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[[Image:Bashkia and Prefektura in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Bashkia and Prefektura.]]
[[Image:Bashkia and Prefektura in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Bashkia and Prefektura.]]
==Etymology==
==Etymology==
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The name "Peshkopi" (definite form ''Peshkopia'') derives from the Greek ''episkopia'', which refers to the seat of an Christian bishop.  The word ''peshkop'' "bishop" still exists in the modern Albanian language.  One folk etymology for the name is ''pesë shtëpi'' "five houses", in reference to the tiny size of the town in times past.
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The name "Peshkopi" (definite form ''Peshkopia'') derives from the Greek ''episkopia'', which refers to the seat of a Christian bishop.  The word ''peshkop'' "bishop" still exists in the modern Albanian language.  One folk etymology for the name is ''pesë shtëpi'' "five houses", in reference to the tiny size of the town in times past.
==Presence of NGOs==
==Presence of NGOs==
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*Opportunity Albania (formerly ''PShM''), a microcredit business, has an office on the main boulevard.
*Opportunity Albania (formerly ''PShM''), a microcredit business, has an office on the main boulevard.
*''Qendra e Edukimit dhe e Komunikimit'' (The Center for Education and Communication or ''QEK'') is located on the boulevard.  It's a large building and hard to miss.  It houses the only internet cafe in town, 150 lekë/hour.  It was built with Danish aid, but the staff are all Albanian.  None of them speak English.
*''Qendra e Edukimit dhe e Komunikimit'' (The Center for Education and Communication or ''QEK'') is located on the boulevard.  It's a large building and hard to miss.  It houses the only internet cafe in town, 150 lekë/hour.  It was built with Danish aid, but the staff are all Albanian.  None of them speak English.
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*SNV, a Dutch-funded development organization, has an office between the elementary school complex and Hotel Veri.  It may soon move to an second-story office next door to the Prefecture.  The Peshkopi office's activities are focused mainly on small business development in the region of Dibër.  With the exception of the office director, a native of Vancouver, staff are all Albanian.  All are fluent in English.
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*SNV, a Dutch-funded development organization, has an office next to the Prefecture, at the east end of the boulevard.  The Peshkopi office's activities are focused mainly on small business development in the region of Dibër.  With the exception of the office director, a native of Vancouver, staff are all Albanian.  All are fluent in English.
*World Vision's local outpost is located across the street from Hotel Veri.  The director is French and there are three Albanian employees, one of whom speaks English.
*World Vision's local outpost is located across the street from Hotel Veri.  The director is French and there are three Albanian employees, one of whom speaks English.
*The Albanian Red Cross (''Kryqi i Kuq Shqiptar'') has a building up the hill behind the QEK.  One of its current projects involves child nutrition and survival in local villages.
*The Albanian Red Cross (''Kryqi i Kuq Shqiptar'') has a building up the hill behind the QEK.  One of its current projects involves child nutrition and survival in local villages.
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==Transportation==
==Transportation==
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*Buses for [[Tiranë, Albania|Tirana]] and [[Durrës, Albania|Durrës]] leave from a spot on the boulevard next to the ''Turizëm'' hotel.  The Durrës bus is much smaller than the Tirana one.  It's best to get on the bus by 7am in order to be sure to get a seat.  As of early 2008, the bus fare to Tirana is 500 lekë.
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*Buses for [[Tirana]] and [[Durrës]] leave from a spot on the boulevard next to the ''Turizëm'' hotel.  The Durrës bus is much smaller than the Tirana one.  It's best to get on the bus by 7am in order to be sure to get a seat.  As of early 2008, the bus fare to Tirana or Durrës is 600 lekë.
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*Furgons for Tirana are regularly lined up in the ''treg'' (market) neighborhood on the section of street that slopes downhill from the new mosque (''xhamia e re'') with two minarets.  The furgon fare to Tirana is 800 lekë.
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*Furgons for Tirana are regularly lined up in the ''treg'' (market) neighborhood on the section of street that slopes downhill from the new mosque (''xhamia e re'') with two minarets.  The furgon fare to Tirana is 900 lekë.
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*Furgons for [[Kukës, Albania|Kukës]] are sometimes available from the dirt yard in front of the ''pedagogjike'' (Nazmi Rushiti).
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*Furgons for [[Kukës]] are sometimes available from the dirt yard in front of the ''pedagogjike'' (Nazmi Rushiti).
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The route to Tirana passes through Maqellarë, Bulqizë, Klos, [[Burrel, Albania|Burrel]], and [[Milot, Albania|Milot]].
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The route to Tirana passes through Maqellarë, Bulqizë, Klos, [[Burrel]], and [[Milot]].
==Accommodations==
==Accommodations==
[[Image:Turizmi hotel in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Hotel Turizëm]]
[[Image:Turizmi hotel in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Hotel Turizëm]]
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There are two hotels in Peshkopi: Hotel Veri and the Turizëm hotel.  Turizëm is located towards the west end of the boulevard.  Volunteers who have stayed there have reported that it is not kept very clean.  Veri is located close to the elementary schools, next door to SNV's current (and soon to be former) office.
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There are two hotels in Peshkopi: Hotel Veri and the Turizëm hotel.  Turizëm is located towards the west end of the boulevard.  Volunteers who have stayed there have reported that it is not kept very clean.  Veri is located close to the elementary schools, across the street from World Vision.
==Weather==
==Weather==

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East panorama of Peshkopi.
The post office.
Bashkia and Prefektura.

Contents

Etymology

The name "Peshkopi" (definite form Peshkopia) derives from the Greek episkopia, which refers to the seat of a Christian bishop. The word peshkop "bishop" still exists in the modern Albanian language. One folk etymology for the name is pesë shtëpi "five houses", in reference to the tiny size of the town in times past.

Presence of NGOs

The QEK.

Education

Schools in Peshkopi include the following:

Nazmi Rushiti.

Both high schools observe the following schedule:

1st period - 8:30am-9:15
2nd period - 9:20-10:05
3rd period - 10:10-10:55
Long break (pushimi i gjatë) - 10:55-11:20
4th period - 11:20-12:05pm
5th period - 12:10-12:55
6th period - 1:00-1:45
Demir Gashi and Selim Alliu.

Directors of schools in Peshkopi report directly to the Regional Directorate of Education (Drejtoria Arsimore Rajonale) of the region (qark) of Dibër, whose offices are in the same building as the city government (bashkia) of Peshkopi and the regional government (prefektura).

Transportation

The route to Tirana passes through Maqellarë, Bulqizë, Klos, Burrel, and Milot.

Accommodations

Hotel Turizëm

There are two hotels in Peshkopi: Hotel Veri and the Turizëm hotel. Turizëm is located towards the west end of the boulevard. Volunteers who have stayed there have reported that it is not kept very clean. Veri is located close to the elementary schools, across the street from World Vision.

Weather

Snow in late 2007.

Peshkopi tends to have cold winters and relatively mild summers. Longtime residents claim that there used to be several feet of snowfall every winter. The winter of 2007-2008 saw significant snowfall, but not enough to impede transportation.

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Past volunteers

External links

Peshkopi Facebook community

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