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  HELLO, Peace Corps Invitees!                     
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In fulfilling the Peace Corps’ mandate to share the face of America with our host countries, we are making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years.  Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcome among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race, and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other, despite our many differences. Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal.
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In other ways, however, our diversity poses challenges. In El Salvador, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed.
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Outside of El Salvador’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. Typical cultural beliefs held may be as narrow as the perception that all Americans are rich and have blonde hair and blue eyes. The people of El Salvador are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to differences that you present. We will ask you to be supportive of one another.  
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In order to ease the transition and adapt to life in El Salvador, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises with who you are as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.bestpills4weightloss.com/<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">best weight loss pills</span>] independence available to them in the United States; political discussions will need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limits. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during your pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.
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===Overview of Diversity in El Salvador ===
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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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Peace Corps staff in El Salvador recognizes the adjustment issues that come with diversity and will endeavor to provide support and guidance. During pre-service training, several sessions will be held to discuss diversity and coping mechanisms. We look forward to having male and female Volunteers from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, religions, ethnic groups, and ages and hope that you will become part of a diverse group of Americans who will take pride in supporting each other and demonstrating the richness of American culture.  
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===What Might A Volunteer Face? ===
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====Possible issues for Female Volunteers ====
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Machismo is pervasive throughout El Salvador. Strict gender roles exist, particularly in rural areas. Women frequently receive catcalls, especially in areas where they are not knownThe more you are established in your site and known to your community, the less likely you will be hassled.
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Traditional roles in rural areas often limit women from doing physical work other than carrying firewood, water, or supplies from the market. Generally, women in El Salvador have attended less formal schooling than men so it is difficult for them to be taken seriously on technical issues. Additionally, Salvadoran women are usually not comfortable in expressing their opinions openly. Decisions are traditionally made by men. Gender roles for outsiders are somewhat less strict, although female lsjdbgfkebukanrvkqeurbgourhq;jnoqehrgqjregnqerjntoq85htq;ojgbVolunteers may find that expressions of independence that may be the norm in the United States are not culturally appropriate in El Salvador.
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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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====Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color ====
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As a Volunteer of color, you may be the only non-white Volunteer within a project or training group. As such, it is quite possible that you may be working and living among people with little or no experience or understanding of your culture. You may not receive the level of personal support from other Volunteers that you would like. Likewise, it may be a challenge to find diverse role models among the Peace Corps staff.
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In El Salvador, African-American Volunteers may be referred to as negro or other titles considered derogatory in American culture. Negro is the word for black in Spanish and may not be intended as derogatory in El Salvador. Based upon false cultural stereotypes, you may be evaluated as less professionally competent than white Volunteers.  
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Salvadorans mddfdffdfdfdfdfdf123ay expect Latin-American Volunteers to automatically assume different role patterns than white Volunteers or to interact socially with more ease. Likewise, Volunteers with Latino surnames may be expected to speak Spanish fluently; language testers may expect Latin-American Volunteers to perform more proficiently on Spanish tests. Latin-American Volunteers may not be considered or perceived as being North American.
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Salvadorans may project stereotyped behavior observed in films on Asian-American Volunteers (the “Kung Fu Syndrome”). In El Salvador, Asian Americans are often identified by their cultural heritage, not by their American citizenship. Asians are collectively labeled as chinos regardless of their particular ethnic background. Current or historical host-country involvement with Asian countries, or the presence of Asian merchants in the community, may have an impact on how Asian-American Volunteers are perceived.  Asian Americans may not be accepted as North American.
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Senior Volunteers are advised to designate a power of attorney to manage all financial matters during service prior to leaving for El Salvador. It is important that senior Volunteers be aware of possible issues of inclusion and acceptance among Volunteer peers. Others in the Peace Corps community may have little understanding of or respect for the lives and experiences of senior Americans. Seniors may not share social or recreational interests and may not receive the personal support they desire from younger Volunteers. As a result, senior Volunteers may not feel comfortable sharing personal, sexual, or health concerns. On the other hand, they may find that younger Volunteers look to them for advice and support. Some senior Volunteers find this a very enjoyable part of their experience, while others choose not to fill this role. Because of the cultural standards, senior Volunteers may command more respect from Salvadorans than younger Volunteers.
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Senior Volunteers may need to be assertive in developing an effective individual approach to language learning. Also, where great variety in site placement exists, Peace Corps staff and senior Volunteers need to collaborate to identify those sites most appropriate for single or married older Volunteers.
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Homosexuality is considered immoral according to local norms in El Salvador. AIDS (SIDA in Spanish) is a critical issue in many countries. Volunteers need to be aware that there has been a backlash against gay American men for supposedly bringing the disease to Latin America. Styles for hair, earrings on men, certain mannerisms, and clothes that are acceptable in the United States may be highly suspect in some communities. In El Salvador, some civil liberties are often nonexistent or ignored; homosexuals may be hassled in bars on in the streets.
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Some Volunteers find the Peace Corps to be a “coming out” experience, while others find it a “going back into the closet” one. Volunteers generally choose not to be “out” in their communities, but may be “out” to certain individuals with whom they have built trusting relationships. You may serve for two years without meeting another gay Volunteer. Straight Volunteers and staff may not be able to give needed support.  Like most Volunteers, you may have difficulties with the machismo in El Salvador. Lesbian and bisexual women should be prepared to field questions regarding boyfriends, marriage, and sex. Likewise, gay and bisexual men will be asked about girlfriends, and may find themselves in situations where men brag about female conquests, objectify women, and catcall. It is a good idea to start formulating personal strategies to deal with these potentially awkward moments.
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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}}
+
-
{{T2010|Burkina Faso|June 21|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Burkina Faso|October 13|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Burkina Faso|May 23|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Burkina Faso|June 6|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Burkina Faso|October 9|Philadelphia}}
+
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{{T2012|Burkina Faso|June 4|}}
+
-
{{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}}
+
-
{{T2013|Cambodia|July 9}}
+
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{{T2013|Cambodia|July 12}}
+
-
<!----Cameroon---->
+
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{{T2010|Cameroon|June 2|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2010|Cameroon|September 15}}
+
-
{{T2011|Cameroon|June 1}}
+
-
{{T2011|Cameroon|August 17}}
+
-
{{T2011|Cameroon|September 21}}
+
-
{{T2013|Cameroon|May 29}}
+
-
{{T2013|Cameroon|September 11}}
+
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<!----Cape Verde---->
+
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{{T2010|Cape Verde|July 15|Boston}}
+
-
{{T2011|Cape Verde|July 13|Boston}}
+
-
<!----China---->
+
-
{{T2010|China|June 29|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|China|June 29|Chicago}}
+
-
{{T2012|China|June 29}}
+
-
{{T2013|China|June 27|San Francisco}}
+
-
<!----Colombia---->
+
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{{T2011|Colombia|October 12|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2013|Colombia|August 27}}
+
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<!----Costa Rica---->
+
-
{{T2010|Costa Rica|March 1|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Costa Rica|October 4|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|Costa Rica|February 20}}
+
-
{{T2012|Costa Rica|June 4}}
+
-
{{T2013|Costa Rica|March 11}}
+
-
{{T2013|Costa Rica|July 8}}
+
-
<!----Dominican Republic---->
+
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{{T2010|Dominican Republic|March 2|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Dominican Republic|August 18|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Dominican Republic|March 1|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Dominican Republic|August 17|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|Dominican Republic|February 28|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Dominican Republic|March 5|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Dominican Republic|August 20}}
+
-
<!----Eastern Caribbean---->
+
-
{{T2010|Eastern Caribbean|February 15|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2010|Eastern Caribbean|August 23|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2011|Eastern Caribbean|January 27}}
+
-
{{T2013|Eastern Caribbean|January 24}}
+
-
<!----Ecuador---->
+
-
{{T2010|Ecuador|February 16|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Ecuador|June 15|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Ecuador|February 2|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Ecuador|June 1|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|Ecuador|January 18|Dallas, TX}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ecuador|January 15}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ecuador|May 14}}
+
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<!----El Salvador---->
+
-
{{T2010|El Salvador|February 2|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|El Salvador|July 20|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|El Salvador|January 18|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|El Salvador|July 19|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|El Salvador|January 24|cancelled}}
+
-
{{T2012|El Salvador|January 29|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|El Salvador|January 29}}
+
-
{{T2013|El Salvador|July 23|Washington, DC}}
+
-
<!----Ethiopia---->
+
-
{{T2010|Ethiopia|September 13|Atlanta}}
+
-
{{T2011|Ethiopia|May 23|Atlanta}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ethiopia|July 1}}
+
-
<!----Fiji---->
+
-
{{T2010|Fiji|May 19|Los Angeles}}
+
-
{{T2011|Fiji|May 17|Los Angeles}}
+
-
{{T2013|Fiji|September 3}}
+
-
<!----Gambia, The---->
+
-
{{T2010|The Gambia|June 29|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|The Gambia|January 4|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|The Gambia|June 28|Chicago}}
+
-
{{T2012|The Gambia|March 6|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|The Gambia|March 5|}}
+
-
<!----Georgia---->
+
-
{{T2010|Georgia|April 26|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Georgia|April 25|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Georgia|May 29}}
+
-
{{T2013|Georgia|April 21}}
+
-
<!----Ghana---->
+
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{{T2010|Ghana|June 1|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Ghana|June 6|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Ghana|October 4|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2012|Ghana|February 6|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ghana|February 6}}
+
-
{{T2014|Ghana|February 3}}
+
-
<!----Guatemala---->
+
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{{T2009|Guatemala|January 6|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Guatemala|January 4|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Guatemala|April 28|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Guatemala|August 10|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Guatemala|January 4|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Guatemala|April 27|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Guatemala|August 8|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|Guatemala|January 3|Cancelled}}
+
-
{{T2013|Guatemala|February 12|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Guatemala|June 18}}
+
-
<!----Guinea---->
+
-
{{T2011|Guinea|November 27|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2013|Guinea|July 1}}
+
-
<!----Guyana---->
+
-
{{T2010|Guyana|February 9|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2011|Guyana|February 15|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2013|Guyana|May 1}}
+
-
<!----Honduras---->
+
-
{{T2010|Honduras|February 22|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Honduras|June 22|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Honduras|February 23|Atlanta}}       
+
-
{{T2011|Honduras|July 6|Atlanta}}
+
-
{{T2012|Honduras|February 22|Cancelled}}
+
-
<!----Indonesia---->
+
-
{{T2010|Indonesia|March 15}}
+
-
{{T2011|Indonesia|April 4|San Francisco}}
+
-
{{T2013|Indonesia|April 7}}
+
-
<!----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}}
+
-
<!----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|}}
+
-
<!----Macedonia---->
+
-
{{T2010|Macedonia|September 10|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Macedonia|September 9|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Macedonia|September 13}}
+
-
<!----Madagascar---->
+
-
{{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}}
+
-
<!----Malawi---->
+
-
{{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|}}
+
-
<!----Mali---->
+
-
{{T2010|Mali|July 1|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mali|January 31|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mali|October 28|Philadelphia}}
+
-
<!----Mauritania---->
+
-
{{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}}
+
-
<!----Micronesia and Palau---->
+
-
{{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}}
+
-
<!----Mongolia---->
+
-
{{T2010|Mongolia|June 3|San Francisco}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mongolia|June 2|San Francisco}}
+
-
{{T2012|Mongolia|June 1|San Francisco}}
+
-
{{T2013|Mongolia|June 1}}
+
-
<!----Morocco---->
+
-
{{T2010|Morocco|March 1|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2010|Morocco|September 13|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Morocco|March 14|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Morocco|September 12}}
+
-
{{T2012|Morocco|March 19}}
+
-
{{T2013|Morocco|January 14}}
+
-
{{T2014|Morocco|January 13}}
+
-
<!----Mozambique---->
+
-
{{T2010|Mozambique|September 27|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mozambique|June 2|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Mozambique|September 30}}
+
-
{{T2013|Mozambique|May 29}}
+
-
{{T2013|Mozambique|September 24|Philadelphia}}
+
-
<!----Namibia---->
+
-
{{T2010|Namibia|February 16|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Namibia|August 17|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Namibia|February 18|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Namibia|August 18|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Namibia|March 11}}
+
-
{{T2013|Namibia|July 22}}
+
-
<!----Nicaragua---->
+
-
{{T2010|Nicaragua|January 19|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Nicaragua|May 11|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Nicaragua|August 31|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Nicaragua|January 11|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Nicaragua|May 10|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Nicaragua|August 30|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|Nicaragua|January 10|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Nicaragua|March 15|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Nicaragua|August 13}}
+
-
<!----Niger---->
+
-
{{T2010|Niger|July 7|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2010|Niger|October 18|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011}}
+
-
<!----Panama---->
+
-
{{T2010|Panama|April 20|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2010|Panama|August 17|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2011|Panama|January 11|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Panama|April 26|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|Panama|January 10|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|Panama|May 1}}
+
-
{{T2013|Panama|Febuary 19}}
+
-
{{T2013|Panama|June 18}}
+
-
<!----Paraguay---->
+
-
{{T2010|Paraguay|February 8|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2010|Paraguay|June 1|Miami}}       
+
-
{{T2010|Paraguay|September 29|Miami}}       
+
-
{{T2011|Paraguay|February 2|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2011|Paraguay|May 25|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2011|Paraguay|September 27|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2012|Paraguay|February 8|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2012|Paraguay|September 22|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2013|Paraguay|February 13|Miami}}
+
-
{{T2013|Paraguay|May 29}}
+
-
{{T2013|Paraguay|September 25}}
+
-
{{T2014|Paraguay|January 29}}
+
-
<!----Peru---->
+
-
{{T2010|Peru|June 10|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Peru|September 16|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Peru|June 9|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Peru|June 7}}
+
-
{{T2013|Peru|September 12|Washington, DC}}
+
-
<!----Philippines---->
+
-
{{T2010|Philippines|August 19|Los Angeles}}
+
-
{{T2011|Philippines|July 1|Los Angeles}}
+
-
{{T2013|Philippines|July 5|Los Angeles}}
+
-
<!----Romania---->
+
-
{{T2010|Romania|May 18|Chicago}}
+
-
{{T2011|Romania|April 26|Chicago}}
+
-
<!----Rwanda---->
+
-
{{T2010|Rwanda|February 23}}       
+
-
{{T2010|Rwanda|October 19}}
+
-
{{T2011|Rwanda|May 4}}
+
-
{{T2011|Rwanda|September 12}}
+
-
{{T2013|Rwanda|June 11}}
+
-
{{T2013|Rwanda|September 10}}
+
-
<!----Samoa---->
+
-
{{T2010|Samoa|October 5|Los Angeles}}
+
-
<!----Senegal---->
+
-
{{T2010|Senegal|March 8|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Senegal|August 9|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Senegal|March 7|Washington, DC}}       
+
-
{{T2011|Senegal|June 13|Washington, DC}}       
+
-
{{T2011|Senegal|August 29|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Senegal|March 5|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Senegal|September 24}}
+
-
{{T2014|Senegal|March 3}}               
+
-
<!----Sierra Leone---->
+
-
{{T2010|Sierra Leone|June 2}}
+
-
{{T2011|Sierra Leone|June 1}}
+
-
{{T2013|Sierra Leone|June 18}}     
+
-
{{T2013|Sierra Leone|July 17|Philadelphia}}
+
-
<!----South Africa---->
+
-
{{T2010|South Africa|January 28|Washington, DC}}       
+
-
{{T2010|South Africa|July 12|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|South Africa|January 24|Washington, DC}}       
+
-
{{T2011|South Africa|July 5|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|South Africa|January 23|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|South Africa|January 24}}
+
-
{{T2013|South Africa|July 4|Washington, DC|SA28}}
+
-
{{T2014|South Africa|January 22}}       
+
-
<!----Suriname---->
+
-
{{T2011|Suriname|May 3|Miami}}
+
-
<!----Swaziland---->
+
-
{{T2010|Swaziland|June 25|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Swaziland|June 2|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2012|Swaziland|June 5|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2013|Swaziland|June 25}}
+
-
<!----Tanzania---->
+
-
{{T2010|Tanzania|June 14|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2010|Tanzania|September 20|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Tanzania|June 13|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Tanzania|October 10}}
+
-
{{T2012|Tanzania|June 11}}
+
-
{{T2013|Tanzania|July 3}}
+
-
<!----Thailand---->
+
-
{{T2010|Thailand|January 16|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Thailand|January 8|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2012|Thailand|January 8|Detroit}}
+
-
{{T2013|Thailand|January 11|Detroit}}
+
-
{{T2014|Thailand|January 10}}
+
-
<!----Togo---->
+
-
{{T2010|Togo|June 3}}
+
-
{{T2010|Togo|September 16}}
+
-
{{T2011|Togo|June 2}}
+
-
{{T2011|Togo|September 15}}
+
-
{{T2013|Togo|June 5}}
+
-
{{T2013|Togo|June 10}}
+
-
<!----Tonga---->
+
-
{{T2010|Tonga|October 5|Los Angeles}}
+
-
{{T2013|Tonga|September 3}}
+
-
<!----Turkmenistan---->
+
-
{{T2010|Turkmenistan|March 23}}
+
-
{{T2010|Turkmenistan|September 30}}
+
-
<!----Uganda---->
+
-
{{T2010|Uganda|February 8}}
+
-
{{T2010|Uganda|August 9}}
+
-
{{T2011|Uganda|February 9}}
+
-
{{T2011|Uganda|August 3}}
+
-
{{T2012|Uganda|April 24}}
+
-
{{T2013|Uganda|March 23}}
+
-
{{T2013|Uganda|April 24}}
+
-
{{T2013|Uganda|November 11}}
+
-
<!----Ukraine---->
+
-
{{T2010|Ukraine|March 29}}
+
-
{{T2010|Ukraine|September 17}}
+
-
{{T2010|Ukraine|September 24}}
+
-
{{T2011|Ukraine|March 21}}
+
-
{{T2011|Ukraine|September 19}}
+
-
{{T2011|Ukraine|September 21}}
+
-
{{T2012|Ukraine|March 12}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ukraine|March 25}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ukraine|August 15}}
+
-
{{T2013|Ukraine|September 16}}
+
-
<!----Vanuatu---->
+
-
{{T2010|Vanuatu|September 10|Los Angeles}}
+
-
{{T2011|Vanuatu|October 07|Los Angeles}}
+
-
<!----Zambia---->
+
-
{{T2010|Zambia|February 17|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Zambia|July 19|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2010|Zambia|July 19|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Zambia|January 31|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Zambia|February 14|Washington, DC}}
+
-
{{T2011|Zambia|July 18|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2011|Zambia|August 1|Philadelphia}}
+
-
{{T2012|Zambia|January 24}}
+
-
{{T2012|Zambia|February 29}}
+
-
{{T2013|Zambia|February 11}}
+
-
{{T2013|Zambia|June 11}}
+
-
{{T2014|Zambia|February 4}}
+
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Latest revision as of 19:50, 19 November 2013

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In fulfilling the Peace Corps’ mandate to share the face of America with their host countries, Peace Corps is making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences. See also:
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In fulfilling the Peace Corps’ mandate to share the face of America with our host countries, we are making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years. Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcome among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race, and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other, despite our many differences. Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal.

In other ways, however, our diversity poses challenges. In El Salvador, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed.

Outside of El Salvador’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. Typical cultural beliefs held may be as narrow as the perception that all Americans are rich and have blonde hair and blue eyes. The people of El Salvador are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to differences that you present. We will ask you to be supportive of one another.

In order to ease the transition and adapt to life in El Salvador, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises with who you are as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the best weight loss pills independence available to them in the United States; political discussions will need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limits. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during your pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.

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[edit] Overview of Diversity in El Salvador

Peace Corps staff in El Salvador recognizes the adjustment issues that come with diversity and will endeavor to provide support and guidance. During pre-service training, several sessions will be held to discuss diversity and coping mechanisms. We look forward to having male and female Volunteers from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, religions, ethnic groups, and ages and hope that you will become part of a diverse group of Americans who will take pride in supporting each other and demonstrating the richness of American culture.

[edit] What Might A Volunteer Face?

[edit] Possible issues for Female Volunteers

Machismo is pervasive throughout El Salvador. Strict gender roles exist, particularly in rural areas. Women frequently receive catcalls, especially in areas where they are not known. The more you are established in your site and known to your community, the less likely you will be hassled.

Traditional roles in rural areas often limit women from doing physical work other than carrying firewood, water, or supplies from the market. Generally, women in El Salvador have attended less formal schooling than men so it is difficult for them to be taken seriously on technical issues. Additionally, Salvadoran women are usually not comfortable in expressing their opinions openly. Decisions are traditionally made by men. Gender roles for outsiders are somewhat less strict, although female lsjdbgfkebukanrvkqeurbgourhq;jnoqehrgqjregnqerjntoq85htq;ojgbVolunteers may find that expressions of independence that may be the norm in the United States are not culturally appropriate in El Salvador.

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[edit] Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color

As a Volunteer of color, you may be the only non-white Volunteer within a project or training group. As such, it is quite possible that you may be working and living among people with little or no experience or understanding of your culture. You may not receive the level of personal support from other Volunteers that you would like. Likewise, it may be a challenge to find diverse role models among the Peace Corps staff.

In El Salvador, African-American Volunteers may be referred to as negro or other titles considered derogatory in American culture. Negro is the word for black in Spanish and may not be intended as derogatory in El Salvador. Based upon false cultural stereotypes, you may be evaluated as less professionally competent than white Volunteers.

Salvadorans mddfdffdfdfdfdfdf123ay expect Latin-American Volunteers to automatically assume different role patterns than white Volunteers or to interact socially with more ease. Likewise, Volunteers with Latino surnames may be expected to speak Spanish fluently; language testers may expect Latin-American Volunteers to perform more proficiently on Spanish tests. Latin-American Volunteers may not be considered or perceived as being North American.

Salvadorans may project stereotyped behavior observed in films on Asian-American Volunteers (the “Kung Fu Syndrome”). In El Salvador, Asian Americans are often identified by their cultural heritage, not by their American citizenship. Asians are collectively labeled as chinos regardless of their particular ethnic background. Current or historical host-country involvement with Asian countries, or the presence of Asian merchants in the community, may have an impact on how Asian-American Volunteers are perceived. Asian Americans may not be accepted as North American.

[edit] Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers

Senior Volunteers are advised to designate a power of attorney to manage all financial matters during service prior to leaving for El Salvador. It is important that senior Volunteers be aware of possible issues of inclusion and acceptance among Volunteer peers. Others in the Peace Corps community may have little understanding of or respect for the lives and experiences of senior Americans. Seniors may not share social or recreational interests and may not receive the personal support they desire from younger Volunteers. As a result, senior Volunteers may not feel comfortable sharing personal, sexual, or health concerns. On the other hand, they may find that younger Volunteers look to them for advice and support. Some senior Volunteers find this a very enjoyable part of their experience, while others choose not to fill this role. Because of the cultural standards, senior Volunteers may command more respect from Salvadorans than younger Volunteers.

Senior Volunteers may need to be assertive in developing an effective individual approach to language learning. Also, where great variety in site placement exists, Peace Corps staff and senior Volunteers need to collaborate to identify those sites most appropriate for single or married older Volunteers.

[edit] Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers

Homosexuality is considered immoral according to local norms in El Salvador. AIDS (SIDA in Spanish) is a critical issue in many countries. Volunteers need to be aware that there has been a backlash against gay American men for supposedly bringing the disease to Latin America. Styles for hair, earrings on men, certain mannerisms, and clothes that are acceptable in the United States may be highly suspect in some communities. In El Salvador, some civil liberties are often nonexistent or ignored; homosexuals may be hassled in bars on in the streets.

Some Volunteers find the Peace Corps to be a “coming out” experience, while others find it a “going back into the closet” one. Volunteers generally choose not to be “out” in their communities, but may be “out” to certain individuals with whom they have built trusting relationships. You may serve for two years without meeting another gay Volunteer. Straight Volunteers and staff may not be able to give needed support. Like most Volunteers, you may have difficulties with the machismo in El Salvador. Lesbian and bisexual women should be prepared to field questions regarding boyfriends, marriage, and sex. Likewise, gay and bisexual men will be asked about girlfriends, and may find themselves in situations where men brag about female conquests, objectify women, and catcall. It is a good idea to start formulating personal strategies to deal with these potentially awkward moments.

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