Director Alson Kelen with trainees giving instruction on climate change and the importance of protecting the environment. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

NTC Trainees Retreat to Eneko

Every year the National Training Counsel (NTC) Trainees attend a Retreat Event held on the islet Eneko. This year is was held July 3-6, 2017 and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) trainees attended as well making a total of 32 trainees that attended the four day event. Group activities are a big part of the Vocational and Life Skills training during the retreat; therefore trainees are divided into groups to teach the importance of learning to work together. WAM staff was assigned to supervise the groups. The group activities encouraged the trainees to three areas:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Decision-making skills

In addition each day cultural and traditional skills are taught and lived by. Group activities included a schedule to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as the following:

  • handling fishing, throw net fishing and seafood hunting
  • Coconut gathering, husking and grinding
  • Instruction and participation in cooking Marshallese traditional food
  • Learning how to make an underground oven (traditional oven)

To facilitate the skill of working together team activities such as the ones listed below were planned each day:

  • Tug of War
  • Over & Under
  • Neck-to-Neck
  • Volleyball
  • Relay

The Retreat proved to be very successful in helping the NTC trainees with an increased awareness of responsibility and the importance of taking assigned tasks seriously. This training has also prepared them to implement their goals and helped them to make decisions for their future.


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