Discussion Paper

When you arrive at the training site, you should take some time within the first week to sit down and discuss the subjects below with your host trainer. These important subjects will lead to better understanding between the host trainer and MAST participant, which helps to ensure you have a positive training experience.

Living Arrangements: Things to Talk About

  1. Meals
  2. Laundry
  3. Telephone
  4. Internet
  5. Smoking
  6. Alcohol
  7. Special Conditions: a) Food; b) Religion; c) Health
  8. Hygiene
  9. Transportation
  10. Privacy: a) Host Family; b) Trainee
  11. Friends: a) visiting during day; b) staying overnight

Work Arrangements: Things to Talk About

  1. Operation/farm tour
  2. Type of training that the trainee/intern prefers and what they hope to learn (objectives)
  3. Hours of work
  4. How and when pay is given
  5. Peak work periods
  6. Time off
  7. Vacation
  8. Appropriate dress
  9. Safety
  10. Emergency plan
  11. Supervisor - chain of command
  12. Level of responsibility 
  13. Work ethic
  14. Working with other trainees and interns

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