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==Confirmed Discounts==
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Paraguay maintains a clinic that is staffed full time by a physician and a registered nurse, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Paraguay at local, American-standard hospitals. If you become seriously ill or have a condition that cannot be handled adequately in-country, you will be medically evacuated to either Panama or the United States for treatment.
 
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===Health Issues in Paraguay ===
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===Camping and Travel Gear===
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The most common illnesses that plague both Paraguayans and Volunteers are are also found in the United States, such as colds, bronchitis, diarrhea, constipation, sinus infections, skin infections, headaches, dental problems, minor injuries, STDs, emotional problems, and alcohol abuse. These problems may be more acute in Paraguay because certain environmental factors raise the risk or exacerbate the severity of certain illnesses and injuries. For instance, problems associated with cultural adaptation may exacerbate emotional problems or contribute to alcohol abuse. However, the most common ailments, which are easily preventable, are those associated with unclean water and poor food preparation, such as diarrhea and giardiasis (caused by a common parasite).  Hepatitis is much rarer, but it can also be transmitted by polluted water or poorly prepared food.  
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| [http://www.marmot.com/ Marmot]
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| Outdoor gear
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| Marmot offers a Professional Courtesy Program to Peace Corps Volunteers. Discount may vary by product but is <b>substantial</b>. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them).
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| Apply for the program [http://marmot.promotive.com/action/index here], you should hear back within a couple business days.
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Paraguay is fortunate to be free of many of the diseases endemic to tropical areas, such as amebiasis, Guinea worm, and typhoid fever. But there are seasonal upswings of dengue fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Although its symptoms include severe muscular pain and headaches, dengue fever is rarely dangerous and normally requires a short period of bed rest. Malaria is rare, therefore Volunteers do not need to take malaria medication, but Volunteers traveling outside of the country may be exposed to malaria or other diseases not normally encountered in Paraguay.  
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| [http://www.coleman.com/nonprofit Coleman]
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| Outdoor gear
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| Coleman offers a discounted pricing program for non-profit groups.  Discount varies by product. <b>must order for delivery in the states</b>
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| Email their customer service department [http://www.coleman.com/coleman/feedback2.asp here] and ask if they provide discounts to Peace Corps volunteers. 12/12/11- Customer Service replied to my question saying they do not offer discounts to Peace Corps volunteers
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| [http://cascadedesigns.com/ Cascade Designs (MSR, Thermarest, Seal Line, Platypus, Tracks)]
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| Outdoor Gear
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| approximately 30%
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| Email [email protected] with your acceptance letter.  They will email back with information to register. Peace Corps are allowed to use a home address as the registered shipping address, since they only ship items to the United States. 11/28/11:  please email before submitting a registration.
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| [http://www.eaglecreek.com/ Eagle Creek]
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| Travel Gear
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| 30-50%
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| Ask to join the Pro-Deal go to proshop.eaglecreek.com to apply for discount. 06/20/13 - 50% discount.
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| [http://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com ENO]
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| Hammocks, Rain tarps, Stuff sacks
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| 10%
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| Email Customer Service
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| [http://www.hennessyhammock.com Hennessy Hammock]
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| Camping Hammocks
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| 50%. Must order at least ten at a time (talk to other PCVs to put together bulk order). They will ship internationally.
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  40% If order individually
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| Email Customer Service. This is a small company and they were really excited about this pro-deal. 2/19/11 just emailed and they confirmed 50% discount. No mention of a requirement to purchase 10 at a time.
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|[http://www.timbuk2.com Timbuk2]
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|Messenger bags, backpacks, and laptop bags
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|You get the "prodeal" 50% discount when you sign up.
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|sign up [https://prodeal.timbuk2.com/tb2/pro/signin.htm here](I tried this and never got a response. I sent many emails and only part were returned. This did not work for me April 2011.  Update: The pro deal website didn't work for me either, so I emailed the Customer Support.  I got a quick friendly response from CS and they gave me a code for a single use as their pro deal website was down (April 12, 2011).  
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|[http://www.backcountry.com/ Backcountry.com]
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| All the Best Outdoor Gear!
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| Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%)
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| Email: [email protected] and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri. You will receive a friendly quick response. (6/2013)
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Volunteers are issued mosquito repellent and mosquito nets, which can be effective in the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.  
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|Eastern Mountain Sports
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|Outdoor Gear, Clothing
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|20% off retail price.
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|<u>In stores only</u>: ask for the "humanitarian discount." You will get 20% off your entire purchase.
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|[http://www.mhmgear.com/ Mile High Mountaineering]
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| Amazing packs!! You want to get one :)
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| Pro-deal 35%
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| Contact them via their website or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mhmgear) and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID) You will receive a friendly quick response, the guys are super cool. (8/2013)
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the necessary inoculations, medications, and information to stay healthy.  Upon your arrival in Paraguay, you will be briefed on the basics of healthcare by the Peace Corps medical officer. At the training, you will receive a  with  to take  of and first-aid needs. The contents of the kit are listed later in this chapter.
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===Clothing===
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During pre-service training, you will have access to basic medical supplies through the medical officer. However, you will be responsible for your own supply of prescription drugs and any other specific medical supplies you require, as the Peace Corps will not order these items for you during training.  
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| [http://www.marmot.com/ Marmot]
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| Outdoor clothing
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| Marmot offers a Professional Courtesy Program to Peace Corps Volunteers.  Discount may vary by product but is <b>substantial</b>. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them).
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| Apply for the program [http://marmot.promotive.com/action/index here], you should hear back within a couple business days.
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| [http://www.thenorthface.com/ The North Face]
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| Outdoor Clothing
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| The North Face offers a Pro Pricing Program to Peace Corps Volunteers.  Discount may vary by product but is <b>substantial</b>. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them).
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| Apply for the program [http://thenorthface.promotive.com/action/index here], you should hear back within a couple business days. **5/11/11: The program is not accepting new applicants. The Pro program is apparently under review for possible termination. 11/28/11: The program is back, but no longer offers discounts to Peace Corps Volunteers.  (Policy change-no more discounts)
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| [http://www.exofficio.com/ ExOfficio]
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| Outdoor Clothing
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| 50%-60%
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| apply online at http://www.exofficio.com/pro **7/20/11: Received a 10% discount, not 50%-60%. 1/7/12: Received a 25% discount
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| [http://www.macabiskirt.com Macabi]
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| Macabi Skirts
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| $50 per skirt instead of $80
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| e-mail your acceptance letter
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| [http://www.moosejaw.com Moosejaw]
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| Outdoor gear/clothes
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| 10% off regular prices, 5% off sale prices<br>
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''Excludes Arc'Teryx, Bugaboo,Burton, Merrell, Nixon,Suunto, The North Face and Western Mountainering products''
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| Use Coupon Code "LTM" (discount did work on 4/26/2011)Code did not work for me but I live-chatted with them and they gave me a weekly code of 15% off (5/3/2013)
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| [http://www.backcountry.com/ Backcountry.com]
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| All the Best Outdoor Gear!
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| Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%)
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| Email: [email protected] and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri.
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| [http://www.hotchillys.com/home/index/1520.1 Hot Chillys]
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| Hot Chillys
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| 10% off Code for Clothing and Socks
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| e-mail [email protected] or customer service, ask for a Peace Corps Discount, and provide verification (7/1/13)
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Please bring a three-month supply of any prescription drugs you use, since they may not be available here and it may take several months for shipments to arrive. You might consider switching from name-brand to generic drugs, as the Peace Corps medical officer may not be able to purchase certain name-brand prescriptions. You will have physical exams at midservice and at the end of your service. If you develop a serious medical problem during your service, the medical officer in Paraguay will consult with the Office of Medical Services in Washington, D.C. If it is determined that your condition cannot be treated in Paraguay, you may be sent out of the country for further evaluation and care.
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===Education===
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===Maintaining Your Health ===
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| [http://www.msu.edu Michigan State University]
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| Graduate School
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| In-State Tuition for RPCVs
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| [http://www.reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/notices/residency.asp Section 3G]
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| [http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whyvol.eduben.mastersint Master's International]<br>
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| "more than 60 universities offering 117 different graduate degrees."
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| [http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/masters/current-programs.pdf See list, school dependent]
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| [http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/masters/current-programs.pdf See list, school dependent]
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| [http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whyvol.eduben.fellows Fellows/USA]<br>
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| "more than 50 universities."
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| [http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/fellows/current-programs.pdf See list, school dependent]
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| [http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/fellows/current-programs.pdf See list, school dependent]
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| [http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-discounts.php Live Lingua School]<br>
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| "Live Skype lessons in 11 languages.  Free Ebooks & Audios for over 90 languages."
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| [http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-discounts.php Live lessons (up to 40% off)]
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| Follow instructions on page.
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As a Volunteer, you must accept considerable responsibility for your own health. Proper precautions will significantly reduce your risk of serious illness or injury. The adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” becomes extremely important in areas where diagnostic and treatment facilities are not up to the standards of the United States. The most important of your responsibilities in Paraguay is to take the following preventive measures.
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===Electronics===
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You must make sure that your drinking water is safe. Many Volunteers live in communities with hand-dug wells, and that water is not as safe as water drawn from deep wells. Consequently, you will need to boil or otherwise treat your water. Water filters are not issued by Peace Corps/Paraguay because the Peace Corps medical officer has determined that they are not needed in most communities in Paraguay.  
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| [http://www.voltaicsystems.com/index.shtml Voltaic Systems]
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| Solar Powered Backpacks
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| 35% off
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| Write to [email protected] for the discount code or call 877.304.6861 ext. 701
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| [http://www.freeplayenergy.com/products/aiddev/scout Freeplay Energy]
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| Scout shortwave radio
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| discount price $25 plus shipping
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| contact Penny Thornton 866-526-2826 (1/11/11 I called and the Scout has been discontinued and Penny Thornton no longer works there. They did offer the Eyemax as somewhat comparable and at a small discount) Update: 5/5/2013- A rep told me they are no longer offering this discount in the US.
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| [http://www.etoncorp.com/ Eton]
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| shortwave radios
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| 20% off
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| Call 1-800-872-2228 (6/17/11 - called and says they only give discounts to retailers) (7-28-2011 gave me 50% off plus the cost of shipping)
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| [http://www.sollight.com/ Sollight]
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| Solar powered water bottle caps turn your bottle into a lantern
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| 40%
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| Email [email protected] and ask nicely
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(I didn't get a reply at that address. I e-mailed info@sollight and immediately got a code for a 25% discount. 5/14/13)
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| [http://www.solio.com Solio]
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| Universal solar power charger
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| 15%
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| Use coupon code "PEACECORPS15"
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| [http://store.apple.com Apple]
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| Electronics
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| 5-6%
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| Use their government pricing program. Need original copy of your invite.  Called Apple on 7/16/2013 and they no longer give governmental discounts...  Went to Apple store 9/12/13, told my story and showed my invite email, discounts apply to computers only.  $50 off computers and $66 off 3 year warranty.
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| [http://www.dell.com/epp Dell]
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| Electronics
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| 10-30% (depends on product)
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| www.dell.com/epp; member ID GS83510340
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You must ensure that your food has been prepared properly, whether by you or by others. Always eat foods that are well cooked and raw vegetables that have been cleaned with boiled or treated water. And remember that food spoils rapidly without refrigeration in a hot and humid climate. The medical officer will discuss specific standards for water and food preparation in Paraguay during pre-service training.
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===Food and Drinks===
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Always use the Peace Corps-issued mosquito net when sleeping to protect yourself from insect-borne illnesses such as dengue fever. Do not take medications other than those in your medical kit without the advice of the Peace Corps medical officer, and never have injections other than those given by the Peace Corps medical officer or by someone recommended by the medical office. It is critical to your health that you promptly report to the medical office or other designated facility for scheduled immunizations, and that you let the medical officer know immediately of significant illnesses and injury.  
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| [http://www.facebook.com/riseupcoffee Rise Up Coffee]
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| Organic Coffee
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| " Rise Up Coffee will send our coffee to any current PCV's for FREE!!!"
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| "Simply contact us through [http://www.facebook.com/riseupcoffee FB] or email [email protected] ... and wait for your organic coffee to show up (which, depending on where you are, could take some time!)." <br>(Owner Tim Cureton, PC Kiribati 98-01) <br>
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[http://drinkorganiccoffee.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-coffee-to-any-peace-corps.html More Info]
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Abstinence is the only certain choice for prevention of HIV/ AIDS and other STDs. You are taking a risk if you choose to be sexually active. To lessen risk, use a condom every time you have sex. Whether your partner is a host country citizen, a fellow Volunteer, or anyone else, do not assume this person is free of HIV/AIDS or other STDs. You will receive more information from the medical officer about this important issue.
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===Medical===
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Volunteers are expected to adhere to an effective means of birth control to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Your medical officer can help you decide on the most appropriate method to suit your individual needs. Contraceptive methods are available without charge from the medical officer. Note that the medical office does not carry every type of birth control pill.
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| [http://www.usa-icd.org/information/peace-corps/index.htm USA-ICD]
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| Dental (Applicants)
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| "volunteering to provide a dental examination and x-rays for Peace Corps applicants at no charge" (read [http://www.usa-icd.org/projects/peace-corps/index.htm more...])
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| "The applicant will bring a Peace Corps dental examination form to the appointment." (Available [[Forms | here]])
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| [http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2009/november/story19697.html Michigan Tech]
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|  Medical exams and lab tests required by Peace Corps, for Master's International students
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| "The health care provider will offer PCMI students at Michigan Tech a 20 percent discount on any balance they owe after insurance payments for exams and tests required by the Peace Corps, plus an additional 10 percent prompt-pay discount, for a total discount of 30 percent."
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| [http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2009/november/story19697.html press release]
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===Women’s Health Information ===
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===Personal Products===
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Pap smears will be done at midservice and at the close of service. Mammograms are done for women over age 50, also at midservice and the end of service.  
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| [http://www.lunapads.com/ Lunapads.com]
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| The Diva Cup, washable menstrual pads
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10% off any order of $25 or more<br>
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|
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enter "PEACECORPS11" in promotion code box <br>
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The code is updated yearly so change the numbers on the end to match the year you are ordering in.
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| [http://www.rockshaving.com/ Rock Shaving]
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| Rock Shaving, travel friendly double edge razors which use blades available worldwide.
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5% off<br>
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Enter code "PEACECORPS" at checkout.
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Pregnancy is treated in the same manner as other Volunteer health conditions that require medical attention but also have programmatic ramifications. The Peace Corps is responsible for determining the medical risk and the availability of appropriate medical care if the Volunteer remains in-country.  Given the circumstances under which Volunteers live and work in Peace Corps countries, it is rare that the Peace Corps’ medical and programmatic standards for continued service during pregnancy can be met.
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===Shoes===
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Female Volunteers should consider bringing a one-year supply of feminine hygiene products (especially tampons) as they are expensive and not always available near their sites.  
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| [http://www.keenfootwear.com/ Keen]
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| Footwear
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| 40% off order of up to $600 (retail value)
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| Must request promo code [http://pro.keenfootwear.com/pro/code.aspx here]
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| [http://chacousa.com/ Chaco]
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| Footwear
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| 40% off
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|[http://www.chacoprodeal.com chacoprodeal.com] - They also require proof of service which can be faxed to 1-888-746-3329 or emailed, call the number on the prodeal site to find out where. 11/28/13 - Allowed up to 4 pairs per YEAR (not service) at approx 40% off.
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| [http://www.merrell.com/ Merrell]
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| Footwear
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| 40% off
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|www.merrellprodeal.com
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| [http://www.teva.com/ Teva]
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[http://www.simpleshoes.com/ Simple Shoes]
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| Footwear
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| 50% off
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| Must request promo code <[email protected]>. Proof of acceptance needed. To request a code for Simple Shoes, be sure to mention this in your request email. Worked 5/8/13- received code for 50% off up to 4 pairs of shoes (if purchased as part of a single order). ATTENTION: Sadly Simple shoes is no more. They can only be found on zappos now.
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| [http://www.backcountry.com/ Backcountry.com]
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| All the Best Outdoor Gear! We got lots of shoe too!
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| Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%)
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| Email: [email protected] and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri. 
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| [http://www.wolverine.com/ Wolverine]
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| Footwear
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| unsure but there is a discount
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|http://www.wolverineprodeal.com/
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===Your Peace Corps Medical Kit ===
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===Sporting Goods===
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The Peace Corps medical officer provides Volunteers with a kit that contains basic items necessary to prevent and treat illnesses that may occur during service. Kit items can be periodically restocked at the medical office.  
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| [http://www.discraft.com/ Discraft.com]
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| Ultimate frisbee discs
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Free plus shipping<br>
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For more information contact Discraft [http://www.discraft.com/contact10.html here.]
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Ace bandages <br>
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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) <br>
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Alarm whistle <br>
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American Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook  <br>
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Antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin/Polymycin B) <br>
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Antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleaner (Hibiclens) <br>
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Cepacol lozenges <br>
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Condoms <br>
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Diphenhydramine HCL 25&nbsp;mg (Benadryl) <br>
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Hydrocortisone cream <br>
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Ibuprofen <br>
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Insect repellent lotion  <br>
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Iodine tablets (for water purification)  <br>
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Latex gloves  <br>
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Lip balm (Chapstick)  <br>
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Mycelex  <br>
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Oral rehydration salts  <br>
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Pepto-Bismol tablets  <br>
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Pseudoephedrine HCL 30&nbsp;mg (Sudafed)  <br>
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Scissors  <br>
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===Before You Leave: A Medical Checklist ===
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| "managing travel for U.S. military and government clients."
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If there has been any change in your health—physical, mental, or dental—since you submitted your examination reports to the Peace Corps, you must immediately notify the Office of Medical Services. Failure to disclose new illnesses, injuries, allergies, or pregnancy can endanger your health and may jeopardize your eligibility to serve.
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If your dental exam was done more than a year ago, or if your physical exam is more than two years old, contact the Office of Medical Services immediately to find out whether you need to update your records. If your dentist or Peace Corps dental consultant has recommended that you undergo dental treatment or repair, you must complete that work and make sure your dentist sends requested confirmation reports or X-rays to the Office of Medical Services.
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If you wish to avoid having duplicate vaccinations, contact your physician’s office, obtain a copy of your immunization record, and bring it with you to Paraguay. If you have any immunizations prior to Peace Corps service, the Peace Corps cannot reimburse you for the cost. The Peace Corps will provide all the immunizations necessary for your overseas assignment after you arrive in Paraguay.
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| [http://www.brunton.com/ Brunton]
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| Camping Stoves, Lanterns, Solar Power, Headlamps, Binoculars, Scopes, Compasses
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Bring a three-month supply of any prescription or over-thecounter medication you use on a regular basis, including birth control pills. Although the Peace Corps cannot reimburse you for this three-month supply, it will order refills during your service. While awaiting shipment—which can take several months—you will be dependent on your own medication supply. The Peace Corps will not pay for herbal or nonprescribed medications, such as St. John’s wort, glucosamine, selenium, or antioxidant supplements.
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You are encouraged to bring copies of medical prescriptions signed by your physician. This is not a requirement, but they might come in handy if you are questioned in transit about carrying a three-month supply of prescription drugs.
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If you wear eyeglasses, bring two pairs with you—a pair you will use and a spare. If the first pair breaks, the Peace Corps will replace it, using the information your doctor in the United States provided on the eyeglasses form during your examination. The Peace Corps discourages you from using contact lenses during your service to reduce your risk of developing a serious infection or other eye disease. Most Peace Corps countries do not have appropriate water and sanitation to support eye care with the use of contact lenses. The Peace Corps will not supply or replace contact lenses or associated solutions unless an ophthalmologist has recommended their use for a specific medical condition and the Peace Corps’ Office of Medical Services has given approval.
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If you are eligible for Medicare, are over 50 years of age, or have a health condition that may restrict your future participation in healthcare plans, you may wish to consult an insurance specialist about unique needs for coverage before your departure. The Peace Corps will provide all necessary healthcare from the time you leave for your pre-departure orientation until you complete your service. When you finish, you will be entitled to the post-service healthcare benefits described in the Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook. You may wish to consider keeping an existing health plan in effect during your service if you think age or preexisting conditions might prevent you from reenrolling in your current plan when you return home.
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* [http://www.smartwool.com/ Smartwool Socks]
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Serving as a Volunteer overseas entails certain safety and security risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment, a limited understanding of the local language and culture, and the perception of being a wealthy American are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk.  Property thefts and burglaries are not uncommon. Incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur, although almost all Volunteers complete their two years of service without serious personal safety problems. In addition, more than 84 percent of Volunteers surveyed in the 2004 Peace Corps Volunteer Survey say they would join the Peace Corps again.  
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The Peace Corps approaches safety and security as a partnership with you. This Welcome Book contains sections on: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle; Peace Corps Training; and Your Health Care and Safety. All of these sections include important safety and security information.  
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The Peace Corps makes every effort to give Volunteers the tools they need to function in the safest and most secure way possible, because working to maximize the safety and security of Volunteers is our highest priority. Not only do we provide you with training and tools to prepare for the unexpected, but we teach you to identify and manage the risks you may encounter.  
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Factors that Contribute to Volunteer Risk
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In March 2003, the Peace Corps created the Office of Safety and Security with its mission to “foster improved communication, coordination, oversight, and accountability of all Peace Corps’ safety and security efforts.” The new office is led by an Associate Director for Safety and Security who reports to the Peace Corps Director and includes the following divisions: Volunteer Safety and Overseas Security; Information and Personnel Security; Emergency Preparedness, Plans, Training and Exercise; and Crime Statistics and Analysis.  
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The major responsibilities of the Volunteer Safety and Overseas Security Division are to coordinate the office’s overseas operations and direct the Peace Corps’ safety and security officers who are located in various regions around the world that have Peace Corps programs. The safety and security officers conduct security assessments; review safety trainings; train trainers and managers; train Volunteer safety wardens, local guards, and staff; develop security incident response procedures; and provide crisis management support.
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If a trainee or Volunteer is the victim of a safety incident, Peace Corps staff is prepared to provide support. All Peace Corps posts have procedures in place to respond to incidents of crime committed against Volunteers. The first priority for all posts in the aftermath of an incident is to ensure that the Volunteer is safe and receiving medical treatment as needed.  After assuring the safety of the Volunteer, Peace Corps staff provides support by reassessing the Volunteer’s work site and housing arrangements and making any adjustments, as needed.
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In some cases, the nature of the incident may necessitate a site or housing transfer. Peace Corps staff will also assist Volunteers with preserving their rights to pursue legal sanctions against the perpetrators of the crime. It is very important that Volunteers report incidents as they occur, not only to protect their peer Volunteers, but also to preserve the future right to prosecute. Should Volunteers decide later in the process that they want to proceed with the prosecution of their assailant, this option may no longer exist if the evidence of the event has not been preserved at the time of the incident.
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The country-specific data chart below shows the incidence rates and the average number of incidents of the major types of safety incidents reported by Peace Corps Volunteers/ trainees in Paraguay as compared to all other Inter-America and Pacific (IAP) region programs as a whole, from 2001– 2005. It is presented to you in a somewhat technical manner for statistical accuracy.
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Contents

Confirmed Discounts

Camping and Travel Gear

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Marmot Outdoor gear Marmot offers a Professional Courtesy Program to Peace Corps Volunteers. Discount may vary by product but is substantial. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them). Apply for the program here, you should hear back within a couple business days.
Coleman Outdoor gear Coleman offers a discounted pricing program for non-profit groups. Discount varies by product. must order for delivery in the states Email their customer service department here and ask if they provide discounts to Peace Corps volunteers. 12/12/11- Customer Service replied to my question saying they do not offer discounts to Peace Corps volunteers
Cascade Designs (MSR, Thermarest, Seal Line, Platypus, Tracks) Outdoor Gear approximately 30% Email [email protected] with your acceptance letter. They will email back with information to register. Peace Corps are allowed to use a home address as the registered shipping address, since they only ship items to the United States. 11/28/11: please email before submitting a registration.
Eagle Creek Travel Gear 30-50% Ask to join the Pro-Deal go to proshop.eaglecreek.com to apply for discount. 06/20/13 - 50% discount.
ENO Hammocks, Rain tarps, Stuff sacks 10% Email Customer Service
Hennessy Hammock Camping Hammocks 50%. Must order at least ten at a time (talk to other PCVs to put together bulk order). They will ship internationally.
 40% If order individually
Email Customer Service. This is a small company and they were really excited about this pro-deal. 2/19/11 just emailed and they confirmed 50% discount. No mention of a requirement to purchase 10 at a time.
Timbuk2 Messenger bags, backpacks, and laptop bags You get the "prodeal" 50% discount when you sign up. sign up here(I tried this and never got a response. I sent many emails and only part were returned. This did not work for me April 2011. Update: The pro deal website didn't work for me either, so I emailed the Customer Support. I got a quick friendly response from CS and they gave me a code for a single use as their pro deal website was down (April 12, 2011).
Backcountry.com All the Best Outdoor Gear! Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%) Email: [email protected] and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri. You will receive a friendly quick response. (6/2013)
Eastern Mountain Sports Outdoor Gear, Clothing 20% off retail price. In stores only: ask for the "humanitarian discount." You will get 20% off your entire purchase.
Mile High Mountaineering Amazing packs!! You want to get one :) Pro-deal 35% Contact them via their website or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mhmgear) and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID) You will receive a friendly quick response, the guys are super cool. (8/2013)

Clothing

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Marmot Outdoor clothing Marmot offers a Professional Courtesy Program to Peace Corps Volunteers. Discount may vary by product but is substantial. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them). Apply for the program here, you should hear back within a couple business days.
The North Face Outdoor Clothing The North Face offers a Pro Pricing Program to Peace Corps Volunteers. Discount may vary by product but is substantial. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them). Apply for the program here, you should hear back within a couple business days. **5/11/11: The program is not accepting new applicants. The Pro program is apparently under review for possible termination. 11/28/11: The program is back, but no longer offers discounts to Peace Corps Volunteers. (Policy change-no more discounts)
ExOfficio Outdoor Clothing 50%-60% apply online at http://www.exofficio.com/pro **7/20/11: Received a 10% discount, not 50%-60%. 1/7/12: Received a 25% discount
Macabi Macabi Skirts $50 per skirt instead of $80 e-mail your acceptance letter
Moosejaw Outdoor gear/clothes 10% off regular prices, 5% off sale prices

Excludes Arc'Teryx, Bugaboo,Burton, Merrell, Nixon,Suunto, The North Face and Western Mountainering products

Use Coupon Code "LTM" (discount did work on 4/26/2011)Code did not work for me but I live-chatted with them and they gave me a weekly code of 15% off (5/3/2013)
Backcountry.com All the Best Outdoor Gear! Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%) Email: [email protected] and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri.
Hot Chillys Hot Chillys 10% off Code for Clothing and Socks e-mail [email protected] or customer service, ask for a Peace Corps Discount, and provide verification (7/1/13)

Education

School / University Type Benefits Notes / Procedures
Michigan State University Graduate School In-State Tuition for RPCVs Section 3G
Master's International
"more than 60 universities offering 117 different graduate degrees." See list, school dependent See list, school dependent
Fellows/USA
"more than 50 universities." See list, school dependent See list, school dependent
Live Lingua School
"Live Skype lessons in 11 languages. Free Ebooks & Audios for over 90 languages." Live lessons (up to 40% off) Follow instructions on page.

Electronics

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Voltaic Systems Solar Powered Backpacks 35% off Write to [email protected] for the discount code or call 877.304.6861 ext. 701
Freeplay Energy Scout shortwave radio discount price $25 plus shipping contact Penny Thornton 866-526-2826 (1/11/11 I called and the Scout has been discontinued and Penny Thornton no longer works there. They did offer the Eyemax as somewhat comparable and at a small discount) Update: 5/5/2013- A rep told me they are no longer offering this discount in the US.
Eton shortwave radios 20% off Call 1-800-872-2228 (6/17/11 - called and says they only give discounts to retailers) (7-28-2011 gave me 50% off plus the cost of shipping)
Sollight Solar powered water bottle caps turn your bottle into a lantern 40% Email [email protected] and ask nicely

(I didn't get a reply at that address. I e-mailed info@sollight and immediately got a code for a 25% discount. 5/14/13)

Solio Universal solar power charger 15% Use coupon code "PEACECORPS15"
Apple Electronics 5-6% Use their government pricing program. Need original copy of your invite. Called Apple on 7/16/2013 and they no longer give governmental discounts... Went to Apple store 9/12/13, told my story and showed my invite email, discounts apply to computers only. $50 off computers and $66 off 3 year warranty.
Dell Electronics 10-30% (depends on product) www.dell.com/epp; member ID GS83510340

Food and Drinks

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Rise Up Coffee Organic Coffee " Rise Up Coffee will send our coffee to any current PCV's for FREE!!!" "Simply contact us through FB or email [email protected] ... and wait for your organic coffee to show up (which, depending on where you are, could take some time!)."
(Owner Tim Cureton, PC Kiribati 98-01)

More Info

Medical

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
USA-ICD Dental (Applicants) "volunteering to provide a dental examination and x-rays for Peace Corps applicants at no charge" (read more...) "The applicant will bring a Peace Corps dental examination form to the appointment." (Available here)
Michigan Tech Medical exams and lab tests required by Peace Corps, for Master's International students "The health care provider will offer PCMI students at Michigan Tech a 20 percent discount on any balance they owe after insurance payments for exams and tests required by the Peace Corps, plus an additional 10 percent prompt-pay discount, for a total discount of 30 percent." press release

Personal Products

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Lunapads.com The Diva Cup, washable menstrual pads

10% off any order of $25 or more

enter "PEACECORPS11" in promotion code box
The code is updated yearly so change the numbers on the end to match the year you are ordering in.

Rock Shaving Rock Shaving, travel friendly double edge razors which use blades available worldwide.

5% off

Enter code "PEACECORPS" at checkout.

Shoes

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Keen Footwear 40% off order of up to $600 (retail value) Must request promo code here
Chaco Footwear 40% off chacoprodeal.com - They also require proof of service which can be faxed to 1-888-746-3329 or emailed, call the number on the prodeal site to find out where. 11/28/13 - Allowed up to 4 pairs per YEAR (not service) at approx 40% off.
Merrell Footwear 40% off www.merrellprodeal.com
Teva

Simple Shoes

Footwear 50% off Must request promo code <[email protected]>. Proof of acceptance needed. To request a code for Simple Shoes, be sure to mention this in your request email. Worked 5/8/13- received code for 50% off up to 4 pairs of shoes (if purchased as part of a single order). ATTENTION: Sadly Simple shoes is no more. They can only be found on zappos now.
Backcountry.com All the Best Outdoor Gear! We got lots of shoe too! Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%) Email: [email protected] and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri.
Wolverine Footwear unsure but there is a discount http://www.wolverineprodeal.com/

Sporting Goods

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Discraft.com Ultimate frisbee discs

Free plus shipping

For more information contact Discraft here.

Travel

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Sato Travel airline, hotel, train and car reservations "managing travel for U.S. military and government clients." [PCVs] "can use our SatoVacation Center for personal travel being paid for on a personal credit card."

Peace Corps account info here

Unconfirmed Discounts

Camping and Travel Gear

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Campmor Camping Gear: Packs, Tents, Clothing, Sleeping Gear 10% Some said it worked fine, but Campmor told others that PC would have to order for the discount- individuals couldn't get the discount.
Brunton Camping Stoves, Lanterns, Solar Power, Headlamps, Binoculars, Scopes, Compasses n/a "They emailed me a form and asked me to fill it out but the catch is whatever you buy has to be sent the company address and they review the form and decide if they want to give you a discount or not"

No discounts

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