Site Visit Questions

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I'm a new VISTA Leader and I want to do site visit check ins with the VISTAs once a month or so.  I've talked with another leader and she really likes doing it that way.  What sort of topics and questions do you cover when you have your site visit/check-ins?  I have a list I've written up for my first meetings but I want to keep the momentum going next month.

We do different questions based on how far into their service they are. Early on it has to do with how they are settling in, if they have everything they need, what support they are getting, and if they know what is expected of them. I can't remember everything right now, but if you give me your email I'll see if I can send them to you.

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Hi everyone,

 

My name is Taliyah and this is my second year of service and my first year being  VISTA Leader. My team is made up of 12 VISTAs at 5 different locations. At the location I currently serve at 5 of my VISTAs are based here so I am able to interact with them a lot more often than my off-site VISTAs. Right now I am trying to schedule quarterly site visits. Do you think I should make the step to coordinate monthly site visits? Do you think that it is more beneficial to visit monthly or that it's too much?

 

Thanks,

 

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Hi Taliyah!

 

So I currently have it set to meet with my VISTAs on a monthly basis, and that is a little too much for them. Most of my VISTAs are at least halfway through their term and don't really need a lot of support from me. I say the best thing to do is maybe put out a quick poll to your VISTAs and see what they need or want from you. Maybe the solution isn't to move to monthly, but maybe you need to increase it to every other month. Or maybe they are fine with quarterly meetings. It's best to hear it from them before making the change.

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I'm a VISTA Leader for a national program- so I don't get to do any on-site site visits, but I do conduct monthly individual phone calls with each VISTA, as well as a monthly web call with the entire team.

While them being halfway through their year might indicate little support is needed to you- or maybe even in their perspective, I actually found that some of my team needed the most support in the final months of service.  Some were struggling with the idea of another transition, stress at their site over getting things wrapped up and ready for transition, and really just being acknowledged for their year of service.  

Find what works for you- but be consistend and keep with it.  I came into a great team and I set my expectations from the beginning, and I think the team appreciated my consistency in just being there for them.

Best of luck!

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