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    Lead your group in this activity to develop a shared understanding of capacity building and the shapes it takes.
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  • Learn about VISTA and make the decision on whether to pursue a VISTA project with this tutorial.
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    Listen to two VISTA supervisors explain the difference between direct service and capacity building. Making the distinction helps potential VISTAs decide if they are comfortable with capacity building.
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    Familiarize yourself with the key elements of capacity building. Through real-life scenarios and examples, learn what tools work and how to maximize impact during your service.
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    Take this tutorial to learn how VISTA defines "capacity building" to ensure that you are carrying out your assignment effectively.
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    Overcome confusion between the terms "capacity building" and "direct service." Complete this short tutorial to help bring clarity to you and your team.

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