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We offer a list of websites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and Togo, connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees, and to start working on/reviewing French language. Please keep in mind that links change. We have tried to make sure all these links are active and current, but we cannot guarantee it.
  
Jermuk Ջերմուկ is an in one of the most beautiful places in Armenia. Volcanic ridges rise from the desert into rolling high plateaus and meadow lands punctuated by deep canyons and gullies.
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A note of caution: As you surf these sites, please remember that you will find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to give opinions and advice based on their own experiences. The opinions expressed are not those of the Peace Corps or the United States government. You can also connect with returned Volunteers who may be able to share very useful information about their experiences. As you read these comments, we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.  
  
The following is an enthusiast tour of my new hometown Jermuk. Things are going to change dramatically for the town and it’s people in the next few years due to economic prosperity and new wealth. Included are my sincere remarks about my opinions on Armenian development and where I think the town is going.
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===General Information About the Country ===
  
It’s hard to say where in the US or world it compares too, maybe Taos in New Mexico.  
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http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations or www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide <br>
If its redevelopment is successful it should become world-class resort it was planned to be by Soviet designers.  
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Visit these sites to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.  
  
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http://www.state.gov  <br>
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This is the website for the U.S. State Department. There you can find information about Togo and learn more about its social and political history.
  
== Highlights ==
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http://www.allafrica.com/togo <br>
*High: over 2000 meters or over 6,500 feet
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This site provides up-to-date information on political and sporting events in Togo. AllAfrica aggregates and indexes content from over 125 African news organizations, plus more than 200 other sources, who are responsible for their own reporting and views.  
*Weather: bright clear; beautiful especially during the summer season; dry wind from the desert
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*Trees: Beautiful color change during the fall
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*Wildlife: birds, deer, bears, and fish  
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*Landscape: Rolling mountains and meadows with deep volcanic canyons with rushing streams
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*Arts: Art museum and many active artists and craftsman
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*Sports: Opportunities for Skiing, biking, hiking, fishing and any other mountain sports
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*Relaxation: healthful hot spring water, a beautiful forested park and ponds; many hotels and health spas
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*Unpopulated: the areas around Jermuk specially the to the northwest and southeast are the least populated large areas in all Armenia and Gharabagh. With a seasonal herds and small mountain hamlets
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== Jermuk Potential and Current Projects and Community Analysis ==
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http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/  <br>
Primary Projects to meet the Goals of Peace Corps
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This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
Secondary Projects that also meet Goals of Peace Corps
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Personal Projects: I am interested is this project and believe there is Potential Peace Corps Support
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===I. Environmental Landscape===
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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 worldwide.  
  
Right Bank City Park Project:
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https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html  <br>
*Use Red Cross volunteers to help cleanup the trails
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Website for CIA factbook
*Plant to circular flowerbeds, during the soviet times these drew people to the park.
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*Repair steps and walkways? More of a construction project.
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*Lighting? Does the park need to be lit? Currently all that remains are old Soviet lampposts.
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*Seating needs repairs. Finding or designing new seating, example: recycled plastic seats.
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*Keeping the park generally in its current layout, few kiosks mostly by the main road and no new major development in the park.
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*Pipes, pipes everywhere. Water pipes, gas pipes just lay across the paths. I just witnessed another gas line installed next to the scenic path around the lake: 11/13/2004. Parts of paths remain half excavated.
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*Funded by Armenian Forests NGO and city government
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*Left Bank Community Park Project: (Projected, next year?)
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===Additional websites of interest: ===
*Designed to provide green and open space for people in Left Bank
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*Foster new ideas about public open space in Armenia especially in the apartment complexes so common in most cities.
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*Trees provide protection from wind
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*Education for children
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*Not sure about final location
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*Proposed AutoCAD Classes
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Togo news sites such as:
*Living with City Architect
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*Helped on some small projects
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*Currently no computers in architect’s office
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Road and Bridge Reconstruction (now, not actively involved)
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http://www.ufctogo.com/sommaire.php3 (in French) <br>
*The first phase of Road construction will be completed this fall.  
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http://www.togoforum.com/ (in French)  <br>
*This includes the main roads to Jermuk from the valley and in the city.  
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http://www.icilome.com/ (in French)  <br>
*The main bridge has been repainted and refurbished
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http://www.republicoftogo.com/fr/home.asp (in French)  <br>
*Most of right bank sidewalks have been reconstructed and paved
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http://www.letogolais.com/ (in French)  <br>
*Next year work will continue on the minor roads to access surrounding communities.   
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http://www.togoglobe.com/ (in English)  <br>
*Traffic signals remain out of service and many lighting fixtures need to be upgraded.
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http://www.diastode.org (in English and French)  <br>
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http://www.graphicmaps.com/webimage/countrys/africa/tg.htm <br>
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(maps and facts about Togo in English)
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http://www.africafocus.org/country/togo.php (in English)  <br>
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http://www.togo-tourisme.com/eng/togo_welcome.html  <br>
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http://getlocalne.ws/world/togo  <br>
  
Hotel Restoration Development and Water Gallery Restoration (now, not actively involved)
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===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees at: ===
*The Hotel Armenia is the first post soviet destination hotel in Jermuk.
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*Formerly the polyclinic for the right bank and the center for any health related therpoly.
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*Redesigned as a luxury spa comparable to any in Western Europe or the US funded by owner of Jermuk Group and former mayor. 
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*Its restoration was partnered with Jermuk’s most famous architectural landmark the Water Gallery.
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*All the paving stones were replaced and the building generally cleaned however I don’t believe that there were any significant improvements in piping and structure. It was cosmetic work, as most of the work around Jermuk and Armenia appears to be.
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===II. Health and Environmental Education and Improvement===
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peacecorps2/  <br>
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This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.
  
*Public Restroom Facilities
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http://www.rpcv.org  <br>
*During Soviet times there were three public restroom facilities in Jermuk
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This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find 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.
*Current there are none, people coming to the town and currently use the city park and its bushes as a toilet.
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*There is talk about putting the former Water Gallery restroom back in commission, but there is little unified support between the business interests in town and the city government, everyone claims not to have the funds.
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*Maybe this a candidate for composing toilets
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*New Polyclinic or Hospital
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Or skip straight to the Friends of Togo site:
*Old building located near Ketchup was to big
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http://www.friendsoftogo.org  <br>
*New building smaller and located in left bank was constructed using private funds?
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*Part of the kindergarten planned as a place for older people.  
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*Mission East interested?
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Reforestation
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The Friends of Togo Fufu Bar.  Meeting place for ex-Togo RPCV's:
*Tree Coppicing, with Armenian Forests NGO
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http://peacecorpsonline.org/crossroads/togo.html
*School education?
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GIS and Park/Natural Reserve Establishment
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http://peacecorpsonline.org  <br>
*Analysis of resources in Jermuk and Arpa river valley
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This site is an independent news forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. It includes an RPCV directory organized by country of service.
*Some type of management of forests would be positive
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Trash Collection and Containers
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http://www.peacecorpswriters.org  <br>
*Aluminum Boxes were stolen in the post Soviet years
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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 from countries around the world.
*No collection methods currently
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Trash Management and Landfills
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'''Togo-L''' - An e-mail discussion list (listserv) sponsored by the Friends of Togo/Les Amis du Togo
*Two major dumps in Jermuk
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*Neither one is sanitary
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Water Management
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Togo-L is an electronic mail discussion list sponsored by the Friends of Togo, Inc. (FoT). It was created in 1997 and has 750 subscribers. Togo-L is a means to communicate rapidly, frequently, and conveniently about Togo and about FoT via e-mail. As a subscriber to Togo-L, when you send an e-mail message to the Togo-L e-mail address, your message will be automatically re-sent to the addresses of all Togo-L subscribers. You will receive via e-mail all messages "posted" to the list by your fellow subscribers.
*Metering
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*Running sinks and toilets
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*Bathroom satiation
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*Waste water outlets
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Jermuk Branch of the Armenian Red Cross: (open since 2000)
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A wide variety of subjects is appropriate to be addressed in Togo-L messages. These include: FoT announcements and publications; searching for old friends; news reports about Togo; development projects; NGO activities; Peace Corps/Togo; FoT projects, scholarships, and flights; business and job opportunities; politics; human rights; Internet and computing; letters from Togo; the Togolese economy; sports; and anything else relating to Togo.
*It provides extracurricular activities for children and adults.  
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*Main goals: First Aid education and environmental education as well as outdoor recreation Examples: helping plant trees with the Armenian Forests, and getting cloth bags as an option in stores around Jermuk.
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*Write several grants, example: Eurasia Foundation, to update the offices and pay the rent.
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*Meet with Yerevan office to see what types of profit generation activities are expectable, to support the office
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*Get a calendar of activities planned throughout the year.  
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*Recreation: another idea for profit generating activity for Jermuk Branch of the Armenian Red Cross
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How to Subscribe to Togo-L:
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Direct your Web browser to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Togo-L/ and click on the "Join This Group" button and follow the instructions. With a Yahoo ID and password, you will be able to read messages and manage your Togo-L subscription online and access message archives, in addition to receiving Togo-L messages in your e-mail InBox.
  
===III. Tourism and Business Development===
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Simple Paper map of Downtown Jermuk: (in progress)
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Simply send a blank e-mail message to: Togo-L-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
*Help me familiarize myself with where I live
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*Showing general layout and important places for hotel guests and visitors
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*The Hotel Armenia management requested it.
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*Potential areas for investment around the city, open space?
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*In digital format for ease of editing, it can be refined and reused. For security reasons I am working with poor source material
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Informational Pamphlet (s):(next year)
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If you have any difficulty with your subscription to Togo-L, send an e-mail message to the Togo-L List Owner at Togo-L@friendsoftogo.org
*One of the goals of the urban institute’s tourism and business center
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*Two employees are being paid to collect information on Jermuk
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*The pamphlet(s) will have information on
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*Businesses: Hotels health spas, restaurants, taxis, stores, and shops. 
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*Culture: art museum and local churches, fortresses, and archeological sites
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*Natural wonders: waterfalls, walking trails…
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*Published in various languages, mainly Armenian, English and Russian, and later Spanish, French, German.
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*I suggest the first versions be Xerox copies, to keep costs down and work out details
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*Some information has already been collected by the Armenia Tourist Information Center in Yerevan, and is already in English.
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Tourist/Business Center: (now open)
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===French Language Websites ===
This is an important part of the Urban Institute’s plans to develop the city into a modern tourist destination.
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*Temporary facility in the municipal building to test sustainability over the next two years
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*I learned from the mayor that the town and region is funding most new projects with it’s own funds.
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*Staff paid by city staff
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*Promote small and medium business development and investment in Jermuk
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*Education center on business management and finance
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*There is potential for Yerevan based businesses to establish a branch in Jermuk, I recently spoke with an American jeweler that was very interested in the idea.
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*Modeled on the successful centers in Sisian and other towns in Armenia that Peace Corps volunteers are working with.
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“Public” Forum and Business Interest Meetings (on going?)
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It is a good idea to practice French as much as possible before your departure. Local language instruction will be extremely important when you begin your training in-country, and it can only begin when your French level is sufficiently advanced.
*Like a city council
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*Supposed to be open to the public but only attended by business interests continuing the legacy of Soviet totalitarian control over people
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*No posted schedule?
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Souvenir Development: idea for profit generating activity for Jermuk Branch of the Armenian Red Cross
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The following free websites may be useful:  
*Caps, T-shirts, and other clothing with Jermuk on it.
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*Postcards and posters
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*Local crafts: Wood crafts and cut stone. Carpets made a local carpet factory. A mini Vernissage in the mountains.
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*Local produce: honey and herbs
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*Agricultural Products from region, such as goat cheese from USDA Yerginotizor Arid Goat center. The marketing department of the USDA Yerevan office is also working on selling the cheese generated at the center in the local town, Yerevan, and overseas. They contracted with a local pottery works to make several sizes of small clay urns to store the cheese in. They are decorated with a primitive goat motif and sealed with a wax plug. I was thinking they could sell some to tourists in Jermuk during the tourist season. Try: www.usda.am
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*Book stand: hiking guide, wildflower guide, tourist info, and regional info
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*A model of the hot water gallery made of tuff stone and sold one of the hotels.
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Sanatoriums
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Learn French with audio:
*Marketing, what cliental
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http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/ <br>
*Organization, still based on outdated Soviet type business plans
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*Refurnishing
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Water bottling Factories
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French Language Guide with Sound:
*Three or four maybe more factories
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http://www.languageguide.org/francais/  <br>
*The main source of year round employment for population
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*Tours maybe possible
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Carpet Factory in Left Bank
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Several links to BBC online courses with video clips:
*Handwork all done by women
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/index.shtml  <br>
*Around $150 a square foot
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/lj/  <br>
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/experience/  <br>
  
Transportation
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Basic French Grammar Site (no sound):
*Taxis, buses, and vans
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http://www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/  <br>
*Buses are all Soviet era and chance it every time the climb the hill from Vike to Jermuk
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*Vans are Russian and only have one a day except during summer, must call ahead to buy tickets
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Movie Theaters and Auditoriums
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wordPROF, French Vocabulary Online (including interactive scenes):
*Several Auditoriums in Jermuk
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http://www.wordprof.com/  <br>
*Unused and in poor condition
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Airport and Runway
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French Tutorial:
*Built by Soviets
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http://www.frenchtutorial.com  <br>
*Two kilometers
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Fish Farm
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ARTFL French-English and English-French Dictionaries:
*on the Arpa River.  
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http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/ARTFL/forms_unrest/FRENG.html  <br>
*A guy who runs it and charges about 8 dollars a kilogram of a fish that looks like rainbow trout.  
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*The farm is up the valley from the town,
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*during Soviet times it was large operation with twenty or thirty pools around 4x20 meters each, with a small lake.
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*Currently only one of the pools has fish and only about five or six of the pool look operational.
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Art Galleries
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A Wealth of Links to Resources on Francophone Africa:
*One Soviet era art collection or “museum”
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http://www.hum.port.ac.uk/slas/francophone/frac-in0.htm  <br>
*Not economically viable
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*Permanent collection vs. Retail
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Proposed Armenian Folk Life Center
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===Recommended Books: ===
*A cultural center
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*Traditional music and building…like colonial Williamsburg
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*A school for foreigners to learn the traditional Armenian arts, painting miniatures, carving kharcars, making jewelry, painting.
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*Similar one in Vike
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Agricultural Technologies
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# Decalo, Samuel. Historical Dictionary of Togo. 3rd Edition. Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press. 1996.
*USDA MAP project
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# Foreign Economic Trends and Their Implications: Togo. Latest Edition. Washington, DC, Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration.
*Garden plots around apartments, are not zoned or monitored
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# Kourouma, Ahmadou. Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Animals. University Press of Virginia. 2001 (Translated from French).
*Gndevaz, local agricultural center produces much for Jermuk.
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# Lewis, Tom and Jungman, Robert. On Being Foreign: Culture Shock in Short Fiction. Intercultural Press. 1986
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# Naipaul, V.S. A Bend in the River. Vintage; Reissue edition. 1989
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# Newton, Alex. West Africa, A Travel Survival Kit. Alex Newton. Berkeley, CA, Lonely Planet. 1988.
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# Piot, Charles. Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.  
  
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===IV. Recreational Development===
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===Books About the History of the Peace Corps ===
  
I have grouped different types of recreation into three groups based on environmental and economic impact.
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# Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
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# Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
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# Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.  
  
*Low impact (recreational activities): the most successful require almost no info structure development. All that is needed is equipment for rental and general information about the best location to recreate in. Equipment: This can be bought or donated.
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===Books on the Volunteer Experience ===
  
*Biking (spring, summer, fall), Ideal!!! Rolling hills and plateau. There are spectacular views from almost every location on the high land. There are many Jeep trails to follow and few fences or farms.
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# Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2000.  
Locations:   
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# Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, CA: McSeas Books, 2004.
Hills to the northwest of Jermuk offer great opportunities with their gentle yet undulating terrain.  
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# Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, WA: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
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# Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, NY: Picador, 2003.
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# Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, NY: Perennial, 2001.  
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# Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
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# Kennedy, Geraldine (ed.). From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, CA: Clover Park Press, 1991.
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# Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).  
  
*Snow shoeing and Cross-country skiing (winter) Heavy snow fall in the area makes it ideal for winter trekking.
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*Hiking and Camping (all seasons) In the areas to the north and south of Jermuk there is beautiful undeveloped wilderness. The only people who frequent the area are summer herders. There are good water sources along streams. In canyons and ravines there are many potential protected campsites. With such up obstructed views it is hard to miss the many species of wildlife and plant life.
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*Kite boarding on snow and water (all seasons) I think this will work well on snow in the winter. I am not sure about contamination level of the reservoir to be able to swim in it.
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Moderate impact: require a more development and would probably have to be run by businesses, if individuals didn’t have gear. May need to be regulated.
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*Sports shooting (all seasons) Graws and pheasant are numerous. Wild pigs are also common
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*Horseback riding (summer tourist season) Examples of rides: Down the Arpa valley from Gndevaz village to visit the Vak. Up to the high plateau to visit the hot springs distinct from the town.
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*Paragliding (year round) a hot dry wind generally blows up the Arpa valley from the desert daily. There are several almost treeless hills that rise abruptly around five hundred feet next an old two kilometer aircraft landing strip.
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*Kayaking and rafting (tourist season) I haven’t thoroughly scouted the Arpa River but it appears that the river is quite boulder choked and therefore would be only runnable but expert kayakers. The wastewater from the whole town of Jermuk enters directly into the river. Beyond the dam new construction of a pipeline on the old Jermuk road has caused the river to be filled with scree causing serious blockage and visual destruction. In places it no longer looks like a river canyon but gravel piles.
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*Bungee jumping (tourist season) The over to three hundred foot drop from this metal arch would make a compelling leap. I wonder if it has been tried in the Caucasus region before
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High Impact: Heavy infrastructure development and investment, expensive equipment
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*Downhill skiing, snowboarding (winter and spring) Huge investment and not sustainable unless community is dependent on it?
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*SUV and Jeep trails (all year) Terribly destructive to the environment, especially alpine meadows
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*1. Providing tourists with hiking/skiing information, if they have their own equipment
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*2. Providing equipment and guides for tourists for a cost that would help support the red cross’s continued operation
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Sport and Recreation Stores
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Necessary?
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=== V. Innovative Alternative Energy Technologies ===
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*Current Situation: Unlike much of the rest of Armenia’s cities, the info structure for central heating generally remains. The pipes and radiators remain because the central heating stations recently shut down.
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Gas Pipes,
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*Electric Transmission Lines:
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Micro Hydropower Option
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*One station is operating currently
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*Using old Soviet equipment with little or no safety practices
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*These a really popular PC projects in mountainous developing countries.
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*I saw several in Nepal that were powering villages, they are about the size of a washing machine or smaller.
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Hydrothermal Option
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*Has hydrothermal Power been explored?
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*What investment does this require?
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*Where has this been used successfully? Iceland ?
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*They say the only solution to decentralizing the heating in Armenia is running natural gas to every house and apartment.
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*This has created a mess of pipes running above ground everywhere in Armenia. The Armenians don’t like to bury any of there utilities outside of central Yerevan.
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Solar power
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*Roofs of building??
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*Intense UV in and a lot of sunny days
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Energy Management Practices
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*Thermal Curtains and other insulation
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=== VI. Funding Sourcing ===
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*National Government:
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*Municipal Government: Selling most of town property to private investors
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*International NGOs
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*Diaspora Community Members
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*Community donations
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*Glendale and Washington DC
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As you know there is a huge Armenian population in Glendale, LA, over a million, many first generation. I was thinking about sending several flyers out to my uncle to put up in various health spas, gyms, and sports equipment shops. Armenian Americans could donate their old equipment to the Peace Corps to help Jermuk, the primer outdoor destination in Armenia.
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Jeffery, Armenian Forests, gets a lot of donations shipped over through a Diaspora organization in Yerevan that specializes in shipping donated items. I will learn more about it. I will come up with a draft of a flyer and maybe a PowerPoint explaining what Jermuk is.
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==Etymology==
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“Jer” in Armenian means a spring
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==Presence of NGOs==
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=== Jermuk Branch of the Armenian Red Cross: ===
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1. Extracurricular activities for children and adults, First Aid education, outdoor recreation and environmental education. Examples: helping plant trees with the Armenian Forests, and getting cloth bags as an option in stores around Jermuk.
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2. Write several grants, example: Eurasia Foundation, to update the offices and pay the rent.
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3. Meet with Yerevan office to see what types of profit generation activities are expectable, to support the office
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4. Get a calendar of activities planned throughout the year.
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==Education==
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===Schools===
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*All Schools recently refurnished
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*Right Bank school didn’t want a PC language teacher
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*Left Bank school wants a PC business volunteer
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*After school Language Club for advanced students
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===Project Harmony===
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*Past volunteers very active in work there
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*In need of new camera
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===Sports School===
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*Former PC volunteer’s project
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*Friendly director
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Sports Fields
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*Two sports fields in the Right Bank, dirt and not maintained
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*One large one in Left Bank
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Playground and Proposed Sports Center
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*In Right Bank
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*A sports center and casino are part of the next phase of development of the Hotel Armenia Project
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Yoga Classes
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*Proposed by a former PC volunteer
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===Ecocamps===
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*Seemly popular project for PC volunteers
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*Proposed by past volunteers to be run by the Red Cross
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==Transportation==
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Thank god there is a new bus!!!!
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===From Yerevan to Jermuk===
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The nonstop marshooti service runs daily at 3pm, from the Kilka bus station, accessible by 77 and 68 and 101 Yerevan town marshooti. Be early as space is often hard to find.
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*Bus Cost: 2,000 Dram
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===From Sevan, Martuni, and Lake Region to Jermuk===
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It maybe more cost effective to take a cab from the lake region down the Selim pass road from Martuni to Yeghegnadzor.
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*About 8,000 Dram
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===From Yeghegnadzor/Vike to Jermuk===
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The bus to Jermuk runs daily from Yeghegnadzor 2pm Mon thru Sat and 4pm on Sunday. The bus trip takes approximately two hours in good conditions. Yeghegnadzor is about twenty minutes from Vike via Malishka
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*Bus: Yeghegnadzor to Jermuk: 700 Dram
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*Bus: Vike to Jermuk: 500 Dram
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*Taxi from Vike to Jermuk: 4,000 to 6,000 Dram
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==Accommodations==
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=== Prices for rented apartments in Jermuk ===
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*1 room: 8,000
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*2 rooms: 12,000
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*3 rooms: 20,000
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==Weather==
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==Past volunteers==
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Elizabeth Vega<br>
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'''1997-1999'''<br>
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[[Patrick O'Neill]]<br>
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'''1998-2000'''<br>
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[[Nancy Reinhart]] <br>
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'''2002'''<br>
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[[Scott Guenthner]]<br>
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'''2003'''<br>
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'''2004'''<br>
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[[Will Dickinson]]<br>
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'''2005''<br>
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no volunteers<br>
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'''2006''<br>
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no volunteers<br>
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'''2007'''<br>
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[[Ben Callaway]]<br>
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==External links==
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{{Invert-property|Located in|Name of community}}
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*[http://www.jermuk.do.am/ All about jermuk]
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Revision as of 16:03, 29 April 2014

We offer a list of websites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and Togo, connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees, and to start working on/reviewing French language. Please keep in mind that links change. We have tried to make sure all these links are active and current, but we cannot guarantee it.

A note of caution: As you surf these sites, please remember that you will find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to give opinions and advice based on their own experiences. The opinions expressed are not those of the Peace Corps or the United States government. You can also connect with returned Volunteers who may be able to share very useful information about their experiences. As you read these comments, we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.

General Information About the Country

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations or www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide
Visit these sites to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.

http://www.state.gov
This is the website for the U.S. State Department. There you can find information about Togo and learn more about its social and political history.

http://www.allafrica.com/togo
This site provides up-to-date information on political and sporting events in Togo. AllAfrica aggregates and indexes content from over 125 African news organizations, plus more than 200 other sources, who are responsible for their own reporting and views.

http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/
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 worldwide.

https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
Website for CIA factbook

Additional websites of interest:

Togo news sites such as:

http://www.ufctogo.com/sommaire.php3 (in French)
http://www.togoforum.com/ (in French)
http://www.icilome.com/ (in French)
http://www.republicoftogo.com/fr/home.asp (in French)
http://www.letogolais.com/ (in French)
http://www.togoglobe.com/ (in English)
http://www.diastode.org (in English and French)
http://www.graphicmaps.com/webimage/countrys/africa/tg.htm
(maps and facts about Togo in English) http://www.africafocus.org/country/togo.php (in English)
http://www.togo-tourisme.com/eng/togo_welcome.html
http://getlocalne.ws/world/togo

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peacecorps2/
This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.

http://www.rpcv.org
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find 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.

Or skip straight to the Friends of Togo site: http://www.friendsoftogo.org

The Friends of Togo Fufu Bar. Meeting place for ex-Togo RPCV's: http://peacecorpsonline.org/crossroads/togo.html

http://peacecorpsonline.org
This site is an independent news forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. It includes an RPCV directory organized by country of 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 from countries around the world.

Togo-L - An e-mail discussion list (listserv) sponsored by the Friends of Togo/Les Amis du Togo

Togo-L is an electronic mail discussion list sponsored by the Friends of Togo, Inc. (FoT). It was created in 1997 and has 750 subscribers. Togo-L is a means to communicate rapidly, frequently, and conveniently about Togo and about FoT via e-mail. As a subscriber to Togo-L, when you send an e-mail message to the Togo-L e-mail address, your message will be automatically re-sent to the addresses of all Togo-L subscribers. You will receive via e-mail all messages "posted" to the list by your fellow subscribers.

A wide variety of subjects is appropriate to be addressed in Togo-L messages. These include: FoT announcements and publications; searching for old friends; news reports about Togo; development projects; NGO activities; Peace Corps/Togo; FoT projects, scholarships, and flights; business and job opportunities; politics; human rights; Internet and computing; letters from Togo; the Togolese economy; sports; and anything else relating to Togo.

How to Subscribe to Togo-L: Direct your Web browser to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Togo-L/ and click on the "Join This Group" button and follow the instructions. With a Yahoo ID and password, you will be able to read messages and manage your Togo-L subscription online and access message archives, in addition to receiving Togo-L messages in your e-mail InBox.

OR

Simply send a blank e-mail message to: Togo-L-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

If you have any difficulty with your subscription to Togo-L, send an e-mail message to the Togo-L List Owner at Togo-L@friendsoftogo.org

French Language Websites

It is a good idea to practice French as much as possible before your departure. Local language instruction will be extremely important when you begin your training in-country, and it can only begin when your French level is sufficiently advanced.

The following free websites may be useful:

Learn French with audio: http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/

French Language Guide with Sound: http://www.languageguide.org/francais/

Several links to BBC online courses with video clips: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/index.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/lj/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/experience/

Basic French Grammar Site (no sound): http://www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/

wordPROF, French Vocabulary Online (including interactive scenes): http://www.wordprof.com/

French Tutorial: http://www.frenchtutorial.com

ARTFL French-English and English-French Dictionaries: http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/ARTFL/forms_unrest/FRENG.html

A Wealth of Links to Resources on Francophone Africa: http://www.hum.port.ac.uk/slas/francophone/frac-in0.htm

Recommended Books:

  1. Decalo, Samuel. Historical Dictionary of Togo. 3rd Edition. Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press. 1996.
  2. Foreign Economic Trends and Their Implications: Togo. Latest Edition. Washington, DC, Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration.
  3. Kourouma, Ahmadou. Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Animals. University Press of Virginia. 2001 (Translated from French).
  4. Lewis, Tom and Jungman, Robert. On Being Foreign: Culture Shock in Short Fiction. Intercultural Press. 1986
  5. Naipaul, V.S. A Bend in the River. Vintage; Reissue edition. 1989
  6. Newton, Alex. West Africa, A Travel Survival Kit. Alex Newton. Berkeley, CA, Lonely Planet. 1988.
  7. Piot, Charles. Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.


Books About the History of the Peace Corps

  1. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2000.
  2. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, CA: McSeas Books, 2004.
  3. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, WA: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  4. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, NY: Picador, 2003.
  5. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, NY: Perennial, 2001.
  6. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999.
  7. Kennedy, Geraldine (ed.). From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, CA: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  8. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).