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===Communications===
 
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Few countries in the world offer the level of mail service considered normal in the United States. If you expect U.S.  standards of mail service, you will be in for some frustration.  Mail takes a minimum of two to three weeks to arrive in Madagascar. Some mail may simply not arrive (fortunately this is not a frequent occurrence, but it does happen). Advise your family and friends to number their letters and to include “Airmail” and “Par Avion” on their envelopes. Packages take six to nine weeks by airmail and about six months by surface mail. If someone is sending you a package, it is a good idea to keep it small and to use a padded envelope; that way it will be treated as a letter.
 
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Despite these delays, we encourage you to write to your family regularly and to number your letters. Family and friends typically become worried when they do not hear from you, so it is a good idea to advise them that mail service is sporadic and that they should not worry if they do not receive your letters regularly.
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The Peace Corps was invited to work in Lesotho in 1967. Since that time, a relatively constant number of about 95 Volunteers have served at any given time in Lesotho, except for a brief time following a political uprising in 1998.  Education, agriculture, and health have been the primary Peace Corps programs here. The focus of Volunteer placement has been rural development, which mirrors the country’s 85 percent rural population demography. Volunteers serve in all 10 districts of the country.  
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Volunteers in Madagascar may receive packages but are responsible for all duty fees, which may be imposed on food and cosmetics and are based on the items’ value. Also be aware that packages containing valuable items may occasionally get lost or held up.
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The current goals of Peace Corps/Lesotho programming are based on community development projects that place Volunteers in education, HIV/AIDS, the environment, and community economic development.  
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==History and Future of Peace Corps Programming==
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in Lesotho Peace Corps/Lesotho responds to Lesotho’s needs by strengthening the capacity of individual Basotho to take control of their own lives. Volunteers achieve this goal by providing quality, relevant educational concepts and techniques to teachers, students, individuals, and groups.  Volunteers also promote vocational skills training and self-employment, and help Basotho citizens access resources to maintain and improve Lesotho’s unique environment.
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Education Volunteers are assigned to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to strengthen the quality of education through deployment of English teachers in secondary schools and resource teachers in both early childhood care centers and primary schools. The resource teachers work with their counterparts to equip the teachers and caregivers in primary schools and early childhood education programs with skills to enable them to use innovative and appropriate teaching methodologies, enhancing their classroom management skills and applying principles of gender equity in their teaching practices.
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Secondary education Volunteers use quality English language classroom instruction and assist in developing critical thinking skills through innovative teaching methods.  
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All education Volunteers work to enhance reading, establish functional libraries, and do HIV/AIDS education in the schools and local communities. Some are members of the district AIDS task forces. Volunteers also promote the concept of girls education through clubs, tutoring, and other mentoring activities.
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Community health and development Volunteers are placed in all 10 districts of Lesotho. The purpose of the community health and development project (CHED) is to develop an HIV/AIDS-competent and economically productive society.  Volunteers focus on preventing and mitigating the effects of HIV/AIDS, strengthening community-based organizations, youth development and skills promotion, and business and economic development. There are four areas of concentration in the CHED project: HIV/AIDS, agriculture/nutrition, youth, and community development. HIV/AIDS Volunteers are working at the village and district levels to provide HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs. Other Volunteers in this program provide sustainable, effective outreach to youth, entrepreneurs, and income-generation groups.
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There are more than 50 Volunteers serving in this sector.  They work to establish better services for orphan and vulnerable children in various villages; help organizations and groups mobilize resources and community support for needed food security and HIV/AIDS mitigation programs; assist district level government in training local chiefs and traditional healers on HIV/AIDS; help communities to develop cultural tourism markets; assist in establishing pony-trecking income-producing activities; and provide technical assistance to producer groups on product diversification, qualty control, and marketing.
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The AIDS pandemic strikes across all social strata in many Peace Corps countries. The loss of teachers has crippled education systems, while illness and disability drains family income and forces governments and donors to redirect limited resources from other priorities. The fear and uncertainty AIDS causes has led to increased domestic violence and stigmatizing of people living with HIV/AIDS, isolating them from friends and family and cutting them off from economic opportunities. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will confront these issues on a very personal level. It is important to be aware of the high emotional toll that disease, death, and violence can have on Volunteers. As you strive to integrate into your community, you will develop relationships with local people who might die during your service. Because of the AIDS pandemic, some Volunteers will be regularly meeting with HIV-positive people and working with training staff, office staff, and host family members living with AIDS.  Volunteers need to prepare themselves to embrace these relationships in a sensitive and positive manner. You will need to utilize supportive resources available throughout your training and service to maintain your own emotional strength so that you can continue to be of service to your community.
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==Assignment History==
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Once you have become a Volunteer, you will receive your mail directly at your assigned site.
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You will not have routine access to a telephone during training, although the training site does have telephones for emergency use. While international phone service is available in major cities, it is very expensive. Calling cards (such as those available from MCI, Sprint, and AT&T) do not work in Madagascar. So while calling the United States is possible, it can be a frustrating experience, and if you are calling from outside a major city, it will take longer to get a line. Writing letters is the best method of regular communication with family and friends. lADAVEONA IS tHE beST
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Few Volunteers have phones in their houses although many are now buying personal cellphones so family and friends can call them. But, many of the Volunteer sites do not have cellphone service so these can only be used when the Volunteers go to a larger town.
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Few Volunteer homes have electricity, so bringing a personal computer to Madagascar is not recommended. Computers are available for use by Volunteers at the Peace Corps office.  Although some of the major cities have Internet cafes, it is best to assume that, at best, you will have only limited access to the Internet and e-mail.
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The staff at your post in Madagascar would like to request that you set up a unique email address to use during your Peace Corps service. You can leave this address with all friends and family before you leave. And having the email address that we request will greatly facilitate communication with you once you are at your site.
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Please set up an email account at yahoo.com that looks like this: [email protected] So, for example, if your name in Samson Thomas, your e-mail address would be: [email protected] We appreciate your assistance in helping us communicate with you!
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Volunteers are posted throughout the country. Housing conditions here vary from mud houses with thatched roofs to modern cement houses with running water and electricity.  Your project, the area of the country, and the availability of housing all have a role in the type of home you will have.  Many Volunteers have only a pit toilet and a thatched shed for taking bucket showers. Environmental Volunteers tend to live in more remote areas (near the national parks and protected areas), while education and health Volunteers generally live in areas of greater population density.
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During training, you will live with and have most of your meals with a host family. A homestay is considered one of the most important aspects of the training program and is required for this period. Trainees generally stay in a village with three or four other trainees and one or two staff members. Volunteers often form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.
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As a Volunteer, you will receive a modest living allowance that will allow you to live on a par with your colleagues and co-workers. The amount of the allowance is based on regular surveys of Volunteers and the cost of living in Madagascar.  The living allowance is usually deposited quarterly, in local currency, in Volunteers’ bank accounts, so an ability to manage funds wisely is important. The allowance is currently equivalent to approximately $128 per month. In addition, you receive a monthly travel allowance.
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You will also receive a leave allowance of $24 per month, which is standard across all Peace Corps countries and paid in local currency along with your living allowance.
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Volunteers suggest you bring cash and credit cards for vacation travel. The amount depends on the amount of traveling you plan to do while serving in Madagascar. Some local banks offer ATM cards, but only for local accounts. Only a few Malagasy establishments accept credit cards, so they are mostly useful for travel to other countries.
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The local currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA). The current exchange rate is approximately 2,150 ariary to the dollar.
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The staple food in Madagascar is rice, which is eaten with vegetables, beans, or meat. Many fruits and vegetables grow in Madagascar, and with a little creativity one can enjoy a varied diet. Most Volunteers prepare their own food. Some, after becoming more familiar with their site, hire someone to help with household work, including cooking. Meat and dairy products are available in the larger towns, but they can be expensive.
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If you are a vegetarian, you will be able to eat well in Madagascar after you learn about local foods and their preparation. Some Malagasy are not familiar with vegetarianism and will not be prepared to serve a vegetarian meal if you are a guest in their home. However, a sensitive explanation of your preferences will be accepted. Most vegetarian Volunteers have no difficulty after an initial adjustment period.
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Volunteers’ primary mode of transport is public buses and taxi brousses (small vans usually loaded with people and goods). Buses and minibuses travel among towns on irregular schedules (i.e., when full), so travel in Madagascar is never a timed affair.
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Many Volunteers use mountain bikes. If you plan to ride a bicycle, wearing a helmet is required, and we ask that you bring one with you from the United States. If you do not have one when you come, Peace Corps will provide you a helmet, but it will likely be one that was used by former Volunteers. The Peace Corps issues men’s bikes to Volunteers, which can be difficult for a woman in a skirt to ride. Many female Volunteers wear shorts under their skirts to solve this problem. Volunteers are not allowed to drive or operate motor vehicles or motorcycles (two- or three-wheeled) in Madagascar.
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Madagascar is south of the equator, so its seasons will be the opposite of what you are accustomed to. At the winter solstice, for example, when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, the weather is warm. Conversely, at the time of the summer solstice in June, the weather is cool.
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Madagascar has a tropical climate with rainy and dry seasons.  During the rainy season (November to March), southwest tradewinds drop their moisture on the eastern mountain slopes and blow hot and dry in the west. North and northwest monsoon air currents bring heavy rains in summer, decreasing as one moves southward, so that, for example, the rainfall in Fort Dauphin is half that in Tamatave. During February and March, eastern Madagascar can be hit by cyclones, which may impact other areas, particularly in the north. The dry season runs from April to October.
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Seasonal changes in temperature in Madagascar are also influenced by altitude and latitude. From December to April, the coastal regions are very hot and dry in the west but very hot and wet in the east. Average midday temperatures in the dry season are 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30°C) on the coast.
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From December to April (summer), the central plateau is warm, with periods of rain. In June, July, and August (winter), the central plateau gets very chilly, while the west coast is warm and dry and the east coast is warm with occasional showers.
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There are several radio stations in Madagascar, some of which play popular music. Many Volunteers bring shortwave radios so they can listen to international broadcasts (BBC, Voice of America, Radio Nederlands, etc.). Madagascar has no cinemas.
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The most common form of entertainment is socializing with friends and neighbors. Music is very important to the Malagasy, and singing together can be a lot of fun. While Volunteers are encouraged to remain at their sites to develop relationships with people in their community, the Peace Corps recognizes that occasional trips to the capital or to visit friends are also a necessity. Vacation time is allotted for non-work-related and approved absences from one’s site.
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One of the challenges all Peace Corps Volunteers have is attempting to fit into the local culture and act like a professional while at the same time maintaining one’s own cultural identity. It is not an easy thing to resolve, and we can only provide you with guidelines. You will be working as a representative of a government ministry and will be expected to dress and behave accordingly, whether you are in training, traveling, or on the job. While some of your counterparts may dress in seemingly worn or shabby clothes, this is undoubtedly due to economics rather than choice. The likelihood is that they are wearing their best. A foreigner who wears ragged, unmended clothing, however, is likely to be considered an affront.
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Malagasy regard one’s dress as an expression of one’s respect for others. Neatness of appearance is valued more than being stylish. Unfortunately, just one inappropriately dressed Volunteer could cause a Malagasy host agency to form a negative opinion about the Peace Corps and share it with other officials at national and regional meetings. Volunteers are therefore expected to dress appropriately to avoid jeopardizing the credibility of the entire program.
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Following are Peace Corps/Madagascar’s guidelines for Volunteers’ dress. (They have been formalized in response to advice from people in Madagascar and other countries where the Peace Corps works and are meant to inform, not to offend.)
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More detailed information about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety is contained in the Health Care and Safety chapter, but it is an important issue and cannot be overemphasized. As stated in the Volunteer Handbook, becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer entails certain safety risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment (oftentimes alone), having a limited understanding of local language and culture, and being perceived as well-off are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk. Many Volunteers experience varying degrees of unwanted attention and harassment. Petty thefts and burglaries are not uncommon, and incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur, although most Madagascar Volunteers complete their two years of service without personal security incidents. The Peace Corps has established procedures and policies designed to help you reduce your risks and enhance your safety and security. These procedures and policies, in addition to safety training, will be provided once you arrive in Madagascar. At the same time, you are expected to take responsibility for your safety and well-being.
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Perceptions of time are very different from those in America.  The lack of basic infrastructure can become tiring. Host agencies do not always provide expected support in a timely manner. The Malagasy generally perceive Americans as very rich. Adapting to a new culture as a Peace Corps Volunteer is often described as an intense series of emotional peaks and valleys.
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As a Volunteer, you will be given a great deal of responsibility and independence in your work—perhaps more than in any other job you will ever have. Often you will need to motivate yourself and others with little guidance. You might work for months with little visible impact and without receiving feedback on your work. Development is a slow process. You must possess the self-confidence, patience, and vision to continue working toward long-term goals without seeing immediate results.
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The AIDS pandemic strikes across all social strata in many Peace Corps countries. The loss of teachers has crippled education systems, while illness and disability drains family income and forces governments and donors to redirect limited resources from other priorities. The fear and uncertainty AIDS causes has led to increased domestic violence and stigmatizing of people living with HIV/AIDS, isolating them from friends and family and cutting them off from economic opportunities.
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As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will confront these issues on a very personal level. It is important to be aware of the high emotional toll that disease, death, and violence can have on Volunteers. As you strive to integrate into your community, you will develop relationships with local people who might die during your service. Because of the AIDS pandemic, some Volunteers will be regularly meeting with HIV positive people and working with training staff, office staff and host family members living with AIDS. Volunteers need to prepare themselves to embrace these relationships in a sensitive and positive manner. Likewise, malaria and malnutrition, motor vehicle accidents and other unintentional injuries, domestic violence and corporal punishment are problems a Volunteer may confront. You will need to anticipate these situations and utilize supportive resources available throughout your training and service to maintain your own emotional strength, so that you can continue to be of service to your community.
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To overcome these difficulties, you will need maturity, flexibility, open-mindedness, and resourcefulness. Judging by the experience of former Volunteers, the peaks are well worth the difficult times, and most Volunteers leave Madagascar feeling they have gained much more than they sacrificed during their service. If you are able to make the commitment to integrate into your community and work hard, your service could be a truly life-altering experience.
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History of the Peace Corps
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Since 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 138 countries all over the globe.

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The Peace Corps was invited to work in Lesotho in 1967. Since that time, a relatively constant number of about 95 Volunteers have served at any given time in Lesotho, except for a brief time following a political uprising in 1998. Education, agriculture, and health have been the primary Peace Corps programs here. The focus of Volunteer placement has been rural development, which mirrors the country’s 85 percent rural population demography. Volunteers serve in all 10 districts of the country.

The current goals of Peace Corps/Lesotho programming are based on community development projects that place Volunteers in education, HIV/AIDS, the environment, and community economic development.

[edit] History and Future of Peace Corps Programming

in Lesotho Peace Corps/Lesotho responds to Lesotho’s needs by strengthening the capacity of individual Basotho to take control of their own lives. Volunteers achieve this goal by providing quality, relevant educational concepts and techniques to teachers, students, individuals, and groups. Volunteers also promote vocational skills training and self-employment, and help Basotho citizens access resources to maintain and improve Lesotho’s unique environment.

Education Volunteers are assigned to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to strengthen the quality of education through deployment of English teachers in secondary schools and resource teachers in both early childhood care centers and primary schools. The resource teachers work with their counterparts to equip the teachers and caregivers in primary schools and early childhood education programs with skills to enable them to use innovative and appropriate teaching methodologies, enhancing their classroom management skills and applying principles of gender equity in their teaching practices.

Secondary education Volunteers use quality English language classroom instruction and assist in developing critical thinking skills through innovative teaching methods.

All education Volunteers work to enhance reading, establish functional libraries, and do HIV/AIDS education in the schools and local communities. Some are members of the district AIDS task forces. Volunteers also promote the concept of girls education through clubs, tutoring, and other mentoring activities.

Community health and development Volunteers are placed in all 10 districts of Lesotho. The purpose of the community health and development project (CHED) is to develop an HIV/AIDS-competent and economically productive society. Volunteers focus on preventing and mitigating the effects of HIV/AIDS, strengthening community-based organizations, youth development and skills promotion, and business and economic development. There are four areas of concentration in the CHED project: HIV/AIDS, agriculture/nutrition, youth, and community development. HIV/AIDS Volunteers are working at the village and district levels to provide HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs. Other Volunteers in this program provide sustainable, effective outreach to youth, entrepreneurs, and income-generation groups.

There are more than 50 Volunteers serving in this sector. They work to establish better services for orphan and vulnerable children in various villages; help organizations and groups mobilize resources and community support for needed food security and HIV/AIDS mitigation programs; assist district level government in training local chiefs and traditional healers on HIV/AIDS; help communities to develop cultural tourism markets; assist in establishing pony-trecking income-producing activities; and provide technical assistance to producer groups on product diversification, qualty control, and marketing.

The AIDS pandemic strikes across all social strata in many Peace Corps countries. The loss of teachers has crippled education systems, while illness and disability drains family income and forces governments and donors to redirect limited resources from other priorities. The fear and uncertainty AIDS causes has led to increased domestic violence and stigmatizing of people living with HIV/AIDS, isolating them from friends and family and cutting them off from economic opportunities. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will confront these issues on a very personal level. It is important to be aware of the high emotional toll that disease, death, and violence can have on Volunteers. As you strive to integrate into your community, you will develop relationships with local people who might die during your service. Because of the AIDS pandemic, some Volunteers will be regularly meeting with HIV-positive people and working with training staff, office staff, and host family members living with AIDS. Volunteers need to prepare themselves to embrace these relationships in a sensitive and positive manner. You will need to utilize supportive resources available throughout your training and service to maintain your own emotional strength so that you can continue to be of service to your community.

[edit] Assignment History

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture Ag Economics 1981 1993
Ag Education 1980 1995
Ag Extension 1980 2006
Animal Husband 1979 2001
Animal Husband Lg 1979 1989
Apiculture 1975 1975
Crop Extension 1967 2007
Farm Mechanics 1981 1981
Soil Science 1980 1987
Business Accounting 1980 1984
Business Advising 1969 1999
Business Development 1996 [[]]
Cooperatives 1976 1993
NGO Advising 2000 [[]]
Crisis Corps Crisis Corps 2000 2002
Education Art Education 1981 1993
Bus. Ed/Sectl Skl 1983 1988
English Teacher 1976 [[]]
English Teacher Trainer 2002 [[]]
Fisheries Fresh 1979 1984
Gen. Construction 1979 2005
Home Economics 1984 1998
Industrial Arts 1971 1997
Prim-Ed/Teach Trn 1978 [[]]
Science Ed/Gen. 1985 1985
Secondary-Ed Math 1978 2007
Secondary-Ed Sci. 1979 [[]]
Special Ed/Blind 1979 1979
Special Ed/Gen. 1996 2004
Voc. Trainer 1981 1993
Environment Comm Forestry Ext 1986 1996
Environmental Ed. 1995 2001
Forestry 1982 1998
Protected Areas Management 1993 1999
Health Envir. and Water Resource 1980 2000
Health Degreed 1995 [[]]
Health Extension 1995 [[]]
Home Econ/Ext. 1988 1996
Hygiene Ed/Sanitation 1986 1995
Physical Therapy 1967 1967
Master's International Masters Internationalist 1990 1990
Other Flexible App 1972 1982
Unique Skill 1976 1998
UNV United Nations Volunteer 1971 1997
Youth and Community Development Appropriate Tech. 1981 1989
Commun. Serv/Deg. 1978 [[]]
Mechanics 1983 1983
Road Const/Engin. 1981 1988
Rural Youth Dev. 1980 1986
Youth Development 2003 [[]]
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