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'''CONTACTING PEACE CORPS HEADQUARTERS'''<br>
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The following list of numbers will help you contact the appropriate office at Peace Corps headquarters with various questions. You may use the toll-free number and extension or dial directly using the local numbers provided. Be sure to leave the Peace Corps’ toll-free number and extensions with your family so they have them in the event of an emergency during your service overseas.
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| width=33% | '''PEACE CORPS HEADQUARTERS'''<br>__TOC__
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'''Peace Corps Headquarters'''<br>
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'''Toll-free Number: '''
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'''Peace Corps’'''<br>'''Mailing Address: '''
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|Peace Corps<br>Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Headquarters<br>1111 20th Street, NW<br>Washington, DC 20526
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| [[Image:PCHeadquarters.JPG|300px|thumb|right|[http://tinyurl.com/mh7ayr Google Street View - Peace Corps Headquarters]]]
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In fulfilling its mandate to share the face of America with
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host countries, the Peace Corps is making special efforts to
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see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer
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corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace
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Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race,
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ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation
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are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of
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the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that
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Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that
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each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our
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many differences.
  
==Common Questions==
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Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways,
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however, it poses challenges. In Sierra Leone, as in other
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Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle,
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background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very
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different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or
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characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may
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be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Sierra
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Leone.
  
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Outside of Sierra Leone’s capital, residents of rural
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communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other
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cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as
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typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception,
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such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond
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hair and blue eyes. The people of Sierra Leone are justly
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known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however,
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members of the community in which you will live may display
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a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
  
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To ease the transition and adapt to life in Sierra Leone,
! width="30%" | FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT<br>
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you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental
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compromises in how you present yourself as an American and
! width="20%" | TOLL-FREE EXTENSION<br>
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as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers
! width="20%" | DIRECT / LOCAL NUMBER<br>
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may not be able to exercise the independence available to
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them in the United States; political discussions need to be
| '''Responding to an Invitation'''
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handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs
| Office of Placement<br>Europe, Mediterranean, and Asia<br>Inter-American and the Pacific<br>Africa Region
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may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop
| <br>Ext. 1875<br>Ext. 1835<br>Ext. 1850
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techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and
| <br>(202) 692-1875<br>(202) 692-1835<br>(202) 692-1850
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other limitations. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and
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sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be
| '''Plane tickets, Passports, Visa, and Other Travel Matters'''
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on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be
| Travel Officer (SATO Travel)
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your own.
| Ext. 1170
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| (202) 692-1170
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| '''Legal Clearance'''
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| Office of Placement
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| Ext. 1845
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| (202) 692-1845
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| '''Medical Clearance and Forms Processing (including dental)'''
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| Screening Nurse
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| Ext. 1500
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| (202) 692-1500
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| '''Medical Reimbursements'''
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| Handled by subcontractor
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| (800) 818-8172
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| '''Loan Deferments, Taxes, Readjustment Allowance Withdrawals, Power of Attorney'''
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| Volunteer Financial Operations
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| Ext. 1770
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| (202) 692-1770
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| '''Staging (Pre-departure Orientation) and Reporting Instructions'''<br>''Note: You will receive comprehensive information (hotel and flight arrangements) three to five weeks before departure. This information is not available sooner.''
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| Office of Staging
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| Ext. 1865
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| (202) 692-1865
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|-
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| '''"Family Emergencies<br>(to get information to a Volunteer overseas)'''
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| Office of Special Services
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| Ext. 1470
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| (202) 692-1470 ''(9am-5pm EST)''<br>
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(202) 638-2574 ''(after hours answering service)''
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|}
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===Overview of Diversity in Sierra Leone===
  
==Programming or Country Information==
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The Peace Corps staff in Sierra Leone recognizes the
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adjustment issues that come with diversity and will endeavor
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to provide support and guidance. During pre-service training,
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several sessions will be held to discuss diversity and coping
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mechanisms. We look forward to having male and female
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Volunteers from a variety of races, ethnic groups, ages,
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religions, and sexual orientations, and hope you will become
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part of a diverse group of Americans who take pride in
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supporting one another and demonstrating the richness of
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American culture.
  
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===What Might a Volunteer Face?===
  
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="width:100%" style="text-align:left" border="1"
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====Possible Issues for Female Volunteers====
! COUNTRY DESK OFFICER<br>
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! TOLL-FREE EXTENSION<br>
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! DIRECT / LOCAL NUMBER<br>
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| '''[[Albania]]'''
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| Ext. 2421
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| (202) 692-2421
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|-
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| '''[[Armenia]]'''
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| Ext. 2423
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| (202) 692-2423
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|-
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| '''[[Azerbaijan]]'''
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| Ext. 2423
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| (202) 692-2423
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|-
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| '''[[Bangladesh]]'''
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| Ext. 2412
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| (202) 692-2412
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|-
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| '''[[Belize]]'''
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| Ext. 2517
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| (202) 692-2517
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|-
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| '''[[Benin]]'''
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| Ext. 2320
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| (202) 692-2320
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|-
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| '''[[Bolivia]]'''
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| Ext. 2515
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| (202) 692-2515
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|-
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| '''[[Botswana]]'''
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| Ext. 2334
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| (202) 692-2334
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|-
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| '''[[Bulgaria]]'''
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| Ext. 2414
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| (202) 692-2414
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|-
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| '''[[Burkina Faso]]'''
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| Ext. 2327
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| (202) 692-2327
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|-
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| '''[[Cameroon]]'''
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| Ext. 2326
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| (202) 692-2326
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|-
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| '''[[Cape Verde]]'''
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| Ext. 2317
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| (202) 692-2317
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|-
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| '''[[Chad]]'''
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| Ext. 2328
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| (202) 692-2328
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|-
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| '''[[China]]'''
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| Ext. 2416
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| (202) 692-2416
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|-
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| '''[[Costa Rica]]'''
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| Ext. 2520
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| (202) 692-2520
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|-
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| '''[[Dominican Republic]]'''
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| Ext. 2517
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| (202) 692-2517
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|-
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| '''[[East Timor]]'''
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| Ext. 2412
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| (202) 692-2412
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|-
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| '''[[Eastern Caribbean]]'''
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| Ext. 2517
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| (202) 692-2517
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|-
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| '''[[El Salvador]]'''
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| Ext. 2520
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| (202) 692-2520
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|-
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| '''[[Ethiopia]]'''
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| Ext. 2324
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| (202) 692-2324
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|-
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| '''[[Fiji]]'''
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| Ext. 2522
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| (202) 692-2522
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|-
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| '''[[Gambia, The]]'''
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| Ext. 2317
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| (202) 692-2317
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|-
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| '''[[Georgia]]'''
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| Ext. 2423
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| (202) 692-2423
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|-
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| '''[[Ghana]]'''
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| Ext. 2326
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| (202) 692-2326
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|-
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| '''[[Guatemala]]'''
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| Ext. 2520
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| (202) 692-2520
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|-
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| '''[[Guinea]]'''
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| Ext. 2317
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| (202) 692-2317
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|-
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| '''[[Guyana]]'''
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| Ext. 2525
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| (202) 692-2525
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|-
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| '''[[Honduras]]'''
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| Ext. 2520
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| (202) 692-2520
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|-
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| '''[[Jamaica]]'''
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| Ext. 2517
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| (202) 692-2517
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|-
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| '''[[Jordan]]'''
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| Ext. 2423
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| (202) 692-2423
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|-
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| '''[[Kazakhstan]]'''
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| Ext. 2427
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| (202) 692-2427
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|-
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| '''[[Kenya]]'''
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| Ext. 2324
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| (202) 692-2324
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|-
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| '''[[Kiribati]]'''
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| Ext. 2522
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| (202) 692-2522
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|-
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| '''[[Kyrgyz Republic]]'''
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| Ext. 2427
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| (202) 692-2427
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|-
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| '''[[Lesotho]]'''
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| Ext. 2331
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| (202) 692-2331
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|-
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| '''[[Macedonia]]'''
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| Ext. 2421
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| (202) 692-2421
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|-
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| '''[[Madagascar]]'''
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| Ext. 2302
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| (202) 692-2302
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|-
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| '''[[Malawi]]'''
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| Ext. 2302
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| (202) 692-2302
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|-
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| '''[[Mali]]'''
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| Ext. 2327
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| (202) 692-2327
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|-
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| '''[[Mauritania]]'''
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| Ext. 2327
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| (202) 692-2327
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|-
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| '''[[Mexico]]'''
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| Ext. 2520
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| (202) 692-2520
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|-
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| '''[[Micronesia]]'''
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| Ext. 2522
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| (202) 692-2522
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|-
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| '''[[Moldova]]'''
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| Ext. 2420
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| (202) 692-2420
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|-
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| '''[[Mongolia]]'''
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| Ext. 2416
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| (202) 692-2416
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|-
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| '''[[Morocco]]'''
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| Ext. 2421
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| (202) 692-2421
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|-
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| '''[[Mozambique]]'''
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| Ext. 2302
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| (202) 692-2302
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|-
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| '''[[Namibia]]'''
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| Ext. 2334
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| (202) 692-2334
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|-
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| '''[[Nicaragua]]'''
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| Ext. 2520
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| (202) 692-2520
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|-
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| '''[[Niger]]'''
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| Ext. 2327
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| (202) 692-2327
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|-
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| '''[[Panama]]'''
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| Ext. 2517
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| (202) 692-2517
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|-
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| '''[[Paraguay]]'''
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| Ext. 2515
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| (202) 692-2515
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|-
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| '''[[Peru]]'''
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| Ext. 2515
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| (202) 692-2515
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|-
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| '''[[Peru]]'''
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| Ext. 2515
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| (202) 692-2515
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|-
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| '''[[Philippines]]'''
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| Ext. 2416
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| (202) 692-2416
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|-
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| '''[[Romania]]'''
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| Ext. 2414
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| (202) 692-2414
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|-
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| '''[[Rwanda]]'''
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| Ext. 2319
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| (202) 692-2319
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|-
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| '''[[Samoa]]'''
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| Ext. 2522
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| (202) 692-2522
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|-
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| '''[[Senegal]]'''
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| Ext. 2317
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| (202) 692-2317
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|-
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| '''[[South Africa]]'''
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| Ext. 2331
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| (202) 692-2331
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|-
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| '''[[Suriname]]'''
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| Ext. 2515
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| (202) 692-2515
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|-
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| '''[[Swaziland]]'''
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| Ext. 2331
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| (202) 692-2331
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|-
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| '''[[Tanzania]]'''
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| Ext. 2324
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| (202) 692-2324
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|-
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| '''[[Thailand]]'''
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| Ext. 2414
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| (202) 692-2414
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|-
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| '''[[Togo]]'''
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| Ext. 2327
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| (202) 692-2327
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|-
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| '''[[Tonga]]'''
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| Ext. 2522
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| (202) 692-2522
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|-
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| '''[[Turkmenistan]]'''
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| Ext. 2427
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| (202) 692-2427
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|-
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| '''[[Uganda]]'''
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| Ext. 2324
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| (202) 692-2324
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|-
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| '''[[Ukraine]]'''
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| Ext. 2422
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| (202) 692-2422
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|-
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| '''[[Vanuatu]]'''
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| Ext. 2522
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| (202) 692-2522
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|-
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| '''[[Zambia]]'''
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| Ext. 2334
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| (202) 692-2334
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|}
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==Staff==
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Female Volunteers who are single are often considered an
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oddity because most women, particularly in rural areas, are
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married, some with children, by the time they are in their 20s.
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Single women may also face what in the United States would
  
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be considered inappropriate advances from male colleagues,
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supervisors, and acquaintances. Gender roles have changed
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drastically over the years in the United States; it can be a
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challenge to adapt to a culture with more traditional roles
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and to know how to effectively set boundaries. Unwanted
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attention, and even harassment, can be one of the greatest
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frustrations as a female PCV.
  
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Above and beyond traditional gender roles and possible
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harassment, is the possibility of sexual violence. Sexual
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violence against women is a reality in Sierra Leone. Rape was
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used as a weapon of war and the government has launched
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campaigns to address this problem with the hope of reducing
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its occurrence. Domestic violence is also a possibility in this
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post-conflict country. According to police, most acts of sexual
| '''Office of the Director''' || Director || (202) 692-2100 || (202) 692-2101
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violence occur between people who know each other. Female
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Volunteers must exercise caution with their consumption
| '''Office of the Director''' || Chief Compliance Ofcr || (202) 692-2116 || (202) 692-2101
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of alcohol and going out in the evening unaccompanied.
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Volunteers will learn what is and is not acceptable in the
| '''Office of the Director''' || Chief of Staff || (202) 692-2100 || (202) 692-2101
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Sierra Leonean culture, such as when it is and is not advisable
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to invite men into their homes. Often, Volunteers must take an
| '''Office of the Director''' || Confidential Assistant || (202) 692-2100 || (202) 692-2101
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even more conservative approach than their Sierra Leonean
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friends and colleagues.
| '''Office of the Director''' || Confidential Assistant || (202) 692-2209 || (202) 692-2101
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|-
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| '''Office of the Director''' || Deputy Chief of Staff || (202) 692-2209 || (202) 692-2101
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|-
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| '''Office of the Director''' || Deputy Director || (202) 692-2100 || (202) 692-2101
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|-
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| '''Office of the Director''' || Executive Secretary || (202) 692-2103 || (202) 692-2101
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|-
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| '''Office of the Director''' || Special Assistant || (202) 692-2109 || (202) 692-2101
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Africa Operations Ofc || (202) 692-2300 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Crisis Corps Ofc || (202) 692-2255 || (202) 692-2251
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Europe, Mediterranean & Asia Ofc || (202) 692-2402 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Field Assistance & Applied Research Ctr || (202) 692-2600 || (202) 692-2601
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Inter-American & the Pacific Operations Ofc/Regl Dir || (202) 692-2500 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Administrative Assistant || (202) 692-2404 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Asia Desk - Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand || (202) 692-2412 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Balkans & Morocco Desk - Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Herzegovina, Macedonia, Morocco || (202) 692-2421 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Caribbean Desk || (202) 692-2517 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Central & Eastern Europe Desk - Moldova, Romania, Ukraine || (202) 692-2420 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Central American Desk || (202) 692-2520 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Central Asia Desk - Kazakhstan, Krygyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan || (202) 692-2427 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Chief Administrative Ofcr || (202) 692-2504 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Chief Administrative Ofcr || (202) 692-2606 || (202) 692-2601
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Chief Administrative Ofcr || (202) 692-2410 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Chief Administrative Ofcr || (202) 692-2310 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Chief of Operations || (202) 692-2508 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Chief of Operations || (202) 692-2407 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Coastal West Desk I - Benin, Cameroon, Gabon || (202) 692-2320 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Coastal West Desk II - Ghana, Guinea, Togo || (202) 692-2327 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Deputy Chief - Operations || (202) 692-2311 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || East & Indian Ocean Desk I - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda || (202) 692-2324 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || East & Indian Ocean Desk II - Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique || (202) 692-2302 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || East Asia Desk - China, Mongolia, Philippines || (202) 692-2412 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Executive Assistant || (202) 692-2314 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Executive Secretary || (202) 692-2405 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Executive Secretary || (202) 692-2612 || (202) 692-2601
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Field Assistance Div || (202) 692-2656 || (202) 692-2601
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Middle East & Caucasus Desk - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Jordan || (202) 692-2423 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Operations Chief || (202) 692-2307 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Overseas Staff Training || (202) 692-2689 || (202) 692-2601
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Pacific Islands Desk || (202) 692-2522 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Partnership Development Unit || (202) 692-2629 || (202) 692-2601
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Program & Operations Specialist || (202) 692-2259 || (202) 692-2171
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Program & Training Adviser || (202) 692-2313 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Programming & Training Adviser || (202) 692-2426 || (202) 692-2401
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Programming & Training Advisor || (202) 692-2505 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Recruitment & Placement Specialist || (202) 692-1889 || (202) 692-2251
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Recruitment & Placement Specialist || (202) 692-2260 || (202) 692-2251
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Recruitment & Placement Specialist || (202) 692-1643 || (202) 692-2171
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Resource Development Div || (202) 692-2630 || (202) 692-2601
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Roving Desk Ofcr || (202) 692-2506 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Sahel Desk I - Burkina-Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger || (202) 692-2328 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Sahel Desk II - Cape Verde Islands, Gambia, Mauritania, Senegal || (202) 692-2318 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Senior Regional Advisor || (202) 692-2503 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Short Term Assistance Unit || (202) 692-2628 || (202) 692-2601
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || South American Desk || (202) 692-2515 || (202) 692-2501
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Southern Desk II - Botswana, Namibia, Zambia || (202) 692-2334 || (202) 692-2301
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|-
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| '''International Operations''' || Southern Deskk I - Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland || (202) 692-2332 || (202) 692-2301
+
|-
+
| '''International Operations''' || Staff Assistant || (202) 692-2252 || (202) 692-2251
+
|-
+
| '''International Operations''' || Staffing Analyst || (202) 692-2513 || (202) 692-2501
+
|-
+
| '''International Operations''' || Staffing Analyst || (202) 692-2409 || (202) 692-2401
+
|-
+
| '''International Operations''' || Staffing Analyst || (202) 692-2312 || (202) 692-2301
+
|-
+
| '''International Operations''' || UN Volunteer Coor || (202) 692-1643 || (202) 692-2171
+
|-
+
| '''International Operations''' || WID Coordinator || (202) 692-2656 || (202) 692-2601
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Associate Director || (202) 692-1100 || (202) 692-1101
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Administrative Svcs Ofc || (202) 692-1126 || (202) 692-1121
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Chief Information Ofcr Ofc (CIO) || (202) 692-1300 || (202) 692-1101
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Human Resource Management Ofc || (202) 692-1252 || (202) 692-1259
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Applications Systems Div || (202) 692-1385 || (202) 692-1101
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Deputy Chief Information Ofcr || (202) 692-1109 || (202) 692-1101
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Deputy Director || (202) 692-1221 || (202) 692-1259
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Executive Assistant || (202) 692-1209 || (202) 692-1259
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Facilities Management Div || (202) 692-1104 || (202) 692-1121
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Human Relations Specialist || (202) 692-1241 || (202) 692-1259
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || International Technical Support Div || (202) 692-1356 || (202) 692-1101
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || IT Architecture, Standards & Practices Div || (202) 692-1105 || (202) 692-1101
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || IT Planning & Program Support Div || (202) 692-1106 || (202) 692-1101
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || IT Security Program || (202) 692-1310 || (202) 692-1101
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Mailroom Project Mgr || (202) 692-1142 || (202) 692-1121
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Overseas Support Div || (202) 692-1154 || (202) 692-1121
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Payroll Supervisor || (202) 692-1775 || (202) 692-1259
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Security Specialist || (202) 692-1134 || (202) 692-1121
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Technical Infrastructure Div || (202) 692-1337 || (202) 692-1301
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Telecommunications Mgr || (202) 692-1329 || (202) 692-1301
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Transportation Div || (202) 692-1160 || (202) 692-1121
+
|-
+
| '''Management''' || Travel Ofc/SATO || (202) 692-1169 || (202) 692-1121
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Chief Financial Officer || (202) 692-1606 || (202) 692-1601
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Contracts Ofc || (202) 692-1630 || (202) 692-1621
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Finance & International Financial Operations Ofc || (202) 692-1715 || (202) 692-1751
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Planning & Budget Ofc/Budget Ofcr || (202) 692-1655 || (202) 692-1601
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Accounting Operations Div || (202) 692-1726 || (202) 692-1751
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Budget Implementation Team I || (202) 692-1647 || (202) 692-1601
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Budget Implementation Team II || (202) 692-1629 || (202) 692-1601
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Budget Implementation Team III || (202) 692-1674 || (202) 692-1601
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Deputy Chief Acquisition Ofcr || (202) 692-1624 || (202) 692-1621
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Deputy Chief Financial Ofcr || (202) 692-1603 || (202) 692-1601
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Fiscal Services Div || (202) 692-1727 || (202) 692-1751
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || International Financial Operations Div || (202) 692-1716 || (202) 692-1621
+
|-
+
| '''Planning, Budget, and Finance''' || Planning & Management Specialist || (202) 692-1735 || (202) 692-1601
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || American Diversity/EEO Dir || (202) 692-2137 ||
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Communications Ofc || (202) 692-2202 || (202) 692-2249
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Congressional Relations Ofc || (202) 692-2126 || (202) 692-2101
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || General Counsel Ofc || (202) 692-2150 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Inspector General Ofc || (202) 692-2916 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Overseas Executive Selection & Support Ofc || (202) 692-2120 ||
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Planning, Policy & Analysis Ofc || (202) 692-2134 || (202) 692-2101
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Press Relations Ofc/Press Secy || (202) 692-2118 || (202) 692-1379
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Private Sector Initiatives Ofc || (202) 692-2185 || (202) 692-2171
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Administrative Assistant || (202) 692-2114 ||
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Administrative Assistant || (202) 692-2286 || (202) 692-2171
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Administrative Asst || (202) 692-1892 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Assistant General Counsel || (202) 692-2150 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Associate General Counsel || (202) 692-2150 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Associate General Counsel || (202) 692-2150 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Associate General Counsel || (202) 692-2150 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Associate General Counsel || (202) 692-2150 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Associate General Counsel || (202) 692-2150 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Audits Asst Inspector Gen || (202) 692-2903 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Country Desk Assistant || (202) 692-2523 || (202) 692-2171
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Creative Dir || (202) 692-2215 || (202) 692-2249
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Deputy Director || (202) 692-2108 || (202) 692-2101
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Deputy Press Secretary || (202) 692-2212 || (202) 692-1379
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || EEO Specialist || (202) 692-2138 ||
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Executive Assistant || (202) 692-2176 || (202) 692-2171
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Executive Assistant || (202) 692-2909 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Expert Consultant || (202) 692-2150 || (202) 692-2151
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Fiscal Specialist || (202) 692-2258 || (202) 692-2171
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Inspections & Evaluation Asst Inspector Gen || (202) 692-2913 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Internet Communications Specialist || (202) 692-2204 || (202) 692-2249
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Investigations & Security Asst Inspector Gen || (202) 692-2912 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Management Analyst || (202) 692-2223 || (202) 692-2101
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Management Analyst || (202) 692-2146 || (202) 692-2101
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Marketing Strategist || (202) 692-2205 || (202) 692-2249
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Office Administrator || (202) 692-2902 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Program Specialist || (202) 692-2182 || (202) 692-2171
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Program Specialist || (202) 692-2175 || (202) 692-2171
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Research Associate || (202) 692-2146 || (202) 692-2101
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Senior Auditor || (202) 692-2914 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Senior Auditor || (202) 692-2905 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Senior Evaluator || (202) 692-2904 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Senior Evaluator || (202) 692-2908 || (202) 692-2901
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Social Science Analyst || (202) 692-2149 || (202) 692-2101
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Special Assistant || (202) 692-2128 || (202) 692-2101
+
|-
+
| '''Staff Offices''' || Video Production Specialist || (202) 692-2210 || (202) 692-2249
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Associate Director || (202) 692-1803 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Chief Administrative Ofcr || (202) 692-1836 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Chief of Operations - Minority & National || (202) 692-1886 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Coverdell World-Wise Schools Dir || (202) 692-1412 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Domestic Programs Dir || (202) 692-1412 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Placement Mgr || (202) 692-1849 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Recruitment Initiatives Dir || (202) 692-1819 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Recruitment Support Mgr || (202) 692-1873 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Office''' || Special Assistant || (202) 692-1827 || (202) 692-1801
+
|-
+
| '''Atlanta, GA Area Office''' || Manager || (404) 562-3471 || (404) 562-3455
+
|-
+
| '''Atlanta, GA Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (404) 562-3472 || (404) 562-3455
+
|-
+
| '''Atlanta, GA Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (404) 562-3475 || (404) 562-3455
+
|-
+
| '''Boston, MA Area Office''' || Manager || (617) 565-5540 || (617) 565-5539
+
|-
+
| '''Boston, MA Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (617) 565-5541 || (617) 565-5539
+
|-
+
| '''Boston, MA Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (617) 565-5555 || (617) 565-5539
+
|-
+
| '''Chicago, IL Area Office''' || Manager || (312) 353-9091 || (312) 353-4192
+
|-
+
| '''Chicago, IL Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (312) 353-7716 || (312) 353-4192
+
|-
+
| '''Chicago, IL Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (312) 353-6122 || (312) 353-4192
+
|-
+
| '''Dallas,TX Area Office''' || Manager || (214) 253-5402 || (214) 253-5401
+
|-
+
| '''Dallas,TX Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (214) 767-5418 || (214) 253-5401
+
|-
+
| '''Dallas,TX Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (214) 253-5412 || (214) 253-5401
+
|-
+
| '''Denver, CO Area Office''' || Manager || (303) 844-7024 || (303) 844-7010
+
|-
+
| '''Denver, CO Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (303) 844-7017 || (303) 844-7010
+
|-
+
| '''Denver, CO Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (303) 844-7016 || (303) 844-7010
+
|-
+
| '''Los Angeles, CA Area Office''' || Manager || (310) 356-1103 || (310) 356-1125
+
|-
+
| '''Los Angeles, CA Area Office''' || Administrative Officer || (310) 356-1109 || (310) 356-1125
+
|-
+
| '''Los Angeles, CA Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (310) 356-1106 || (310) 356-1125
+
|-
+
| '''Los Angeles, CA Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (310) 356-1110 || (310) 356-1125
+
|-
+
| '''Minneapolis, MN Area Office''' || Manager || (612) 348-1480 || (612) 348-1474
+
|-
+
| '''Minneapolis, MN Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (612) 348-1480 || (612) 348-1474
+
|-
+
| '''Minneapolis, MN Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (612) 348-1495 || (612) 348-1474
+
|-
+
| '''New York, NY Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (212) 353-5446 || (212) 352-5441
+
|-
+
| '''New York, NY Area Office''' || Regional Manager || (212) 353-5446 || (212) 352-5441
+
|-
+
| '''San Francisco, CA Area Office''' || Manager || (415) 977-8800 || (415) 977-8803
+
|-
+
| '''San Francisco, CA Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (415) 977-8786 || (415) 977-8803
+
|-
+
| '''San Francisco, CA Area Office''' || Recruitment Specialist || (415) 977-8794 || (415) 977-8803
+
|-
+
| '''Seattle, WA Area Office''' || Manager || (206) 239-6601 ||
+
|-
+
| '''Seattle, WA Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (206) 239-6603 ||
+
|-
+
| '''Seattle, WA Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (206) 239-6612 ||
+
|-
+
| '''Washington, DC Area Office''' || Manager || (703) 235-9199 || (703) 235-9189
+
|-
+
| '''Washington, DC Area Office''' || Public Affairs Specialist || (703) 235-9197 || (703) 235-9189
+
|-
+
| '''Washington, DC Area Office''' || Recruitment Coordinator || (703) 235-1022 || (703) 235-9189
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Associate Director || (202) 692-1404 || (202) 692-1471
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Medical Services Ofc || (202) 692-1404 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Special Services Ofc || (202) 692-1474 || (202) 692-1471
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Administrative Asst || (202) 692-1475 || (202) 692-1471
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Administrative Ofcr || (202) 692-1403 || (202) 692-1471
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Clincial Programs Chf || (202) 692-1554 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Deputy Director || (202) 692-1509 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Domestic Programs Asst Dir || (202) 692-1442 || (202) 692-1421
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Epidemiology & Surveillance Chf || (202) 692-1517 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Fellows Domestic Progs Asst Dir || (202) 692-1432 || (202) 692-1421
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Medical Field Support Mgr || (202) 692-1528 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Medical Records Mgr || (202) 692-1500 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Post-Service Mgr || (202) 692-1526 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Program & Training Ofcr || (202) 692-1529 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Screening Clincial Mgr || (202) 692-1500 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Screening Process Mgr || (202) 692-1580 || (202) 692-1501
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Special Services Ofcr || (202) 692-1476 || (202) 692-1471
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Special Services Ofcr || (202) 692-1470 || (202) 692-1471
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Special Services Ofcr || (202) 692-1473 || (202) 692-1471
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Special Services Ofcr || (202) 692-1472 || (202) 692-1471
+
|-
+
| '''Volunteer Support''' || Staffing Analyst || (202) 692-1405 || (202) 692-1471
+
|}
+
  
 +
Strategies to deal with these issues are discussed in training,
 +
and the Peace Corps staff can offer help in resolving any
 +
problems.
  
'''Sources:'''<br>
+
Volunteers should report any concerns or incidents to the
1. [http://hendersonnc.brb.ypsolutions.com/governmentpage.html?type=federal&level1=Independent+Agencies&level2=Peace+Corps]<br>
+
Peace Corps medical officer (PCMO) or country director (CD)
2. [[Welcome Books]]
+
immediately.
  
[[Category:resources]]
+
====Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color====
 +
 
 +
Volunteers who belong to minority ethnic groups will generally
 +
not experience overt biases. However, Sierra Leoneans may
 +
make some stereotypic assumptions based on someone’s
 +
background. For example, many Asian-American Volunteers
 +
are considered experts in Chinese or kung fu and African-
 +
American Volunteers may be mistaken for a Liberian or Sierra
 +
Leonean.
 +
 
 +
====Possible Issues for Volunteers of Varying Ages====
 +
 
 +
In Sierra Leonean culture, people respect age as bringing
 +
wisdom and experience. Volunteers in their 20s sometimes
 +
find they have to make an extra effort to be accepted as
 +
professional colleagues. Older Volunteers, in contrast, are
 +
automatically accorded respect. In turn, older Volunteers
 +
might find that almost too much is expected of them
 +
because of their age; or conversely, older Volunteers who
 +
are accustomed to living independent lives may at first feel
 +
frustrated by the fact that younger Sierra Leoneans want to
 +
do things for them.
 +
 
 +
====Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers====
 +
 
 +
Most cultures in Sierra Leone consider homosexuality taboo.
 +
Homosexuality certainly exists in Sierra Leone, but there is no
 +
open homosexual community.
 +
 
 +
Volunteers who are lesbian, along with female Volunteers who
 +
are heterosexual, will have to deal with constant questions
 +
about boyfriends, marriage, and sex. Some female Volunteers
 +
wear an “engagement ring” to avoid unwanted attention.
 +
While this practice might be helpful, it might also create
 +
complications.
 +
 
 +
Volunteers may not be able to freely discuss their sexual
 +
orientation with new friends and family; this can obviously be
 +
very difficult. Peace Corps staff is aware of this challenge and
 +
will offer support as you navigate through your new culture.
 +
 
 +
====Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities====
 +
 
 +
As part of the medical clearance process, the Peace Corps
 +
Office of Medical Services determined you were physically
 +
and emotionally capable, with or without reasonable
 +
accommodations, to perform a full tour of Volunteer service
 +
in Sierra Leone without unreasonable risk of harm to yourself
 +
or interruption of service. The Peace Corps/Sierra Leone
 +
staff will work with disabled Volunteers to make reasonable
 +
accommodations for them in training, housing, jobsites, or
 +
other areas to enable them to serve safely and effectively.
 +
 
 +
As a result of the protracted war, there are many amputees
 +
in Sierra Leone. Some support themselves by begging, so a
 +
Volunteer with disabilities may receive offers of assistance
 +
or notice stereotypes based on common interactions Sierra
 +
Leoneans have with amputees.
 +
 
 +
====Possible Issues for Married Volunteers====
 +
 
 +
While serving as a married couple offers unique challenges
 +
and rewards, there are none specific to service in Sierra
 +
Leone. In general, more traditional gender roles exist. So, a
 +
married couple with a husband who helps cook or clean might
 +
draw teasing or even unwanted comments. Generally couples
 +
will be regularly asked why they do not yet have children and
 +
when will they start a family.

Revision as of 13:05, 25 July 2010

Diversity and cross-cultural issues in [[{{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]
In fulfilling the Peace Corps’ mandate to share the face of America with their host countries, Peace Corps is making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.
  • [[Packing list for {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]
  • [[Training in {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]
  • [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]
  • [[Health care and safety in {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]
  • [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]
  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]
See also:
[[Category:{{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |5}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |6}} {{#explode:Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Sierra Leone| |7}}]]

In fulfilling its mandate to share the face of America with host countries, the Peace Corps is making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.

Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Sierra Leone, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Sierra Leone.

Outside of Sierra Leone’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Sierra Leone are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.

To ease the transition and adapt to life in Sierra Leone, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.

Overview of Diversity in Sierra Leone

The Peace Corps staff in Sierra Leone recognizes the adjustment issues that come with diversity and will endeavor to provide support and guidance. During pre-service training, several sessions will be held to discuss diversity and coping mechanisms. We look forward to having male and female Volunteers from a variety of races, ethnic groups, ages, religions, and sexual orientations, and hope you will become part of a diverse group of Americans who take pride in supporting one another and demonstrating the richness of American culture.

What Might a Volunteer Face?

Possible Issues for Female Volunteers

Female Volunteers who are single are often considered an oddity because most women, particularly in rural areas, are married, some with children, by the time they are in their 20s. Single women may also face what in the United States would

be considered inappropriate advances from male colleagues, supervisors, and acquaintances. Gender roles have changed drastically over the years in the United States; it can be a challenge to adapt to a culture with more traditional roles and to know how to effectively set boundaries. Unwanted attention, and even harassment, can be one of the greatest frustrations as a female PCV.

Above and beyond traditional gender roles and possible harassment, is the possibility of sexual violence. Sexual violence against women is a reality in Sierra Leone. Rape was used as a weapon of war and the government has launched campaigns to address this problem with the hope of reducing its occurrence. Domestic violence is also a possibility in this post-conflict country. According to police, most acts of sexual violence occur between people who know each other. Female Volunteers must exercise caution with their consumption of alcohol and going out in the evening unaccompanied. Volunteers will learn what is and is not acceptable in the Sierra Leonean culture, such as when it is and is not advisable to invite men into their homes. Often, Volunteers must take an even more conservative approach than their Sierra Leonean friends and colleagues.

Strategies to deal with these issues are discussed in training, and the Peace Corps staff can offer help in resolving any problems.

Volunteers should report any concerns or incidents to the Peace Corps medical officer (PCMO) or country director (CD) immediately.

Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color

Volunteers who belong to minority ethnic groups will generally not experience overt biases. However, Sierra Leoneans may make some stereotypic assumptions based on someone’s background. For example, many Asian-American Volunteers are considered experts in Chinese or kung fu and African- American Volunteers may be mistaken for a Liberian or Sierra Leonean.

Possible Issues for Volunteers of Varying Ages

In Sierra Leonean culture, people respect age as bringing wisdom and experience. Volunteers in their 20s sometimes find they have to make an extra effort to be accepted as professional colleagues. Older Volunteers, in contrast, are automatically accorded respect. In turn, older Volunteers might find that almost too much is expected of them because of their age; or conversely, older Volunteers who are accustomed to living independent lives may at first feel frustrated by the fact that younger Sierra Leoneans want to do things for them.

Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers

Most cultures in Sierra Leone consider homosexuality taboo. Homosexuality certainly exists in Sierra Leone, but there is no open homosexual community.

Volunteers who are lesbian, along with female Volunteers who are heterosexual, will have to deal with constant questions about boyfriends, marriage, and sex. Some female Volunteers wear an “engagement ring” to avoid unwanted attention. While this practice might be helpful, it might also create complications.

Volunteers may not be able to freely discuss their sexual orientation with new friends and family; this can obviously be very difficult. Peace Corps staff is aware of this challenge and will offer support as you navigate through your new culture.

Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities

As part of the medical clearance process, the Peace Corps Office of Medical Services determined you were physically and emotionally capable, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform a full tour of Volunteer service in Sierra Leone without unreasonable risk of harm to yourself or interruption of service. The Peace Corps/Sierra Leone staff will work with disabled Volunteers to make reasonable accommodations for them in training, housing, jobsites, or other areas to enable them to serve safely and effectively.

As a result of the protracted war, there are many amputees in Sierra Leone. Some support themselves by begging, so a Volunteer with disabilities may receive offers of assistance or notice stereotypes based on common interactions Sierra Leoneans have with amputees.

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers

While serving as a married couple offers unique challenges and rewards, there are none specific to service in Sierra Leone. In general, more traditional gender roles exist. So, a married couple with a husband who helps cook or clean might draw teasing or even unwanted comments. Generally couples will be regularly asked why they do not yet have children and when will they start a family.