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Please check out: [[Volunteers Supporting Volunteers]] (VSV)for up-to-date information on PC China, VSV pages were composed and are edited by volunteers currently serving in China. The VSV pages serve to complement the information below but the information is often more candid.
 
  
Volunteers Supporting Volunteers (VSV) is a group of China PCVs who make themselves available to speak confidentially with volunteers who may be feeling stress with their assignment, relationships, or daily living in China. If you are a current volunteer or have been invited to volunteer in China, feel free to contact them any questions or concerns (pcchina.vsv at gmail.com).
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The program in the Philippines is the second oldest in the Peace Corps. It began with the arrival of 123 education Volunteers in October 1961. Since then, more than 8,000 Volunteers have served in the Philippines. In June 1990, the program was suspended because of a threat from Communist rebels; it resumed in 1992. Currently, Volunteers are addressing the country's development priorities through projects in youth, education, environment and business development.
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'''China''' has a long, rich and complex history. Chinese people are proud of their culture and their ancient past and, at the same time, moving forward in a rapidly changing environment. With a population of 1.3 billion people, China is home to nearly 20% of the world's population. Through the Peace Corps, Volunteers are able to live and work in China, learn Mandarin -- the world's most spoken language -- and experience the intricacies and nuances of the culture.
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Countrywide, China has a shortage of 500,000 English teachers. In 1993 the first group of eighteen Peace Corps Volunteers were sent at the request of the Chinese government. Volunteers participating in the pilot project taught English at the university level. English education continues to be a top priority for the universities in China.
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Currently 114 Volunteers are teaching English in more than 62 universities, including five medical colleges and four vocational colleges. Peace Corps Volunteers are known as "U.S.-China Friendship Volunteers" to their students and colleagues. Volunteers teach English at colleges and universities within four regions of Western China: Sichuan, Guizhou, Gansu, and Chongqing.
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Common classes assigned to Volunteers include: Oral English, Listening Comprehension, Reading, Writing, Western Culture, Literature, and Linguistics. Secondary projects instigated by Volunteers include English resource centers, radio shows, movie nights, sports clubs, and women's clubs. Volunteers have created a website where they are able to exchange teaching ideas, lesson plans and methods.
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China is a place full of vitality and opportunity. U.S.-China Friendship Volunteers have a unique opportunity to be part of this vitality and transformation.
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==Peace Corps History==
 
==Peace Corps History==
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in China]]''
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Philippines]]''
 
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In March 1988, the Chinese foreign minister and then-Secretary of State George Shultz agreed in principle to place Peace Corps Volunteers in China. A year later, an exchange of letters signed by the U.S. ambassador and the secretary general of the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and the Peace Corps opened the way to establish a Peace Corps post in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
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In June 1989, the first group of trainees for Peace Corps/ China began training in the United States. However, following the Tiananmen Square incident, the training was canceled; the China program was temporarily suspended and the trainees were offered assignments in other countries.
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In October 1961, the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines arrived to begin classroom assignments in the areas of language, mathematics, and science. Those 123 Volunteers were the second group in any Peace Corps country.
  
The first group of 18 Peace Corps Volunteers to be sent to China arrived for their training in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, in June 1993. Following training in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), Chinese language, and cross-cultural issues, the 18 trainees swore-in as Volunteers in August 1993. They were posted to Sichuan Province, which at that time also included what later became the separate political entity known as the municipality of Chongqing. This group was viewed by the Chinese as a two-year experiment to determine whether Peace Corps was appropriate for China. Those Volunteers completed their service and returned to the United States on schedule in the summer of 1995. The Peace Corps country agreement was not signed until June 29, 1998.  
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Today, approximately 200 Volunteers continue to work with Filipinos to train primary, secondary, and tertiary teachers; to support organizations working with children, youth, and families at risk; to assist in the management of coastal resources, water systems, and waste management; to provide livelihood assistance; and to promote biodiversity conservation. Since 1961, more than 8,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in the Philippines, and it is the country in which the largest number of Volunteers has served.
  
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The fact that more than 8,000 Volunteers have served in the Philippines is significant. Filipinos tend to like Americans in general and Peace Corps Volunteers in particular. Many of the Filipinos you meet will recall with great fondness former Volunteers they have known.
  
 
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
 
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in China]]''
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''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Philippines]]''
  
Volunteer sites in China are located from within Chengdu, where the Peace Corps office is located, to up to 1,200 kilometers (744 miles) away in Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, and Gansu provinces. Many Volunteers live alone or with a spouse on the campus of the college/university to which they are assigned, and the school provides apartment housing. All sites have hot water heaters for showering. However, in the winter, there is an occasional water shortage when water may not be available for hours at a time. Electricity and internet access are fairly constant, but power failures do occur, especially in winter. Apartments in Gansu have heating to deal with the cold winters, but apartments in other provinces typically do not. Volunteers live in local faculty housing or in apartments. These residences have a living room, a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen, and sometimes a study.
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Your housing and site location will depend upon your assignment. For Volunteers assigned to rural areas or to small islands, housing is typically composed of hollow concrete blocks, wood, or bamboo. Education Volunteers are often assigned to towns or cities, where housing is better than in rural areas. Most houses in both rural and urban areas have running water (some with toilets that flush and others with toilets that require flushing with a pail of water) and 24-hour electricity.
  
Follow this link to find a wiki work in progress with travel advice for PCVs in China. [http://pctravelchina.wikispaces.com/]
 
  
[[Volunteers Supporting Volunteers]] is a peer to peer support group for volunteers in China.
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Trainees are required to live with a host family during pre-service training, and Volunteers are required to live with host families during their first three months at their assigned site (the families usually are identified by the local agency the Volunteer is assigned to). After this period, you may choose to continue living with your host family or move into your own dwelling. Living with a Filipino family can help you integrate into your community, provide you with a deeper understanding of the local culture, and help you become comfortable with the local language.  
  
For more information on volunteer work and working conditions, go to [[Professional Peer Support]].
 
  
 
==Training==
 
==Training==
  
''Main article: [[Training in China]]''
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''Main article: [[Training in Philippines]]''
  
Your first weeks in-country will be an intense period of transition. It may be your first time outside of the United States. Regardless of your background and experience, you will be making a leap of faith and putting yourself in the hands of several individuals whose job is to prepare you for Peace Corps service. During pre-service training, all trainees live with host families. Many individuals find this experience to be the best part of their training. Host families provide invaluable lessons in cross-cultural and language areas that Peace Corps staff cannot begin to teach. Some Volunteers remain close to their host families throughout their service and spend some Chinese holidays and vacations with them.
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The goal of pre-service training is to provide you with the language, cross-cultural, community entry, safety and security, and personal and health management skills necessary to work effectively and live successfully at your site.
  
Pre-service training is designed to provide you with the tools necessary to operate independently and effectively as a Peace Corps Volunteer in China. You will participate in a structured learning situation that is community based. You will be required to attend all training sessions, learn and demonstrate proficiency in the language, and observe cultural mores. Your progress will be assessed by others, but you will also be asked to take responsibility for your own learning and to gradually decrease your reliance on the Peace Corps training and office staff. You will be encouraged to assess your own progress as well as your commitment to serving in Peace Corps/China for the next two years.
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As management changes in all Peace Corps posts at least once every 5 years, it should be noted that Pre-Service Training changes methods and policies to better suit the percieved needs of the trainees. Batch 265 (Official swear-in date, June 1st, 2006) used the training model shown below:
  
Pre-service training in China lasts for two months and typically includes about four hours a day of intensive Mandarin language classes Monday-Saturday as well as TEFL and cultural classes. Trainees live with host families close to one of three universities in Chengdu, Sichuan: Sichuan University (四川大学), Sichuan Normal University (四川师范大学), and Chengdu University (成都大学). Trainees are expected to spend most evenings and weekends with their host families. Trainees with previous experience with the Chinese language are placed in more advanced language classes together, but the vast majority of trainees have no previous experience with the language before coming to China. Similarly, trainees with previous teaching experience are often grouped together for more advanced TEFL sessions.
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Pre-service training has three phases. Phase 1 is a one-week orientation, in which you will learn about the Peace Corps’ role in the Philippines, receive administrative and medical information, and be introduced to Peace Corps policies. Phase 2, which lasts nine weeks, includes community entry/technical skills, language, cross-cultural, safety and security, and personal and health management sessions and activities. This phase takes place both at the hub site and cluster sites in the community. Phase 3 is held three months after you have been at your site. This training focuses on enhancing your capacity to carry out the technical aspects of your role based on your assigned sector and the goals and objectives of your project plan.
  
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The training for Batch 266 (Official swear-in August 2007) is similar to that stated above, but Phases 2 and 3 have been merged into one 3 month training.
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Here is the more recent training scheme used for Batches 271 and 272: The first phase, called Initial Orientation or Center-based training, included 2 weeks of language, technical and cultural training with all PCTs in the same location. After the first two weeks, volunteers moved to their training sites (in clusters) for approximately 8 weeks of community-based training in which each PCT lived with a host family. Both training phases also included sessions regarding matters such as health, safety and security, and Peace Corps policies and procedures. After swearing in, PCVs have various opportunities for continued language, cultural and technical trainings as well as IST and MST conferences.
  
 
==Health Care and Safety==
 
==Health Care and Safety==
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in China]]''
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''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Philippines]]''
  
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/China maintains a clinic with full-time medical staff who take care of Volunteers' primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in China at local hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to a medical facility in the region or to the United States.
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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 the Philippines maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers and a medical technologist, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Other medical services, such as additional testing, are available at local, Peace Corps-certified hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to the premier medical facility in the region or to the United States.
  
  
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in China]]''
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''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Philippines]]''
  
In China, 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 China. You may be advised to avoid discussion of topics with your students.
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In the Philippines, 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 the Philippines.
Outside of China’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 China 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. Peace Corps China has launched a Peer to Peer network -- [[Volunteers Supporting Volunteers]] -- to support volunteers currently serving in China and serve as a resource for incoming invitees. One of the goals of VSV is to support volunteers who may have difficulty, or just a different experience, because of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religious background, and disability or limited access.
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Outside of Manila, 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 Filipino people 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.  
  
 
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
* Possible Religious Issues
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
* Possible Issues for Volunteers with Disabilities
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
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==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
  
 
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in China]]''
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Philippines]]''
  
* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to China?
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to the Philippines?
* What is the electric current in China?
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* What is the electric current in the Philippines?
 
* 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?
* What should I bring as gifts for China friends and my host family?
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* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Filipino 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?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home from the Philippines?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
* 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?
  
  
 
==Packing List==
 
==Packing List==
  
''Main article: [[Packing list for China]]''
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Philippines]]''
  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in China 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, you can get almost everything you need in China.  
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the Philippines 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 on the list, 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 limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in the Philippines.
  
[[Volunteers Supporting Volunteers]], a confidential peer to peer support network for volunteers in China, has also compiled answers to common questions about serving in China, what to expect, and what to bring.
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* General Clothing
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==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]]
  
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==Country Fund==
 
==Country Fund==
  
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=366-CFD China Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in China. 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=492-CFD Philippines Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Philippines. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[Volunteers who served in China]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Philippines]]
* [[List of resources for China]]
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* [[Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine Development]]
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
* [[2008 Sichuan Earthquake]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[List of resources for Philippines]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.peacecorpschina.org/ Peace Corps China - Online Resource Site]
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/bn.html Peace Corps Journals - Philippines]
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/ch.html Peace Corps Journals - China]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Sichuan_earthquake Sichuan Earthquake at Wikipedia]
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* [http://www.travelchinaguide.com/ Travel China Guide]
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* [http://www.chinatour360.com/ China Tour 360]
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The program in the Philippines is the second oldest in the Peace Corps. It began with the arrival of 123 education Volunteers in October 1961. Since then, more than 8,000 Volunteers have served in the Philippines. In June 1990, the program was suspended because of a threat from Communist rebels; it resumed in 1992. Currently, Volunteers are addressing the country's development priorities through projects in youth, education, environment and business development.


Peace Corps History[edit]

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Philippines

In October 1961, the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines arrived to begin classroom assignments in the areas of language, mathematics, and science. Those 123 Volunteers were the second group in any Peace Corps country.

Today, approximately 200 Volunteers continue to work with Filipinos to train primary, secondary, and tertiary teachers; to support organizations working with children, youth, and families at risk; to assist in the management of coastal resources, water systems, and waste management; to provide livelihood assistance; and to promote biodiversity conservation. Since 1961, more than 8,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in the Philippines, and it is the country in which the largest number of Volunteers has served.

The fact that more than 8,000 Volunteers have served in the Philippines is significant. Filipinos tend to like Americans in general and Peace Corps Volunteers in particular. Many of the Filipinos you meet will recall with great fondness former Volunteers they have known.

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle[edit]

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Philippines

Your housing and site location will depend upon your assignment. For Volunteers assigned to rural areas or to small islands, housing is typically composed of hollow concrete blocks, wood, or bamboo. Education Volunteers are often assigned to towns or cities, where housing is better than in rural areas. Most houses in both rural and urban areas have running water (some with toilets that flush and others with toilets that require flushing with a pail of water) and 24-hour electricity.


Trainees are required to live with a host family during pre-service training, and Volunteers are required to live with host families during their first three months at their assigned site (the families usually are identified by the local agency the Volunteer is assigned to). After this period, you may choose to continue living with your host family or move into your own dwelling. Living with a Filipino family can help you integrate into your community, provide you with a deeper understanding of the local culture, and help you become comfortable with the local language.


Training[edit]

Main article: Training in Philippines

The goal of pre-service training is to provide you with the language, cross-cultural, community entry, safety and security, and personal and health management skills necessary to work effectively and live successfully at your site.

As management changes in all Peace Corps posts at least once every 5 years, it should be noted that Pre-Service Training changes methods and policies to better suit the percieved needs of the trainees. Batch 265 (Official swear-in date, June 1st, 2006) used the training model shown below:

Pre-service training has three phases. Phase 1 is a one-week orientation, in which you will learn about the Peace Corps’ role in the Philippines, receive administrative and medical information, and be introduced to Peace Corps policies. Phase 2, which lasts nine weeks, includes community entry/technical skills, language, cross-cultural, safety and security, and personal and health management sessions and activities. This phase takes place both at the hub site and cluster sites in the community. Phase 3 is held three months after you have been at your site. This training focuses on enhancing your capacity to carry out the technical aspects of your role based on your assigned sector and the goals and objectives of your project plan.

The training for Batch 266 (Official swear-in August 2007) is similar to that stated above, but Phases 2 and 3 have been merged into one 3 month training.

Here is the more recent training scheme used for Batches 271 and 272: The first phase, called Initial Orientation or Center-based training, included 2 weeks of language, technical and cultural training with all PCTs in the same location. After the first two weeks, volunteers moved to their training sites (in clusters) for approximately 8 weeks of community-based training in which each PCT lived with a host family. Both training phases also included sessions regarding matters such as health, safety and security, and Peace Corps policies and procedures. After swearing in, PCVs have various opportunities for continued language, cultural and technical trainings as well as IST and MST conferences.

Health Care and Safety[edit]

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Philippines

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 the Philippines maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers and a medical technologist, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Other medical services, such as additional testing, are available at local, Peace Corps-certified hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to the premier medical facility in the region or to the United States.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues[edit]

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Philippines

In the Philippines, 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 the Philippines.

Outside of Manila, 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 Filipino people 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[edit]

Philippines
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

How personally rewarding is your overall Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H1r::52|}}
Score:
2008 H1s::69.5|}}
Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps?|}} Rank:
2008 H2r::57|}}
Score:
2008 H2s::78.5|}}
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::53|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::80.9|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::8|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::112|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::48|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::47.8|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::34|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::84.3|}}
2008BVS::Philippines


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Philippines

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring to the Philippines?
  • What is the electric current in the Philippines?
  • 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 Filipino 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 the Philippines?
  • 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 Philippines

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the Philippines 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 on the list, 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 limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in the Philippines.

  • General Clothing
  • For Women
  • For Men
  • Shoes
  • Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
  • Kitchen
  • Miscellaneous

Peace Corps News[edit]

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

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