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{{FAQs by country}}
  
HELLO, Peace Corps Invitees!                     
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===How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Botswana?===
  
Just scroll down until you see your country, and then just follow the pattern like the line above it. If you make a mistake, no problem!           
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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 limits. The Peace Corps’ 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 80 pounds total with a maximum weight of 50 pounds for any one bag.
  
It is organized both by country and by date. You can add to both categories or just one, but it would be helpful for organization to add to both.              
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Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (shortwave 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. This is an important safety precaution.  
  
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===What is the electric current in Botswana?===
  
There are actually three different places to add a new invitation. (We are working on a way to make it more efficient)<br>
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It is 220 volts, 50 hertz. Plugs/outlets consist of both three prong round and three prong square shapes.
a) Timeline, by date and country (where you are now) <br>
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b) [[Departures by month]] page <br>
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c) Individual country page (follow hyperlinked country name below)<br>
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Please add to as many places as you feel comfortable. Thanks! =)
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===How much money should I bring?===
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Please be sure to '''only''' add legitimate invitations. We only want those, ''nothing'' from any "unofficial directories," and '''no''' speculations. Please remember that departures can always change, and this should be a guide only, nothing is set in stone. Especially in the Peace Corps!                                       
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Volunteers are expected to live at the same level as the people in their community. You will be given a settling-in allowance and a monthly living allowance, which should cover your expenses. Often Volunteers wish to bring additional money for vacation travel to other countries. Credit cards and bank cards are preferable to cash. Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted by businesses in Botswana and are redeemable only at certain banks. However, they can be useful for travel to other countries during vacations. Note, too, that ATM machines are widely available and linked to the banking network in the States. Only VISA cards and cards stamped with the “PLUS” logo on the back are useable. If you choose to bring extra money, bring the amount that will suit your own travel plans and needs.
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February 08 = [[Zambia]]
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===When can I take vacation and have people visit me?===
  
July 22 = [[Cambodia]]
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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. All vacation plans must be approved by the Volunteer’s Batswana supervisor before being submitted to the Peace Corps for approval. Extended stays (those that require more leave than you have accrued) away from your site are not encouraged and must be reviewed by your Peace Corps supervisor before being submitted to the Peace Corps country director for a final decision.
  
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The Peace Corps cannot provide Volunteers with vacation planning assistance. You are responsible for making reservations, purchasing tickets, and procuring the appropriate visas. The Peace Corps cannot provide your visitors with visa or travel assistance.
  
January 10 = [[Burkina Faso]] <br>
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===Will my belongings be covered by insurance?===
January 10 = [[Thailand]] <br>
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January 12 = [[Ethiopia]] <br>
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January 23 = [[Vanuatu]] <br>
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January 27 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
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February 2-3 = [[Ghana]] <br>
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The Peace Corps does not insure personal effects. Volunteers are ultimately responsible for the safekeeping of their personal belongings. However, you can purchase personal property insurance before you leave. 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. Volunteers should not ship or take 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.
February 9 = [[Zambia]] <br>
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February  = [[Madagascar]] <br>
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February 24  = [[Panama]] <br>
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February 27 = [[Senegal]] <br>
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March 6 = [[Paraguay]] <br>
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===Do I need an international driver’s license? ===
March 17 = [[El Salvador]] <br>
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March 9 = [[Costa Rica]] <br>
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March 9 = [[Jamaica]] <br>
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March 26 + [[Armenia]]
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April 13 = [[Namibia]] <br>
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Volunteers in Botswana are not allowed to drive except during an approved vacation. Many Volunteers in southern Africa find it economically advantageous to rent a car, either alone or as a group, while traveling in the region. In such cases, it is helpful to have an international driver’s license. As with other personal travel arrangements, the Peace Corps does not assist in the procurement of international driver’s licenses.
April 20 = [[Guyana]] <br>
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May 6 = [[Peru]] <br>
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===What should I bring as gifts for Batswana friends and my host family? ===
May 26 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
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June 1 = [[Ghana]] <br>
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The Peace Corps does not encourage you to bring gifts for your family and friends during training. The provision of such gifts is an issue to be discussed and decided by the entire group of trainees, since it is precedent-setting and may have ramifications outside the gift giver’s original intent.  For instance, expectations may arise in host families if some people provide gifts but others do not. Should you feel moved to provide a small token of appreciation to your host family, a wide range of suitable items are available locally.
June 2 = [[The Gambia]] <br>
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June 2 = [[Rwanda]] <br>
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June 2 = [[Moldova]] <br>
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June 3 = [[Mali]] <br>
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June 5 = [[Kosovo]] <br>
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June 8 = [[Comoros]] <br>
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June 8 = [[Madagascar]] <br>
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June 8 = [[Togo]] <br>
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June 19 = [[China]] <br>
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June 22 = [[Benin]] <br>
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July 3 = [[Philippines]] <br>
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One of the greatest gifts you can provide to your host family and friends is information about yourself and your life in the United States. For this reason, we encourage you to bring photos of the people and things that are important in your life.
July 6 = [[Costa Rica]]  <br>
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July 23 = [[Cambodia]]  <br>
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August 2 = [[Botswana]] <br>
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===Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be? ===
August 3 = [[Namibia]] <br>
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September 9 = [[Cameroon]] <br>
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Peace Corps trainees are not assigned to individual sites until approximately six weeks into their 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. The Botswana program has a wide variety of sites, ranging from urban to periurban to rural, and Volunteers should be prepared to accept any of them, including housing in a range of options from one room for kitchen, sleeping, and pit latrine to the other extreme of two bedroom brick homes with hot water heaters.
September 22 = [[Paraguay]] <br>
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October 5 = [[Ukraine]] <br>
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===How can my family contact me in an emergency? ===
  
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The Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services 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. For nonemergency questions, your family can get information from your country desk staff at the Peace Corps by calling 800.424.8580.
  
January 10 = [[Thailand]] <br>
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===Can I call home from Botswana?===
January 13 = [[Morocco]] <br>
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January 14 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
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January 22 = [[South Africa]] <br>
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January 23 = [[Vanuatu]] <br>
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January 28 = [[El Salvador]] <br>
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January 29 = [[Paraguay]] <br>
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February 3-4 = [[Zambia]] <br>
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Yes. Most telephones in the country can be used for international calls. Volunteers often call home and ask to be called back or prearrange a time to be called at a private phone or pay phone.
February 4 = [[Ghana]] <br>
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February 10 = [[Ethiopia]] <br>
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February 11 = [[Guatemala]] <br>
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February 11 = [[Madagascar]] <br>
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February 12 = [[Tanzania]] <br>
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February 18 =[[Panama]] <br>
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March 3 = [[Senegal]] <br>
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===Should I bring a cellular phone with me?===
March 4 = [[Nicaragua]] <br>
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March 4 = [[Dominican Republic]] <br>
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March 10 = [[Jamaica]] <br>
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March 10 = [[Namibia]] <br>
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March 10 = [[Costa Rica]] <br>
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March 15 = [[Indonesia]] <br>
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March 17 = [[Albania]] <br>
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March 17 = [[Mexico]] <br>
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March 31 = [[Azerbaijan]] <br>
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April 23 = [[Kyrgyz Republic]] <br>
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While cellular phone services are widely available in Botswana, it is not advisable to bring a cellphone from the United States unless you check with the manufacturer and confirm that the phone will work in Botswana. In all cases, these phones are the type with SIM cards that can be changed in and out. SIM cards in Botswana cost about $15. The cost of a new cellphone in Botswana is approximately $50. Costs of phones can be covered by your moving-in allowance which Volunteers near the end of pre-service training.  Yet, you will likely want to have a cell phone upon arrival so you will probably need to put money up-front and use your moving in allowance later to cover the expense.  Peace Corps does not provide cellphones to Volunteers.
April 27 = [[Georgia]] <br>
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April 28 = [[Guyana]] <br>
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May 27 = [[Cameroon]] <br>
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Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
May 13 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
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May 28 = [[Mozambique]] <br>
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May 21 = [[Paraguay]] <br>
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May 29 = [[Mongolia]] <br>
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June 2 = [[Burkina Faso]] <br>
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Internet service is widely available in Botswana; most larger villages and towns have Internet cafes. The choice about whether to bring a computer is an individual one. Those who decide to bring a personal computer should be aware that Botswana’s climate can be tough on sensitive equipment. In addition, peripherals like printer cartridges and disks are very expensive locally. Those who bring computers or other valuable equipment should consider purchasing personal property insurance as laptops make you a target for theft.
June 3 = [[Uganda]] <br>
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June 3 = [[Micronesia and Palau]] <br>
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June 3 = [[Lesotho]] <br>
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June 4 = [[Moldova]] <br>
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June 6 = [[Kosovo]] <br>
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June 5 = [[Malawi]] <br>
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June 10 = [[Zambia]] <br>
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June 10 = [[Madagascar]] <br>
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June 12 = [[Eastern Caribbean]] <br>
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June 17 = [[Panama]] <br>
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June 19= [[China]] <br>
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June 22= [[Benin]] <br>
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June 26 = [[Belize]] <br>
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June 30 = [[Ethiopia]] <br>
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July 7 = [[Philippines]] <br>
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[[Category:Botswana]]
July 8 = [[Costa Rica]] <br>
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July 10 = [[Cambodia]] <br>
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July 15 = [[El Salvador]] <br>
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August 10 = [[Botswana]] <br>
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August 12 = [[Nicaragua]] <br>
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August 26 = [[Armenia]] <br>
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September 3 = [[Fiji]] <br>
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September 5 = [[Nepal]] <br>
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September 9 = [[Rwanda]] <br>
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September 9 = [[Cameroon]] <br>
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September 11 = [[Peru]] <br>
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September 12 = [[Macedonia]] <br>
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September 17 = [[Paraguay]] <br>
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September 22 = [[Senegal]] <br>
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October 9 = [[Lesotho]] <br>
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October 14 =[[Guatemala]] <br>
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October 14 = [[The Gambia]] <br>
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October  14=[[Jordan]]<br>
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November 12 = [[Uganda]] <br>
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January 11 = [[Thailand]] <br>
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January 14 = [[Morocco]] <br>
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January 15 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
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January 24 = [[South Africa]] <br>
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January 29 = [[El Salvador]] <br>
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February 10 = [[Ethiopia]] <br>
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February 11 = [[Zambia]] <br>
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February 12 = [[Guatemala]] <br>
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February 13 = [[Paraguay]] <br>
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February 19 = [[Panama]]  <br>
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March 4 = [[Madagascar]] <br>
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March 5 = [[Senegal]] <br>
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March 5 = [[Malawi]] <br>
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March 5 = [[The Gambia]] <br>
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March 5 = [[Dominican Republic]]  <br>
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March 11 = [[Jamaica]] <br>
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March 11 = [[Costa Rica]] <br>
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March 15 = [[Nicaragua]] <br>
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March 18 = [[Albania]] <br>
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March 23 = [[Uganda]] <br>
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March 25 = [[Ukraine]] <br>
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April 4=[[Azerbaijan]] <br>
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April 7=[[Indonesia]] <br>
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April 16=[[Kyrgyz Republic]] <br>
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April 21=[[Georgia]] <br>
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April 24=[[Uganda]] <br>
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May 1=[[Guyana]] <br>
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May 14=[[Ecuador]] <br>
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May 20=[[Armenia]] <br>
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May 29=[[Mozambique]] <br>
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May 29=[[Paraguay]] <br>
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June 1=[[Mongolia]] <br>
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June 4 = [[Micronesia]] <br>
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June 4 = [[Moldova]] <br>
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June 5 = [[Togo]] <br>
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June 7 = [[Peru]] <br>
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June 10 = [[Togo]] <br>
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June 11 = [[Zambia]] <br>
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June 11 = [[Rwanda]] <br>
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June 12 = [[Eastern Caribbean]] <br>
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June 17 = [[Sierra Leone]] <br>
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June 18 = [[Guatemala]] <br>
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June 18 = [[Panama]] <br>
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June 24 = [[Benin]] <br>
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June 25 = [[Swaziland]] <br>
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June 25 = [[Belize]] <br>
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June 27 = [[China]] <br>
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July 1= [[Ethiopia]] <br>
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July 1 = [[Guinea]] <br>
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July 3 = [[Tanzania]] <br>
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July 4 = [[South Africa]] <br>
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July 5 = [[Philippines]] <br>
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July 8 = [[Costa Rica]] <br>
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July 8 = [[Madagascar]] <br>
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July 12 = [[Cambodia]] <br>
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July 22 = [[Namibia]] <br>
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July 23 = [[El Salvador]] <br>
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August 12 = [[Botswana]] <br>
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August 13 = [[Nicaragua]] <br>
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August 15 = [[Ukraine]] <br>
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August 20 = [[Dominican Republic]] <br>
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August 25 = [[Mexico]] <br>
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August 27 = [[Colombia]] <br>
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September 1 = [[Fiji]] <br>
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September 1 = [[Tonga]] <br>
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September 10 = [[Rwanda]] <br>
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September 11 = [[Cameroon]] <br>
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September 12 = [[Peru]] <br>
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September 13 = [[Macedonia]] <br>
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September 16 = [[Ukraine]] <br>
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September 24 = [[Mozambique]] <br>
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September 24 = [[Senegal]] <br>
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September 25 = [[Paraguay]] <br>
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September 28 = [[Kenya]] <br>
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October 1 = [[Kenya]] <br>
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October 5 = [[Ukraine]] <br>
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October 7 = [[Burkina Faso]] <br>
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October 9 = [[Lesotho]] <br>
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November 11=[[Uganda]] <br>
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December 2=[[Guinea]] <br>
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January 3 = [[Guatemala]] <br>
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January 8 = [[Thailand]] <br>
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January 10 = [[Nicaragua]] <br>
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January 10 = [[Panama]] <br>
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January 18 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
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January 23 = [[South Africa]] <br>
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January 24 = [[El Salvador]]  <br>
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January 24 = [[Zambia]] <br>
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January 26 = [[St. Vincent and the Grenadines]] <br>
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January 30 = [[Guyana]]  <br>
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February 6= [[Ghana]] <br>
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February 8= [[Paraguay]] <br>
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February 12= [[Tanzania]] <br>
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February 20= [[Costa Rica]] <br>
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February 21= [[Kazakhstan]] <br>
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February 22= [[Honduras]] <br>
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February 27= [[Madagascar]] <br>
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February 28= [[Dominican Republic]] <br>
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March 5= [[Malawi]] <br>
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March 6=  [[Senegal]] <br>
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March 6=  [[The Gambia]] <br>
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March 12= [[Ukraine]] <br>
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March 13= [[Jamaica]] <br>
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March 19= [[Morocco]] <br>
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April 24= [[Uganda]] <br>
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May 1= [[Panama]] <br>
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May 7= [[Rwanda]] <br>
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May 8= [[Nicaragua]] <br>
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May 16= [[Ecuador]] <br>
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May 21= [[Ethiopia]] <br>
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May 30= [[Paraguay]] <br>
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May 31= [[Mali]] <br>
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May 31= [[Togo]] <br>
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June 1= [[Mongolia]] <br>
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June 4= [[Costa Rica]] <br>
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June 4= [[Burkina Faso]] <br>
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June 5= [[Swaziland]] <br>
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June 6= [[Cameroon]] <br>
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June 6= [[Liberia]] <br>
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June 12= [[Senegal]] <br>
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June 27= [[Benin]] <br>
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June 29= [[China]] <br>
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June 1 = [[Cameroon]] <br>             
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June 1 = [[Sierra Leone]] <br>
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June 1 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
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June 1 = [[Mali]] <br>
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June 1 = [[Sierra Leone]] <br>
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June 1 = [[Armenia]] <br>
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June 1 = [[Togo]] <br>
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June 2 = [[Mongolia]] <br>
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June 2 = [[Mozambique]] <br>
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June 2 = [[Swaziland]] <br>
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June 6 = [[Burkina Faso]]<br>
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June 6 = [[Kenya]] <br>
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June 6 = [[Ghana]] <br>
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June 7 = [[Moldova]] <br>
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June 8 = [[Liberia]] <br>
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June 9 = [[Peru]] <br>
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June 13 - [[Tanzania]] <br>
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June 13 = [[Senegal]] <br>
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June 14 = [[Malawi]] <br>
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June 28 = [[The Gambia]] <br>
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June 28 = [[Jamaica]] <br>
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June 29 = [[Benin]] <br>
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June 29 = [[China]]<br>
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July 1 = [[Philippines]]<br>
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July 5 = [[South Africa]]<br>
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July 6 = [[Honduras]]<br>
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July 6 = [[Guinea]]<br>
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July 11 = [[Madagascar]]<br>
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July 13 = [[Cape Verde]]<br>
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July 18 = [[Zambia]]<br>
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July 19 = [[El Salvador]]<br>
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July 22 = [[Cambodia]]<br>
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August 1 = [[Zambia]] <br>             
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August 3 = [[Uganda]]<br>
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August 8 = [[Guatemala]]<br>
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August 12 = [[Botswana]] <br>
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August 16 = [[Panama]]<br>
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August 17 = [[Cameroon]]<br>
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August 17 = [[Dominican Republic]]<br>             
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August 17 = [[Kazakhstan]]<br>
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August 18 = [[Namibia]]<br>
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August 29 = [[Senegal]]<br>
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August 29 = [[Mexico]]<br>
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August 30 = [[Nicaragua]]<br>
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September 9 = [[Macedonia]]<br>
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September 12 = [[Morocco]]<br>
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September 12 = [[Rwanda]]<br>
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September 15 = [[Botswana]]<br>
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September 15 = [[Peru]]<br>
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September 14 = [[Togo]]<br>
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September 19 = [[Ukraine]]<br>
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September 21 = [[Cameroon]]<br>
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September 21 = [[Ukraine]]<br>
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September 22 = [[Azerbaijan]]<br>
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September 27 = [[Paraguay]]<br>
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September 29 = [[Turkmenistan]]<br>
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September 30 = [[Mozambique]]<br>
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October 3 = [[Kenya]]<br>
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October 04 = [[Ghana]]<br>
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October 05 = [[Ethiopia]]<br>
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October 07 = [[Vanuatu]]<br>
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October 09 = [[Burkina Faso]] <br>
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October 10 = [[Kenya]]<br>
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October 10 = [[Tanzania]] <br>
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October 12 = [[Lesotho]] <br>
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October 12 = [[Colombia]] <br>
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October 18 = [[Jordan]] <br>
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October 28 = [[Mali]] <br>
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November 28 = [[Guinea]] <br>
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| [[Albania]]
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|2010 Mar 17 <br>
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2011 Mar 14<br>
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2012 Mar 14<br>
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2012 Mar 18<br>
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2013 Mar 18 Philadelphia<br>
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2014 Mar 17 Washington D.C.<br>
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2015 Mar 13
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|[[Armenia]]
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|2010 May 27 Philadelphia<br>             
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2011 May 26 Philadelphia<br>       
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2011 June 1 Philadelphia A19<br>
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2012 May 24 <br>
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2013 May 20<br>
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|[[Azerbaijan]]
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|2010 September 23 Philadelphia<br>
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2011 September 22<br>
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2013 April 4<br>
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2014 March 31<br>
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|[[Belize]]
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|2010 March 24 Dallas <br>
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2011 March 22 Miami<br>
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2013 June 25 <br>
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2014 June 26<br>
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| [[Benin]] 
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|2010 July 14 Philadelphia<br>
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2011 June 29 Philadelphia<br>   
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2012 June 27<br>       
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2013 June 24<br>       
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2014 June 22<br>       
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|[[Botswana]]  
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|2010 April 10 Philadelphia<br>
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2011 April 1 Philadelphia <br>
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2011 September 15 Philadelphia<br>
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2013 August 12 <br>
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2014 August 10 <br>
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2015 August 2 <br>
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|[[Bulgaria]]
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|2009 Washington, DC<br>
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2010 May 10 Philadelphia <br>
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2011 March 28 Philadelphia B27 June 10<br>
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|[[Burkina Faso]]
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|2010 June 9 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 June 21 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 October 13 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 May 23 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 June 6 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 October 9 Philadelphia <br>
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2012 June 4  <br>
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2013 October 7  <br>
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2014 June 7  <br>
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2015 January 10 Philadelphia, PA  <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Cambodia]]
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|2010 July 19 San Francisco <br>
+
2011 July 22 San Francisco<br>
+
2013 July 12 <br>
+
2016 July 22 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Cameroon]]
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|2010 June 2 Philadelphia<br>
+
2010 September 15 <br>
+
2011 June 1 <br>
+
2011 August 17 <br>
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2011 September 21 <br>
+
2013 May 29 <br>
+
2013 September 11<br>
+
2014 May 28 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Cape Verde]]
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|2010 July 15 Boston<br>
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2011 July 13 Boston <br>
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|-
+
|[[China]]
+
|2010 June 29 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 June 29 Chicago <br>
+
2012 June 29 <br>
+
2013 June 27 San Francisco<br>
+
2014 June 19 Los Angeles <br>
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|-
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|[[Colombia]]
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|2011 October 12 Miami <br>
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2013 August 27 <br>
+
|-
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|[[Comoros]]
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|2015 June 8 Washington, DC <br>
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|-
+
|[[Costa Rica]]
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|2010 March 1 Washington, DC<br>
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2010 October 4 Washington, DC <br>
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2012 February 20 <br>
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2012 June 4 <br>
+
2013 March 11 <br>
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2013 July 8 <br>
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2015 March 9 <br>
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2015 July 6 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Dominican Republic]]
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|2010 March 2 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 August 18 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 March 1 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 August 17 Washington, DC <br>
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2012 February 28 Washington, DC <br>
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2013 March 5 Washington, DC <br>
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2013 August 20 <br>
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2014 March 4 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Eastern Caribbean]]
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|2010 February 15 Miami <br>
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2010 August 23 Miami <br>
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2011 January 27 <br>
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2013 January 24 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Ecuador]]
+
|2010 February 16 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 June 15 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 February 2 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 June 1 Washington, DC <br>
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2012 January 18 Dallas, TX <br>
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2013 January 15 <br>
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2013 May 14 <br>
+
2014 January 13 <br>
+
2014 May 13 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[El Salvador]]
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|2010 February 2 Washington, DC<br>
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2010 July 20 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 January 18 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 July 19 Washington, DC <br>
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2012 January 29 Washington, DC<br>
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2013 January 29 <br>
+
2013 July 23 Washington, DC <br>
+
2014 January 28 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Ethiopia]]
+
|2010 September 13 Atlanta <br>
+
2011 May 23 Atlanta <br>
+
2013 July 1 <br>
+
2014 February 10<br>
+
|-
+
|[[Fiji]]
+
|2010 May 19 Los Angeles<br>
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2011 May 17 Los Angeles <br>
+
2013 September 3 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[The Gambia]]
+
|2010 June 29 Philadelphia<br>
+
2011 January 4 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 June 28 Chicago <br>
+
2012 March 6 Washington, DC<br>
+
2013 March 5  <br>
+
2014 October 14 <br>
+
2015 May 28 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Georgia]]
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|2010 April 26 Philadelphia<br>
+
2011 April 25 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 May 29 <br>
+
2013 April 21 <br>
+
2014 April 27 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Ghana]]
+
|2010 June 1 Philadelphia<br>
+
2011 June 6 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 October 4 Philadelphia <br>
+
2012 February 6 Philadelphia <br>
+
2013 February 6 <br>
+
2014 February 3 <br>
+
2015 February 2 <br>
+
2015 June 1 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Guatemala]]
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|2009 January 6 Washington, DC <br>
+
2010 January 4 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 April 28 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 August 10 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 January 4 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 April 27 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 August 8 Washington, DC <br>
+
2012 January 3 Cancelled <br>
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2013 February 12 Washington, DC<br>
+
2013 June 18 <br>
+
2014 February 11 Washington, DC <br>
+
2014 October 14 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Guinea]]
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|2011 November 27 Philadelphia <br>
+
2013 July 1 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Guyana]]
+
|2010 February 9 Miami <br>
+
2011 February 15 Miami <br>
+
2013 May 1 <br>
+
2014 April 28 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Honduras]]
+
|2010 February 22 Washington, DC <br>
+
2010 June 22 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 February 23 Atlanta <br>
+
2011 July 6 Atlanta <br>
+
2012 February 22 Cancelled  <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Indonesia]]
+
|2010 March 15 <br>
+
2011 April 4 San Francisco  <br>
+
2013 April 7 <br>
+
2014 March 15 <br>
+
2015 March 14 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Jamaica]]
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|2010 March 17 Miami <br>
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2011 June 28 Miami <br>
+
2012 March 13 Miami <br>
+
2013 March 11 <br>
+
2014 March 10 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Jordan]]
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|2010 October 22 Philadelphia J14 <br>
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2011 October 18 Philadelphia J15 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Kazakhstan]]
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|2010 August 18 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 March 9 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 August 17 Washington, DC <br>
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|-
+
|[[Kenya]]
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|2010 May 24 Philadelphia <br>
+
2010 October 11 Philadelphia  <br>     
+
2011 June 6 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 October 10 Philadelphia<br>
+
2012 June 4 Philadelphia <br>
+
2013 October 1 <br>
+
2014 Kenya September 28 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Kyrgyz Republic]]
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|2010 March 26 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 March 25 Philadelphia <br>
+
2013 April 16 <br>
+
2014 April 23 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Lesotho]]
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|2010 June 1 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 May 31 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 October 12 Philadelphia <br>
+
2013 June 5 <br>
+
2013 October 9 <br>
+
2014 June 3 <br>
+
2014 October 9 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Liberia]]
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|2010 July 7 Philadelphia <br>
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2011 June 8 Philadelphia <br>
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2012 June 6  <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Macedonia]]
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|2010 September 10 Washington, DC  <br>
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2011 September 9 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 September 13 <br>
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2014 September 12 <br>
+
2015 September 18 <br>
+
|-
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|[[Madagascar]]
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|2010 March 1 <br>
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2010 July 19 <br>
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2011 February 28<br>
+
2011 July 11 Philadelphia <br>
+
2012 February 27 <br>
+
2013 March 4 <br>
+
2013 July 8 <br>
+
2014 February 11 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Malawi]]
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|2010 February 24 Philadelphia <br>
+
2010 July 1 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 February 27 Philadelphia<br>
+
2011 June 14 Philadelphia <br>
+
2012 March 5  <br>
+
2013 March 5  <br>
+
|-
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| [[Mali]]
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|2010 July 1 Philadelphia<br>
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2011 January 31 Philadelphia<br>
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2011 October 28 Philadelphia <br>
+
2015 June 3 Philadelphia <br>
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|-
+
|[[Mexico]]
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|2010 August 17 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 March 14 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 August 29 Washington, DC <br>
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2013 August 25 <br>
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2014 March 17 <br>
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|-
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|[[Micronesia and Palau]]
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|2010 Micronesia and Palau September 1 Honolulu <br>
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2013 Micronesia and Palau June 4 <br>
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|-
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|[[Moldova]]
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|2010 June 8 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 June 7 Philadelphia <br>
+
2013 June 4 <br>
+
2014 June 4 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Mongolia]]
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|2010 June 3 San Francisco <br>
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2011 June 2 San Francisco <br>
+
2012 June 1 San Francisco <br>
+
2013 June 1 Los Angeles<br>
+
2014 May 29 San Francisco<br>
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|-
+
|[[Morocco]]
+
|2010 March 1 Philadelphia <br>
+
2010 September 13 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 March 14 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 September 12 <br>
+
2012 March 19 <br>
+
2013 January 14 <br>
+
2014 January 13 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Mozambique]]
+
|2010 September 27 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 June 2 Philadelphia<br>
+
2011 September 30 <br>
+
2013 May 29 <br>
+
2013 September 24 Philadelphia <br>
+
2014 May 28<br>
+
|-
+
|[[Namibia]]
+
|2010 February 16 Washington, DC <br>
+
2010 August 17 Washington, DC<br>
+
2011 February 18 Washington, DC<br>
+
2011 August 18 Washington, DC <br>
+
2013 March 11 <br>
+
2013 July 22 Philadelphia <br>
+
2014 March 10 <br>
+
2015 April 13 Philadelphia <br>
+
2015 August 3 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Nepal]]
+
|2014 September 5 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Nicaragua]]
+
|2010 January 19 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 May 11 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 August 31 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 January 11 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 May 10 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 August 30 Washington, DC <br>
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2012 January 10 Washington, DC <br>
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2013 March 15 Washington, DC <br>
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2013 August 13 <br>
+
2014 March 4 <br>
+
2014 August 12 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Niger]]
+
|2010 July 7 Philadelphia <br>
+
2010 October 18 Philadelphia <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Panama]]
+
|2010 April 20 Miami <br>
+
2010 August 17 Miami <br>
+
2011 January 11 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 April 26 Washington, DC<br>
+
2012 January 10 Washington, DC <br>
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2012 May 1 <br>
+
2013 February 19 <br>
+
2013 June 18 <br>
+
2014 February 18 <br>
+
2014 June 17 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Paraguay]]
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|2010 February 8 Miami <br>
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2010 June 1 Miami <br>
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2010 September 29 Miami <br>       
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2011 February 2 Miami <br>
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2011 May 25 Miami <br>
+
2011 September 27 Miami <br>
+
2012 February 8 Miami <br>
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2012 September 22 Miami <br>
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2013 February 13 Miami <br>
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2013 September 25 Miami <br>
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2014 January 29 <br>
+
2014 September 17 <br>
+
2015 March 06 <br>
+
2015 September 22
+
|-
+
|[[Peru]]
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|2010 June 10 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 September 16 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 June 9 Washington, DC <br>
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2013 June 7 <br>
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2013 September 12 Washington, DC <br>
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2014 September 11 Washington, DC <br>
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2015 May 6 Washington, DC <br>
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|-
+
|[[Philippines]]
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|2010 August 19 Los Angeles <br>
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2011 July 1 Los Angeles <br>
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2013 July 5 Los Angeles <br>
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2015 July 3 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Romania]]
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|2010 May 18 Chicago <br>
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2011 April 26 Chicago <br>
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|-
+
|[[Rwanda ]]
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|2010 February 23  <br>     
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2010 October 19 <br>
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2011 May 4 <br>
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2011 September 12 <br>
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2013 June 11 <br>
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2013 September 10 <br>
+
2014 September 9 <br>
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2015 June 2 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Samoa]]
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|2010 October 5 Los Angeles<br>
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|-
+
|[[Senegal]]
+
|2010 March 8 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 August 9 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 March 7 Washington, DC <br>       
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2011 June 13 Washington, DC <br>       
+
2011 August 29 Washington, DC <br>
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2013 March 5 Washington, DC<br>
+
2013 September 24 <br>
+
2014 March 3 <br>
+
2014 September 19 Philadelphia <br>     
+
|-
+
|[[Sierra Leone]]
+
|2010 June 2 <br>
+
2011 June 1  <br>
+
2013 June 18  <br>     
+
2013 July 17 Philadelphia <br>
+
|-
+
|[[South Africa]]
+
|2010 January 28 Washington, DC <br>       
+
2010 July 12 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 January 24 Washington, DC <br>       
+
2011 July 5 Washington, DC <br>
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2012 January 23 Washington, DC  <br>
+
2013 January 24  <br>
+
2013 July 4 Washington, DC SA28 <br>
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2014 January 22  <br> 
+
2015 July 6      <br>   
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|-
+
|[[Suriname]]
+
|2011 May 3 Miami <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Swaziland]]
+
|2010 June 25 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 June 2 Washington, DC <br>
+
2012 June 5 Washington, DC <br>
+
2013 June 25 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Tanzania]]
+
|2010 June 14 Philadelphia <br>
+
2010 September 20 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 June 13 Philadelphia<br>
+
2011 October 10 <br>
+
2012 June 11 <br>
+
2013 July 3 <br>
+
2014 February 12 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Thailand]]
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|2010 January 16 Philadelphia <br>
+
2011 January 8 Philadelphia <br>
+
2012 January 8 Detroit <br>
+
2013 January 11 San Francisco <br>
+
2014 January 10 Washington DC<br>
+
2015 January 10 Seattle <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Togo]]
+
|2010 June 3 <br>
+
2010 September 16 <br>
+
2011 June 2 <br>
+
2011 September 15 <br>
+
2013 June 10 <br>
+
2015 June 8 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Tonga]]
+
|2010 October 5 Los Angeles <br>
+
2013 September 3 <br>
+
2014 September 4 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Turkmenistan]]
+
|2010 March 23 <br>
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2010 September 30 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Uganda]]
+
|2010 February 8 <br>
+
2010 August 9 <br>
+
2011 February 9 <br>
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2011 August 3 <br>
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2012 April 24 <br>
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2013 April 24 <br>
+
2013 November 11 <br>
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2014 June 3 <br>
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|-
+
|[[Ukraine]]
+
|2010 March 29 <br>
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2010 September 17 <br>
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2011 March 21 <br>
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2011 September 21 <br>
+
2012 March 12 <br>
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2013 March 25 <br>
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2013 September 16 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Vanuatu]]
+
|2010 September 10 Los Angeles <br>
+
2011 October 07 Los Angeles <br>
+
2014 January 23 <br>
+
2015 January 23 <br>
+
|-
+
|[[Zambia]]
+
|2010 February 17 Washington, DC <br>
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2010 July 19 Washington, DC <br>
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2011 February 14 Washington, DC <br>
+
2011 August 1 Philadelphia <br>
+
2012 February 29 <br>
+
2013 February 11 <br>
+
2013 June 11 <br>
+
2014 February 4 <br>
+
2014 June 10 <br>
+
2016 February 08 <br>
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|}
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Additional pages relating to the application:<br>
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*[[Timeline Archive]]<br>
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*[[Application Timelines]]<br>
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*[[Advice for applicants]]<br>
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*[[Departures by month]]<br>
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*[[Staging Cities]]<br>
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*[[Calculator|Placement Calculator]]<br>
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*'''Other information:'''<br>
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**[[Blogger | Show new stories]] on your own blog in real-time<br>
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'''More [[resources]]<br>'''
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*[[Volunteer discounts]]
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*[[Volunteer Surveys]]<br>
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*[[Interview Questions]]
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*[[Forms]]
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*[[Educational requirements for volunteers]]
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*[[Phone Directory]]
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*[[Peace Corps offices by country]]
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Latest revision as of 11:47, 8 December 2015

Country Resources

How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Botswana?[edit]

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 limits. The Peace Corps’ 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 80 pounds total with a maximum weight of 50 pounds for any one bag.

Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (shortwave 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. This is an important safety precaution.

What is the electric current in Botswana?[edit]

It is 220 volts, 50 hertz. Plugs/outlets consist of both three prong round and three prong square shapes.

How much money should I bring?[edit]

Volunteers are expected to live at the same level as the people in their community. You will be given a settling-in allowance and a monthly living allowance, which should cover your expenses. Often Volunteers wish to bring additional money for vacation travel to other countries. Credit cards and bank cards are preferable to cash. Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted by businesses in Botswana and are redeemable only at certain banks. However, they can be useful for travel to other countries during vacations. Note, too, that ATM machines are widely available and linked to the banking network in the States. Only VISA cards and cards stamped with the “PLUS” logo on the back are useable. If you choose to bring extra money, bring the amount that will suit your own travel plans and needs.

When can I take vacation and have people visit me?[edit]

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. All vacation plans must be approved by the Volunteer’s Batswana supervisor before being submitted to the Peace Corps for approval. Extended stays (those that require more leave than you have accrued) away from your site are not encouraged and must be reviewed by your Peace Corps supervisor before being submitted to the Peace Corps country director for a final decision.

The Peace Corps cannot provide Volunteers with vacation planning assistance. You are responsible for making reservations, purchasing tickets, and procuring the appropriate visas. The Peace Corps cannot provide your visitors with visa or travel assistance.

Will my belongings be covered by insurance?[edit]

The Peace Corps does not insure personal effects. Volunteers are ultimately responsible for the safekeeping of their personal belongings. However, you can purchase personal property insurance before you leave. 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. Volunteers should not ship or take 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.

Do I need an international driver’s license?[edit]

Volunteers in Botswana are not allowed to drive except during an approved vacation. Many Volunteers in southern Africa find it economically advantageous to rent a car, either alone or as a group, while traveling in the region. In such cases, it is helpful to have an international driver’s license. As with other personal travel arrangements, the Peace Corps does not assist in the procurement of international driver’s licenses.

What should I bring as gifts for Batswana friends and my host family?[edit]

The Peace Corps does not encourage you to bring gifts for your family and friends during training. The provision of such gifts is an issue to be discussed and decided by the entire group of trainees, since it is precedent-setting and may have ramifications outside the gift giver’s original intent. For instance, expectations may arise in host families if some people provide gifts but others do not. Should you feel moved to provide a small token of appreciation to your host family, a wide range of suitable items are available locally.

One of the greatest gifts you can provide to your host family and friends is information about yourself and your life in the United States. For this reason, we encourage you to bring photos of the people and things that are important in your life.

Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?[edit]

Peace Corps trainees are not assigned to individual sites until approximately six weeks into their 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. The Botswana program has a wide variety of sites, ranging from urban to periurban to rural, and Volunteers should be prepared to accept any of them, including housing in a range of options from one room for kitchen, sleeping, and pit latrine to the other extreme of two bedroom brick homes with hot water heaters.

How can my family contact me in an emergency?[edit]

The Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services 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. For nonemergency questions, your family can get information from your country desk staff at the Peace Corps by calling 800.424.8580.

Can I call home from Botswana?[edit]

Yes. Most telephones in the country can be used for international calls. Volunteers often call home and ask to be called back or prearrange a time to be called at a private phone or pay phone.

Should I bring a cellular phone with me?[edit]

While cellular phone services are widely available in Botswana, it is not advisable to bring a cellphone from the United States unless you check with the manufacturer and confirm that the phone will work in Botswana. In all cases, these phones are the type with SIM cards that can be changed in and out. SIM cards in Botswana cost about $15. The cost of a new cellphone in Botswana is approximately $50. Costs of phones can be covered by your moving-in allowance which Volunteers near the end of pre-service training. Yet, you will likely want to have a cell phone upon arrival so you will probably need to put money up-front and use your moving in allowance later to cover the expense. Peace Corps does not provide cellphones to Volunteers.

Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?

Internet service is widely available in Botswana; most larger villages and towns have Internet cafes. The choice about whether to bring a computer is an individual one. Those who decide to bring a personal computer should be aware that Botswana’s climate can be tough on sensitive equipment. In addition, peripherals like printer cartridges and disks are very expensive locally. Those who bring computers or other valuable equipment should consider purchasing personal property insurance as laptops make you a target for theft.