Steward Initial Adjustment Report – View

cecilia Njoroge

User IDcecilia Njoroge
Today's DateNovember 7, 2019
Namececilia Njoroge
Current Host PlacementSolidarity Farm
Host and/or Supervisor NameHernan Cavazos
I am satisfied with my placement site4
I am starting to meet training objectives3
I am learning new skills4
Building on my existing skills3
I am clear about my responsibilities as a Steward4
I am clear about my J-1 visa obligations5
I am clear about contacting MESA first if I need to use my medical insurance5
I am clear about the reports I send MESA5
i am happy with my living situation4
I am receiving the stipend I agreed to4
I am training the hours I expected4
I am not having problems with my English4
I am not feeling homesick!3
For any items on the list above that you checked "Strongly Disagree," please explain herenil
Meets all my expectations3
Had a good arrival and/or Skype orientation5
Answers my questions clearly5
Is giving me the help I need to get started5
Is well organized4
Administers a high quality program4
For any items on the list above that you checked "2-Somewhat Disagree" or "1-Strongly Disagree," please explain here:Nil
Understands his/her role as a Host4
Understands why I came to the USA4
Knows my personal training objectives3
Gaves me a good orientation for my placement4
Gives me a good introduction to other interns/staff/employees4
Clearly explained my training schedule4
Is a good trainer/mentor3
Involves me in a diversity of activities3
Gives me responsibility4
Respects my opinion3
Has good communication skills3
Has a well run business3
Is safety conscious3
Provides good working conditions3
Provides personal protective equipment3
Maintains machinery in good condition3
Maintains buildings and work areas well3
Has helped me get settled in3
Helped me integrate into the community3
Is interested in my culture4
For any items on the list above that you checked "2-Somewhat Disagree" or "1-Strongly Disagree," please explain here:Nil
Was the MESA information you received in your home country clear? Was the description of your training site accurate? What more would you have liked MESA to send you before you left you home country?Yes it was clear and also the description of my training site. How i was suppose to clear my CAAPX Fee.
If you worked with a Program Representative in your home country, was he/she helpful? Is there anything more the Representative could have done to help you complete your application or to better understand MESA's program?Yes I worked with him and he helped me but the CAAPX Fee was not clear to me but i knew for the first time steward i was to pay $1850. I was never explained that i needed to pay the remaining fee with the stipend am getting at my training farm. I wish i cleared with MESA fee before travelling because i was prepared enough for the program but he never responded to me on that, an i wanted to save more for my project that am doing back home.
Any problems with housing, electricity, heat, phone, driver's license, bank account, transportation? Other problems?Challenge with weather conditions" sometimes it's very hot in the afternoon" and it's draining one's energy. And the supervisor thinks one doesn't have a good attitude towards working in the afternoon.Yet suggesting we work more hours in the morning and less hours in the afternoon.(6 hours & 2 hours afternoon).
Describe the training you have received since getting to your placement site. What have you learned so far? Have you attended any special training, workshops, conferences, classes, etc.?The mastery in planting using machines i never used before,weeding and harvesting.Also how to make "raised beds" with compost and even dripping. Yes i did participate in the Carbon Sink Convergence that gave me an opportunity to interact more with other farmers and exchange ideas on how well we can farming interesting.
Have you been involved in an cultural activities since your arrival? (examples : farmers' workshop, library event, soccer games, family activities, etc)Yes i have (Family activities during weekends we usually have morale days and also participated during the Halloween.
Any suggestions to improve MESA's program?If its possible during the application the steward can be provided with the details of all the farms to see if what the farms offers matches with the interest/learning objectives of the steward since its a very noble program.
By checking "YES" you confirm that you are the person listed on the top of this survey and that all information is accurate and truthfulYes