Training

Well-trained Volunteers are the key to Stomp,

knowledgeable trainers are the prerequisite for great trainings, and having the best and brightest attend trainings together enhances learning. So Stomp created the Malaria Boot Camp program, a 10 day intensive training held in Thies, Senegal with over 30 expert trainers from partner organizations. Over the course of 3 Boot Camp trainings, Stomp has trained 51 Volunteers, 12 staff members and 1 member of the National Malaria Control Program staff member. Together they represent a Peace Corps Malaria Team currently covering 18 countries.

Well-trained Volunteers are the key to Stomp, knowledgeable trainers are the prerequisite for great trainings, and having the best and brightest attend trainings together enhances learning. So Stomp created the Malaria Boot Camp program, a 10 day intensive training held in Thies, Senegal with over 30 expert trainers from partner organizations. Over the course of 3 Boot Camp trainings, Stomp has trained 51 Volunteers, 12 staff members and 1 member of the National Malaria Control Program staff member. Together they represent a Peace Corps Malaria Team currently covering 18 countries.

Bringing partner experts to Thies is prohibitively expensive, but Skype is a transformative technology. With an investment of less than $2000 in computer equipment, Stomp was able to create a distance-learning center in Thies, Senegal.Experts ranging from the Malaria Vaccine Initiative at PATH in Seattle to CDC experts in malaria and HIV co-infection based in Tanzania are all able to offer trainees their unique knowledge. Additionally, multi-party Skype allows for generational knowledge sharing within the Malaria Team. Volunteers from past Boot Camps and partners at their assigned organizations join in panel discussions with new Malaria Team members, discussing the challenges and strategies for new Volunteers entering the organizational culture of a partner organization. Distance learning sessions over Skype are balanced with hands on and field sessions. Malaria No More facilitates trainee visits to the community-led malaria prevention program at Thienaba Seck, an international model for grassroots malaria prevention and the catalyst for the Speak Up Africa program.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s