Coaching the Global Village coach training will be offered by Above the Line Leadership to train a group (approx 12-15) of high potential community leaders in the small town of Cobano to act as peer coaches, offering much-needed support and counseling in this growing community.
Resources are very limited in this part of the country, which is about 6 hours from the capital of San Jose. There is one psychologist and appointments take anywhere from 2-4 months. A peer coaching network would be able to offer support with parenting, relationship and work issues, not to mention helping each other develop broader visions for their life.
This training fits our philosophy of empowering local citizens to continue the work using the coach approach, We will also follow up with those trained for 6 months following the training.
SCOPE OF WORK
We plan to offer two workshops to begin with—a one-day introduction in June of 2009, and a follow-up three-day course next February, 2010 (for which we would submit a separate proposal). We are starting slow in order to develop long-term relationships of trust with the local leaders. And we will also offer monthly follow along coaching to keep the skills sustainable and practical.
The one day workshop on June 16 will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to coaching (a new concept in Costa Rica);
- Holding others as naturally creative, resourceful, and whole;
- Effective listening skills; and
- Asking powerful questions
- Possibility thinking
- Creating accountability and action steps to be accomplished
- Teach circle process for group coaching conversations.
All written materials have been translated into Spanish and a local Peace Corps volunteer will be providing translation for the workshop. One of the partners in Above the Line, Ann Betz, lives in this community and has been using her relationships with local leaders to generate interest and attendance.
UPDATE: A two-day workshop was held in the small town of Cobano, Costa Rica, during which CGV partnered with Above the Line to train a group of 12 community leaders. (The trainers were Ann Betz and Ursula Pottinga, originators of Americoach, who partnered with CGV in the first years of operations.) Counseling resources are very limited in this part of the country. Workshop participants will now act as peer coaches within their community, offering much-needed support with parenting, relationship, work issues and counseling in this growing community. We will stay in close contact with participants for 6 months following the workshop training.