Day 6 of Train the Trainer, Amman

On April 23, 2017, Posted by , In Travelogue, By , With Comments Off on Day 6 of Train the Trainer, Amman

Hello.

When I arrived downstairs, no lights were on! Eman and I walked into the training room and luckily she knew how to turn on the lights. Everything was as I had left it that night. Eman put out the Koosh balls (now down to 18) and pipe cleaners. No dice or wands, for obvious reasons.

She practiced her facilitation program while I set up my electronics and reposted any fallen kites. Then I wrote: English Sign Up on one flip chart and Arabic Sign Up on the other, in preparation for the two practice groups. But Talal, one of those needing English translation, came up to me to ask that all of the participants stay in one group because … Read the rest

Day of Rest in Amman

On April 21, 2017, Posted by , In Travelogue, By , With Comments Off on Day of Rest in Amman

Hello.

I made it to breakfast, where I was able to stomach some yogurt. Then I went to the front desk because I saw there was a pharmacy across the street and I wanted the hotel staff to write what I needed in Arabic. They assured me that they spoke English in every pharmacy, so I trotted over there. This was the very first time I had been outside since I came here. The sidewalk crumbled and the street looked very commercial and unwelcoming. When I got inside, there was a very young man (obviously not the pharmacist) who did NOT speak English.

So I marched back to the hotel and reissued my request for a written note. Eventually the … Read the rest

Day 5 of Train the Trainer, Amman

On April 20, 2017, Posted by , In Travelogue, By , With Comments Off on Day 5 of Train the Trainer, Amman

Hello.

I woke up feeling much better and quite hungry. I dropped off my few laundry items to be cleaned and had a good breakfast.

Then everything fell apart.

The room must have been used for a function, because there were high tables, an arm chair (!), my agenda map was missing, all the flip charts were missing (including the sign-up sheets for the showcase presentations, and another wand and more Koosh balls were gone. We were supposed to start at 8 and the IT person didn’t show until 8:01- then we couldn’t get my computer to communicate with the LCD, the right screen had to be lowered, etc.- I’m sure you’re getting the picture.

Luckily, only a few participants … Read the rest

Day 4 of Train the Trainer (that wasn’t), Amman

On April 20, 2017, Posted by , In Travelogue, By , With Comments Off on Day 4 of Train the Trainer (that wasn’t), Amman

Hello.

I got very little sleep and had a terrible time getting up the energy to shower, brush my teeth and dress. There was no doubt I would avoid breakfast because I didn’t dare eat anything. I did, however, do something very uncharacteristic of me. I took a Coke out of the mini bar. When I was a child, we used coke syrup to make us throw up and I wanted to see how I was doing before I got to the training room. So far, so good- but my laptop, etc. felt like 90 lbs. as I dragged myself to the elevator.

When I got to the room, I discovered that more than half of the class- and most … Read the rest

Day 3 of Train the Trainer, Amman

On April 19, 2017, Posted by , In Travelogue, By , With Comments Off on Day 3 of Train the Trainer, Amman

Hello.

Well, that was incredibly unpleasant. Management has brought me dry toast and Sprite, so I’m waiting to see if they help settle my stomach. They have called to check on me, the manager came up to see if I needed a doctor or to go to the hospital- when I said I was going to see how the soda and toast worked, he asked if I’d like some tea. Very quickly, a server returned with chamomile tea.

Unfortunately, my date with the porcelain goddess was not over. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I can’t keep this up all night and train all day tomorrow.

Thanks in advance!

Here are incidents and reflections from the day:… Read the rest

Day 2 of Train the Trainer, Amman

On April 18, 2017, Posted by , In Travelogue, By , With Comments Off on Day 2 of Train the Trainer, Amman

Hello.

Well, wonder of wonders, the hotel staff DID put up the kites and my agenda map, as well as putting all table top materials out. What a relief!!

I had a good night’s sleep so I felt much better today. We had to practice creating learning objectives and the four groups did a wonderful job! Considering that English is not their language, they are quite articulate.

The table of Arabic-speakers was much less populated today. I had asked the participants to sit with other people, so a number of them did. Interestingly enough, that table group completed every small group task faster than any of the others! And these tasks weren’t simple. In addition to developing learning objectives for … Read the rest