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Clean burning cookstoves, Solar Activated Water Purification Bag, Solar Cooker, and other clean cooking products.
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===How much luggage am I allowed to bring to the Philippines? ===
10% off for Peace Corps Volunteers
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Call Todd at (541) 222-9212 and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID) for discount.
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Most airlines have baggage size and weight limits and assess charges for transport of baggage that exceeds this allowance.  The Peace Corps has its own size and weight limitations, and will not pay the cost of transport for baggage that exceeds these limitations. The authorized baggage allowance is two checked pieces of luggage with combined dimensions of both pieces not to exceed 107 inches (length + width + height) and a carry-on bag with dimensions of no more than 45 inches.  Checked baggage should not exceed 80 pounds total with a maximum weight allowance of 70 pounds for any one bag.
  
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Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (short-wave radios are permitted), automobiles, or motorcycles to their overseas assignments. Do not pack flammable materials or liquids such as lighter fluid, cleaning solvents, hair spray, or aerosol containers. This is an important safety precaution.
  
===Camping and Travel Gear===
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===What is the electric current in the Philippines? ===
==Confirmed Discounts=='''
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http://www.panthervision.com
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LED Hats, Solar Hats, Lighting Products.
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35% Discount for Peace Corps Volunteers. Call Beth at 847-783-5900 + Free Shipping
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The electric current is generally 220v, 60 cycles, although the voltage is often less.
  
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===How much money should I bring? ===
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|[http://www.thegrayl.com/ GRAYL Water Purifier]
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| Water Purifiers for International Travel
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| 30% off for Peace Corps volunteers plus free U.S. Shipping (& flat rate international).
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| Email marketing@thegrayl.com to receive discount code after verification to purchase at www.thegrayl.com.  http://www.thegrayl.com/explore/travel
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|[http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/ Tortuga Backpacks]
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| Urban travel backpacks
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| 20% off for Peace Corps volunteers
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| [http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/pages/contact/ Email them] and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID).
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|[http://www.mhmgear.com/ MHM]
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| Amazing packs!! You want to get one :)
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| Peace Corps Deal 25% (cannot combine with sale items)
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| Contact them via their website (www.mhmgear.com) 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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Volunteers are expected to live at the same level as the people in their community. They are given a settling-in allowance and a monthly living allowance, which should cover their expenses. Often Volunteers wish to bring additional money for vacation travel to other countries. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are preferable to cash, although there is a risk of the credit card number being pilfered and illicitly used. If you choose to bring extra money, plan on bringing the amount that suits your own personal travel plans and needs.
|[http://www.kelty.com Kelty]
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| Backpacks, camping gear, sleeping bags, more
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| 50% off via pro deal - http://www.kelty.com/pro.aspx (8/3/2015)
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| [http://www.klymit.com/ Klymit]
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| Sleeping bags, pads, and other camping gear
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|40% off for Peace Corps Volunteers.
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|Just e-mail support@klymit.com and let them know you are a volunteer! You'll receive a coupon code (40OFF) to enter in the Discount Code Box to use on www.klymit.com after providing verification.
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| [http://www.treklightgear.com Trek Light Gear]
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| Hammocks, Bug Nets, Ultralight Backpacks, more
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| 20% Off! (not valid on sale items) Coupon Code: PCVTLG
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(Up to 40% off for group orders 10 or more - contact your fellow PCV's!)
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| Just [http://www.treklightgear.com/contacts/ contact TLG] and you'll get a response ASAP to get your discount (you'll be asked to provide easy verification). For more information on how Trek Light has helped helped PCV's in the past, check out the post [http://www.treklightgear.com/treklife/peace-corps-hammocks/ Hammocks For The Peace Corps]. If you're already stationed Trek Light can easily ship international. TLG has been a huge supporter of PCV's so please support them back, their Bindle daypack and hammocks are essentials on your trip! (Current thru 2015)
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===When can I take vacation and have people visit me? ===
| [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). 10/31/14: Pro Account accepted, and discount is 50%.- 12/16/14 the discount is up to 50% off however it ranges more so around 42-45% off depending on the gear
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| Apply for the program [http://marmot.promotive.com/action/index here], you should hear back within a couple business days. (verified 04/07/2015)
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Each Volunteer accrues two vacation days per month of service (excluding training). Leave may not be taken during training, the first three months of service, or the last three months of service, except in conjunction with an authorized emergency leave. Family and friends are welcome to visit you after pre-service training and the first three months of service as long as their stay does not interfere with your work.  Extended stays at your site are not encouraged and may require permission from your country director. The Peace Corps is not able to provide your visitors with visa or travel assistance.  
| [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 1/13/14 - emailed customer service and attached invitation letter. Received promo code for 30%
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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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| UPDATED 2/2/15: Simply apply online here - https://www.cascadedesigns.com/pro.  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. 09/2014- Still available!
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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. 04/01/15- 50% discount.
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| [http://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com ENO]
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| Hammocks, Rain tarps, Stuff sacks
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| 30%
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| Go to https://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com/pro-deals/ to join the pro-deal. Peace Corps Volunteers can use their home address as the business address.
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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" 30% 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 2011Update: 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). 2/1/14 - pro deals all go through promotive. Apply online to [http://www.promotive.com/] to save 30%
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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: mcorey@backcountry.com 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. (6/2015)
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|Eastern Mountain Sports
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===Will my belongings be covered by insurance? ===
|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. **(UPDATE AS OF 6/25/2014--Don't give the humanitarian discount anymore, but if you explain you're going into PC, they'll give you the student discount of 15% !)
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The Peace Corps does not provide insurance coverage for personal effects. However, such insurance can be purchased before you leave. Ultimately, Volunteers are responsible for the safekeeping of their personal belongings. If you wish, you may contact your own insurance company; additionally, insurance application forms will be provided to you, and we encourage you to consider them carefully. Additional information about insurance should be obtained by calling the company directly.
  
|Samsonite
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Volunteers should not ship or take valuable items overseas. Jewelry, watches, radios, cameras, and expensive appliances are subject to loss, theft, and breakage, and in many places, satisfactory maintenance and repair services are not available.  
|Luggage
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|10% off retail price.
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|<u>In stores confirmed, unsure online</u>:08/14/2014 at Samsonite outlet store, asked salesperson and he looked it up and told me that they offer 10%. Unsure if this is in all Samsonite stores, or just the outlet stores. Just ask for it !)
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===Do I need an international driver’s license? ===
  
|RIdgeWallet
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Volunteers in the Philippines do not need to get an international driver’s license. Operation of privately owned vehicles is prohibited. Most urban travel is by bus, jeepneys, motorized trikes, and, infrequently, taxis. Rural travel ranges from buses, mini-buses, jeepneys, motorized tricycles, trucks, a lot of walking, and riding of bicycles.
|RFID Blocking Wallet
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|10% off
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|PEACECORPS10
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===What should I bring as gifts for Filipino friends and my host family? ===
  
|[http://www.travelonbags.com/ Travelon]
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This is not a requirement. A token of friendship is sufficient. Some gift suggestions include: knickknacks for the house; pictures, books, or calendars of American scenes; souvenirs from your area; hard candies that will not melt or spoil; or photos to give away.
|Travel Accessories/Security Bags
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|25% off
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|<u>Online</u>:08/15/2014 contacted via Facebook and they provided me with a one time use code for 25% off
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===Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be? ===
  
|[http://thescrubba.com/ Scrubba Wash Bag]
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Peace Corps trainees in the Philippines are assigned to individual sites at the end of the initial orientation, (i.e., at the end of the first week in-country or during the first two weeks of pre-service training). This is after you are given the opportunity to provide input on your site preferences, including geographical location, distance from other Volunteers, or living conditions. This is important because of the diversity of the language situation in the country. Once the sites are decided, appropriate languages are assigned to be learned at the pre-service training. However, keep in mind that many factors influence the site selection process and that the Peace Corps cannot guarantee placement where you might ideally like to be. Most Volunteers will live in small towns or in rural villages but will usually be within one hour from the nearest Volunteer. Some sites will require a 9- to 10- hour drive from the capital.  
| Fantastic aid for hand-washing clothing. No mess, easy to pack, durable, and doubles as a dry bag.  
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| 10% off for PCVs.  
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| E-mail and request discount code.
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===How can my family contact me in an emergency? ===
  
|[http://luminaid.com/ LuminAid]
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The Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services provides assistance in handling emergencies affecting trainees and Volunteers or their families. Before leaving the United States, instruct your family to notify the Office of Special Services immediately if an emergency arises, such as a serious illness or death of a family member. During normal business hours, the number for the Office of Special Services is 800.424.8580, extension 1470. After normal business hours and on weekends and holidays, the Special Services duty officer can be reached at 202.638.2574. For non-emergency questions, your family can get information from your country desk staff at the Peace Corps by calling 800.424.8580.
| Solar Inflatable Lights
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| 10% off
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| Use code "LuminAIDPeaceCorps"
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UPDATE 9/25/15: Code only works on $30+, confirmed through email
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===Can I call home from the Philippines? ===
  
| [http://www.leatherman.com/pro Leatherman] + [http://www.ledlenser.com/pro LEDLenser]
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Yes. The Philippines has several telephone companies. All pre-service training sites have telephones. There are public calling places in the capital towns and cities, and cell phones have become very popular in the country. Some host families also have telephones from which you may call the United States.  
| Multi-tools, knives, flashlights, headlamps
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| 50% for 6 months
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| Apply for pro deal (confirmed 6/22/15)
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===Should I bring a cellular phone with me? ===
  
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If you bring one from the United States, you will have to take it to a mobile phone center to have it reprogrammed. Mobile phones do not cost much in the country. A good mobile phone here will cost between $70 and $120.
  
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===Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer? ===
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|[http://www.ourtalkinghands.com/ Our Talking Hands]
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|Unique, high quality, handmade designs fashioned by Deaf Ghanaian Artisans - Founded by a PCV in 2009.
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|Our Talking Hands offers a 20% discount code to all PCVs and RPCVs.
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|Submit your invitation letter or DOS to ourtalkinghands@gmail.com.  They will send you a 20% OFF Discount Code that can be used at https://www.etsy.com/shop/OurTalkingHands on any purchase you make!
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|[http://ministryofsupply.com/ Ministry of Supply]
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|Men's business attire engineered to be adaptable to any situation.
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|15% off Apollo Dress Shirts, perhaps other discounts available.
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|Submit your invitation letter or DOS to q@ministryofsupply.com and explain your situation and what products you want.  They will have you call in to place an order and apply your discount over the phone. (Negotiated by a PCV) 5/25/15: offered combination discounts (buy 2-5 of one thing and get 10-15% off).
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|[http://www.runjanji.com/ Janji]
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|Running Apparel that Gives Back
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|40% off for PCVs and RPCVs, 50% off if you serve in a country that we support. You pay shipping if outside US
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|Email sam.bar@runjanji.com (RPCV Moz '11-'13) a scan of your invitation letter or DOS and he'll send you a discount code
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| [http://www.bluffworks.com/ Bluffworks]
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| Mens Pants for Work, Travel and Play
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| "Inspired by the performance of technical travel clothing, I built a pant that marries technical performance with office ready looks... I designed these pants to keep up with the rigors of my own life, where work, play, and travel frequently collide."
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| Email the Bluffworks Team at team@bluffworks.com to receive a 20% discount for Peace Corps Volunteers. (Negotiated by PCV)
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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).  12/17/14 50% discount on clothing
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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.ae.com/ American Eagle Outfitters]
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| Men's and Women's Clothing
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| 20% off ALL AEO and Aerie clothing
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| Call customer service (1-888-232-4535)to speak with a customer service rep. 7/25/14: received discount after submitting Peace Corps verification via email. Orders using this discount will have to be placed over the phone, in coordination with a rep.4/4/15: Called and customer service rep said they do not offer any discounts for Peace Corps volunteers.
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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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| 20-30%
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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: Received a 20% discount on 12/23/13. 09/2014- Discount still stands but only on select items and most of it is out of stock.
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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 (4/23/2014)
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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: mcorey@backcountry.com 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 sales@hotchillys.com or customer service, ask for a Peace Corps Discount, and provide verification (7/1/13)
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| [http://www.smartwool.com Smart Wool]
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| Smartwool
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| Smartwool
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| Significant discount on very warm socks and gear. E-mail and request access to their pro deal. You may need to include your invitation letter. They take a while to get back to you. Update 10/21/2015: Emailed customer service and received response that Peace Corps Volunteers no longer fall under the category of eligibility for their pro deal.
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| [http://icebreaker.promotive.com Ice Breaker]
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| Ice Breaker
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| Significant Discount
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| Apply through their promotive site.
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===Education===
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There are Internet cafés in most capital towns and cities that charge as low as 50 cents per hour. At present, there are more than 35 Internet service providers in the Philippines.  Major online providers are available and are adding lines all the time. We discourage you from bringing a computer with you. You will have very little need for a computer in pre-service training. It is also difficult to maintain the security of the computer during this period. Your need for a computer will depend upon the role and location of your assignment.  Some sites (natural resources and environmental management assignment, small business/livelihood, and water/sanitation) are in the rural areas with no electricity. If you bring one, you need to expect humidity, fluctuating current, and concern for theft.
  
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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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| [http://www.voltaicsystems.com/index.shtml Voltaic Systems]
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| Solar Powered Backpacks
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| 30% off
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| Write to sales@voltaicsystems.com for the discount code (peacecorps30) or call 877.304.6861 ext. 701 Emailed sales@voltaicsystems.com on 3/25/15 and got a code (PCV30) for 30% off to use at checkout. They just ask to show them how you are using the product via social media/email.
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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 orders@sollight.com and ask nicely
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| [http://www.solio.com Solio]
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| Universal solar power charger
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| 40%
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| Use coupon code "PEACECORPS40"
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| [http://www.goenerplex.com EnerPlex]
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| Solar Chargers, Powerbanks, Solar Backpacks
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| 25% off
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| Use coupon code "PeaceCorps2015". (10/7/2014)
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| [http://www.goalzero.com Goal Zero]
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| Solar power chargers
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| 5%
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| Told me they do offer a discount for Peace Corp volunteers. "It is a 5% discount and all you'll need to do is send us your acceptance letter to support@goalzero.com and we can place your order over the phone and apply that 5% discount." (Feb 2014)
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30% off via promotive.com. (May 2015)
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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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===Food and Drinks===
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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 info@drinkorganiccoffee.com ... 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) As of March 25 2014, after many attempts of contacting someone at the company, they said this is a one time opportunity. Also they are really busy and said it might or might not happen. It is worth a shot but not a guarantee. Perhaps it will change in the future. It is a great company. <br>
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[http://drinkorganiccoffee.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-coffee-to-any-peace-corps.html More Info]
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|-
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|}
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===Medical===
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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|-
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| [http://www.usa-icd.org/node/32 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/node/32 more...])
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| "Please email Mary Jo Webster at maryjo@usa-icd.org for a list of volunteers in your area. If the dentist shares a dental practice, please do not schedule an appointment with a partner, as he or she may not be a Fellow on our list of volunteers. Applicants are asked to allow for ample time to fit an appointment into the dentist's schedule. The applicant will bring a Peace Corps dental examination form to the appointment. Any dental treatment needed to bring his/her mouth to a healthy state will be the financial responsibility of the Peace Corps applicant."
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|-
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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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|-
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|}
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===Personal Products===
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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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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enter "PEACECORPS15" 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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|-
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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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|-
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| [www.healthdesigns.com/ Health Designs]
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| Health Designs, a huge variety of products
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|
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$5USD off your first order
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Enter code hannahgoesfishing at checkout
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===Shoes===
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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| [http://XeroShoes.com/ Xero Shoes]
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| Lightweight performance sandals
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| 20% discount
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| Request promo code by providing proof of service. Call 800.499.8880 or email support@xeroshoes.com
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|-
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| [https://www.lunasandals.com/ Luna Sandals]
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| Footwear
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| 15% discount
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| Use code "PeaceCorpsRules1515" when ordering
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|-
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| [http://www.keenfootwear.com/ Keen]
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| Footwear
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| 30% off up to 4 pair(s) of shoes, 2 bag(s), 4 pair(s) of socks, 3 items of clothing
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| Must request promo code [http://pro.keenfootwear.com/pro/code.aspx here]; confirmed 03/2015
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|-
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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.chacos.com/US/en/pro] - Each account allows for 8 items to be purchased each year, account valid for one year.
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|-
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| [http://www.merrell.com/ Merrell]
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| Footwear
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| 40% off
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Coupon Code 20% off (9060-ZKMKBEMYY)
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|www.merrellprodeal.com
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|-
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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 apply at <www.teva.com/pro> for all Teva Pro discounts (verified 04/07/2015). 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: mcorey@backcountry.com 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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===Sporting Goods===
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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| [http://www.discraft.com/ Discraft.com]
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| Ultimate frisbee discs
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|
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Up to 10 free discs, only pay shipping costs<br>
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|
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For more information contact Discraft [http://www.discraft.com/contact10.html here.]
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===Travel===
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| [https://www.cwtsatotravel.com/ Sato Travel]
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| airline, hotel, train and car reservations
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| "managing travel for U.S. military and government clients."
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| [PCVs] "can use our SatoVacation Center for personal travel being paid for on a personal credit card." <br>
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Peace Corps account info [https://www.cwtsatotravel.com/traveler_info/contactInfo.aspx?cid=1154 here]
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===Other===
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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|[http://www.cardsagainsthumanity.com/ Cards Against Humanity]
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|"A party game for horrible people." Like Apples to Apples, but completely inappropriate.
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|Free set of CAH sent to you any address in the US. They stopped sending to posts because too many got lost on the way there.
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|Technically for active military, but they've been kind enough to send to PCVs.
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|E-mail Mail@CardsAgainstHumanity.com and ask nicely. Verified October 2015
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==No discounts==
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* [http://www.llbean.com/ LL Bean]
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* [http://www.target.com/ Target]
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* [http://www.prana.com/ prAna]
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* [http://www.crocs.com/ Crocs]
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* [http://www.rei.com/ REI]
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* [http://www.smartwool.com/ Smartwool Socks]
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* [http://www.arcteryx.com/ Arc'teryx]
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* [http://www.ems.com/ Eastern Mountain Sports]
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* [http://www.patagonia.com/ Patagonia]
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* [http://www.ospreypacks.com/ Osprey]
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* [http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/ Vibram FiveFingers]
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* [http://www.timberland.com/ Timberland]
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* [http://www.tigerdirect.com/ Tiger Direct]
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* [http://www.redwingshoes.com/ Red Wing Shoes]
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* [http://www.amazon.com/ Amazon] - but check with your country; some sites give Volunteers the option of getting a Kindle containing their training materials
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[[Category:resources]]
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Latest revision as of 11:51, 8 December 2015

Country Resources

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

Most airlines have baggage size and weight limits and assess charges for transport of baggage that exceeds this allowance. The Peace Corps has its own size and weight limitations, and will not pay the cost of transport for baggage that exceeds these limitations. The authorized baggage allowance is two checked pieces of luggage with combined dimensions of both pieces not to exceed 107 inches (length + width + height) and a carry-on bag with dimensions of no more than 45 inches. Checked baggage should not exceed 80 pounds total with a maximum weight allowance of 70 pounds for any one bag.

Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (short-wave radios are permitted), automobiles, or motorcycles to their overseas assignments. Do not pack flammable materials or liquids such as lighter fluid, cleaning solvents, hair spray, or aerosol containers. This is an important safety precaution.

What is the electric current in the Philippines?[edit]

The electric current is generally 220v, 60 cycles, although the voltage is often less.

How much money should I bring?[edit]

Volunteers are expected to live at the same level as the people in their community. They are given a settling-in allowance and a monthly living allowance, which should cover their expenses. Often Volunteers wish to bring additional money for vacation travel to other countries. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are preferable to cash, although there is a risk of the credit card number being pilfered and illicitly used. If you choose to bring extra money, plan on bringing the amount that suits your own personal travel plans and needs.

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

Each Volunteer accrues two vacation days per month of service (excluding training). Leave may not be taken during training, the first three months of service, or the last three months of service, except in conjunction with an authorized emergency leave. Family and friends are welcome to visit you after pre-service training and the first three months of service as long as their stay does not interfere with your work. Extended stays at your site are not encouraged and may require permission from your country director. The Peace Corps is not able to provide your visitors with visa or travel assistance.

Will my belongings be covered by insurance?[edit]

The Peace Corps does not provide insurance coverage for personal effects. However, such insurance can be purchased before you leave. Ultimately, Volunteers are responsible for the safekeeping of their personal belongings. If you wish, you may contact your own insurance company; additionally, insurance application forms will be provided to you, and we encourage you to consider them carefully. Additional information about insurance should be obtained by calling the company directly.

Volunteers should not ship or take valuable items overseas. Jewelry, watches, radios, cameras, and expensive appliances are subject to loss, theft, and breakage, and in many places, satisfactory maintenance and repair services are not available.

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

Volunteers in the Philippines do not need to get an international driver’s license. Operation of privately owned vehicles is prohibited. Most urban travel is by bus, jeepneys, motorized trikes, and, infrequently, taxis. Rural travel ranges from buses, mini-buses, jeepneys, motorized tricycles, trucks, a lot of walking, and riding of bicycles.

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

This is not a requirement. A token of friendship is sufficient. Some gift suggestions include: knickknacks for the house; pictures, books, or calendars of American scenes; souvenirs from your area; hard candies that will not melt or spoil; or photos to give away.

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

Peace Corps trainees in the Philippines are assigned to individual sites at the end of the initial orientation, (i.e., at the end of the first week in-country or during the first two weeks of pre-service training). This is after you are given the opportunity to provide input on your site preferences, including geographical location, distance from other Volunteers, or living conditions. This is important because of the diversity of the language situation in the country. Once the sites are decided, appropriate languages are assigned to be learned at the pre-service training. However, keep in mind that many factors influence the site selection process and that the Peace Corps cannot guarantee placement where you might ideally like to be. Most Volunteers will live in small towns or in rural villages but will usually be within one hour from the nearest Volunteer. Some sites will require a 9- to 10- hour drive from the capital.

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

The Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services provides assistance in handling emergencies affecting trainees and Volunteers or their families. Before leaving the United States, instruct your family to notify the Office of Special Services immediately if an emergency arises, such as a serious illness or death of a family member. During normal business hours, the number for the Office of Special Services is 800.424.8580, extension 1470. After normal business hours and on weekends and holidays, the Special Services duty officer can be reached at 202.638.2574. For non-emergency questions, your family can get information from your country desk staff at the Peace Corps by calling 800.424.8580.

Can I call home from the Philippines?[edit]

Yes. The Philippines has several telephone companies. All pre-service training sites have telephones. There are public calling places in the capital towns and cities, and cell phones have become very popular in the country. Some host families also have telephones from which you may call the United States.

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

If you bring one from the United States, you will have to take it to a mobile phone center to have it reprogrammed. Mobile phones do not cost much in the country. A good mobile phone here will cost between $70 and $120.

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

There are Internet cafés in most capital towns and cities that charge as low as 50 cents per hour. At present, there are more than 35 Internet service providers in the Philippines. Major online providers are available and are adding lines all the time. We discourage you from bringing a computer with you. You will have very little need for a computer in pre-service training. It is also difficult to maintain the security of the computer during this period. Your need for a computer will depend upon the role and location of your assignment. Some sites (natural resources and environmental management assignment, small business/livelihood, and water/sanitation) are in the rural areas with no electricity. If you bring one, you need to expect humidity, fluctuating current, and concern for theft.