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  HELLO, Peace Corps Invitees!                     
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Just scroll down until you see your country, and then just follow the pattern like the line above it. If you make a mistake, no problem!           
 
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It is organized both by country and by date. You can add to both categories or just one, but it would be helpful for organization to add to both.             
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===Communications ===
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Don't forget to click 'Save Page' at the bottom to save your changes!
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There are actually four different places to add a new invitation. (We are working on a way to make it more efficient)
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Letters, which usually take one to two weeks to arrive, should be sent to:
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a) TIMELINE, by date and country (where you are now)
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b) DEPARTURES BY MONTH page
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c) Individual [COUNTRY] page
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d) Specific MONTH_YEAR page
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Please add to as many places as you feel comfortable. Thanks! =)
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“Your Name,” PCT or “Your Name,” PCT
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U.S. Peace Corps c/o the Peace Corps Office
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P.O. Box 7013 6/F PNB Financial Center
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'''Source(s):'''  [http://downloadranking.com/support.php  Timeline]
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Airmail Distribution Center Macapagal Avenue
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N.A.I.A. 1300 Pasay City, Philippines 1308
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[[Image:Pc-invite.jpg|thumb|left|"'''Congratulations!''' It is with great pleasure that we invite you to begin training in..."]][[Image:Invitepaperwork.JPG|thumb|right|''"Speaking of overwhelming...." (Invitee)'']] Please be sure to '''only''' add [[{{CURRENTYEAR}}]] and [[{{#expr:{{CURRENTYEAR}}+1}}]] invitations. We only want those, ''nothing'' from any "unofficial directories" we know of, and '''no''' speculations. Please remember that departures can always change, and this should be a guide only, nothing is set in stone. Especially in the Peace Corps! :)                                       
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Why? Because we don't want to be misleading to those of us looking for departing countries in [[{{CURRENTYEAR}}]]/[[{{#expr:{{CURRENTYEAR}}+1}}]]. If you add a country, make sure to add the country/date to both sections: by date and by country. Please use the staging date. Only do so if it is ''your'' invitation. If you start getting invitations for months we don't have on here-- just add those to our list and please format it the same way. Use the '''staging''' date, because that is what they use as the "6-wk deadline" rule. Also, do not delete anything under "By Date" or "By Country" as that will be misleading in future months/years since this Timeline is an attempt to create a time archive of programs we can read, not just one date. Past invitations can be found at the '''[[Timeline Archive]]'''. Thank you all! <br>                                             
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Pasay City, Philippines
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Use the [[Calculator|Placement Calculator]] if all you have is your nominated region and sector. If you know the month as well you can cross-reference both pages.<br>             
 
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A Peace Corps staff member picks up the mail from the airport post office box and sends it to Volunteer sites by special delivery (known in-country as the Peace Corps pouch) or through the Philippine mail system.
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When the Peace Corps receives a package for you, it will notify you and ask you whether you want to pick up the package at the office in Manila or have it sent to you by regular Philippine mail. If a package is forwarded, you will be responsible for the cost. After training, many Volunteers choose to have packages and letters mailed directly to their site.  
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Peace Corps Volunteers use the Philippine postal system to send mail to friends and family. Postage for letters sent within the Philippines is very inexpensive (15 cents per 20 grams). An airmail letter weighing 20 grams or less to the United States costs 26 pesos (51 cents), a letter weighing 21 to 100 grams costs $2.10.
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[[January]] 10 = [[Thailand]] <br>
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Peace Corps/Philippines advises you not to have packages sent directly to your site by surface mail. Even if the freight charges are prepaid in the United States, there will be numerous charges in the Philippines for customs, brokerage, storage, clearing, etc.
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January 13 = [[Morocco]] <br>
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January 14 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
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January 22 = [[South Africa]] <br>
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January 23 = [[Vanuatu]] <br>
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January 28 = [[El Salvador]] <br>
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[[February]] 3-4 = [[Zambia]] <br>
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===Telephones ===
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February 4 = [[Ghana]] <br>
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February 10 = [[Ethiopia]] <br>
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February 11 = [[Guatemala]] <br>
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The Philippines has several phone companies, and household telephone service in rural areas is becoming more available.  People without phones usually go to a local telephone office and wait while a call is placed. Because this system often ties up all the available lines, it can be very difficult to receive a call in rural areas. You can sometimes arrange to receive calls on someone’s private phone. Volunteers generally find it most convenient to place calls to the United States when they are in Manila.
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March 4 = [[Nicaragua]] <br>
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March 4 = [[Dominican Republic]] <br>
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Cellphones are very common. Volunteers who have brought cellphones find them to be helpful in calling and receiving calls from the United States. Calls home cost about 40 cents per minute. Volunteers sometimes call home collect, but if the call will be for more than a few minutes, we suggest that you call to give the number at which you can be reached and have the person call you back. Direct-dial calls to the Philippines are much cheaper than calls to the United States from the Philippines. Friends and relatives can call their local phone company for information on the best rates. To call Manila directly, precede the seven-digit number with 011 (the long distance code), 63 (the country code for the Philippines), and 2 (the city code for Manila).
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[[January]] 11 = [[Thailand]] <br>
 
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January 14 = [[Morocco]] <br>
 
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January 15 = [[Ecuador]] <br>
 
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January 24 = [[South Africa]] <br>
 
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January 29 = [[El Salvador]] <br>
 
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[[February]] 10 = [[Ethiopia]] <br>
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Calls to the Peace Corps office after hours are answered by the security guard and relayed to the duty officer. Since it can take hours or even days for a Volunteer to return a call, the duty officer relays calls to Volunteers at their sites only in emergencies. In emergencies, it is best for your family to call Peace Corps/Washington at 800.424.8580, extension 1470. After normal business hours and on weekends and holidays, they can call 202.638.2574.
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February 12 = [[Guatemala]] <br>
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February 13 = [[Paraguay]] <br>
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February 19 = [[Panama]] <br>
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===Computer, Internet, and E-mail Access ===
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The Philippines is part of the global community, and many cities now have Internet cafés. Thus, you will have access to e-mail, if not at your site, at least in a neighboring city.  Though the Peace Corps discourages you from bringing a personal computer, some Volunteers have brought laptops and have found them useful. If you decide to bring a laptop, please be aware that many assignments are in rural areas with no electricity. Plan for humidity, a fluctuating current, and the risk of theft. Be certain to insure any expensive electronic equipment for loss before you come to the Philippines.  *UPDATE* As of Batch 272 (2013), the Peace Corps essentially assumes everyone has a computer, and even provides most training materials on a USB.  Trainees find computers indispensable when preparing materials during training.  Humidity, etc., is a concern, but electronics stores in the Philippines do sell surge protectors, which can hep with the fluctuating current.
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Your housing and site location will depend upon your assignment. For Volunteers assigned to rural areas or to small islands, housing is typically composed of hollow concrete blocks, wood, or bamboo. Education Volunteers are often assigned to towns or cities, where housing is better than in rural areas. Most houses in both rural and urban areas have running water (some with toilets that flush and others with toilets that require flushing with a pail of water) and 24-hour electricity.
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June 4 = [[Moldova]] <br>
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June 5 = [[Togo]] <br>
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June 7 = [[Peru]] <br>
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June 10 = [[Togo]] <br>
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June 11 = [[Rwanda]] <br>
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June 18 = [[Panama]] <br>
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July 3 = [[Tanzania]] <br>
 
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July 5 = [[Philippines]] <br>
 
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July 8 = [[Costa Rica]] <br>
 
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July 8 = [[Madagascar]] <br>
 
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July 9 = [[Cambodia]] <br>
 
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July 12 = [[Cambodia]] <br>
 
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July 22 = [[Namibia]] <br>
 
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August 13 = [[Nicaragua]] <br>
 
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August 15 = [[Ukraine]] <br>
 
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August 20 = [[Dominican Republic]] <br>
 
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August 25 = [[Mexico]] <br>
 
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Trainees are required to live with a host family during pre-service training, and Volunteers are required to live with host families during their first three months at their assigned site (the families usually are identified by the local agency the Volunteer is assigned to). After this period, you may choose to continue living with your host family or move into your own dwelling. Living with a Filipino family can help you integrate into your community, provide you with a deeper understanding of the local culture, and help you become comfortable with the local language.
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===Living Allowance and Money Management ===
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Volunteers receive a monthly allowance in local currency sufficient to live at the level of the people they serve. The allowance is based on an annual survey and is intended to cover food, housing, household supplies, clothing, transportation to and from work, utilities, recreation and entertainment, and incidental expenses such as reading material. Like Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide, those in the Philippines are expected to live at a level commensurate with that of their Filipino co-workers.
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Peace Corps/Philippines will open an ATM savings account for you at the Philippine National Bank (PNB) during the initial orientation. This ATM savings account will be used to deposit your living allowance, travel allowance for all training events and Peace Corps reimbursements for items such as medicine, work-related books, and payments to language tutors.
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ATMs are available in most major cities, but if you bring credit cards, you need to guard them carefully against theft. As in other countries, credit card scams exist in the Philippines. Some Volunteers choose to bring cash (in small denominations such as $20 bills) for vacation travel, buying gifts, and similar personal expenses.
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===Food and Diet ===
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Rice is the staple food for most Filipinos who live in the lowlands, while corn, potatoes, and tubers are the staple foods of people who live in inland areas. Rice is often eaten with fish, pork, or chicken. Bread and noodles, mung beans, a variety of vegetables, and bananas and some other fruits are available in most towns. Food is often cooked in lard or coconut oil. Given Filipinos’ dietary preference for fish and meat (and sweets) over vegetables, maintaining a strict vegetarian diet can be difficult. Vegetarians need to spend extra time and energy to ensure that they maintain a healthy diet.
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===Transportation ===
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In cities or municipalities, the most common means of transportation are buses, minibuses, “jeepneys” (colorfully decorated converted World War II jeeps), vans, motorized tricycles, and pedicabs, depending upon the distance. Travel among islands occurs via airplanes, ships, or small motorboats.  Peace Corps/Philippines requires that Volunteers use public transportation and prohibits them from owning, operating, and riding on a motorcycle.
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===Geography and Climate ===
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The Philippines has typical tropical weather—hot and humid year-round. Although the weather pattern is fairly complex, it can roughly be divided into a dry season (January to June) and a wet season (July to December). January is usually the coolest month; May, the hottest. Higher elevations in northern Luzon can get cold at night or in windy, cloudy conditions.
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June 1 = [[Sierra Leone]] <br>
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===Social Activities ===
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July 18 = [[Zambia]]<br>
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July 19 = [[El Salvador]]<br>
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Volunteers often are invited to birthday parties, baptisms, weddings, blessings of new buildings or landmarks, and programs to celebrate holidays and important school or local events. Volunteers are encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible in order to get to know the people of their community as well as to learn Filipino customs and traditions.
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===Professionalism, Dress, and Behavior ===
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September 12 = [[Rwanda]]<br>
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September 15 = [[Peru]]<br>
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September 19 = [[Ukraine]]<br>
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Despite considerable Western influences, Philippine culture can be conservative, especially outside large cities. Filipinos put a high priority on a neat appearance, and Volunteers, whether urban or rural based, are expected to wear neat and clean clothing, especially when in public or at the office. A poor public appearance can deter Filipinos from getting to know you or accepting you, thereby limiting your effectiveness. Remember that you are a professional, not a backpacker or a world traveler.
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===Personal Safety ===
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More detailed information about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety is contained in the Health Care and Safety chapter, but it is an important issue and cannot be overemphasized. As stated in the Volunteer Handbook, becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer entails certain safety risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment (oftentimes alone), having a limited understanding of local language and culture, and being perceived as well-off are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk. Many Volunteers experience varying degrees of unwanted attention and harassment. Petty thefts and burglaries are not uncommon, and incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur, although most Philippine Volunteers complete their two years of service without personal security incidents. The Peace Corps has established procedures and policies designed to help you reduce your risks and enhance your safety and security. These procedures and policies, in addition to safety training, will be provided once you arrive in the Philippines. At the same time, you are expected to take responsibility for your safety and well-being.
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===Rewards and Frustrations ===
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{{T2013|Azerbaijan|April 4}}
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{{T2014|Azerbaijan|March 31}}
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<!----Belize ---->
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{{T2010|Belize|March 24|Dallas}}
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{{T2011|Belize|March 22|Miami}}
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{{T2013|Belize|June 25}}
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<!----Benin ---->
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{{T2010|Benin|July 14|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Benin|June 29|Philadelphia}} 
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{{T2012|Benin|June 27|}}     
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{{T2013|Benin|June 24|}}     
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<!----Botswana---->
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{{T2010|Botswana|April 10|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Botswana|April 1|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Botswana|September 15|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2013|Botswana|August 12}}
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<!----Bolivia----->
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<!----Bulgaria---->
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{{T2009|Bulgaria||Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Bulgaria|May 10|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Bulgaria|March 28|Philadelphia|B27|June 10}}
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<!----Burkina Faso---->
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{{T2010|Burkina Faso|June 9|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Burkina Faso|June 21|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Burkina Faso|October 13|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Burkina Faso|May 23|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Burkina Faso|June 6|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Burkina Faso|October 9|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2012|Burkina Faso|June 4|}}
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{{T2013|Burkina Faso|October 7|}}
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<!----Cambodia---->
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{{T2010|Cambodia|July 19|San Francisco}}
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{{T2011|Cambodia|July 22|San Francisco|K5}}
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{{T2013|Cambodia|July 9}}
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{{T2013|Cambodia|July 12}}
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<!----Cameroon---->
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{{T2010|Cameroon|June 2|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2010|Cameroon|September 15}}
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{{T2011|Cameroon|June 1}}
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{{T2011|Cameroon|August 17}}
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{{T2011|Cameroon|September 21}}
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{{T2013|Cameroon|May 29}}
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{{T2013|Cameroon|September 11}}
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<!----Cape Verde---->
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{{T2010|Cape Verde|July 15|Boston}}
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{{T2011|Cape Verde|July 13|Boston}}
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<!----China---->
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{{T2010|China|June 29|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|China|June 29|Chicago}}
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{{T2012|China|June 29}}
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{{T2013|China|June 27|San Francisco}}
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<!----Colombia---->
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{{T2011|Colombia|October 12|Miami}}
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{{T2013|Colombia|August 27}}
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<!----Costa Rica---->
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{{T2010|Costa Rica|March 1|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Costa Rica|October 4|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2012|Costa Rica|February 20}}
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{{T2012|Costa Rica|June 4}}
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{{T2013|Costa Rica|March 11}}
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{{T2013|Costa Rica|July 8}}
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<!----Dominican Republic---->
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{{T2010|Dominican Republic|March 2|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Dominican Republic|August 18|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Dominican Republic|March 1|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Dominican Republic|August 17|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2012|Dominican Republic|February 28|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|Dominican Republic|March 5|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|Dominican Republic|August 20}}
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<!----Eastern Caribbean---->
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{{T2010|Eastern Caribbean|February 15|Miami}}
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{{T2010|Eastern Caribbean|August 23|Miami}}
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{{T2011|Eastern Caribbean|January 27}}
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{{T2013|Eastern Caribbean|January 24}}
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<!----Ecuador---->
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{{T2010|Ecuador|February 16|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Ecuador|June 15|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Ecuador|February 2|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Ecuador|June 1|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2012|Ecuador|January 18|Dallas, TX}}
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{{T2013|Ecuador|January 15}}
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{{T2013|Ecuador|May 14}}
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<!----El Salvador---->
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{{T2010|El Salvador|February 2|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|El Salvador|July 20|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|El Salvador|January 18|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|El Salvador|July 19|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2012|El Salvador|January 24|cancelled}}
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{{T2012|El Salvador|January 29|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|El Salvador|January 29}}
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{{T2013|El Salvador|July 23|Washington, DC}}
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<!----Ethiopia---->
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{{T2010|Ethiopia|September 13|Atlanta}}
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{{T2011|Ethiopia|May 23|Atlanta}}
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{{T2013|Ethiopia|July 1}}
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{{T2014|Ethiopia|February 10}}
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<!----Fiji---->
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{{T2010|Fiji|May 19|Los Angeles}}
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{{T2011|Fiji|May 17|Los Angeles}}
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{{T2013|Fiji|September 3}}
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<!----Gambia, The---->
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{{T2010|The Gambia|June 29|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|The Gambia|January 4|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|The Gambia|June 28|Chicago}}
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{{T2012|The Gambia|March 6|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|The Gambia|March 5|}}
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<!----Georgia---->
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{{T2010|Georgia|April 26|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Georgia|April 25|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Georgia|May 29}}
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{{T2013|Georgia|April 21}}
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<!----Ghana---->
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{{T2010|Ghana|June 1|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Ghana|June 6|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Ghana|October 4|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2012|Ghana|February 6|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2013|Ghana|February 6}}
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{{T2014|Ghana|February 3}}
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<!----Guatemala---->
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{{T2009|Guatemala|January 6|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Guatemala|January 4|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Guatemala|April 28|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Guatemala|August 10|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Guatemala|January 4|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Guatemala|April 27|Washington, DC}}
+
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{{T2011|Guatemala|August 8|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2012|Guatemala|January 3|Cancelled}}
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{{T2013|Guatemala|February 12|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|Guatemala|June 18}}
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{{T2014|Guatemala|February 11|Washington, DC}}
+
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<!----Guinea---->
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-
{{T2011|Guinea|November 27|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2013|Guinea|July 1}}
+
-
<!----Guyana---->
+
-
{{T2010|Guyana|February 9|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2011|Guyana|February 15|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2013|Guyana|May 1}}
+
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<!----Honduras---->
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-
{{T2010|Honduras|February 22|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Honduras|June 22|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Honduras|February 23|Atlanta}}       
+
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{{T2011|Honduras|July 6|Atlanta}}
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{{T2012|Honduras|February 22|Cancelled}}
+
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<!----Indonesia---->
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{{T2010|Indonesia|March 15}}
+
-
{{T2011|Indonesia|April 4|San Francisco}}
+
-
{{T2013|Indonesia|April 7}}
+
-
{{T2014|Indonesia|March 15}}
+
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<!----Jamaica---->
+
-
{{T2010|Jamaica|March 17|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2011|Jamaica|June 28|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2012|Jamaica|March 13|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2012|Jamaica|March 11|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2013|Jamaica|March 11}}
+
-
{{T2014|Jamaica|March 10}}
+
-
<!----Jordan---->
+
-
{{T2010|Jordan|October 22|Philadelphia|J14}}
+
-
{{T2011|Jordan|October 18|Philadelphia|J15}}
+
-
<!----Kazakhstan---->
+
-
{{T2010|Kazakhstan|August 18|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Kazakhstan|March 9|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Kazakhstan|August 17|Washington, DC}}
+
-
<!----Kenya---->
+
-
{{T2010|Kenya|May 24|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2010|Kenya|October 11|Philadelphia}}       
+
-
{{T2011|Kenya|June 6|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Kenya|October 10|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Kenya|October 03|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2012|Kenya|June 4|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2013|Kenya|October 1}}
+
-
<!----Kiribati---->
+
-
<!----Kyrgyz Republic---->
+
-
{{T2010|Kyrgyz Republic|March 26|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Kyrgyz Republic|March 25|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2013|Kyrgyz Republic|April 16}}
+
-
<!----Lesotho---->
+
-
{{T2010|Lesotho|June 1|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Lesotho|May 31|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Lesotho|October 12|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2013|Lesotho|June 5}}
+
-
{{T2013|Lesotho|October 9}}
+
-
<!----Liberia---->
+
-
{{T2010|Liberia|July 7|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Liberia|June 8|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2012|Liberia|June 6|}}
+
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<!----Macedonia---->
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-
{{T2010|Macedonia|September 10|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Macedonia|September 9|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Macedonia|September 13}}
+
-
<!----Madagascar---->
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-
{{T2010|Madagascar|March 1}}
+
-
{{T2010|Madagascar|July 19}}
+
-
{{T2011|Madagascar|February 28}}
+
-
{{T2011|Madagascar|July 11|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2012|Madagascar|February 27}}
+
-
{{T2013|Madagascar|March 4}}
+
-
{{T2013|Madagascar|July 8}}
+
-
{{T2014|Madagascar|February 11}}
+
-
<!----Malawi---->
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-
{{T2010|Malawi|February 24|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2010|Malawi|July 1|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Malawi|February 27|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Malawi|June 14|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2012|Malawi|March 5|}}
+
-
{{T2013|Malawi|March 5|}}
+
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<!----Mali---->
+
-
{{T2010|Mali|July 1|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mali|January 31|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mali|October 28|Philadelphia}}
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-
<!----Mauritania---->
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-
{{T2009||Atlanta}}
+
-
<!----Mexico---->
+
-
{{T2010|Mexico|August 17|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mexico|March 14|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mexico|August 29|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Mexico|August 25}}
+
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<!----Micronesia and Palau---->
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{{T2010|Micronesia and Palau|September 1|Honolulu}}
+
-
{{T2013|Micronesia and Palau|June 4}}
+
-
<!----Moldova---->
+
-
{{T2010|Moldova|June 8|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Moldova|June 7|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2013|Moldova|June 4}}
+
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<!----Mongolia---->
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-
{{T2010|Mongolia|June 3|San Francisco}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mongolia|June 2|San Francisco}}
+
-
{{T2012|Mongolia|June 1|San Francisco}}
+
-
{{T2013|Mongolia|June 1}}
+
-
{{T2014|Mongolia|May 29}}
+
-
<!----Morocco---->
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-
{{T2010|Morocco|March 1|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2010|Morocco|September 13|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2011|Morocco|March 14|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2011|Morocco|September 12}}
+
-
{{T2012|Morocco|March 19}}
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-
{{T2013|Morocco|January 14}}
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-
{{T2014|Morocco|January 13}}
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-
<!----Mozambique---->
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-
{{T2010|Mozambique|September 27|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2011|Mozambique|June 2|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mozambique|September 30}}
+
-
{{T2013|Mozambique|May 29}}
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-
{{T2013|Mozambique|September 24|Philadelphia}}
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<!----Namibia---->
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{{T2010|Namibia|February 16|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2010|Namibia|August 17|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Namibia|February 18|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Namibia|August 18|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|Namibia|March 11}}
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-
{{T2013|Namibia|July 22}}
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<!----Nicaragua---->
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{{T2010|Nicaragua|January 19|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2010|Nicaragua|May 11|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2010|Nicaragua|August 31|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Nicaragua|January 11|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Nicaragua|May 10|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Nicaragua|August 30|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2012|Nicaragua|January 10|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|Nicaragua|March 15|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|Nicaragua|August 13}}
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<!----Niger---->
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{{T2010|Niger|July 7|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2010|Niger|October 18|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2011}}
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<!----Panama---->
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-
{{T2010|Panama|April 20|Miami}}
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-
{{T2010|Panama|August 17|Miami}}
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{{T2011|Panama|January 11|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Panama|April 26|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2012|Panama|January 10|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2012|Panama|May 1}}
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{{T2013|Panama|Febuary 19}}
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-
{{T2013|Panama|June 18}}
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<!----Paraguay---->
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-
{{T2010|Paraguay|February 8|Miami}}
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-
{{T2010|Paraguay|June 1|Miami}}       
+
-
{{T2010|Paraguay|September 29|Miami}}       
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{{T2011|Paraguay|February 2|Miami}}
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{{T2011|Paraguay|May 25|Miami}}
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-
{{T2011|Paraguay|September 27|Miami}}
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-
{{T2012|Paraguay|February 8|Miami}}
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-
{{T2012|Paraguay|September 22|Miami}}
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-
{{T2013|Paraguay|February 13|Miami}}
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-
{{T2013|Paraguay|May 29}}
+
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{{T2013|Paraguay|September 25|Miami|G43}}
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{{T2014|Paraguay|January 29}}
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<!----Peru---->
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{{T2010|Peru|June 10|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2010|Peru|September 16|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Peru|June 9|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2013|Peru|June 7}}
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{{T2013|Peru|September 12|Washington, DC}}
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<!----Philippines---->
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{{T2010|Philippines|August 19|Los Angeles}}
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{{T2011|Philippines|July 1|Los Angeles}}
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{{T2013|Philippines|July 5|Los Angeles}}
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<!----Romania---->
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{{T2010|Romania|May 18|Chicago}}
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{{T2011|Romania|April 26|Chicago}}
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<!----Rwanda---->
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{{T2010|Rwanda|February 23}}       
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{{T2010|Rwanda|October 19}}
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{{T2011|Rwanda|May 4}}
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{{T2011|Rwanda|September 12}}
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-
{{T2013|Rwanda|June 11}}
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{{T2013|Rwanda|September 10}}
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<!----Samoa---->
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{{T2010|Samoa|October 5|Los Angeles}}
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<!----Senegal---->
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{{T2010|Senegal|March 8|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2010|Senegal|August 9|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Senegal|March 7|Washington, DC}}       
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{{T2011|Senegal|June 13|Washington, DC}}       
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{{T2011|Senegal|August 29|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2013|Senegal|March 5|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2013|Senegal|September 24}}
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{{T2014|Senegal|March 3}}               
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<!----Sierra Leone---->
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{{T2010|Sierra Leone|June 2}}
+
-
{{T2011|Sierra Leone|June 1}}
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-
{{T2013|Sierra Leone|June 18}}     
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{{T2013|Sierra Leone|July 17|Philadelphia}}
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<!----South Africa---->
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{{T2010|South Africa|January 28|Washington, DC}}       
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{{T2010|South Africa|July 12|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|South Africa|January 24|Washington, DC}}       
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{{T2011|South Africa|July 5|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2012|South Africa|January 23|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2013|South Africa|January 24}}
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{{T2013|South Africa|July 4|Washington, DC|SA28}}
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{{T2014|South Africa|January 22}}       
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<!----Suriname---->
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{{T2011|Suriname|May 3|Miami}}
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<!----Swaziland---->
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{{T2010|Swaziland|June 25|Washington, DC}}
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{{T2011|Swaziland|June 2|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2012|Swaziland|June 5|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2013|Swaziland|June 25}}
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<!----Tanzania---->
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{{T2010|Tanzania|June 14|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2010|Tanzania|September 20|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Tanzania|June 13|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2011|Tanzania|October 10}}
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-
{{T2012|Tanzania|June 11}}
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-
{{T2013|Tanzania|July 3}}
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{{T2014|Tanzania|February 12}}
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<!----Thailand---->
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{{T2010|Thailand|January 16|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2011|Thailand|January 8|Philadelphia}}
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{{T2012|Thailand|January 8|Detroit}}
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-
{{T2013|Thailand|January 11|Detroit}}
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-
{{T2014|Thailand|January 10}}
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<!----Togo---->
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{{T2010|Togo|June 3}}
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{{T2010|Togo|September 16}}
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-
{{T2011|Togo|June 2}}
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{{T2011|Togo|September 15}}
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-
{{T2013|Togo|June 5}}
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{{T2013|Togo|June 10}}
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<!----Tonga---->
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{{T2010|Tonga|October 5|Los Angeles}}
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{{T2013|Tonga|September 3}}
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<!----Turkmenistan---->
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{{T2010|Turkmenistan|March 23}}
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-
{{T2010|Turkmenistan|September 30}}
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<!----Uganda---->
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{{T2010|Uganda|February 8}}
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{{T2010|Uganda|August 9}}
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{{T2011|Uganda|February 9}}
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{{T2011|Uganda|August 3}}
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{{T2012|Uganda|April 24}}
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{{T2013|Uganda|March 23}}
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-
{{T2013|Uganda|April 24}}
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-
{{T2013|Uganda|November 11}}
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<!----Ukraine---->
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-
{{T2010|Ukraine|March 29}}
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{{T2010|Ukraine|September 17}}
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{{T2010|Ukraine|September 24}}
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-
{{T2011|Ukraine|March 21}}
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{{T2011|Ukraine|September 19}}
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-
{{T2011|Ukraine|September 21}}
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{{T2012|Ukraine|March 12}}
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-
{{T2013|Ukraine|March 25}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ukraine|August 15}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ukraine|September 16}}
+
-
{{T2014|Ukraine|March 24}}
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<!----Vanuatu---->
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-
{{T2010|Vanuatu|September 10|Los Angeles}}
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-
{{T2011|Vanuatu|October 07|Los Angeles}}
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<!----Zambia---->
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{{T2010|Zambia|February 17|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2010|Zambia|July 19|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2010|Zambia|July 19|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Zambia|January 31|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Zambia|February 14|Washington, DC}}
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-
{{T2011|Zambia|July 18|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2011|Zambia|August 1|Philadelphia}}
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-
{{T2012|Zambia|January 24}}
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-
{{T2012|Zambia|February 29}}
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{{T2013|Zambia|February 11}}
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-
{{T2013|Zambia|June 11}}
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{{T2014|Zambia|February 4}}
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|<div style="font-size: 13pt">'''By Country'''</div>
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In a country that is still predominantly agricultural, daily life revolves more around the seasons, planting, and harvesting than around making money. The result can be a lack of concern for punctuality. For Filipinos, there is always time, while for Westerners, there may never be enough. Because appointments do not necessarily happen as scheduled, patience is one virtue that Volunteers develop while working in the Philippines.  
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Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in [[ ]]
As a Peace Corps Volunteers, you will have to adapt to conditions that may be dramatically different than you have ever experienced and modify lifestyle practices that you now take for granted. Even the most basic practices— talking, eating, using the bathroom, and sleeping — may take significantly different forms in the context of the host country. If you successfully adapt and integrate, you will in return be rewarded with a deep understanding of a new culture, the establishment of new and potentially lifelong relationships, and a profound sense of humanity.
See also:

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles by Country Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

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Contents

Communications

Mail

Letters, which usually take one to two weeks to arrive, should be sent to:

“Your Name,” PCT or “Your Name,” PCT

U.S. Peace Corps c/o the Peace Corps Office

P.O. Box 7013 6/F PNB Financial Center

Airmail Distribution Center Macapagal Avenue

N.A.I.A. 1300 Pasay City, Philippines 1308

Pasay City, Philippines


A Peace Corps staff member picks up the mail from the airport post office box and sends it to Volunteer sites by special delivery (known in-country as the Peace Corps pouch) or through the Philippine mail system.

When the Peace Corps receives a package for you, it will notify you and ask you whether you want to pick up the package at the office in Manila or have it sent to you by regular Philippine mail. If a package is forwarded, you will be responsible for the cost. After training, many Volunteers choose to have packages and letters mailed directly to their site.

Peace Corps Volunteers use the Philippine postal system to send mail to friends and family. Postage for letters sent within the Philippines is very inexpensive (15 cents per 20 grams). An airmail letter weighing 20 grams or less to the United States costs 26 pesos (51 cents), a letter weighing 21 to 100 grams costs $2.10.

Peace Corps/Philippines advises you not to have packages sent directly to your site by surface mail. Even if the freight charges are prepaid in the United States, there will be numerous charges in the Philippines for customs, brokerage, storage, clearing, etc.

Telephones

The Philippines has several phone companies, and household telephone service in rural areas is becoming more available. People without phones usually go to a local telephone office and wait while a call is placed. Because this system often ties up all the available lines, it can be very difficult to receive a call in rural areas. You can sometimes arrange to receive calls on someone’s private phone. Volunteers generally find it most convenient to place calls to the United States when they are in Manila.

Cellphones are very common. Volunteers who have brought cellphones find them to be helpful in calling and receiving calls from the United States. Calls home cost about 40 cents per minute. Volunteers sometimes call home collect, but if the call will be for more than a few minutes, we suggest that you call to give the number at which you can be reached and have the person call you back. Direct-dial calls to the Philippines are much cheaper than calls to the United States from the Philippines. Friends and relatives can call their local phone company for information on the best rates. To call Manila directly, precede the seven-digit number with 011 (the long distance code), 63 (the country code for the Philippines), and 2 (the city code for Manila).


Calls to the Peace Corps office after hours are answered by the security guard and relayed to the duty officer. Since it can take hours or even days for a Volunteer to return a call, the duty officer relays calls to Volunteers at their sites only in emergencies. In emergencies, it is best for your family to call Peace Corps/Washington at 800.424.8580, extension 1470. After normal business hours and on weekends and holidays, they can call 202.638.2574.

Computer, Internet, and E-mail Access

The Philippines is part of the global community, and many cities now have Internet cafés. Thus, you will have access to e-mail, if not at your site, at least in a neighboring city. Though the Peace Corps discourages you from bringing a personal computer, some Volunteers have brought laptops and have found them useful. If you decide to bring a laptop, please be aware that many assignments are in rural areas with no electricity. Plan for humidity, a fluctuating current, and the risk of theft. Be certain to insure any expensive electronic equipment for loss before you come to the Philippines. *UPDATE* As of Batch 272 (2013), the Peace Corps essentially assumes everyone has a computer, and even provides most training materials on a USB. Trainees find computers indispensable when preparing materials during training. Humidity, etc., is a concern, but electronics stores in the Philippines do sell surge protectors, which can hep with the fluctuating current.

Housing and Site Location

Your housing and site location will depend upon your assignment. For Volunteers assigned to rural areas or to small islands, housing is typically composed of hollow concrete blocks, wood, or bamboo. Education Volunteers are often assigned to towns or cities, where housing is better than in rural areas. Most houses in both rural and urban areas have running water (some with toilets that flush and others with toilets that require flushing with a pail of water) and 24-hour electricity.


Trainees are required to live with a host family during pre-service training, and Volunteers are required to live with host families during their first three months at their assigned site (the families usually are identified by the local agency the Volunteer is assigned to). After this period, you may choose to continue living with your host family or move into your own dwelling. Living with a Filipino family can help you integrate into your community, provide you with a deeper understanding of the local culture, and help you become comfortable with the local language.

Living Allowance and Money Management

Volunteers receive a monthly allowance in local currency sufficient to live at the level of the people they serve. The allowance is based on an annual survey and is intended to cover food, housing, household supplies, clothing, transportation to and from work, utilities, recreation and entertainment, and incidental expenses such as reading material. Like Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide, those in the Philippines are expected to live at a level commensurate with that of their Filipino co-workers.

Peace Corps/Philippines will open an ATM savings account for you at the Philippine National Bank (PNB) during the initial orientation. This ATM savings account will be used to deposit your living allowance, travel allowance for all training events and Peace Corps reimbursements for items such as medicine, work-related books, and payments to language tutors.

ATMs are available in most major cities, but if you bring credit cards, you need to guard them carefully against theft. As in other countries, credit card scams exist in the Philippines. Some Volunteers choose to bring cash (in small denominations such as $20 bills) for vacation travel, buying gifts, and similar personal expenses.


Food and Diet

Rice is the staple food for most Filipinos who live in the lowlands, while corn, potatoes, and tubers are the staple foods of people who live in inland areas. Rice is often eaten with fish, pork, or chicken. Bread and noodles, mung beans, a variety of vegetables, and bananas and some other fruits are available in most towns. Food is often cooked in lard or coconut oil. Given Filipinos’ dietary preference for fish and meat (and sweets) over vegetables, maintaining a strict vegetarian diet can be difficult. Vegetarians need to spend extra time and energy to ensure that they maintain a healthy diet.

Transportation

In cities or municipalities, the most common means of transportation are buses, minibuses, “jeepneys” (colorfully decorated converted World War II jeeps), vans, motorized tricycles, and pedicabs, depending upon the distance. Travel among islands occurs via airplanes, ships, or small motorboats. Peace Corps/Philippines requires that Volunteers use public transportation and prohibits them from owning, operating, and riding on a motorcycle.

Geography and Climate

The Philippines has typical tropical weather—hot and humid year-round. Although the weather pattern is fairly complex, it can roughly be divided into a dry season (January to June) and a wet season (July to December). January is usually the coolest month; May, the hottest. Higher elevations in northern Luzon can get cold at night or in windy, cloudy conditions.


Social Activities

Volunteers often are invited to birthday parties, baptisms, weddings, blessings of new buildings or landmarks, and programs to celebrate holidays and important school or local events. Volunteers are encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible in order to get to know the people of their community as well as to learn Filipino customs and traditions.

Professionalism, Dress, and Behavior

Despite considerable Western influences, Philippine culture can be conservative, especially outside large cities. Filipinos put a high priority on a neat appearance, and Volunteers, whether urban or rural based, are expected to wear neat and clean clothing, especially when in public or at the office. A poor public appearance can deter Filipinos from getting to know you or accepting you, thereby limiting your effectiveness. Remember that you are a professional, not a backpacker or a world traveler.

Personal Safety

More detailed information about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety is contained in the Health Care and Safety chapter, but it is an important issue and cannot be overemphasized. As stated in the Volunteer Handbook, becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer entails certain safety risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment (oftentimes alone), having a limited understanding of local language and culture, and being perceived as well-off are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk. Many Volunteers experience varying degrees of unwanted attention and harassment. Petty thefts and burglaries are not uncommon, and incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur, although most Philippine Volunteers complete their two years of service without personal security incidents. The Peace Corps has established procedures and policies designed to help you reduce your risks and enhance your safety and security. These procedures and policies, in addition to safety training, will be provided once you arrive in the Philippines. At the same time, you are expected to take responsibility for your safety and well-being.

Rewards and Frustrations

In a country that is still predominantly agricultural, daily life revolves more around the seasons, planting, and harvesting than around making money. The result can be a lack of concern for punctuality. For Filipinos, there is always time, while for Westerners, there may never be enough. Because appointments do not necessarily happen as scheduled, patience is one virtue that Volunteers develop while working in the Philippines.

Traditional Filipino kinship customs contribute to a lax attitude toward helping oneself to family members’ personal possessions. Sharing is common and not doing so is considered stingy. If you do not want something of yours to be touched in a Filipino home, you have to put it away in a locked place.

Since the closing of the American military bases in 1991, relations between the United States and the Philippines have improved. Many Filipinos are grateful to Americans for liberating them from Spain and for introducing modern standards of education and democracy. In general, there is a feeling of goodwill toward Americans, especially in the countryside.

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