Orienting Your VISTA

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Creating and delivering an effective OSOT (On-site Orientation and Training) for your VISTA members sets the tone for the entire VISTA service year. Use the resources on this page to ensure that your members understand your site, community, organizational culture, and work expectations from the get-go.

Planning On-Site Orientation and Training

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Use this guide to plan your On-Site Orientation and Training so that it builds on VISTA Member Orientation. This guide includes sample training designs from VISTA sponsors and a template for your own OSOT plan.

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On-Site Orientation and Training Idea Book

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Get ideas for making your OSOT an effective and inspiring learning experience for your new VISTA members. Created by VISTA leaders, this resource offers a planning timeline, sample agendas, tips for making orientation interactive and fun, and suggestions for evaluating it in a meaningful way.
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OSOT Plan Template

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Use this fillable template to create your own On-Site Orientation and Training Plan that you need to submit to your CNCS State Office 30 days before your VISTAs start.

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Community Entry Worksheets

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A set of tools for supervisors to identify cultural and community norms to plan successful community entry for VISTA members.
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Difference Between VISTAs and Employees

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Make sure your employees and VISTAs understand the distinctions between their roles. Use this document to promote dialogue among employees about the differences and to prepare for a VISTA's smooth entry into the project and community.
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About VISTA Member Orientation

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The VISTA Member Orientation (VMO) is a self-directed online orientation that introduces VISTA members to the terms, conditions and benefits of service and key programming principles at the start of their service. The resources below allow VISTA supervisors to adjust their On-Site Orientation and Training to fit the VISTA Member Orientation and to support their VISTA members as they participate in VMO.
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