myth of the Personal Journey PAGEREF _TOC168397318 \H 59

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397319" A Word about Relationships PAGEREF _TOC168397319 \H 60

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397320" Hardships You Might Face in the Marshalls PAGEREF _TOC168397320 \H 60

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397321" Communication with Home PAGEREF _TOC168397321 \H 61

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397322" Telephones PAGEREF _TOC168397322 \H 63

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397323" Fax PAGEREF _TOC168397323 \H 64

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397324" The Internet PAGEREF _TOC168397324 \H 64

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397325" Postal Service PAGEREF _TOC168397325 \H 65

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397326" Visitors from Home PAGEREF _TOC168397326 \H 66

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397327" News in English PAGEREF _TOC168397327 \H 67

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397328" Documents and Money PAGEREF _TOC168397328 \H 67

    HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397329" Banking PAGEREF _TOC168397329 \H 68

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397330" Getting Money in an Emergency PAGEREF _TOC168397330 \H 68

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397331" HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE RMI PAGEREF _TOC168397331 \H 68

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397332" Introduction PAGEREF _TOC168397332 \H 68

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397333" Safety PAGEREF _TOC168397333 \H 69

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397334" Theft PAGEREF _TOC168397334 \H 69

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397335" Physical Assault PAGEREF _TOC168397335 \H 70

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397336" Sexual Harassment and Assault PAGEREF _TOC168397336 \H 71

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397337" ―Peeping Toms‖ PAGEREF _TOC168397337 \H 73

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397338" Health PAGEREF _TOC168397338 \H 73

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397339" Illness in the Marshall Islands PAGEREF _TOC168397339 \H 74

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397340" Important Do’s and Don’ts PAGEREF _TOC168397340 \H 75

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397341" Treatment PAGEREF _TOC168397341 \H 75

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397342" Other Medical Issues PAGEREF _TOC168397342 \H 75

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397343" Immunizations PAGEREF _TOC168397343 \H 77

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397344" Before Departure PAGEREF _TOC168397344 \H 77

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397345" Health/Medical Items you might want to take PAGEREF _TOC168397345 \H 78

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397346" United States Nuclear Testing in the Marshalls PAGEREF _TOC168397346 \H 78

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397347" United States National Missile Defense Testing in

    the Marshalls PAGEREF _TOC168397347 \H 81

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397348" Supplemental Overseas Health and Evacuation

    Insurance PAGEREF _TOC168397348 \H 82

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397349" Additional Overseas Health Insurance PAGEREF _TOC168397349 \H 82

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397350" Post-Return Medical Insurance PAGEREF _TOC168397350 \H 82

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397351" Medical Evacuation PAGEREF _TOC168397351 \H 83

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397352" Emergency Procedures PAGEREF _TOC168397352 \H 84

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397353" CULTURE AND CUSTOMS PAGEREF _TOC168397353 \H 84

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397354" Land PAGEREF _TOC168397354 \H 84

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397355" Traditional Leaders PAGEREF _TOC168397355 \H 85

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397356" Iroij and Leroij: the Paramount Chiefs PAGEREF _TOC168397356 \H 85

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397357" Birth Order PAGEREF _TOC168397357 \H 87

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397358" Birth and Death in the Marshall Islands PAGEREF _TOC168397358 \H 87

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397359" Navigation and Weather Prediction PAGEREF _TOC168397359 \H 89

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397360" Cultural Customs: A List PAGEREF _TOC168397360 \H 90

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397361" Marshallese Adoptions PAGEREF _TOC168397361 \H 92

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397362" Housing PAGEREF _TOC168397362 \H 93

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397363" Sponsor Families PAGEREF _TOC168397363 \H 94

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397364" Marshallese Hospitality PAGEREF _TOC168397364 \H 94

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397365" Personal Space PAGEREF _TOC168397365 \H 95

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397366" Being the Center of Attention PAGEREF _TOC168397366 \H 95

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397367" Food PAGEREF _TOC168397367 \H 96

HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397368" Water PAGEREF _TOC168397368 \H 98

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397369" General Guidelines for Interacting with

    Marshallese Families PAGEREF _TOC168397369 \H 99

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397370" Information Sharing, Communication and

    Personal Interactions PAGEREF _TOC168397370 \H 100

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397371" Copra, Religion, Belief, and Magic PAGEREF _TOC168397371 \H 101

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397372" Time PAGEREF _TOC168397372 \H 102

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397373" Marshallese Lessons PAGEREF _TOC168397373 \H 103

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397374" Gender Issues PAGEREF _TOC168397374 \H 104

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397375" CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT PAGEREF _TOC168397375 \H 105

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397376" The Culture Adjustment Curve PAGEREF _TOC168397376 \H 105

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397377" The Low Points PAGEREF _TOC168397377 \H 106

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397378" Coping Mechanisms PAGEREF _TOC168397378 \H 107

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397379" Getting Involved In Your Community PAGEREF _TOC168397379 \H 107

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397380" BEFORE YOU GO PAGEREF _TOC168397380 \H 108

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397381" Between Now and Departure PAGEREF _TOC168397381 \H 108

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397382" Hanover Orientation PAGEREF _TOC168397382 \H 108

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397383" Studying Marshallese Before You Go PAGEREF _TOC168397383 \H 108

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397384" Visa PAGEREF _TOC168397384 \H 108

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397385" Suggested Reading and Resource List PAGEREF _TOC168397385 \H 108

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397386" Websites PAGEREF _TOC168397386 \H 109

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397387" Books PAGEREF _TOC168397387 \H 109

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397388" Travel guides PAGEREF _TOC168397388 \H 110

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397389" Preparation PAGEREF _TOC168397389 \H 110

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397390" Packing List PAGEREF _TOC168397390 \H 111

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397391" A Guide to What You Might (and Might Not)

    Want to Take With You PAGEREF _TOC168397391 \H 111

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397392" Generally PAGEREF _TOC168397392 \H 111

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397393" Luggage PAGEREF _TOC168397393 \H 111

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397394" Shoes PAGEREF _TOC168397394 \H 112

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397395" Women’s Clothing PAGEREF _TOC168397395 \H 112

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397396" Men's Clothing PAGEREF _TOC168397396 \H 113

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397397" Rainwear PAGEREF _TOC168397397 \H 113

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397398" Nicer Clothes PAGEREF _TOC168397398 \H 113

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397399" Linens PAGEREF _TOC168397399 \H 113

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397400" Medications and Cosmetics PAGEREF _TOC168397400 \H 113

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397401" Documents PAGEREF _TOC168397401 \H 114

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397402" Books PAGEREF _TOC168397402 \H 114

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397403" Electrical appliances PAGEREF _TOC168397403 \H 115

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397404" Laptop Computers PAGEREF _TOC168397404 \H 115

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397405" CDs/MP3s/iPods PAGEREF _TOC168397405 \H 115

    HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397406" Hobbies/Sports PAGEREF _TOC168397406 \H 115

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397407" Cameras and Film PAGEREF _TOC168397407 \H 116

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397408" Other Equipment PAGEREF _TOC168397408 \H 116

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397409" Gifts PAGEREF _TOC168397409 \H 116

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397410" Checklist of Suggested Clothing PAGEREF _TOC168397410 \H 116

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397411" Teaching Supplies PAGEREF _TOC168397411 \H 119

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397412" DVTP ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS PAGEREF _TOC168397412 \H 120

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397413" Paying Taxes PAGEREF _TOC168397413 \H 120

     HYPERLINK \L "_TOC168397414" United States PAGEREF _TOC168397414 \H 120

    INTRODUCTION

    DVTP in the Marshall Islands

DVTP in the Marshall Islands

    The DVTP operates in the Marshalls Islands under the direction of the Ministry of Education of the Marshall Islands (MOE). The Ministry has placed a renewed emphasis on improving students’ English skills beginning early in elementary school and decided to bring in native-English speaking teachers to assist with this effort. While opinions on when a second language should be introduced vary, the MOE finds that it has little choice but to adopt English (or some other non-Micronesian language) because there are few instructional materials or books written in Marshallese. The major texts used in the schools are in English, particularly in high school, so students whose English skills are weak are at a great disadvantage. Simply put, developing strong English language skills is the key for students here without them, the children can’t move on to higher levels of education and face severely limited options for the future.

    Although English has been taught in the schools for a half-century, current academic achievement levels fall far below expectations of parents, community leaders and government officials. Students leaving 8th grade generally have very poor command of English, not to mention generally weak math skills (partially due to poor English), and poor literacy skills in Marshallese or English. The DVTP is excited to have the opportunity to help the MOE on its mission to improve the education of Marshallese children, in English and other subjects as well.

    The relationship between the MOE and the DVTP is described in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is renewed on a yearly basis. Under the terms of the MOU, the DVTP is obligated to select and train volunteers to teach in the public schools, while the government is obligated to fully fund the program. In the MOU, DVTP agrees to provide volunteers to fulfill whatever teaching responsibilities the MOE requests. In addition to teaching assigned classes in school, the MOE has requested that DVTP volunteers also assist the other faculty members of their school by running an English instructional class for the staff. In the past, the DVTP volunteers have taught at public primary and secondary schools, both on the capital island of Majuro (Ejit Elementary, Marshall Islands High School, and Laura High School) and on a number of outer islands (Kili Elementary, Wotje Elementary, Northern Islands High School, Kwajalein Atoll High School, Enewetak Elementary). The DVTP currently has volunteers at Ejit Elementary, Kili Elementary, Laura High School, Marshall Islands High School, Jaluit High School, Northern Islands High School, and the Majuro Middle School.

    The past eleven years of the undergraduate program and nine years of the graduate program have been a remarkable success both for volunteers and for the MOE. This is mainly due to the tireless dedication and hard work of the volunteers, but also to the

    strong support for the program by the RMI government, the host schools and communities, Marshallese teachers and principals, and numerous others throughout the country. As a volunteer for the 20112012 school year, you will benefit from the work of

    those before you, but you will also be held to a high standard, with high expectations from your colleagues, the principals and the MOE.

DVTP Statement of Expectations for Volunteers

    As a volunteer, you are expected to be mature, show excellent decision-making capabilities and be able to take care of yourself while in the RMI. The DVTP expectations for volunteer conduct are set out in the Conditions of Participation. You are required to read and sign this document in order to confirm your participation in the DVTP. This document explains that DVTP volunteers are expected to consider themselves primarily as volunteer teachers working with students and teachers at their

    host schools and conduct themselves professionally at all times. Volunteers shall abide by all relevant DVTP regulations as listed in this contract and as presented by your Field Director.

    Your Field Director is experienced and knowledgeable about the customs of the Marshall Islands and will educate you about staying healthy and safe while living in this new environment. She will also offer excellent support with any emergencies, problems or difficult situations. Geography and difficult transportation and communications systems in the RMI make it impossible for the Field Director to offer personal support to all volunteers all of the time. You must arrive with an independent mentality, practice common sense, and lean on your Field Director for only the most important problems. Being an independent and capable volunteer will only enhance your experience while living and teaching in the RMI.

    In addition to being a dedicated teacher and helping to support the program by acting responsibly and independently, we ask that you help inform future volunteers and improve the DVTP in the Marshall Islands. Each volunteer builds on the experiences of the ones before, and leaves a legacy of successes and lessons learned for the next volunteer. To keep our programs developing, the DVTP asks each volunteer to contribute to the ―handing over‖ of documents for the next year’s volunteers, filling out evaluation

    forms throughout the trainings and experience, and writing reflection pieces, stories and ―critical incidents.‖ Your field director will give you more details about these contributions.

    Field Staff

    A full-time Field Director in Majuro (Carleigh Beriont, Mount Holyoke ’10) runs the Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program. The Field Director has full responsibility for all overseas aspects of the program. The DVTP Field Director has the same basic goals as DVTP volunteers to foster the development of English education in the Marshall Islands. Toward this end, the Field Director must facilitate interaction between the host government, host communities, host schools, volunteers, and the DVTP organization.

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