Update 26/11/12 – Registration for the Pilot Program closes Friday 30 November, 2012
It’s been a great year for WhyDev. We redesigned our website, have a new logo and added some invaluable team members – Allison and Daniel. We also wrote a post on why aid workers make great lovers and over 25,000 aid workers with self esteem issues clicked through and read it.
Back in February, with the help of our partner, Shana Montesol Johnson, a certified executive coach who blogs at Development Crossroads, we introduced the concept of peer coaching for aid workers. We put out a survey to see whether or not there would be interest in being part of a peer coaching program. Within a matter of weeks, we had over 350 people respond to tell us that they wanted to be part of our program.
In June, with the support of over 76 generous people, we raised funds to develop a professional and comprehensive peer coaching program. We’ve been hard at work getting the pilot program going, and we think you’re going to be impressed with how it has turned out.
To understand how the peer coaching system works, you can view the video we used to gather support :
To give you an idea of what we’ve been hard at work doing, we worked remotely with a professional from South Africa in creating an algorithm to match aid workers from different parts of the world. In partnership with Shana, we formulated guidelines, terms and conditions, coaching agreements, risk management strategies and other resources to give participants the best possible experience.
And now, after many months of hard work, we are pleased to announce that we are ready to accept registration for our pilot program.
We have already contacted those who signed up on our original expression of interest survey back in February and if they contact us in time, they will get priority. But in total, for our pilot program, there are only 400 spots available. That’s right, only 400.
How will the Pilot Program work?
We will gather information about you and what your expectations of peer coaching are. Once registration is complete, we will start to match peer coaches together. We will have a bunch of resources to give you including a Peer Coaching Agreement that you and your peer will complete. This will be used as a contract between peer coaches to negotiate and make clear expectations.
Throughout the program, we will be monitoring your peer coaching relationship and checking in on you to see what is and isn’t working.
After a period of four months, we will end the pilot and re-evaluate how it all went down. This will help us to develop the program in full for next year.
If you are one of the first 400 people who manage to sign up to enter our program, you will receive a full pack of resources detailing further how peer coaching will work.
The cost of the pilot program is 100% free. All that we ask is that you work with us to help us to improve what we are trying to achieve. This means participating in evaluation activities, such as a post-program survey so we know what went well and what didn’t.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up here!
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