From the 31st of October to the 4th of November the Dominican Scout Association hosted the first part of the “Assistant Leader Trainer” Course (or Level 1 Course) in the Convention Center of the Technological University of Cibao (UCATECI), located in the mountains of Guaigui, Province of La Vega.
During five intensive days, 33 participants (mostly form the Dominican Republic) “learned by doing” and with group discussions, about different topics, such as: Adults in Scouting Policies: World and Regional levels, functions and competencies of an Assistant Leader Trainer (“Three Beads”), development and learning of adults, stages of the life cycle of an adult in the Scout Movement, competency approach in the management of adults, and the design of learning sessions and arrangement and conduction of courses.
Personal development opportunities (i.e. leadership, team work, speaking in public, frameworks and paradigms, controversy and conflicts, among others) were also in the agenda, as was e-learning and the Global Support Gateway (GSG), platform where the course is now going on until mid-December.
The course’s Director is ISC’s Member Rafe Lucado (LT). Additional members of the team are Paulo Velásquez (LT from Colombia and Regional Coordinator for the GSG) and Ralf Dillmann (LT and AIS Director of the WSB-IAR). Ricardo Rojas and Miguel Fersobe (LTs from the Dominican Scout Association) are also part of the team, providing support to all the activities.
Among the participants are Carolina Valera (Executive Director of the Scout Association of Venezuela) and Jairo Alm (Group Leader of the Scout Association of Nicaragua). Also Yiromy Altagracia (representative form the Dominican Girl Guide Association) and Jesús Dávila (BSA-Puerto Rico), who attended as observers in this first stage of the course.“The balance is highly positive. I was thrilled to see the high commitment occurred and intelligent support and guidance that the facilitators have provided to participants and thus to our NSO” stated Yeycy Donastorg, one of the participants from the Dominican Republic. "Everything was fine, a little tight on the agenda, but it was worth while", concluded Alm in his evaluation. On her side, Valera said that it is “a course designed for adults in their role as trainers of other adults, through the implementation of a competency model, clearly focused and right on track, to facilitate the development of Scouting in my country and ensure compliance with the Mission of Scouting”.