Monthly Archives: February 2008

Week 2 for the Project Management class

Laura’s comments

Last saturday, we finished the first week by a trip around Pondichery with the students. It was the occasion to spend time together outside of the class. First we went to visit one student family. Then we had a quick lunch and went boating on a lake: first time for students so big experience for them and lot of fun! At the end, we visited some temples. So, nice day for everybody!

Sunday was day off, so good occasion to rest and do some shopping.

The second week of class, after some feedbacks, I decided to give some more exercises to check what we learned the week before. We did some group exercices and grammar/vocabulary training around PM. Trainees are still very interested and participate a lot.

Yesterday afternoon, we had the celebration for diploma in advance because Lalida and Perumal left for an international conference in Australia (for 2 weeks). First, we began by trainees and trainer feedbacks and thanks. Then, we gave the certificate to the trainees. I received a very nice present as well! At the end, we shared a french desert we made the day before (chocolate mousse) and some brioche with Nutella, delicious! This day was also the occasion for me to wear sari…I felt like wedding dressed! Anyway it was very nice!

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Tomorrow will be the last day for me and trainees. For this occasion, we have decided to do a short class and to go to picnic on the beach!

After almost two weeks here, I feel very happy about this experience and all the people I met. Students have improved their english and know now the basic steps of PM.

A new session of Project management class

The 10 of February, ADECOM welcomes a new volonteer from Planete Urgence in France, Laure, for two weeks.

Laure is given Project Management class. This new session welcomes around 7 trainees, 3 boys and 4 girls, from 16 to 25 years old, still students or workers for ADECOM. The class takes place on the rooftop of ADECOM building. It begins at 9.30 am and finish at 1.30 pm, with tea break at 11 am.

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Trainees are very motivated and interested to learn more english, project management steps and foreign culture (specially french because of the nationality of the trainer). They are aware of their weakness in english and so support spontaneously the less advanced trainees.

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After two days adjustement, the daily program is roughly defined :

- Feedback about topics we learned the previous days, memory exercises and correction of homework if any,

- Learning new topic link with project management (introduction of new knowledge) ,

- Group exercise (in order to practise interactive exchange and restitution in front of the class) ,

- Project management vocabulary exercises

- Everyday vocabulary exercises in a game spirit (“jeu du pendu” for the french lecturers!)
- End to finish, free talk about culture and manners (to learn about each other and to pratise english)

The idea is to improve trainees level in both fields, whatever initial level is. The trainer encourages them to participate and take the class as a real opportunity to improve their self-confident.

After the class, we all enjoy a collective vegetarian lunch.

On the afternoon, trainees go back home and workers for ADECOM go back to their activities.

After almost one week in India with ADECOM, I can say that this experience is a very good way for me to understand indian (and dalit) culture and manners.