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Debt settlement isn't the same as credit counseling or even a Debt Management Plan (DMP). It could be very dangerous and have a long term negative effect on your credit report and, consequently, your power to get credit. Thats why several states have laws regulating debt mediation companies and the services they offer.  
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|Region= [[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
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|CountryDirector= [[Meredeth Dalton]]
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|ProgramDates= [[2003]] - [[Present]]
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The government of Azerbaijan invited Peace Corps to work in the country, beginning with a project in the education sector in 2003. The Azerbaijan Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Peace Corps work together at the community level to improve the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL) programs at schools and universities. The post launched its second project, the Community Economic Development (CED) project, in 2005.  The first Youth Development ( YD) Volunteers swore in with AZ5 in September 2007.
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Theyre non-profit may be claimed by debt negotiation firms. They also may claim that they can arrange for your unsecured debt usually, credit card debt to be paid down for anywhere from 10 to 50 % of the balance owed. For example, if you owe $10,000 on a bank card, a debt settlement company may claim it may plan for you to pay off the debt with a smaller amount, say $4,000.
 
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As an alternative to bankruptcy their services are often pitched by the firms. They could state that employing their services will have little or no negative effect on your power to get credit in the potential, or that any negative information can be taken from your credit report once you complete your debt negotiation plan. The organizations frequently tell you to prevent making payments to creditors and instead, deliver your payments to your debt settlement business. The organizations may offer to hold your resources in a particular account and pay the creditors for you.
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==Peace Corps History==
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The Facts
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan]]''
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Just because a debt settlement company describes itself as a business, theres no assurance that the services they provide are genuine. There is also no assurance that the lender will accept partial payment of a legitimate debt. In every month fact, in the event that you stop making payments on a credit card, interest and late charges are often included with the debt.  
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The government of Azerbaijan has expressed keen interest in having a Peace Corps program since 1997. However, because of intense lobbying efforts by anti-Azerbaijani Armenian-Americans, the Freedom Support Act of 1992 contained a special provision (Section 907) that banned U.S. foreign assistance to Azerbaijan without presidential approval. This act effectively blocked any initiative by the Peace Corps until 2002, when President George W. Bush lifted the provision.
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If your credit limit is exceeded by you, costs and extra fees may also be included. All this can very quickly result in a customers initial debt to double or triple. Whats more, many debt discussion businesses cost people large costs for their services, including a fee to ascertain the bill with the debt negotiator, a assistance fee, and one last fee of a portion of the money youve supposedly saved.  
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Shortly thereafter, Vilayat Guliev, minister of foreign affairs for the government of Azerbaijan, formally requested a Peace Corps presence. This was strongly supported by the U.S. embassy staff in Baku (Azerbaijan’s capital), and in April 2002, the Peace Corps began an assessment. The assessment team declared Azerbaijan “highly suitable for a new Peace Corps program,” citing the enthusiastic support of the U.S. embassy, Azerbaijani ministry officials, local government officials, Azerbaijani students and teachers, and local and international <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Raymond_Moy nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). On the strength of this assessment and the U.S. president’s declared interest in increasing the size of the Peace Corps and enabling citizens in predominantly Muslim countries to interact with Americans, the Peace Corps director approved the establishment of a program in Azerbaijan for 2003.  
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While lenders have no obligation to agree to negotiate the total amount a consumer owes, they've a legal obligation to provide accurate information to the credit scoring agencies, including your failure to create monthly payments. That will cause a negative entry on your credit file.
 
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And in certain situations, collectors may have the proper to sue you to recover the money you owe. Occasionally, when collectors win a lawsuit, they've the right to garnish your wages or put a mortgage in your house. Eventually, the Inner Revenue Service may possibly consider any level of forgiven debt to be taxable income.
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles==
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Tip-offs to Rip-offs
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''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Azerbaijan]]''
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Steer clear of debt negotiation organizations that:
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As a Volunteer, you will live in a town or village outside of Baku. Peace Corps/Azerbaijan staff, with some consideration of your desires, selects your site carefully, its principal considerations being safety and security and matching the needs of the local community with your skills and aptitudes. We want to ensure that your talents are as fully engaged during your tour of service as possible.
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- promise they are able to eliminate your unsecured debt
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Your housing might be a private room in a family’s dwelling, a shared house, or a small apartment. You will live with a host family during training as part of your language and cultural orientation. Upon being sworn in as a Volunteer, you will again live with an Azerbaijani host family in your assigned community for the first four months of your service. The Peace Corps will select your host family for this period. Just as we make every effort to select sites that will fully engage you, we expect that you will make every effort to absorb Azerbaijani culture by spending at four months of your service living directly with a host country family. After this four-month period, alternative housing arrangements may be considered in consultation with your program manager and the medical officer. Most volunteers would like to live on their own, and usually do so, but some Volunteers remain in host family housing for their entire service. In Azerbaijan, appropriate independent housing is scarce; you should prepare for the possibility of living with a host family for your entire service.
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- guarantee that unprotected debts could be reduced with pennies on the dollar
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==Training==
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- need considerable monthly service fees
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''Main article: [[Training in Azerbaijan]]''
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- demand payment of a percentage of savings
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Following a brief pre-departure orientation (staging) in the United States, you will participate in an intensive 11-week pre-service training program in Azerbaijan. Peace Corps/ Azerbaijan uses a community-based training model that is designed around real-life experiences and emphasizes community involvement. Trainees live with host families in one of several training villages around a central training facility outside the capital. The goals of community-based training are: (1) to provide experiential learning in settings similar to those at Volunteer sites; (2) to give trainees the best possible opportunity to gain competence in technical, cross-cultural, language, and health and safety areas in a culturally and linguistically appropriate context; and (3) to guide trainees in self-directed learning so they can continue independent learning at their site.
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- let you know to stop making payments to or communicating with creditors
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Pre-service training contains six main training components: technical, Azerbaijani language, cross-cultural, health, and safety, and the opportunity to visit your potential site. Most of pre-service training time is spent on the first three of these components.
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- need you to make monthly payments to them, as opposed to with your creditor
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==Your Health Care and Safety in Azerbaijan==
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''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Azerbaijan]]''
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- offer that utilizing their system will have no negative affect your credit report
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Azerbaijan maintains a clinic with one or two (depending on the number of Volunteers) medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are available in Baku at an American-standard hospital. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
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- declare that they can remove accurate negative information from your credit history.
 
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Be sure to take a look with a state Attorney General, local consumer protection agency, and the Greater Business Bureau, if you decide to work with a debt mediation organization. They could let you know if any consumer complaints are on file in regards to the agency youre considering using the services of. Also, consult your state Attorney General if the business is needed to be licensed to work in your state and, if therefore, whether it is. [http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/3/prweb10544152.htm address]
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==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Azerbaijan]]''
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Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Azerbaijan, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Azerbaijan.
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Outside of Azerbaijan’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Azerbaijan are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.  
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* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
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* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
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==Frequently Asked questions==
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{{Volunteersurvey2008
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|H1r=  42
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|H1s=  71.5
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|H2r=  25
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|H2s=  85.3
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|H3r=  43
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|H3s=  82.9
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|H4r=  41
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|H4s=  103.5
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|H5r=  39
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|H5s=  52.5
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|H6r=  9
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|H6s=  98.3
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Azerbaijan]]''
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Azerbaijan?
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* What is the electric current?
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* How much money should I bring?
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* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
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* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Azerbaijani friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home?
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* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
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==Packing List==
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Azerbaijan]]''
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This list has been compiled by Peace Corps/Azerbaijan and Volunteers and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Azerbaijan.
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* General Clothing
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* For Women
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* For Men
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* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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==Peace Corps News==
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Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
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==Country Fund==
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=314-CFD Azerbaijan Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Azerbaijan. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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==See also==
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* [[List of resources for Azerbaijan]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Azerbaijan]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/aj.html Peace Corps Journals - Azerbaijan]
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[[Category:Azerbaijan]] [[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
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Revision as of 05:58, 4 November 2013


US Peace Corps
Azerbaijan


Status: ACTIVE
Staging:


American Overseas Staff (FY2010): FP 03 (Gray, Mark, S, R, $ 96,552), FP 03 (Kavaliunas, Kristina, A, $ 80,861), FP 01 (Dalton, Anne, Meredith, $ 134,576)


Latest Early Termination Rates (FOIA 11-058):

(2007 30 %),  (2006 36 %), 2005 35 %,  (2008 15 %)

Peace Corps Journals - Azerbaijan Feedicon.gif

Aj-map.gif
Peace Corps Welcome Book
Region:

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country Director:

Meredeth Dalton

Sectors:

TEFL, CED, YD

Program Dates:

2003 - Present

Current Volunteers:

87

Total Volunteers:

195

Languages Spoken:

Azerbaijani, Russian

Flag:

Flag of Azerbaijan.svg


The government of Azerbaijan invited Peace Corps to work in the country, beginning with a project in the education sector in 2003. The Azerbaijan Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Peace Corps work together at the community level to improve the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL) programs at schools and universities. The post launched its second project, the Community Economic Development (CED) project, in 2005. The first Youth Development ( YD) Volunteers swore in with AZ5 in September 2007.


Contents

Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan

The government of Azerbaijan has expressed keen interest in having a Peace Corps program since 1997. However, because of intense lobbying efforts by anti-Azerbaijani Armenian-Americans, the Freedom Support Act of 1992 contained a special provision (Section 907) that banned U.S. foreign assistance to Azerbaijan without presidential approval. This act effectively blocked any initiative by the Peace Corps until 2002, when President George W. Bush lifted the provision. Sewa mobil jakarta | pest control | konsultan pajak | rumah dijual semarang | selai kacang

Shortly thereafter, Vilayat Guliev, minister of foreign affairs for the government of Azerbaijan, formally requested a Peace Corps presence. This was strongly supported by the U.S. embassy staff in Baku (Azerbaijan’s capital), and in April 2002, the Peace Corps began an assessment. The assessment team declared Azerbaijan “highly suitable for a new Peace Corps program,” citing the enthusiastic support of the U.S. embassy, Azerbaijani ministry officials, local government officials, Azerbaijani students and teachers, and local and international [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Raymond_Moy nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). On the strength of this assessment and the U.S. president’s declared interest in increasing the size of the Peace Corps and enabling citizens in predominantly Muslim countries to interact with Americans, the Peace Corps director approved the establishment of a program in Azerbaijan for 2003.


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Azerbaijan

As a Volunteer, you will live in a town or village outside of Baku. Peace Corps/Azerbaijan staff, with some consideration of your desires, selects your site carefully, its principal considerations being safety and security and matching the needs of the local community with your skills and aptitudes. We want to ensure that your talents are as fully engaged during your tour of service as possible.

Your housing might be a private room in a family’s dwelling, a shared house, or a small apartment. You will live with a host family during training as part of your language and cultural orientation. Upon being sworn in as a Volunteer, you will again live with an Azerbaijani host family in your assigned community for the first four months of your service. The Peace Corps will select your host family for this period. Just as we make every effort to select sites that will fully engage you, we expect that you will make every effort to absorb Azerbaijani culture by spending at four months of your service living directly with a host country family. After this four-month period, alternative housing arrangements may be considered in consultation with your program manager and the medical officer. Most volunteers would like to live on their own, and usually do so, but some Volunteers remain in host family housing for their entire service. In Azerbaijan, appropriate independent housing is scarce; you should prepare for the possibility of living with a host family for your entire service.

Training

Main article: Training in Azerbaijan

Following a brief pre-departure orientation (staging) in the United States, you will participate in an intensive 11-week pre-service training program in Azerbaijan. Peace Corps/ Azerbaijan uses a community-based training model that is designed around real-life experiences and emphasizes community involvement. Trainees live with host families in one of several training villages around a central training facility outside the capital. The goals of community-based training are: (1) to provide experiential learning in settings similar to those at Volunteer sites; (2) to give trainees the best possible opportunity to gain competence in technical, cross-cultural, language, and health and safety areas in a culturally and linguistically appropriate context; and (3) to guide trainees in self-directed learning so they can continue independent learning at their site.

Pre-service training contains six main training components: technical, Azerbaijani language, cross-cultural, health, and safety, and the opportunity to visit your potential site. Most of pre-service training time is spent on the first three of these components.

Your Health Care and Safety in Azerbaijan

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Azerbaijan

The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Azerbaijan maintains a clinic with one or two (depending on the number of Volunteers) medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are available in Baku at an American-standard hospital. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Azerbaijan

Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Azerbaijan, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Azerbaijan.

Outside of Azerbaijan’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Azerbaijan are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.


Frequently Asked questions

TurneyHardie613
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

How personally rewarding is your overall Peace Corps service? Rank:
42
Score:
71.5
Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps? Rank:
25
Score:
85.3
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified? Rank:
43
Score:
82.9
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service? Rank:
41
Score:
103.5
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer? Rank:
39
Score:
52.5
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---? Rank:
9
Score:
98.3
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Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Azerbaijan


Packing List

Main article: Packing List for Azerbaijan

This list has been compiled by Peace Corps/Azerbaijan and Volunteers and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Azerbaijan.

Peace Corps News

Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by country of service or your home state

The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.

PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
( As of Wednesday April 23, 2014 )

Country Fund

Contributions to the Azerbaijan Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Azerbaijan. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

See also


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