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Togo's numerous pressing development challenges have increased in recent years due to political and economic instability. A significant percentage of Togo's rural population lives in extreme poverty. Less than 30 percent of the female population has the opportunity for education or training that can equip them to participate in the development of their communities. AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases continue to increase at an alarming rate, with HIV infection estimated at 6 percent of the adult population. Deforestation and other forms of environmental degradation are worsening as the country's growing population places increased demands on its natural resource base. The Peace Corps works to promote self-sufficiency in the areas of business and micro-enterprise development, environment, health, and education.
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The government of Zambia requested the Peace Corps' assistance soon after the election of President Chiluba in 1991. Volunteer projects focus on health, agriculture, the environment, and education. All Volunteers, regardless of sector, are trained in methods to promote HIV/AIDS awareness.
  
  
 
==Peace Corps History==
 
==Peace Corps History==
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Togo]]''
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Zambia]]''
  
The Peace Corps began its work in Togo in 1962, as part of the second wave of countries where the Peace Corps began service. Since that time, more than 2,000 Volunteers have served in Togo. Peace Corps/Togo has a successful history of collaboration and involvement with the Togolese people at all levels. The Volunteers’ efforts build upon counterpart relationships and emphasize low-cost solutions that make maximum use of local resources, which are usually people. Collaboration with local and international private organizations, as well as international development organizations, is an important component of Volunteer project activities.
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In April 2004, the Peace Corps celebrated its 10th anniversary of service in Zambia. Following the formalization of a country agreement in 1993, Peace Corps/Zambia opened its program in 1994 with a first group of water and sanitation/hygiene education Volunteers. In 1996, the program expanded to include projects in community action for health and rural aquaculture. The project expanded again in 2001 to encompass an income, food, and environmental project. In 2003, a new education project was launched and a fifth program is underway. Using emergency HIV/AIDS funding, a separate HIV/AIDS project will begin in the summer of 2005.
  
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Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived 1994, approximately 1,100 Volunteers have served in Zambia, which is now one of the larger Peace Corps programs in Africa. Volunteers live and work in eight of Zambia’s nine provinces.
  
  
 
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
 
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Togo]]''
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''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Zambia]]''
  
Volunteers in Togo are provided housing as part of the community’s contribution to their work. Most Togo Volunteers live in villages in a two or three-room house, most likely in a compound with a Togolese family. Some Volunteer houses have tin roofs; a few have straw roofs. It is unlikely that you will have running water or electricity although they are more common in larger city posts. Water sources in villages can be traditional wells, bore-holes equipped with pumps, cisterns, and natural water sources—in some cases, rivers. Whatever your source of drinking water, you will have to treat it before use.
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Most Volunteers live in earthen houses lighted by kerosene lamps. Meals are cooked over wood or charcoal. Typically, Volunteer sites are in villages where there is neither plumbing nor electricity. You will have your own mud brick/thatch roof house, pit latrine, outdoor cooking area and shower area. Drinking/washing water may need to be carried from as far as 30 minutes away on foot. Some sites will be very isolated and the closest Volunteer may be 100 kilometers or more away.
  
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Within the first week of arriving in Zambia Peace Corps will place you into a language group. The associate Peace Corps director (APCD) of your program may offer advice based on the various skills and interest of individuals in your group. Your placements are made in cooperation with the training staff and are based on their assessments and recommendations regarding your skill levels in the technical, cross-cultural, and language areas. Your APCD can discuss particular preferences concerning a site. You will not be able to choose your site. Site placements are made using the following criteria (in priority order):
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* Medical considerations;
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* Community needs;
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* Site requirements matched with demonstrated technical, cross cultural, and language skills;
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* Personal preference of the Volunteer.
  
 
==Training==
 
==Training==
  
''Main article: [[Training in Togo]]''
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''Main article: [[Training in Zambia]]''
 
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Training is held in communities that are as similar as possible to the typical site for a given project. During your pre-service training, you will live with a host family. Other trainees from your program will live in the same village, but you will all have your own host family. All of your language, technical, cross-cultural and community development, and personal health and safety sessions will take place either in your host village or a neighboring community. Current Volunteers are available during PST to assist in training and to answer your questions.
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Training days are long and demanding, so be prepared. Your day will start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m., with a two-hour break for lunch and other short breaks throughout the day. On Saturdays, you will have classes from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Training is an essential part of your Peace Corps service. Our goal is to give you sufficient skills and information to prepare you for living and working in Togo. Pre-service training uses an experiential approach wherever possible. Rather than reading and/or hearing about Volunteer activities, you will be practicing, processing, and evaluating actual or simulated activities.
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The 11 weeks of pre-service training are divided into two phases. Phase I runs for the first six weeks and is very intensive in French language and cultural training. Additionally, there are sessions on safety and security, medical/health, and some technical training. This first phase will help you develop basic language and cultural adaptation skills.
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Pre-service training is probably the most intensive period during your Peace Corps service. During your 8 to 10 weeks of training time (depending on your project), you will need to accumulate the knowledge and experience necessary for the first several months of service. Before beings sworn-in as a Volunteer, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the criteria to qualify for Volunteer service.
  
Phase II is also very intensive, but it centers on technical training. Language classes will continue, and technical material will increasingly be presented and practiced in French. Some trainees will begin local language classes during this phase, depending on their level of French. Safety and Security training and medical/health training also continue.
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Your first two nights in Zambia will be spent at a simple lodge/camp near Lusaka. Following a brief orientation program, most trainees will proceed to their first site visits. Health Volunteers will proceed to the training center for two days of orientation and then move into their villages with their host families. The training center is situated in Chongwe, a small town to the east of the capital city of Zambia, Lusaka.  Regardless of sector, your home stay families will be your hosts throughout training.
  
During the second or third week of training, your program director will interview you about possible sites to help identify a post that is linked to your skills, interests, and needs. During the seventh or eighth week, you will spend a week at your site. This will be your first contact with your future site and will provide an idea of what real Volunteer life is like, what work options exist, and an opportunity to know more of Togo. It also gives you a break from the intense, structured regime of the pre-service training schedule.
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==Health Care and Safety==
  
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''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Zambia]]''
  
==Health Care and Safety==
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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. The Peace Corps in Zambia maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers who take care of Volunteers’ primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Zambia at local hospitals. If a Volunteer becomes seriously ill, that person will be transported to either South Africa, the designated regional medical evacuation center, or to the United States.
 
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''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Togo]]''
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Togo maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Volunteers who become seriously ill or injured will be transported to either an appropriate medical facility in the region or to the United States.
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The Peace Corps medical officers and health unit support your health needs in-country. The Volunteer health program emphasizes prevention and self-responsibility. Although medical care overseas differs significantly from the health care you may be familiar with in the U.S., your medical care during Peace Corps service is designed to meet your basic needs. It is important that you share your health concerns with a medical officer, including any discomfort you might have about your diagnosis and treatment.  
  
The Togo med-unit provides everything that a extremely well-stocked first aid kit would have. For example it provides: anti-histamines, antifungal crème, anti-itch gel and crème, antibacterial gel, aspirin/ibuprofen, pepto-bismol, tums, floss, drandruff shampoo (if needed), sunscreen, malarial meds, coartem (in case you get malaria), bandages, tape, scissors, tweezers, multivitamins, etc.
 
  
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Togo]]''
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''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Zambia]]''
  
In Togo, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed.
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In Zambia, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in certain host countries.
  
Outside of Togo’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is advertised as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may also be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blonde hair and blue eyes. The people of Togo 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 differences that you present. We will ask you to be supportive of one another, and encourage you to share American diversity with the Togolese.
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Outside of Zambia’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is advertised as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may also be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Zambia 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 differences that you present. We ask that you be supportive of one another.  
  
In order to ease the transition and adapt to life in Togo, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises with who you are 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 will 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 limits. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during your pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.
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* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Zambia
 
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color in Zambia
Sexuality in Togo:
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers in Zambia
Homosexuality is severely disapproved of in Togo. However, conceptions of gender relations are such that acts consider to be indicative of sexual attraction in the United States (holding hands, very close sustained physical contact between males, and the wearing of even girl’s clothing) is found throughout Togo. Oftentimes, clothing styles found in the States find new uses in Togo. Tight girl pants, fishnet tank tops, even two piece swim suits, have found new expressions on Togolese males. For females, the issue is simply not discussed and very little attention is paid to it.
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers in Zambia
Volunteers with any sexuality should not feel endangered or threatened in Togo. Most Togolese do not have a very solid conception of American culture so most behavior outside Togolese culture is attributed to the usual American bizarreness.
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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
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers with Disabilities
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers with Disabilities
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* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
  
  
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|H1r=  30
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|H1s=  73.3
|H2r=  53
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|H2r=  8
|H2s=  79.3
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|H2s=  88.9
|H3r=  58
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|H3r=  14
|H3s=  78.2
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|H3s=  87.8
|H4r=  60
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|H4r=  16
|H4s=  98.5
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|H4s=  110
|H5r=  54
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|H5r=  15
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Togo]]''
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Zambia]]''
  
* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Togo?
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* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Zambia?
* What is the electric current in Togo?
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* What is the electric current in Zambia?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
* What should I bring as gifts for Togolese friends and my host family?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Zambian friends and my host family?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* 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?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home from Zambia?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
 
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
  
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==Packing List==
 
==Packing List==
  
''Main article: [[Packing list for Togo]]''
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''Main article: [[Packing list for Zambia]]''
  
All of the items on the packing list are recommended but not required. Almost anything you would truly need is available here in Togo. Everyday items are nearly the same price, or cheaper than the U.S. Electronics or computer related equipment will be 50 percent to 100 percent more expensive here compared to the U.S. You may want to consider bringing some extra cash and lightening your luggage in the process.  
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Zambia 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 can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80pound weight restriction on baggage. Pack things that will help you to be content at your post. Used clothes markets or salualas (places to “rummage through piles”) are plentiful here and most Volunteers shop for clothing here or have items made. All projects require a great deal of field work, so bring clothes that can get dirty - don't buy new clothes as you prepare for your service, if you feel you must, visit your local thrift store for the items you need, you'll thank yourself later. You occasionally attend office meetings with counterparts, so a pair or two of easy-care slacks and appropriate shirts are necessary. For men, it is okay to pack a few pair of shorts, khaki cargos are safe for casual meetings - especially during hot season. For women, skirts & dresses shouldn't shorter than the knee - leggings are a great solution to the short skirt problem & make it easy to bike w/out flashing everyone. Blouses and dresses should be modest - it's wise to layer a tank top underneath if you're not sure & you'll want those tanks for hot days you are at home & not on official business. You can get almost everything you need in Zambia.  
  
 
* General Clothing
 
* General Clothing
* Women
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* A good raincoat & rain pants - better if you go a size up so you can put them over what you're wearing
* Men
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* Double fitted sheets - you can buy sheets in country, but they are usually a set of flat sheets - double fits all mattress sizes
* Men and Women
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* Durable Sandals (Chacos, Tevas, Keens, or something you like of that nature)
* General use items
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* Kitchen: Favorite spices & recipes
* Entertainment
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* French Press if you like ground coffee (BB&B has an unbreakable one that is great)
* Kitchen
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* Highly Recommended: Headlamp! (or two - an invaluable item that is expensive to buy in Zambia & stock up on AAA batteries too)
* Medical
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* Ipod (or mp3 player of your choice) & portable Speakers
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* Solar charger for Ipods & phones (Solio is what most people choose)
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* Silica gel to salvage your electronics from water & humidity damage - hopefully only in an emergency
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* International wall outlet adapter (w/ usb port if possible - charge ipods & solios)
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* Shortwave radio if you want to keep up on World News via BBC, VOA, etc.
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* Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad - for visiting other volunteers & vacationing for cheap.
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* Photos from home & OF home, to show country nationals where you lived, what you drove, and your family
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* Gifts for country nationals: World & US Maps or flags make great gifts, are cheap & dont take up much space to pack
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==Volunteer Blogs==
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''Main article: [[Blogs of Peace Corps in Zambia]]''
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Since 2000 Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia have been posting blogs on their experiences in Zambia. These blogs are personal and reflect a wide range of opinions about Peace Corps and the country of Zambia. The opinions are those of the blog authors and we have posted feeds on one page as central repository of these blogs.
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== Volunteer Projects ==
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''Main article: [[Volunteer projects of Peace Corps in Zambia]]''
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Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia have initiated many projects in Peace Corps and some have started websites to promote these projects in Zambia 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==
 
==Peace Corps News==
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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]]
 
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
  
''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22togo%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
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''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22zambia%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
  
<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/to/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
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==Country Fund==
 
==Country Fund==
  
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=693-CFD Togo Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Togo. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=611-CFD Zambia Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Zambia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, youth, health and HIV/AIDS programs.
  
==See also==
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==See Also==
* [[Volunteers who served in Togo]]
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* [[List of resources for Togo]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[List of resources for Zambia]]
  
==External links==
 
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/to.html Peace Corps Journals - Togo]
 
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Togo-L/ Togo-L] Togo-L is an e-mail discussion list that supports the mission of the Friends of Togo, Inc./Les Amis du Togo. FoT is a non-profit educational and service organization created in 1981 by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and staff who have served in Togo, West Africa. Membership is not restricted to Togo RPCVs and staff. They are joined by family members and friends, by diplomats, aid workers, businesspeople, and missionaries who have served in Togo, by Togolese nationals living outside of their country, and by others who are interested in Togo.
 
  
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The government of Zambia requested the Peace Corps' assistance soon after the election of President Chiluba in 1991. Volunteer projects focus on health, agriculture, the environment, and education. All Volunteers, regardless of sector, are trained in methods to promote HIV/AIDS awareness.


Peace Corps History[edit]

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Zambia

In April 2004, the Peace Corps celebrated its 10th anniversary of service in Zambia. Following the formalization of a country agreement in 1993, Peace Corps/Zambia opened its program in 1994 with a first group of water and sanitation/hygiene education Volunteers. In 1996, the program expanded to include projects in community action for health and rural aquaculture. The project expanded again in 2001 to encompass an income, food, and environmental project. In 2003, a new education project was launched and a fifth program is underway. Using emergency HIV/AIDS funding, a separate HIV/AIDS project will begin in the summer of 2005.

Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived 1994, approximately 1,100 Volunteers have served in Zambia, which is now one of the larger Peace Corps programs in Africa. Volunteers live and work in eight of Zambia’s nine provinces.


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle[edit]

Main article: Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Zambia

Most Volunteers live in earthen houses lighted by kerosene lamps. Meals are cooked over wood or charcoal. Typically, Volunteer sites are in villages where there is neither plumbing nor electricity. You will have your own mud brick/thatch roof house, pit latrine, outdoor cooking area and shower area. Drinking/washing water may need to be carried from as far as 30 minutes away on foot. Some sites will be very isolated and the closest Volunteer may be 100 kilometers or more away.

Within the first week of arriving in Zambia Peace Corps will place you into a language group. The associate Peace Corps director (APCD) of your program may offer advice based on the various skills and interest of individuals in your group. Your placements are made in cooperation with the training staff and are based on their assessments and recommendations regarding your skill levels in the technical, cross-cultural, and language areas. Your APCD can discuss particular preferences concerning a site. You will not be able to choose your site. Site placements are made using the following criteria (in priority order):

  • Medical considerations;
  • Community needs;
  • Site requirements matched with demonstrated technical, cross cultural, and language skills;
  • Personal preference of the Volunteer.

Training[edit]

Main article: Training in Zambia

Pre-service training is probably the most intensive period during your Peace Corps service. During your 8 to 10 weeks of training time (depending on your project), you will need to accumulate the knowledge and experience necessary for the first several months of service. Before beings sworn-in as a Volunteer, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the criteria to qualify for Volunteer service.

Your first two nights in Zambia will be spent at a simple lodge/camp near Lusaka. Following a brief orientation program, most trainees will proceed to their first site visits. Health Volunteers will proceed to the training center for two days of orientation and then move into their villages with their host families. The training center is situated in Chongwe, a small town to the east of the capital city of Zambia, Lusaka. Regardless of sector, your home stay families will be your hosts throughout training.

Health Care and Safety[edit]

Main article: Health care and safety in Zambia

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 Zambia maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers who take care of Volunteers’ primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Zambia at local hospitals. If a Volunteer becomes seriously ill, that person will be transported to either South Africa, the designated regional medical evacuation center, or to the United States.

The Peace Corps medical officers and health unit support your health needs in-country. The Volunteer health program emphasizes prevention and self-responsibility. Although medical care overseas differs significantly from the health care you may be familiar with in the U.S., your medical care during Peace Corps service is designed to meet your basic needs. It is important that you share your health concerns with a medical officer, including any discomfort you might have about your diagnosis and treatment.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues[edit]

Main article: Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Zambia

In Zambia, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in certain host countries.

Outside of Zambia’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is advertised as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may also be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Zambia 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 differences that you present. We ask that you be supportive of one another.

  • Possible Issues for Female Volunteers in Zambia
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color in Zambia
  • Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers in Zambia
  • Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers in Zambia
  • Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers with Disabilities
  • Possible Issues for Married Volunteers


Frequently Asked Questions[edit]

Zambia
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

How personally rewarding is your overall Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H1r::30|}}
Score:
2008 H1s::73.3|}}
Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps?|}} Rank:
2008 H2r::8|}}
Score:
2008 H2s::88.9|}}
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::14|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::87.8|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::16|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::110|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::15|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::57.8|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::4|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::108.3|}}
2008BVS::Zambia


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Zambia

  • How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Zambia?
  • What is the electric current in Zambia?
  • 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 Zambian 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 Zambia?
  • Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
  • Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?


Packing List[edit]

Main article: Packing list for Zambia

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Zambia 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 can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80pound weight restriction on baggage. Pack things that will help you to be content at your post. Used clothes markets or salualas (places to “rummage through piles”) are plentiful here and most Volunteers shop for clothing here or have items made. All projects require a great deal of field work, so bring clothes that can get dirty - don't buy new clothes as you prepare for your service, if you feel you must, visit your local thrift store for the items you need, you'll thank yourself later. You occasionally attend office meetings with counterparts, so a pair or two of easy-care slacks and appropriate shirts are necessary. For men, it is okay to pack a few pair of shorts, khaki cargos are safe for casual meetings - especially during hot season. For women, skirts & dresses shouldn't shorter than the knee - leggings are a great solution to the short skirt problem & make it easy to bike w/out flashing everyone. Blouses and dresses should be modest - it's wise to layer a tank top underneath if you're not sure & you'll want those tanks for hot days you are at home & not on official business. You can get almost everything you need in Zambia.

  • General Clothing
  • A good raincoat & rain pants - better if you go a size up so you can put them over what you're wearing
  • Double fitted sheets - you can buy sheets in country, but they are usually a set of flat sheets - double fits all mattress sizes
  • Durable Sandals (Chacos, Tevas, Keens, or something you like of that nature)
  • Kitchen: Favorite spices & recipes
  • French Press if you like ground coffee (BB&B has an unbreakable one that is great)
  • Highly Recommended: Headlamp! (or two - an invaluable item that is expensive to buy in Zambia & stock up on AAA batteries too)
  • Ipod (or mp3 player of your choice) & portable Speakers
  • Solar charger for Ipods & phones (Solio is what most people choose)
  • Silica gel to salvage your electronics from water & humidity damage - hopefully only in an emergency
  • International wall outlet adapter (w/ usb port if possible - charge ipods & solios)
  • Shortwave radio if you want to keep up on World News via BBC, VOA, etc.
  • Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad - for visiting other volunteers & vacationing for cheap.
  • Photos from home & OF home, to show country nationals where you lived, what you drove, and your family
  • Gifts for country nationals: World & US Maps or flags make great gifts, are cheap & dont take up much space to pack

Volunteer Blogs[edit]

Main article: Blogs of Peace Corps in Zambia

Since 2000 Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia have been posting blogs on their experiences in Zambia. These blogs are personal and reflect a wide range of opinions about Peace Corps and the country of Zambia. The opinions are those of the blog authors and we have posted feeds on one page as central repository of these blogs.

Volunteer Projects[edit]

Main article: Volunteer projects of Peace Corps in Zambia

Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia have initiated many projects in Peace Corps and some have started websites to promote these projects in Zambia 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[edit]

Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by country of service or your home state

The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.
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Country Fund[edit]

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

See Also[edit]