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Peace Corps Volunteers assist the government of Armenia in an effort to address multiple development challenges. Currently, the Peace Corps places its emphasis on sustainable capacity-building projects in the areas of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Community and Business Development (CBD). The environmental education (EE) and community health education (CHE) programs have been closed as of September 2010. The objective is not to teach Armenians “American” values, but to help them help themselves within their own cultural framework.
 
 
 
== Peace Corps History==
 
 
''Main article: [[History of Peace Corps in Armenia]]''
 
 
The Peace Corps program in Armenia began in 1992.  During the first years, conditions were very difficult, with no electricity or heat. The country was reeling from the aftermath of the devastating 1988 earthquake, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and a war with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian enclave. Since then, more than 500 Volunteers have served in Armenia.
 
 
 
 
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
 
 
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Armenia]]''
 
 
During pre-service training, all trainees are required to live with host families. After completing pre-service training and swearing-in, all Volunteers live with host families for a minimum of four months at their permanent site. Living with a host family provides several benefits including accelerated language acquisition; a deeper and more profound cross-cultural understanding; and an improved, in-depth community integration. Being a respected and equal member of a family not only provides strong personal and professional rewards, it can ensure your safety and security as well. Host family accommodations will vary depending on the community. Some may be apartments or separate detached houses; some may have European-style bathrooms while others might use "outhouses" or "squat" toilets. Regardless of the situation, trainees and Volunteers live as the members of their community do. After the four-month period, Volunteers may remain with host families or change to another living situation in their communities depending on availability and personal preferences.
 
 
==Training==
 
 
''Main article: [[Training in Armenia]]''
 
 
Training is an essential part of Peace Corps service. The goal of the nine-week program is to give you the skills and information you need to live and work effectively in Armenia. In doing that, we build upon the experiences and expertise you bring to the Peace Corps. The program also gives you the opportunity to practice new skills as they apply to your work in Armenia. We anticipate that you will approach training with an open mind, a desire to learn, and a willingness to become involved. Trainees officially become Volunteers only after successful completion of training.
 
 
You will receive training and orientation in components of 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 Peace Corps Volunteer.
 
 
Upon arrival in Armenia, you will go to the Peace Corps training center a few hours outside of Yerevan. After a brief orientation period, you will move into a host village within an hour of the training center. In the host village, you and other trainees (about 8 to a village) will live with a Armenian host family for the majority of your training period, allowing you to gain hands-on experience in some of the new skills you are expected to acquire.
 
 
==Health Care and Safety==
 
 
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Armenia]]''
 
 
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. The Peace Corps in Armenia maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Armenia at local hospitals and clinics. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to a medical facility in the region or to the United States.
 
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
 
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Armenia]]''
 
 
In Armenia, 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 Armenia.
 
 
Outside of Armenia’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 Caucasian. The people of Armenia 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 Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
 
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
 
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[[Image:Peshkopi east panorama.jpg|right|thumb|East panorama of Peshkopi.]]
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[[image:Post_office_in_peshkopi,_albania.jpg|right|thumb|The post office.]]
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[[Image:Bashkia and Prefektura in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Bashkia and Prefektura.]]
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==Etymology==
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The name "Peshkopi" (definite form ''Peshkopia'') derives from the Greek ''episkopia'', which refers to the seat of a Christian bishop.  The word ''peshkop'' "bishop" still exists in the modern Albanian language.  One folk etymology for the name is ''pesë shtëpi'' "five houses", in reference to the tiny size of the town in times past.
  
''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Armenia]]''
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==Presence of NGOs==
 
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[[Image:QEK in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|left|thumb|The QEK.]]
* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Armenia?
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*Opportunity Albania (formerly ''PShM''), a microcredit business, has an office on the main boulevard.
* What is the electric current in Armenia?
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*''Qendra e Edukimit dhe e Komunikimit'' (The Center for Education and Communication or ''QEK'') is located on the boulevard. It's a large building and hard to miss. It was built with Danish aid, but the staff are all Albanian. None of them speak English.
* How much money should I bring?
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*SNV, a Dutch-funded development organization, has an office next to the Prefecture, at the east end of the boulevard.  The Peshkopi office's activities are focused mainly on small business development in the region of Dibër. With the exception of the office director, a native of Vancouver, staff are all Albanian. All are fluent in English.
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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*World Vision's local outpost is located across the street from Hotel Veri.
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
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*The Albanian Red Cross (''Kryqi i Kuq Shqiptar'') has a building up the hill behind the QEK.  One of its current projects involves child nutrition and survival in local villages.
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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*''Qendra Alfa Omega'' (Alpha Omega Center), a local Evangelical Christian church originally started by American missionaries, is located close to the courthouse (''gjykatë'').
* What should I bring as gifts for Armenian 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 Armenia?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
 
 
==Packing List==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Packing list for Armenia]]''
 
 
 
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Armenia 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. Do not bring valuables or cherished items that could be lost, stolen, or ruined by the harsh climate. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Armenia.
 
 
 
* General
 
* Packing for training
 
* Clothing
 
* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
 
* Kitchen
 
* Additional Items to Consider Bringing
 
* Items You Do Not Need to Bring
 
 
 
 
 
== Volunteer Projects ==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Volunteer projects of Peace Corps in Armenia]]''
 
 
 
Peace Corps Volunteers in Armenia have initiated many projects in Peace Corps and some have started websites to promote these projects in Armenia and abroad. Some RPCVs have started American nonprofits to provide continued support to the projects they initiated during their Peace Corps service.
 
 
 
==Peace Corps News==
 
  
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
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==Education==
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Schools in Peshkopi include the following:
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[[Image:Nazmi rushiti pedagogical school in peshkopi, albania.JPG|right|thumb|Nazmi Rushiti.]]
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*Nazmi Rushiti - foreign languages and pedagogical high school.  Commonly referred to as the ''pedagogjike''.
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*Seit Najdeni - general high school (''gjimnaz'').
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Both high schools observe the following schedule:
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:1st period - 8:30am-9:15
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:2nd period - 9:20-10:05
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:3rd period - 10:10-10:55
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:Long break (''pushimi i gjatë'') - 10:55-11:20
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:4th period - 11:20-12:05pm
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:5th period - 12:10-12:55
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:6th period - 1:00-1:45
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[[Image:Demir Gashi and Selim Alliu elementary schools in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Demir Gashi and Selim Alliu.]]
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*Demir Gashi - elementary and junior high school (''shkollë nëntë-vjeçare'').
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*Selim Alliu - elementary and junior high school, physically connected to Demir Gashi but administratively separated.
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Directors of schools in Peshkopi report directly to the Regional Directorate of Education (''Drejtoria Arsimore Rajonale'') of the region (''qark'') of Dibër, whose offices are in the same building as the city government (''bashkia'') of Peshkopi and the regional government (''prefektura'').
  
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==Transportation==
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*Buses for [[Tirana]] and [[Durrës]] leave from a spot on the boulevard next to the ''Turizëm'' hotel.  The Durrës bus is much smaller than the Tirana one.  It's best to get on the bus by 7am in order to be sure to get a seat.  As of early 2008, the bus fare to Tirana or Durrës is 600 lekë.
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*Furgons for Tirana are regularly lined up in the ''treg'' (market) neighborhood on the section of street that slopes downhill from the new mosque (''xhamia e re'') with two minarets. The furgon fare to Tirana is 900 lekë.
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*Furgons for [[Kukës]] are sometimes available from the dirt yard in front of the ''pedagogjike'' (Nazmi Rushiti).
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The route to Tirana passes through Maqellarë, Bulqizë, Klos, [[Burrel]], and [[Milot]].
  
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==Accommodations==
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[[Image:Turizmi hotel in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Hotel Turizëm]]
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There are at least two hotels in Peshkopi: Hotel Veri and Hotel Korabi (known locally as ''Turizmi'').  Hotel Korabi is located towards the west end of the boulevard.  Veri is located close to the elementary schools, across the street from World Vision.  Another option is Hotel Brazil, located next to the ''pedagogjike''.
  
==Country Fund==
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==Weather==
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[[image:Snow_in_peshkopi.jpg|left|thumb|Snow in late 2007.]]
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Peshkopi tends to have cold winters and relatively mild summers.  Longtime residents claim that there used to be several feet of snowfall every winter.  The winter of 2007-2008 saw significant snowfall, but not enough to impede transportation.
  
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=305-CFD Armenia Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Armenia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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==Current volunteers==
  
==See also==
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==Past volunteers==
* [[Armenian]]
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*[[User:Hajenso|Kenji Yamada]] - G10 [[TEFL]].
* [[Volunteers who served in Armenia]]
 
* [[Staff members who served in Armenia]]
 
* [[Armenia books]]
 
* [[Armenia web resources]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
* [[Treaties for Peace Corps by US State Department]]
 
  
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==External links==
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[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2247985519 Peshkopi Facebook community]
  
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[[Category:Country]]
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[[category:Albania sites]]
[[Category:Armenia]]
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[[category:Albania]]
[[Property::Located in::Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
 

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File:Peshkopi east panorama.jpg
East panorama of Peshkopi.

Etymology

The name "Peshkopi" (definite form Peshkopia) derives from the Greek episkopia, which refers to the seat of a Christian bishop. The word peshkop "bishop" still exists in the modern Albanian language. One folk etymology for the name is pesë shtëpi "five houses", in reference to the tiny size of the town in times past.

Presence of NGOs

  • Opportunity Albania (formerly PShM), a microcredit business, has an office on the main boulevard.
  • Qendra e Edukimit dhe e Komunikimit (The Center for Education and Communication or QEK) is located on the boulevard. It's a large building and hard to miss. It was built with Danish aid, but the staff are all Albanian. None of them speak English.
  • SNV, a Dutch-funded development organization, has an office next to the Prefecture, at the east end of the boulevard. The Peshkopi office's activities are focused mainly on small business development in the region of Dibër. With the exception of the office director, a native of Vancouver, staff are all Albanian. All are fluent in English.
  • World Vision's local outpost is located across the street from Hotel Veri.
  • The Albanian Red Cross (Kryqi i Kuq Shqiptar) has a building up the hill behind the QEK. One of its current projects involves child nutrition and survival in local villages.
  • Qendra Alfa Omega (Alpha Omega Center), a local Evangelical Christian church originally started by American missionaries, is located close to the courthouse (gjykatë).

Education

Schools in Peshkopi include the following:

  • Nazmi Rushiti - foreign languages and pedagogical high school. Commonly referred to as the pedagogjike.
  • Seit Najdeni - general high school (gjimnaz).

Both high schools observe the following schedule:

1st period - 8:30am-9:15
2nd period - 9:20-10:05
3rd period - 10:10-10:55
Long break (pushimi i gjatë) - 10:55-11:20
4th period - 11:20-12:05pm
5th period - 12:10-12:55
6th period - 1:00-1:45
  • Demir Gashi - elementary and junior high school (shkollë nëntë-vjeçare).
  • Selim Alliu - elementary and junior high school, physically connected to Demir Gashi but administratively separated.

Directors of schools in Peshkopi report directly to the Regional Directorate of Education (Drejtoria Arsimore Rajonale) of the region (qark) of Dibër, whose offices are in the same building as the city government (bashkia) of Peshkopi and the regional government (prefektura).

Transportation

  • Buses for Tirana and Durrës leave from a spot on the boulevard next to the Turizëm hotel. The Durrës bus is much smaller than the Tirana one. It's best to get on the bus by 7am in order to be sure to get a seat. As of early 2008, the bus fare to Tirana or Durrës is 600 lekë.
  • Furgons for Tirana are regularly lined up in the treg (market) neighborhood on the section of street that slopes downhill from the new mosque (xhamia e re) with two minarets. The furgon fare to Tirana is 900 lekë.
  • Furgons for Kukës are sometimes available from the dirt yard in front of the pedagogjike (Nazmi Rushiti).

The route to Tirana passes through Maqellarë, Bulqizë, Klos, Burrel, and Milot.

Accommodations

There are at least two hotels in Peshkopi: Hotel Veri and Hotel Korabi (known locally as Turizmi). Hotel Korabi is located towards the west end of the boulevard. Veri is located close to the elementary schools, across the street from World Vision. Another option is Hotel Brazil, located next to the pedagogjike.

Weather

File:Snow in peshkopi.jpg
Snow in late 2007.

Peshkopi tends to have cold winters and relatively mild summers. Longtime residents claim that there used to be several feet of snowfall every winter. The winter of 2007-2008 saw significant snowfall, but not enough to impede transportation.

Current volunteers

Past volunteers

External links

Peshkopi Facebook community