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==RESOURCES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION==
  
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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Armenia and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that although we try to make sure all these links are active and current, we cannot guarantee it.
  
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A note of caution: As you surf the Internet, be aware that you may find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experiences, including comments by those who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps.  These opinions are not those of the Peace Corps or of the U.S.  government, and we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.
  
===How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Kazakhstan? ===
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===General Information About Armenia===  
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http://www.armeniapedia.org <br>
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A wiki site developed by Raffi Kojian with over 5,000 Armenia(n) related articles.
  
Most airlines have baggage size and weight limits and assess charges for transport of baggage that exceeds those limits. The Peace Corps has its own size and weight limits, and will not pay the cost of transport for baggage that exceeds these limitations. The authorized baggage allowance is two checked pieces of luggage with combined dimensions of both pieces not to exceed 107 inches (length + width + height) and a carry-on bag with dimensions of no more than 45 inches.  Checked baggage should not exceed 100 pounds total with a maximum weight of 50 pounds for any one bag.  
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http://www.countrywatch.com <br>
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On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Yerevan to information about how to convert from the dollar to the dram. Just click on Armenia and go from there.  
  
Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (short-wave radios are permitted), automobiles, or motorcycles to their overseas assignments. Do not pack flammable materials or liquids such as lighter fluid, cleaning solvents, hair spray, or aerosol containers.  Please check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Website for a detailed list of permitted and prohibited items at http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permittedprohibited-items.shtm.  
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http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations <br>
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Visit this site to learn about any country in the world.  
  
===What is the electric current in Kazakhstan?===
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http://www.state.gov <br>
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The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Armenia and learn more about its social and political history.
  
The electricity here is as in Europe—220 volts, 50 Hertz with Shuco-style plugs (two round prongs). Even if your appliance says it is 220V-compatible, you will need an adapter that allows you to plug it into an outlet for two round prongs. Adapters do not convert electricity—they only allow you to plug in an appliance with an American-style plug into the Kazakhstani two round prong electric sockets. It is possible to find converters and adapters in Almaty. There are almost no grounded outlets in Kazakhstan.  
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http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm <br>
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This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.  
  
===How much money should I bring? ===
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http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm <br>
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This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information, and each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.
  
Volunteers are expected to live at the same level as the people in their community. They are given a settling-in allowance and a monthly living allowance, which covers their expenses.  
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http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp <br>
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This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.  
  
Often Volunteers wish to bring additional money for vacation travel to other countries. Consider bringing extra money (say $300) to buy a local coat, hat, and clothes. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are not particularly useful in Kazakhstan, since only a very limited number of establishments in Almaty and a few of the larger cities accept them; however, they can be useful on vacations outside the country. If you choose to bring extra money, plan on bringing the amount that suits your own personal travel plans and needs. Only new (offset picture) dollars in very good condition can be exchanged. It is safer to bring a debit card (ATM card) to access money directly from a U.S. bank account. Most larger towns and cities in Kazakhstan now have ATM (Bancomat) locations.  
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http://www.worldinformation.com <br>
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This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries around the world.
  
===When can I take vacation and have people visit me?===
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===Armenian Language Resources===  
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_language Wikipedia Armenian language] <br> Overview of the history and makeup of the Armenian language.
  
Each Volunteer accrues two vacation days per month of service (excluding training). Leave may not be taken during training, the first three months of service, or the last three months of service, except in conjunction with an authorized emergency leave. Family and friends are welcome to visit you after pre-service training and the first three months of service as long as their stay does not interfere with your work. Education Volunteers in Kazakhstan work in schools and these schools operate on an academic schedule similar to that of the United States. Therefore, vacation time is available during winter, spring, and summer breaks. Organizational and community assistance program Volunteers may take vacation at a time that is convenient to both the Volunteer and his or her host agency. Extended stays by visitors at your site are not encouraged and may require permission from your country director. The Peace Corps cannot provide your visitors with visa, medical, or travel assistance.  
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[http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-armenian-course.php U.S. Peace Corps Armenian language material] <br>eBooks and audios made by the PC and PCV's to learn basic Armenian.  
  
===Will my belongings be covered by insurance?===
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===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees===  
  
The Peace Corps does not provide insurance coverage for personal effects. However, such insurance can be purchased before you leave. Ultimately, Volunteers are responsible for the safekeeping of their personal belongings. If you wish, you may contact your own insurance company; additionally, insurance application forms will be provided, and we encourage you to consider them carefully. Additional information about insurance should be obtained by calling the company directly.  
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/barikam/ <br>
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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff who served in Armenia.
  
Volunteers should carefully consider whether to bring valuable items overseas. Jewelry, watches, radios, cameras, and expensive appliances are subject to loss, theft, and breakage, and in many places, satisfactory maintenance and repair services are not available.  
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/armeniapcvs/ <br>
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This is a forum for current, returned and incoming volunteers to Armenia. It's a place for us to share our experiences, keep in touch with one another, and give support to those who have absolutely no idea where they're going. Armenia, where's that?
  
===Do I need an international driver’s license?===
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http://www.rpcv.org <br>
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This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. This site includes links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local volunteer activities.
  
Volunteers in Kazakhstan do not need to get an international driver’s license because operation of vehicles is prohibited during service. Most urban travel is by bus or taxi. Rural travel ranges from buses, to mini-buses, to trucks, to a lot of walking.  
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http://www.rpcvwebring.org <br>
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This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.  
  
===What should I bring as gifts for Kazakhstan friends and my host family?===
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http://www.peacecorpswriters.org <br>
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This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers.  It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts of their Peace Corps service.
  
Tokens of friendship are greatly appreciated, and you are likely to visit local families during your pre-service training.  Some gift suggestions include: Knickknacks for the house; pictures, books, or calendars of American scenes; souvenirs from your area; hard candies that will not melt or spoil; and photos to give away. Most people would probably enjoy candy, especially chocolate, from America more than a small souvenir. Apartments and houses are small and eating candy while drinking tea and conversing is very important culturally.  It is highly recommended that you bring pictures of your family, home, local area, and other points of interest to you.  Sharing photos is a great ice breaker and social norm here.
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===Online Articles/Current News Sites About Armenia===
  
===Where will my site assignment be when I finish and how isolated will I be?===
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http://groong.usc.edu/news <br>
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An Armenian news index.
  
Peace Corps trainees are assigned to their sites after completion of pre-service training. This gives Peace Corps staff the opportunity to assess each trainee’s technical and language skills prior to assigning sites, in addition to finalizing site selections with their ministry counterparts. Many factors influence the site selection process and the Peace Corps does not guarantee placement where you might ideally like to be.  Approximately 70 percent of Volunteers will live in towns or rural villages while the rest live in cities. Some sites have only one Volunteer; larger cities may have up to four. Many sites are from 24 to 40 hours away from the Peace Corps office by train.  
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http://www.armgate.com <br>
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ArmGate has links to a variety of resources on Armenia.  
  
===How can my family contact me in an emergency? ===
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===International Development, Government, and Business Sites===  
  
The Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services in Washington, D.C., provides assistance in handling emergencies affecting trainees and Volunteers or their families. Before leaving the United States, you should instruct your family to notify the Office of Special Services immediately if an emergency arises, such as a serious illness or death of a family member. During normal business hours, the number for the Office of Special Services is 800.424.8580, extension 1470. After normal business hours and on weekends and holidays, the Special Services duty officer can be reached at 202.638.2574.  
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http://sunsite.aua.am/ <br>
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A site maintained by the American University of Armenia, sponsored by Sun Microsystems' worldwide Information and Technology Exchange program.  
  
For non-emergency questions, your family can get information from your country desk staff at the Peace Corps by calling 800.424.8580.  
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http://www.usa.am/ <br>
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The site of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia.  
  
===Should I bring a cellular phone with me? ===
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http://www.armeniadiaspora.com <br>
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Armenia Diaspora, a site developed by the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  
Kazakhstan has cellular phone services, and Peace Corps staff members are equipped with cell phones to attend to emergency calls. Because of the lack of radio transmitting stations, cellular service is not widespread in some rural areas. Differences in GSM technology make many U.S. cellphones incompatible with the Kazakhstani system, so only phones and cellular plans purchased here will function in Kazakhstan. These phones are reasonably priced, unless you go for a more impressive phone with Internet capabilities and flashy bits. To date, every single volunteer carries his or her own cell phone. The technology boom has also had its own affects on Kazakhstan; Internet cafes are growing and you'll find that most children in towns and cities enjoy their own phones with mp3 players and cameras.
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http://www.aiwa-net.org/ <br>
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Armenian International Women’s Association.  
  
===Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer? ===
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Some Volunteers have e-mail access from their homes and can check e-mail daily. Other Volunteers must travel up to four hours to a city to visit an Internet café and therefore can only check e-mail once every couple of weeks. Many Volunteers bring laptop computers to Kazakhstan and find that having a computer makes their life easier. However, it is difficult, if not impossible, to have computers repaired at most sites and U.S. warranties are not honored in Kazakhstan. If you plan to bring a computer (and printer), consider purchasing property insurance, as theft of laptops has been a problem in the past.
 
 
 
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RESOURCES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Armenia and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that although we try to make sure all these links are active and current, we cannot guarantee it.

A note of caution: As you surf the Internet, be aware that you may find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experiences, including comments by those who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps. These opinions are not those of the Peace Corps or of the U.S. government, and we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.

General Information About Armenia

http://www.armeniapedia.org
A wiki site developed by Raffi Kojian with over 5,000 Armenia(n) related articles.

http://www.countrywatch.com
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Yerevan to information about how to convert from the dollar to the dram. Just click on Armenia and go from there.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations
Visit this site to learn about any country in the world.

http://www.state.gov
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Armenia and learn more about its social and political history.

http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments worldwide.

http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information, and each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.

http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.

http://www.worldinformation.com
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries around the world.

Armenian Language Resources

Wikipedia Armenian language
Overview of the history and makeup of the Armenian language.

U.S. Peace Corps Armenian language material
eBooks and audios made by the PC and PCV's to learn basic Armenian.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/barikam/
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff who served in Armenia.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/armeniapcvs/
This is a forum for current, returned and incoming volunteers to Armenia. It's a place for us to share our experiences, keep in touch with one another, and give support to those who have absolutely no idea where they're going. Armenia, where's that?

http://www.rpcv.org
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. This site includes links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local volunteer activities.

http://www.rpcvwebring.org
This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.

http://www.peacecorpswriters.org
This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts of their Peace Corps service.

Online Articles/Current News Sites About Armenia

http://groong.usc.edu/news
An Armenian news index.

http://www.armgate.com
ArmGate has links to a variety of resources on Armenia.

International Development, Government, and Business Sites

http://sunsite.aua.am/
A site maintained by the American University of Armenia, sponsored by Sun Microsystems' worldwide Information and Technology Exchange program.

http://www.usa.am/
The site of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia.

http://www.armeniadiaspora.com
Armenia Diaspora, a site developed by the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

http://www.aiwa-net.org/
Armenian International Women’s Association.