In honor of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (KL-YES) 10th Anniversary, the KL-YES program selected 25 alumni to participate in the Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop in Bali Indonesia Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2013.
Among the 25 selected alumni were two IRIS students, Joseph and Shughaib from Tanzania. The workshop was a five-day intensive training workshop, which required active participation and commitment from alumni in order to become a local KL-YES alumni training resource. It’s focus was to increase the training and leadership capacity within the KL-YES alumni network.
25 alumni from 12 different countries (below) met in Bali to complete 30 hours of training. After three days of training, each alumnus was given the opportunity to facilitate training to their train-back group. Self and group-assessment followed.
Shughaib’s topic was on the sanitation challenges within his community. He said, “The training motivated the alumni’s determination toward conducting more productive community projects in order to give back to communities. Joseph also said that “throughout the training, I was given opportunities to run activities using different methodologies and train others. These practices strengthened my experience.” He also learned that one of the most important attributes to building an unforgettable experience is embracing diversity.
Joseph has attended training workshops in the past, but none as effective as ToT. He said that he eventually “came to realize the reasons why the impact was about 40 percent. It was because my training was not effective. My experience at the ToT workshop has been one of the most valuable experiences in my life.”
Shughaib said that those who had prior training experience were able to refine their skills and review the basic principles. He said it was also an important opportunity to reconnect and network with other program alumni as they visited several sites throughout Bali.
Joseph says he now has an understanding of what an effective trainer should be like. He also reflected on his time as an exchange student in Iowa and said that the experience “never parishes. It grows as time passes and reconnecting with other KL-YES alumni was like my second year as an exchange student.”
According to Shughaib, one of the most important lessons he learned was “the strategies on how to select audiences according to their needs, and how to deliver the training to them while taking into consideration the best objectives specific to that audience.” He now plans to do as many community service activities as possible in his community, and will encourage youth to volunteer in the developmental cause for their communities and the nation of Tanzania.