Post Selection Information for Interested Teachers

These are some details about the process from February to June.  There are a number of things to do prior to departure. 
February 17 
I received an email from the team leader, Jessica. The purpose of the attached letter was to:
(a) introduce the members of the team to one another, 
(b) provide a few details about the team leader,
(c) get you a general overview of Project Overseas 2015: Dominica, and
(d) present next steps as we moved forward as a team.
 Included in the overview were some timelines:
- Orientation Session in Ottawa: July 2, 3, 4, 5
- Departure from Ottawa / Arrival in Dominica: July 6-7 (layover in Barbados)
- Preparation in Dominica with local co-tutors: July 8, 9, 10
- Workshops with Dominica teachers (week 1): July 13 - 17
- Workshops with Dominica teachers (week 2): July 20 - 24
- Departure from Dominica / Arrival in Canada: July 25
The email also included the history of Dominica and the Project Overseas Participants Handbook as attachments.

By March 7
All members of the team were to introduce themselves via email.  Each of the members also arranged a phone chat with the team leader.

February 23 
I received an email from the travel agent, Jennifer.  It included my itinerary for travel to Dominica.  I was asked to read through the travel information and confirm with Jennifer no later than April 1st any personal travel requests (after the mission in Dominica arriving in Ottawa earlier than July 2nd).
Yes, that is correct!  You can travel outside the set itinerary before or after the project.  If you choose to do this, you must pay the difference and be aware that any insurance associated with the project will NOT cover you. I will be flying on to Vancouver to visit family after a 4 day stop at home to repack and regroup. I will also be doing a 3 day stop in Barbados.  I was already passing through, so why not!
Note that alternate travel plans can be very time consuming.  Jennifer is great with helping out, considering all the back and forth emails with over 50 participants.

February 24 
We received an email from Salwa, the executive assistant to the International Program at CTF, with a copy of the narrative report from the 2014 team.  This is very helpful in getting a feel for the project and what the next steps will be for workshops and content. 

March 28 
We received information about insurance coverage, what area of instruction we would be focusing on and who our co-tutor is (teaching partner).  Email addresses of our partners were included so that we could begin planning introduce ourselves.  Note that not all partners are able to connect with their partners.

May 5
We received the schedule for our time in Dominica.  The schedule covers our time from July 10 to July 24.  On the 10th there will be an opening ceremony first thing in the morning.  workshops will begin after that.  On the last day there will be a closing ceremony and on the 17th there will be a one hour Canada day celebration, which is organized by the Canadian team.  The workshops take place in a designated room for area (arts, technology, math, literacy, etc.).  Sessions will be from 8:15 to 10:25, break from 10:25 to 10:45 and then from 10:45 to 1:00.  There is no air conditioning in the school.  (Just an FYI for those of you who do not love the heat!)
The day of arrival is for rest, errands and to acclimate.  The following two days are for planning with co-tutors.

May 15 
We received an email from Alex, the International Program Officer at CTF. He provided us with a great intercultural guide and some financial information about funding and expenses.

June 8 
We received another email from Alex letting us know that a package was in the mail and he detailed the contents of the package.  Alex also provided information about our arrival and stay in Ottawa.

June 20
I will be meeting my Canadian teaching partners for the first time on Google Hangouts.

Note:  Planning and preparing workshops for two weeks can occupy a fair bit of your time from the time you are selected and the time you depart.  Baggage allowances are limited on some flights, so you have to be creative with your planning.

For more information on past projects, locations and workshops you can visit the Project Overseas Wiki, created by Project Overseas alumnus.

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