FAQs

Below are the answers to many commonly asked questions about AFoCO’s Regular Training Courses. Please click on the tabs to reveal the answers relating to a particular question. If you are unable to find the answer to your question, kindly contact us. We will be delighted to provide you with further information.


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Do participants have to purchase the air tickets at their own expense?

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Yes, all participants are expected to purchase the most economical air ticket available ON THEIR OWN. After purchasing the air ticket, the participant has to send the ticket information and airfare receipt to the Secretariat for reimbursements given during the training course.

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What are the best arrival date and departure date to/from AFoCO RETC?

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Participants are expected to book their respective air tickets to arrive in the training venue one day prior to the training and depart the day after the training is over.

E.g. If the training course is from 14-21 January, the participants are expected to arrive on 13 January and depart on 22 January.

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Do participants have to make hotel arrangements on their own?

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No, accommodation for all participants will be arranged and covered by the Secretariat during the training course.

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Will participants be sharing a room with other participants?

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Asingle room will be allocated to each participant. However, there may be situations where a participant has to share a twin room with another participant of the same gender.

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How much money should participants bring along for a 1-week training course?

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A Daily Subsistence Allowance(DSA), US$35/day/participant will apply throughout the stated duration of the training course. At least one meal per day will be provided throughout the stated duration of the training course (subject to change). Transportation required during training hours (from one training venue to another) will be arranged by the Secretariat.

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What kind of expenses is the DSA provided by the AFoCo Secretariat meant to cover?

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As the DSA is meant to cover any other miscellaneous expenses such as transport and meals after training hours, participants should bring along sufficient money if they wish to travel or tour around the country.

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What kind of clothes/footwear do participants need for the training course?

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For the field trips, participants are strongly encouraged to dress comfortable in casual attire and wear comfortable sports/hiking shoes (depends on the training). Some participants may decide to be in ‘Business Formal/Business Casual’ attires for the Opening/Closing ceremonies and when delivering presentations. For all other activities, there is no strict dress code to obey as long as participant dresses appropriately.

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What is the ‘Country Report’ that all participants need to submit before the training course?

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The ‘Country Report’ template will be provided to all participants prior to the training course. Only one ‘Country Report’ for each country has to be created. Participants are expected to input information on the training topic in their home country into the presentation template provided. Participants may change the layout and design of the presentation template, but they should always include the required information as stated in the template. During the ‘Country Report’ presentation session (stated in the training schedule) participants are expected to deliver a 5-minute presentation (subject to change).

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What is the ‘Action Plan’ that all participants have to prepare during the training course?

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One ‘Action Plan’ (for each country) will have to be created during the training course. The ‘Action Plan’ template will be provided to all participants before the training course. The focus of the ‘Action Plan’ is to show how the participant(s) plans to integrate the knowledge and experience gained during the training course into actual implementations/initiatives in their home countries. Participants can work on the ‘Action Plan’ presentation during the training course before the ‘Action Plan’ presentation (usually on the last day of the training).