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Transcript of Community Immersion
By: Reissa B. Tindoy, RND
Understanding the Concepts and Principles of Community Immersion
People involved in community immersion must be knowledgeable on the basics of community, its meaning, concepts underpinning principles and nature of problems and issues arising therefrom. This will enable the trainees to have a good grasp of the local situation thereby preparing them to appropriately respond to the multifarious concerns in the community and property carry out immersion projects and activities that is so conceived to bring about long-term amelioration, and not just over-night solutions of the social menaces and ills.
PRECEPTS OF COMMUNITY IMMERSION
FORMS OF INTEGRATION IN COMMUNITY IMMERSION
WHAT CONDITIONS MAY QUALIFY ONE TO GO INTO COMMUNITY IMMERSION?
WHAT PERSONAL GAINS MAY A STUDENT GET FROM COMMUNITY IMMERSION?
At the end of this unit, the student must be able to:
1. Explain the concepts and principles underpinning community and community immersion.
2. Realize the importance of understanding the dynamics of a community and community immersion as a way to realize the objectives of NSTP.
3. Practice the standard operating procedures and establish protocols governing community immersion.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY?
WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A COMMUNITY?
WHAT IS COMMUNITY IMMERSION?
Structured Learning Exercise
WHOM DO YOU IMMERSE WITH IN THE COMMUNITY?
ACTIVITY 1: "Build A Community"
1. Any scrap materials like ice drop/barbecue sticks, drinking straws, plastic spoons and forks, plastic bottles, box cartoons, yarn , etc. (as many as you can)
2. manila paper
3. adhesive tapes
5. cut-out pictures from old newspapers or magazines illustrating the problems, issues and concerns in our community today.
7. any art materials
1. Go to your respective NSTP groups.
2. Each group will bring and prepare their own materials.
3. Using the materials mentioned, the group will construct in 20 minutes or less, a diorama that will portray an ideal community they envision.
4. A representative from each group will present their output to the class guided for maximum of 5 minutes by the following questions in the worksheet given.
ACTIVITY 2: "COMMUNITY PAPER COLLAGE"
1. Guide Question:
Based on the current situation, what gap exists between the ideals of the community people and the reality?
2. Each group will prepare a collage, for a period of 15 minutes, using cut-out pictures from out old newspapers, magazines, and craft papers illustrating the problems, issues, and concerns in the communities of the contemporary times that impede the goals of the people in a locality.
3. A rapporteur from each group will be asked to explain the groups output highlighting the extent of the problem and how these concerns affect the community in general.
4. Each group will be given 15 minutes ‘buzz’ session for them to tackle the relevance of community immersion to the national development through local student initiatives under NSTP.
"Community" refers to a group of people gathered together in any geographic area, large or small, who have common interests, actual or potentially recognized in the social welfare field.
As per concepts, a community may be categorized as geographical or functional.
Geographical Community is defined in the purview of group of persons living in the same geographical location like in a certain village, town, neighborhood, districts, area or territory,
Functional Community if the aggregate of people though not necessarily based on living in the same geographical location, is bonded by a common end such as fighting for the same cause, having same interests and goals. These are people who hold common values, share common functions or express common interests.
-includes population distribution and density
-invents of the past that contributed to the development of community
-ways of living of the people
-income level, occupation of people
-physical, political and social structures
Through community immersion, trainees will be exposed in further and other realities of life which they may or may not belong to.
Community immersion is a strategy that goes beyond acquainting us with community concerns but makes possible our participation in their (re)solution.
Community immersion in NSTP is devised as a strategy in molding and ‘conscientizing’ students just so that they may be socially aware and responsible to their communities.
1. Trainees should immerse in actual community life to get to know the social, political and economic situation of the people.
2. Trainees may also undergo certain changes like increase in knowledge about the social realities, development of good values, empathy towards other people, improvement of social skills, among others.
3. Trainees should identify the community people’s interest and aspirations.
4. Trainees must recognize people’s resiliency and does not rob them of their right to have community participation and determination of appropriate courses of action.
5. Trainees should be aware of the gain-negotiated sanction-the acceptance derived from community relations coupled with the right to conduct immersion activities.
6. Trainees must reflect on how their social analysis of the current situation is concretized in community people’s lives. The analysis should have as much meaning for the trainees as for the community.
1. Home visits
2. Living with selected families preferably with key informants
3. Informal discussions with individuals or groups
4. Sharing in household and community activities (cooking with the community host, clean-up drive)
5. Attendance in social gatherings (fiesta weddings, etc.)
6. Assistance in production work (selling, farming, etc.)
Community based service projects must be premised on the principle of people improvement and not the ‘dots cut’ mentality teach people how to fish so that they will live for a lifetime.
As for NSTP, students enrolled in NSTP-CWTS 2 are mandated to undergo community immersion for a period covering a minimum of 54 hours to a maximum of 90 hours as cited from CHED- prescribed Program of Instruction (POI), 2007 edition.
1. Opportunity for the trainees to comprehend people’s lives because of the chance given to them to see real life situations, live, identify and associate with the people
2. Gain social acceptance derived from community relations
Coupled with the right to offer services;
3. Enhance experiences in conducting asset mapping such as identifying geographic coverage, point out resources and the use, and the relationships of people with the existing resources;
4. Establish rapport and relationship with different people who may be of help to them at some future time;
5. Develop their conscientization ability. It helps them realize issues that will help solve problems in the community. It is important for them to do something that can change their situation.
6. Acquire first-hand experiences in dealing with community works; and the
7. Chance to learn life skills that will enrich and better their persons.
WHAT YOU SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT DO IN COMMUNITY IMMERSION
1. Familiarized yourself with the basic information and theories regarding community life.
Before the conduct of community immersion:
2. Secure a waiver from the NSTP Office prior to the visit and have it signed by your parents.
3. Always inform your faculty in-charge of your destination, time able and plan of action.
4. Be armed with background information about the area for immersion.
5. Pay courtesy call to community leaders whether formal or informal.
6. Secure documents like a letter of acceptance from the community.
7. Bring your own personal provisions like water, snacks and extra shirt.
During the Actual Community immersion period
8. Be courteous to everyone whether to a vendor or a community official.
9. Act properly and discreetly. YOU ARE REPRESENTING YOUR SCHOOL AND YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS. Be RESPONSIBLE WITH THE WORDS YOU SAY.
10. Wear proper uniforms and identification card.
11. It is highly advised to keep your valuables secured.
12. Always document your visit.
13. Always ask for permission from concerned people when you have to take pictures.
After community immersion
14. Validate and evaluate if the programs and activities were conducted appropriately and as planned.
15. Provide copies of your final documentation output to the NSTP Office and to the community where you conducted your immersion for records purposes.
Most importantly, enjoy your time with the community people. Mother Teresa puts it,“ Love cannot remain by itself- it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action; and that action is service.”
“Community immersion is vital to the development of the trainees’ knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in realizing the penultimate ends of NSTP...”