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Less than two decades into its independence, Namibia has emerged as a model by establishing political and economic frameworks that give it one of the freest and most open economies in Africa. Namibians are encouraged to participate fully in shaping laws and government policies. Namibia has set a model for advancing the rule of law and encouraging the growth of civil society.
  
===Communications===
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The initial planning for the Peace Corps/Namibia program began in 1989, prior to
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independence. The first group of 14 Volunteers arrived on September 9, 1990, less than
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six months after the country achieved independence.
  
====Mail====
 
  
Few countries in the world offer the level of mail service we consider normal in the United States. Guatemala’s mail service is fair, but often unreliable. Mail normally takes at least one to two weeks to arrive; however, it is common for letters to arrive much later, or never at all. It is recommended that you arrange a system of numbering correspondence with family and friends.
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==Peace Corps History==
  
Packages and letters with enclosures may also be sent directly to you in care of the Peace Corps office in Guatemala City.  Again, please note that the mail system is not considered reliable. The address of the Peace Corps office is:
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Namibia]]''
  
“Your Name,” PCT
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The first group of 14 Volunteers arrived in Namibia on September 9, 1990, less than six months after the country became independent. By January 1991, the program was in full operation. The primary role of these early Volunteers was to teach English, in support of the new government’s declaration of English as the country’s official language. Classroom teachers also assisted in the transition from Afrikaans to English as the language of instruction in upper primary and secondary schools. In the early 1990s, Volunteers also provided assistance to drought relief efforts and began to work in youth development offices. The number of Volunteers peaked in the late 1990s, reaching a high of almost 150 people. This spike was largely driven by a collaborative effort with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide school-based teacher training throughout the rural north. In August 2009, the first group of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Volunteers arrived in the country.  The new Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) program was introduced in 2010.
  
8 Calle 6-55, Zone 9
 
  
Guatemala City, 01009
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Today, about 140 Volunteers work as primary and secondary school teachers, community health workers, information and communications technology facilitators, and small enterprise development agents.
  
Guatemala, Central America
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
  
Office Tel. # 502.2384.3800 (needed for courier packages: FedEx, DHL, etc.)
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''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Namibia]]''
  
(this address will change towards the end of 2007 when the main office moves to Santa Lucia Milpas Altas)
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Housing varies considerably. Your site might be a Western-style cement block house, usually with electricity and running water; an apartment attached to a student boarding facility (hostel); or, in the case of more rural junior secondary schools, a room with a local family. As the government has invited assistance from a variety of sources, you may also be asked to share a two- or three-bedroom house with one or two colleagues (either Namibian or Volunteers from other countries). Our expectation is that you will have a private bedroom, but remember that there is a shortage of housing for government staff in most areas in Namibia. The minstry/ hosting agency to which you are assigned is responsible for paying your montly utilities and providing you with the basic furnishings (e.g., bed, charis, tables, stove, and gas refrigerator).
  
Once you complete training and are assigned to your site, you can decide how to receive your mail and inform family and friends. Some Volunteers choose to receive mail at a local post office; others prefer to have mail held at the Peace Corps office in Guatemala City.
 
  
Receiving “care packages” can be problematic—packages might be held at the central post office for pick-up and customs duties will be your responsibility. Often, the packages are opened or never arrive at all. Experience has shown that small padded envelopes are most likely to arrive intact.
 
  
====Telephones====
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==Training==
  
All major cities in Guatemala have public phone and fax service. The national phone company has established offices with phone banks, where you can make and receive calls for a fee. Smaller towns or pueblos will often have one community phone that can be used for a fee. In very rural areas and small villages, phone service is usually not available.
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''Main article: [[Training in Namibia]]''
  
The organization to which you are assigned (your host agency) will most likely have telephone service at its office; however, that office might be some distance away from where you live. In the more developed cities, residential phone service is available, and there are a few Volunteers who have home phones.  
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The eight-week training will provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Namibia. You will receive training and orientation in language, cross-cultural communication, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. The skills you learn will serve as the foundation upon which you build your experience as a Volunteer in Namibia.
  
Cellphone service is extremely popular among Volunteers;
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During the first week of training, you will stay at a central training facility. During this first week, Trainees will receive information about the types of projects and sites available and will have individual interviews with APCDs and programming staff in order to determine their tentative site placement and language assignment.  Trainees will begin language instruction in small groups (typically 3-4 students and an instructor) as well as technical, health/safety, and cross-cultural training during this time.
  
95 percent of them have cellphones. Volunteers generally purchase these out of their living allowances. We strongly discourage you from bringing a cellphone with you from the United States, as it is highly unlikely that your plan will cover Guatemala and the surrounding region. Once you have been assigned to your site, you can determine if a cellphone is a viable option and purchase one locally.  
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Trainees will also have the opportunity to meet their host families, with whom they will live for approximately 6 weeks, during the first week of training. This homestay will help bring to life some of the topics covered in training, giving you a chance to practice your new language skills and directly observe and participate in Namibian culture.
  
The Peace Corps office in Guatemala can be reached by direct dialing from the United States. The number is 011.502.2384.3800. Volunteers are not permitted to use telephones at the Peace Corps office in Guatemala to call family and friends unless the call pertains to an emergency and is approved by the country director.  
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At the onset of training, the training staff will outline the competencies that you have to master before becoming a Volunteer and the criteria that will be used to assess achievement of those competencies. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process based on a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training manager, along with the language, technical, and cross-cultural trainers, will work with you toward the highest possible achievement of training competencies by providing you with feedback throughout training. After successful completion of pre-service training, you will be sworn in as a Volunteer and make the final preparations for departure to your site.
  
====Computer, Internet, and E-mail Access====
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==Health Care and Safety==
  
Computer and Internet access are growing in Guatemala.  Much like the telephone, most Volunteers will only be able to use these services when traveling to a central location. If your host agency has a computer, you might be able to arrange for access for work-related or personal use. Internet cafés can be found in most Guatemalan cities that are popular tourist destinations. In many instances, you can compose work offline and then go to a café to send it via the Internet. Since connection fees can be high, Peace Corps/Guatemala includes a small stipend for Internet use in your monthly living allowance to help defray the costs. There are also Internet-connected computers at the Peace Corps office in Guatemala.
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''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Namibia]]''
  
Some Volunteers do bring laptop computers with them, which they are able to use for work purposes, but they may not be able to access the Internet. Palm Pilots, because of their small size and lower cost, are good options for day-to-day use. Possessing a laptop or Palm Pilot can be a security concern in Guatemala, since they command high prices on the black market. They can also be damaged or lost.  
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. Peace Corps/Namibia maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer, who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services are available at a U.S.-standard hospital in Windhoek. If you become seriously ill, you may be transported to South Africa or back the United States for further treatment.
  
===Housing and Site Location===
 
  
Volunteer housing and site locations vary depending on your project and the type of work you will do. Peace Corps staff work with your host agency, Volunteers who currently live in the area, and municipal leaders to locate appropriate sites and determine if the living conditions meet selection criteria established by the Peace Corps. In addition, the Peace Corps consults with security staff at the U.S. embassy to review any pertinent safety concerns that might be present.
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==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
  
Peace Corps/Guatemala Volunteers must live with a family during the first three months of their service. This helps Volunteers better integrate into their community and aligns with Guatemalan culture where it is uncommon for single people to live alone. There are often living arrangements in Volunteer sites where there is private space within a family compound-type area. This affords privacy to the Volunteer and the many benefits of meeting your community with the guidance and support of one of its members. By living with a family, you will more fully experience Guatemalan culture.
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''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Namibia]]''
  
Many Volunteers become very close to their host families and find that living with them is one of the most rewarding aspects of their service
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In Namibia, 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 Namibia.
  
After the initial three-month period, you will be involved in the selection of your permanent housing. The type of house you live in will depend on what is common in the area. In a city or large town, this will likely be a cement block house with either a tin or tile roof and a solid floor. Most will have electricity. Most households in Guatemala have a pila, a large cement sink for washing dishes and clothes, with a section for collecting water. In more developed areas, you will likely have plumbing, although the water may go off and on. You may have a flush toilet or use a latrine that is separate from the house.  
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Outside of Namibia’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 Namibia 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.  
  
Volunteers in more rural areas may have a house of cement, adobe (homemade brick), with a roof of tin, tile, or thatch.  Some have solid floors, but in poorer areas dirt floors are more common. Electricity is present in almost all areas, even small villages, and some will use a generator for a few hours each night. However, power outages are very frequent, especially in rural sites. You may come to rely on candles and lanterns in the evenings. Most will have an outside pila, but you may find yourself carrying water from a community water source or collecting rainwater to fill it. In some areas, people use a community pila or a river for their water source.
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* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
  
===Living Allowance and Money Management===
 
  
Volunteers receive a living allowance adequate to their needs as determined by annual cost-of-living surveys. Volunteers are entirely responsible for managing their personal finances.  Living allowances allow Volunteers to live according to the standards of the people with whom they live and work. There are several living allowance categories. They are based on the cost of living in different geographical areas. The principal bank used by Peace Corps/Guatemala is Banco del Quetzal.  Upon arrival in Guatemala, each Volunteer must open a personal checking account with this bank and sign a power of attorney authorizing Peace Corps/Guatemala to make deposits for living allowances, reimbursements, etc. to the account. Prior to leaving Guatemala, each Volunteer must personally close the account after ascertaining that all checks have cleared and making the necessary arrangements to cover those that have not. For convenience, Volunteers often open a second account at a bank in or near their site. Funds can then be transferred from the Banco del Quetzal account into the second account.
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==Frequently Asked Questions==
  
===Food and Diet===
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Most Volunteers enjoy eating the typical food in their community, often with their neighbors or host families. In towns and cities, you will usually find a greater variety; in poor rural areas, the food choices can be limited. Throughout Guatemala, corn tortillas and black beans are a staple; other common foods include eggs, rice, chicken soup, and bread brought in from bakeries in larger towns. These types of foods are eaten daily in most poor areas of Guatemala. The most common fruits and vegetables include tomatoes, onions, avocado, a squash called huisquil (chayote in the United States), bananas, and mangoes (when in season). Papaya and citrus are found in some areas. Tamales, chicken or pork, are often prepared as well as a sweet rice or corn drink called atoll.
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Namibia]]''
  
In more developed areas, you might find a greater variety of food, including more meat (most often chicken) and more fruits and vegetables.
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Namibia?
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* What is the electric current in Namibia?
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* How much money should I bring?
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* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
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* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Namibian friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home from Namibia?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
  
Even in the most rural areas, there is likely to be a small local store that stocks snacks, sodas, and staples. Traditional outdoor markets, where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, clothing, household items, and knickknacks, are held on a regular basis (usually weekly) in central towns and are always open in main cities. In larger cities, you will also find supermarkets, where you can purchase non-perishables and imported goods; in the capital, there is great variety. Some Volunteers take advantage of the opportunity while in town to stock up on special foods and cooking items, such as spices, peanut butter, pasta, or a food that reminds them of home.
 
  
Being a vegetarian as a Volunteer is not difficult—in many of the poorer areas, for example, meat is rarely eaten. However, since many Volunteers eat with their neighbors, and meat is prepared on special occasions, there will likely be situations where meat is presented to you. Many Volunteers have successfully served as vegetarians, and you will need to find a way to deal with these situations that is appropriate for you in your circumstances.
 
  
===Transportation===
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==Packing List==
  
Guatemala has extensive and relatively cheap transportation among major urban areas and relatively good access in some rural areas. Volunteers often travel around their site for work activities on foot, in the company of other community members or work colleagues. Some Volunteers use bicycles provided by the Peace Corps to travel. If a Volunteer needs a bicycle to facilitate his or her work and the program manager agrees, the Volunteer will be provided with the means to get a bicycle by PC/Guatemala. However, this can be difficult in mountainous areas, and all Volunteers must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle (provided by the Peace Corps).
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Namibia]]''
  
For longer distances, Volunteers usually ride “chicken buses,
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Namibia and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Namibia’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.
  
U.S. school buses painted and outfitted with racks to haul supplies, and sometimes animals. In rural areas, you might have a chicken bus that leaves your site once a day, travels to a major city, and returns at night. In other areas, pick-up trucks provide transportation to villages on a regular basis instead of a bus. Sometimes, you might arrange for a ride with someone you know who has a car or pick-up. For long distances on major routes, there are “pullmans,” much like a Greyhound bus, which provide a more comfortable ride for a higher fee. On either kind of bus, you will find that they stop frequently to pick up passengers and are often overcrowded, so you might find yourself sitting three to a seat or standing in the aisle.
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===Geography and Climate===
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==Peace Corps News==
  
Guatemala is the northernmost and most populous of the Central American republics. More than 12 million people live in an area about the size of Tennessee or Ohio. Guatemala has coastlines on the Pacific and the Caribbean, and it borders Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador.
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Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
  
The central highlands are the most densely populated area. Between the highlands and the Pacific lies a narrow plain. The Caribbean lowlands have fertile river valleys. The north of the country contains tropical jungles and protected biospheres.  
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Temperatures are fairly constant year-round and are most influenced by elevation. In the cattle country of eastern Guatemala and coastal lowlands, temperatures can reach 100°F. In western Guatemala, which is the highest part of Central America, the climate is cold, and morning temperatures in December and January are frequently below freezing. In the areas of more moderate elevation, the climate is generally milder—cool in the mornings, warm to hot in the afternoons, and then cooling down again at night.  Average temperatures would be around 50°F to 70°F. The most noticeable feature of Guatemala’s tropical climate is the seasonal alternation between dry and rainy seasons. During May to October, most parts of the country get rain every day, resulting in lush vegetation and cooler temperatures. During the dry season (November to April), rain tapers off and most sections of the country get no rain. This results in dry, dusty weather and hotter temperatures.  
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===Social Activities===
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==Country Fund==
  
There are three prominent aspects of rural social life in Guatemala. The first has to do with the religious celebrations of the community and families. Births, confirmations and coming-of-age ceremonies, communions, marriages, and funerals are themes for the celebration of life. Funerals, in particular, are the recognition of the accomplishments and thoughts of the departed.  
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=697-CFD Namibia Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Namibia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
  
The second aspect of social life in rural Guatemala centers on the market, which is far more than a place to buy needed goods. The market is the place to meet and visit with people to exchange news and hold discussions.
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==See also==
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* [[List of resources for Namibia]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Namibia]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
  
The third facet of social life is inter-community competition. Winning a soccer game against a neighboring community, or even losing, creates a sense of solidarity and identity.  
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/wa.html Peace Corps Journals - Namibia]
  
For most Volunteers, getting involved with sporting events and activities is the easiest way to integrate fully into the community.
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===Professionalism, Dress, and Behavior===
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In Guatemala, a Peace Corps Volunteer is expected to be a professional, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the quality of work. It takes most Volunteers a while to get a sense of what constitutes a reasonable personal workload.  Some Volunteers may have a busy schedule of activities set up with their counterparts or host agency. Other Volunteers may be in a less structured environment, where they must get to know their community, find various avenues for work, and develop their own schedule. Because of logistical considerations, some routine tasks may take longer to complete in Guatemala than in the United States.
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Appropriate dress is important, since physical appearance makes a personal statement in Guatemala. What constitutes as appropriate dress for work will vary depending on the type of work you will be doing, Your assignment description will provide specific guidelines.
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In general, the norm is a conservative, neat appearance.  Except in tourist areas and a few locations near the coast, men do not wear shorts or sandals. Pants or jeans with a clean button-down shirt, polo, or nice T-shirt are common for work and casual wear. Long hair, piercings, or earrings on men are associated with drug dealers and gang members, and thus are not acceptable for Volunteers. Likewise, dreadlocks are not an acceptable hairstyle for Volunteers in Guatemala.  You will be expected to adjust your appearance if necessary to accommodate these standards.
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Women in Guatemala tend to take pride in their appearance and “dress up.” In indigenous areas, women wear handwoven traditional dress. In other areas of the country, dress varies depending on the site. In conservative areas and small villages, you are likely to see women wearing mid-length dresses, or a skirt with a blouse or T-shirt. In towns and more modern areas, it is common to see women in pants or jeans, and you might see women dressed in a manner that Americans might consider flashy. Female Volunteers are not expected to adopt traditional dress or dress like the women in their community; however, your attire should reflect your status as a professional. Female Volunteers usually wear dresses, skirts, pants, or jeans, with short-sleeved or modest sleeveless blouses in hotter climates. Shorts, bare shoulders and tank tops should be avoided except while on vacation in tourist areas. For assignments that require a lot of hiking or field work, pants are most appropriate. It is important to note that tight or revealing clothing for women could elicit negative attention. Volunteers are expected to dress conservatively.
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Peace Corps has a zero-tolerance policy on the use of illegal drugs, including marijuana. It is illegal in Guatemala, and puts both the safety of the Volunteer and the image of the Peace Corps at great risk. Use of illegal drugs will result in immediate separation from Peace Corps. There are absolutely no exceptions.
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Volunteers are “on duty” representing Peace Corps 24hours a day, seven days a week—even while relaxing on weekends or on vacation. Your use of alcohol, relationships with Guatemalans and other Volunteers, and your general lifestyle are constantly under observation, both within the local community as well as by other Americans who may be in the country as tourists or on private business. It can at times feel like a restriction on your personal liberties. If you do not feel comfortable with this responsibility, and are not willing to make any necessary adjustments to your lifestyle, then it would be best not to accept this invitation to serve.
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More information about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety is outlined in the Health Care and Safety chapter, but it is an important issue and cannot be over-emphasized. As stated in the Volunteer Handbook, becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer entails certain safety risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment, having a limited understanding of local language and culture, and being perceived as well-off are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk.  Many Volunteers experience varying degrees of unwanted attention and harassment. Petty thefts and burglaries are not uncommon, and incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur, although many Volunteers complete their two years of service without personal safety problems. The Peace Corps has established procedures and policies designed to help Volunteers reduce their risks and enhance their safety and security. These procedures and policies, in addition to safety training, will be provided once you arrive in your country of service. Though the Peace Corps will provide you with training and ongoing support, you are expected to take personal responsibility for your safety and well-being.
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Both the rewards and frustrations of service in Guatemala seem to come mostly from the differences between U.S. and Guatemalan culture. In the United States, the culture emphasizes “action” or “doing,” in which a person’s value to society is assessed primarily in terms of what he or she is able to achieve over the course of someone’s lifetime. In Guatemala, the culture emphasizes “being,” where social value is a function of affiliation and group solidarity. Some Volunteers have a difficult time appreciating the importance of simply spending time with associates and community members to establish confidence based on interpersonal relationships.  Most agencies to which Volunteers are assigned have little cultural understanding of the U.S. ethic of volunteerism, and they may have a limited understanding of what kind of support and supervision Volunteers need to feel productive. The rewards, particularly for “self-starters” with high energy, are ample opportunities to make a measurable difference in the lives of the people one serves.
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Sectors:

Education
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Information and Communications Technology
Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development

Program Dates:

1990 - Present

Current Volunteers:

113

Total Volunteers:

1,007

Languages Spoken:

Afrikaans, Oshikwanyama, Oshindonga, Otjiherero, Rukwangali English, Oshiwambo, Damara/Nama, Khoekhoegowab, Silozi, Rumanyo, Thimbukushu, Subiya

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Less than two decades into its independence, Namibia has emerged as a model by establishing political and economic frameworks that give it one of the freest and most open economies in Africa. Namibians are encouraged to participate fully in shaping laws and government policies. Namibia has set a model for advancing the rule of law and encouraging the growth of civil society.

The initial planning for the Peace Corps/Namibia program began in 1989, prior to independence. The first group of 14 Volunteers arrived on September 9, 1990, less than six months after the country achieved independence.


Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Namibia

The first group of 14 Volunteers arrived in Namibia on September 9, 1990, less than six months after the country became independent. By January 1991, the program was in full operation. The primary role of these early Volunteers was to teach English, in support of the new government’s declaration of English as the country’s official language. Classroom teachers also assisted in the transition from Afrikaans to English as the language of instruction in upper primary and secondary schools. In the early 1990s, Volunteers also provided assistance to drought relief efforts and began to work in youth development offices. The number of Volunteers peaked in the late 1990s, reaching a high of almost 150 people. This spike was largely driven by a collaborative effort with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide school-based teacher training throughout the rural north. In August 2009, the first group of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Volunteers arrived in the country. The new Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) program was introduced in 2010.


Today, about 140 Volunteers work as primary and secondary school teachers, community health workers, information and communications technology facilitators, and small enterprise development agents.

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Namibia

Housing varies considerably. Your site might be a Western-style cement block house, usually with electricity and running water; an apartment attached to a student boarding facility (hostel); or, in the case of more rural junior secondary schools, a room with a local family. As the government has invited assistance from a variety of sources, you may also be asked to share a two- or three-bedroom house with one or two colleagues (either Namibian or Volunteers from other countries). Our expectation is that you will have a private bedroom, but remember that there is a shortage of housing for government staff in most areas in Namibia. The minstry/ hosting agency to which you are assigned is responsible for paying your montly utilities and providing you with the basic furnishings (e.g., bed, charis, tables, stove, and gas refrigerator).


Training

Main article: Training in Namibia

The eight-week training will provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Namibia. You will receive training and orientation in language, cross-cultural communication, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. The skills you learn will serve as the foundation upon which you build your experience as a Volunteer in Namibia.

During the first week of training, you will stay at a central training facility. During this first week, Trainees will receive information about the types of projects and sites available and will have individual interviews with APCDs and programming staff in order to determine their tentative site placement and language assignment. Trainees will begin language instruction in small groups (typically 3-4 students and an instructor) as well as technical, health/safety, and cross-cultural training during this time.

Trainees will also have the opportunity to meet their host families, with whom they will live for approximately 6 weeks, during the first week of training. This homestay will help bring to life some of the topics covered in training, giving you a chance to practice your new language skills and directly observe and participate in Namibian culture.

At the onset of training, the training staff will outline the competencies that you have to master before becoming a Volunteer and the criteria that will be used to assess achievement of those competencies. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process based on a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training manager, along with the language, technical, and cross-cultural trainers, will work with you toward the highest possible achievement of training competencies by providing you with feedback throughout training. After successful completion of pre-service training, you will be sworn in as a Volunteer and make the final preparations for departure to your site.

Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Namibia

The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. Peace Corps/Namibia maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer, who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services are available at a U.S.-standard hospital in Windhoek. If you become seriously ill, you may be transported to South Africa or back the United States for further treatment.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Namibia

In Namibia, 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 Namibia.

Outside of Namibia’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 Namibia 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.

  • Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
  • Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
  • Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities


Frequently Asked Questions

Namibia
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

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2008 H2r::37|}}
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2008 H2s::83.3|}}
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::54|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::80.6|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::9|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::111.5|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::42|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::52|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::38|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::81.7|}}
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Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Namibia

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Namibia?
  • What is the electric current in Namibia?
  • How much money should I bring?
  • When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
  • Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
  • Do I need an international driver’s license?
  • What should I bring as gifts for Namibian friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Can I call home from Namibia?
  • Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
  • Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?


Packing List

Main article: Packing List for Namibia

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Namibia and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Namibia’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.

  • General Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
  • Kitchen
  • Miscellaneous
  • Things we shouldn’t have brought

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Country Fund

Contributions to the Namibia Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Namibia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

See also

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