This is a three-day training of trainers in conducting orientation seminar to prospective migrants and their families.  It provides information to prospective migrants and families on migration realities, goal setting, managing their finances, health issues, and government services to migrants and families. The training also includes return demonstration of trainees among prospective migrants and families.  This training can be conducted in any country.

I.  Training Objectives

    At the end of the seminar, the participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the challenges and opportunities of working abroad;
  2. Identify the right and legitimate recruitment or manning agencies;
  3. Assess how to prepare themselves and their families in coping with separation and in managing their finances;
  4. Enumerate the health, safety, sexuality and gender issues of migration;
  5. Identify the various social protection programs and other services of government and other migration stakeholders; and
  6.  Distinguish the skills trainings, government services, business and investment opportunities that they and their families may access and engage in.

II. Target Participants

The target participants of the training of trainers are the following:

  1. Prospective migrants and their families
  2. Heads and personnel of training centers of prospective migrants
  3. Heads and staff of provincial, city and municipal government agencies providing services for overseas Filipinos and families
  4. Leaders of migrant and family organizations
  5. Staff of development NGOs and faith-based organizations
  6. Teachers of public and private schools
  7. Staff of cooperatives, rural financial institutions and organizations with existing or planned program for migrants.

III. Training Content and Description

Module Module Objectives Content of Module
Module 1:   Deciding to Work Abroad The participants will be able to:

1. Identify what they know about migration
2. Enumerate the reasons behind their migration decision
3.  Assess themselves whether they have the character, technical skills and other resources to succeed in migration
Migration Information
Goals for Migration
Module 2:   Realities of Working Abroad The participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the realities of migration
2. Express their thoughts and feelings in preparing to work abroad
3. Weigh the costs and benefits of going abroad
24 Hours in a Day of a Migrant Worker
Realities of Land-based Workers
Realities of Sea-based Workers
Costs and Benefits of Migration  
Module 3   Recruitment Process: Selecting Manning and Recruitment Agencies The participants will be able to:

1. Identify the different modes of hiring and procedures
2. Compute recruitment costs and identify required documents
3. Discuss  how to avoid illegal recruitment
4. Describe the  government services including web-based services
Legal Modes of Hiring and Procedures

Recruitment Costs and Documents
10 Don’ts to Avoid Illegal Recruiters
Modus Operandi of Illegal Recruiters
Government Services Web-Based services
Module 4:   Preparing Yourself and Your family for Career as a Migrants The participants will be able to:

1. Identify family problems and issues brought about by long-term separation;
2. Discuss the economic costs and gains, and social costs of migration;
3. Assess whether migration is a realistic family strategy
4. Demonstrate  how to prepare one’s family to ensure successful migration
Family Issues Brought About by 

Weighing the Social and Economic Costs with the Gains of Migration  

Preparing the Family for Migration
Module 5:   Financial Planning The participants will be able to:

1. Identify short-term and long-term goals for migration
2. Define the basic concepts in budgeting saving, investing and insurance
3. Create a proper budget for the family
4. Translate family and financial goals into concrete savings and investment program to achieve goals for migration
5. Support the need for shared-responsibility among members of the family in goal-setting and financial management
Goal Setting    
Budgeting, Saving and Investing            
Module 6:   Borrowing and Getting Out of Debt The participants will be able to:

1. Differentiate  when to borrow  and not to borrow money
2. Compute effective interest rate
3. Describe the strategy to get out of debt
When to Borrow and Not to Borrow

Sources of Loans

Getting out of Debt
Module 7:   Health and Safety Issues, Insurance Benefits for migrants and Families The participants will be able to:

1. Enumerate the possible health and safety issues of migrants  and families
2. Describe the  Health insurance for migrants  and families
Health and Safety Issues of Migrants

Health insurance Coverage and Benefits      
Module 8: Services and Social Protection for Migrants and Families The participants will be able to:

1. Identify  the different social protection programs and other services of the government and other agencies
2. Evaluate and select among the programs and services that they need
Government Social Services