When my group of 30+ trainees arrived in Cape Verde, we were placed together in a youth hostel for about 5 days in the capital city with a Peace Corps chaperone. During this time, we each had a roommate (another trainee) and attended daily training sessions, mostly related to volunteer safety, etc. Itís actually quite nice not to go directly to a host family because you still do not know the local language (not even key phrases). You are a bit too overwhelmed to be living with a family for the first few days. I am not sure how most countries arrange the housing for trainees when they first arrive. As of 2002, Peace Corps Cape Verde hosted the initial arrival in Praia, the capital city, and then trainees moved to host families in an outlying, rural town for the duration of the three-month training period.