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  1. 1. PEACE CORPS UGANDA PO Box 7007, Plot 48 Malcolm X, Kololo, Kampala, Uganda Telephone: 256.317.111200; 256 0317111200, Fax 256.317.111.299 DESCRIPTION OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SERVICE Marvin Roxas, Education Volunteer – Peace Corps Uganda After a competitive application process stressing applicant skills, adaptability and cross-cultural understanding, Mr. Marvin Roxas was invited into Peace Corps Service. As part of the language and cross-cultural component of the training program, Mr. Marvin Roxas lived with a Ugandan family in Kasana, Luwero District for approximately 4 weeks and was made to feel welcome and at home. This home stay assisted Mr. Marvin Roxas in adapting to the Ugandan culture and acquiring local language abilities, thus facilitating the transition into his service at Luteete Primary Teachers’ College located in the central Luwero District. Mr. Marvin Roxas began Peace Corps training on November 13, 2013 at a training site in Wakiso District, Uganda where he completed an intensive ten-week training program encompassing the following subject areas: CULTURE: The cultural training component focused on politics, geography, history, cultural values, and social norms (40 hours). TECHNICAL: This component included a general introduction to the education system in Uganda; a specific introduction to universal primary/universal secondary education in schools and teacher training; issues that affect a child’s ability to learn e.g. gender, disability, HIV/AIDS; school management and administrative structure; extra- curricular activities; community mobilization; practice teaching in secondary schools; delivering seminars for students and teachers; instructional material development; and observation and feedback skills. Mr. Marvin Roxas also participated in community health sessions focusing on the various health issues prevalent in Uganda including HIV/AIDS, Malaria, water and sanitation, and nutrition, amongst others (120 hours). LANGUAGE: The language component of training was comprised of an intensive study of the Luganda language centering on practical application through various community simulations. The ACTFL exam for Luganda was passed with a score of Intermediate Mid (90 hours). HEALTH & SAFETY: The health and safety training consisted of first aid, tropical medicine, preventative medicine, stress management, personal safety issues and road safety (30 hours).
  2. 2. Mr. Marvin Roxas entered into Peace Corps service January 22, 2014, and was assigned to Luteete Primary Teachers’ College. The initial three months of his/her service in Luteete Primary Teachers’ College was spent as an integration and community assessment period, whereby Mr. Marvin Roxas worked to identify potential development partners in the community. During this time he/she focused on learning the school curriculum, observing operations in the different departments, teaching, participating in all prior-scheduled activities and field work, and becoming familiar with community members. Mr. Marvin Roxas also forged relationships with several other local groups during this time, including Nakaseke Radio and Telecenter. Mr. Marvin Roxas’ specific activities completed during his service included the following: Project Descriptions: Library Creation  Organized over 1000 books from a dilapidated storage room into a working library.  Supervised the creation of a computer database and library record system for checked books, and trained the college librarian in its utilization.  Promoted a college writing club where written submissions were published on a blog. Computer Lab Creation  Collected initial needs assessment of the college and community demonstrating the need for a computer lab.  Wrote a PCPP (Peace Corps Partnership Program) Grant of $11,000 in order to build and furnish a college computer lab.  Fundraised 60% of the funds through social media campaign, group donations at home, and a cross-country bike ride fundraiser; the other 40% of the funds came from local community contributions.  Connected the college with computer distributors in Kampala in order to obtain 10 computers, a projector, speakers, and fused power strips. Teaching  Provided over 1000 hours of math and science instruction to 200 college age students in accordance with the Primary Teachers’ College curriculum of Kyambogo University and the Ministry of Education and Sports.  Led over 300 hours of computer lab practical lessons to 200 college age students and community members. Youth Empowerment Camps  Instructed youth in life-skills training, gender roles, income-generating activities, malaria awareness, and HIV/AIDs mitigation at Central Youth Technical Training workshop and Special Needs Camp Kuseka.  Shared the stories of youth and adult counterparts through video, photos, and blog posts as the social media expert at Information Technology Camp, Gulu BUILD (Boys of Uganda in Leadership Development) Camp, Coffee Camp, and Conservation Camp. Training Received
  3. 3.  Attended weeklong trainings in HIV/AIDs awareness, Student Friendly Schools, Youth Adult Partnerships, Working with Community Counterparts (In-Service Training), and Implementing the Primary Literacy Project at the Primary Teachers’ College level (Mid- Service Training). Training Given  Facilitated training sessions in Survival ICT (Information Communications Technology), Introduction to Community Integration and Homestay, and PACA (Participatory Analysis for Community Action) for the June 2014, November 2014, and June 2015 pre-service training cohorts.  Supported regional groups in Mityana District during homestay for the June 2014 and November 2014 groups as the Luganda satellite liaison.  Instructed youth adult teams during a technical training in Arua Town with the methodology to create and develop a permagarden and compost pile. Office Media Projects  Edited the 50th Anniversary Uganda Rap Video and Primary Literacy Project training video.  Travelled to all the regions of Uganda with the Country Director to film and edit videos of Peace Corps Volunteers’ different sites and projects as well as their relationships with Ugandan counterparts.  Compiled video interviews of Peace Corps Uganda office staff and volunteer project videos into the Peace Corps Uganda Annual Report DVD.  Filmed Ugandan celebrities and activists for the Let Girls Learn Uganda promotional video. Peace Corps Volunteer Leader  Developed 7 Peace Corps Volunteer sites in the central and western regions of Uganda in preparation for a carrier volunteer following the starter volunteers in accordance with the Primary Literacy Project.  Sensitized the heads of schools and colleges about the Peace Corps mission and the role of the education volunteer at site. Peer Support Network  Worked as the social media and merchandise manager for the Peer Support Network of Uganda dedicated to supporting fellow Peace Corps Volunteers’ emotional, mental, and social needs.  Liaised with merchandise vendors in Kampala in order to produce Peace Corps Uganda merchandise. Personal Achievements  Achieved Advanced Low in Luganda demonstrating the ability to speak with villagers, parents, and community leaders regarding the importance of sustained education and community mobilization in addressing issues.  Lived at one site for 23 months of service, becoming a fully integrated member of the community and forging strong bonds with neighbors.
  4. 4.  Planted a permagarden and created compost with my village counterpart and a team of college students.  Discussed the differences between Ugandan and American culture at a weekly radio show in the adjacent Nakaseke District’s Radio and Telecenter.  Conducted cooking and baking demonstrations of American cuisine utilizing local cooking materials.  Maintained an ongoing blog chronicling the life of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda  Created videos and photo slideshows detailing the projects of fellow Peace Corps Volunteers regarding malaria day, a science fair, and a science teaching day.  Bicycled collectively over 1500km in order to accomplish school supervision, travel to the market, and visit nearby schools. Mr. Marvin Roxas successfully completed his service on December 9, 2015. This is to certify in accordance with Executive Order 11103 of April 10, 1963, that Mr. Marvin Roxas served successfully as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He is therefore eligible to be appointed as a career-conditional employee in the competitive civil service on a non-competitive basis. This benefit under the Executive Order extends for a period of one year after termination of Volunteer service, except that the employing agency may extend the period for up to three years for a former Volunteer who enters military service, pursues studies at a recognized institution of higher learning, or engages in other activities that, in the view of the appointing agency, warrant extension of the period. Pursuant to section 5(f) of the Peace Corps Act, 22 USC 2504(f), as amended, any former Volunteer employed by the United States Government following his Peace Corps Volunteer service is entitled to have any period of satisfactory Peace Corps Volunteer service credited for purposes of retirement, seniority, reduction in force, leave, and other privileges based on length of Government service. Peace Corps service shall not be credited toward completion of the probationary or trial period or completion of any service requirement for career appointment. _____________________________________________ ______________________ NAME Peace Corps Volunteer Date ______________________________________________ ______________________ Loucine Hayes – Country Director, Peace Corps Uganda Date COS/ET Form H-Education: 2/2014