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==Peace Corps History==
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==Confirmed Discounts==
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Albania]]''
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===Camping and Outdoor Gear===
  
Albania began the transition to a democratic, open-market nation later than the other Balkan states. Former Communist leader Enver Hoxha headed an isolationist and authoritarian regime from 1944 until his death in 1985, and it was not until March 1991 that Albania and the United States reestablished diplomatic relations (after a 35-year break). The Albanian government invited the Peace Corps into the country soon after, and the first group of 21 Volunteers arrived in June 1992 to begin teaching English at secondary schools and universities. The Peace Corps program was expanded with a small business development project, and 12 Volunteers working in this sector arrived in April 1993. The program was expanded again in 1995 with the addition of 15 Volunteers for an agroforestry project. A group of new Volunteers was scheduled to arrive in February 1997, but a breakdown in civil order and public safety precipitated by the collapse of fraudulent pyramid savings schemes led to the evacuation of all Peace Corps Volunteers and U.S. staff in March 1997 and the closure of the post. At the time of the evacuation, 73 Volunteers were serving in the three Peace Corps projects.
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| [http://www.treklightgear.com Trek Light Gear]
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| Hammocks, Bug Nets, Ultralight Backpacks, more
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| 20% Off! (not valid on sale items)
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(Up to 40% off for group orders 10 or more - contact your fellow PCV's!)
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| Just [http://www.treklightgear.com/contacts/ contact TLG] and you'll get a response ASAP to get your discount (you'll be asked to provide easy verification). For more information on how Trek Light has helped helped PCV's in the past, check out the post [http://www.treklightgear.com/treklife/peace-corps-hammocks/ Hammocks For The Peace Corps]. If you're already stationed Trek Light can easily ship international. TLG has been a huge supporter of PCV's so please support them back, their Bindle daypack and hammocks are essentials on your trip! (Current thru 2016)
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|[http://www.thegrayl.com/ GRAYL Water Purifier]
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| Water Purifiers for International Travel
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| 30% off for Peace Corps volunteers plus free U.S. Shipping (& flat rate international).
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| Email marketing@thegrayl.com to receive discount code after verification to purchase at www.thegrayl.com.  http://www.thegrayl.com/explore/travel
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|-
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|[http://www.panthervision.com Panther Vision]
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| LED Hats, Solar Hats, Lighting Products
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|  35% Discount for Peace Corps Volunteers
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| [ Call Beth at 847-783-5900 + Free Shipping ]
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|[http://www.silverfire.us Silverfire]
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| Clean burning cookstoves, Solar Activated Water Purification Bag, Solar Cooker, and other clean cooking products.
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| 10% off for Peace Corps Volunteers
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| [ Call Todd at (541) 222-9212 and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID) for discount ]
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|[http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/ Tortuga Backpacks]
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| Urban travel backpacks
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| 20% off for Peace Corps volunteers
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| [http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/pages/contact/ Email them] and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID).
  
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|[http://www.vargooutdoors.com/utensils.html Vargo]
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| Titanium Camp Stuff
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| 50% off one order
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| Email them for a code
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|-
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|[http://www.jetboil.com/ Jetboil]
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| Cookware systems
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| 50% off one order
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| Email them a copy of your acceptance letter and they will send you a business card in the mail with a code on it.
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|[https://www.blackburndesign.com/en_eu/#.VpAFlz9Ih2Y Blackburn Design]
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| Bike bags, lights, etc
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| 50% off prodeal
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| Email them and complete their prodeal application
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|[http://www.stanley-pmi.com/store/stanley/DisplayHomePage Stanley]
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| Thermos's, coolers, flasks.
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| 20% off retail
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| Email them for a code
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|[http://www.mhmgear.com/ MHM]
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| Amazing packs!! You want to get one :)
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| Peace Corps Deal 25% (cannot combine with sale items)
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| Contact them via their website (www.mhmgear.com) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mhmgear) and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID) You will receive a friendly quick response, the guys are super cool. (8/2013)
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|[http://www.kelty.com Kelty]
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| Backpacks, camping gear, sleeping bags, more
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| 50% off via pro deal - http://www.kelty.com/pro.aspx (8/3/2015)
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|-
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| [http://www.klymit.com/ Klymit]
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| Sleeping bags, pads, and other camping gear
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|40% off for Peace Corps Volunteers.
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|Just e-mail support@klymit.com and let them know you are a volunteer! You'll receive a coupon code (40OFF) to enter in the Discount Code Box to use on www.klymit.com after providing verification.
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|-
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| [http://www.marmot.com/ Marmot]
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| Outdoor gear
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| Marmot offers a Professional Courtesy Program to Peace Corps Volunteers.  Discount may vary by product but is <b>substantial</b>. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them). 10/31/14: Pro Account accepted, and discount is 50%.- 12/16/14 the discount is up to 50% off however it ranges more so around 42-45% off depending on the gear
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| Apply for the program [http://marmot.promotive.com/action/index here], you should hear back within a couple business days. (verified 04/07/2015)
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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| [http://www.coleman.com/nonprofit Coleman]
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| Outdoor gear
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| Coleman offers a discounted pricing program for non-profit groups.  Discount varies by product. <b>must order for delivery in the states</b>
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| Email their customer service department [http://www.coleman.com/coleman/feedback2.asp here] and ask if they provide discounts to Peace Corps volunteers. 12/12/11- Customer Service replied to my question saying they do not offer discounts to Peace Corps volunteers 1/13/14 - emailed customer service and attached invitation letter. Received promo code for 30%
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| [http://cascadedesigns.com/ Cascade Designs (MSR, Thermarest, Seal Line, Platypus, Tracks)]
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| Outdoor Gear
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| approximately 30%
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| UPDATED 2/2/15: Simply apply online here - https://www.cascadedesigns.com/pro.  Peace Corps are allowed to use a home address as the registered shipping address, since they only ship items to the United States. 11/28/11:  please email before submitting a registration. 09/2014- Still available!
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| [http://www.eaglecreek.com/ Eagle Creek]
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| Travel Gear
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| 30-50%
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| Ask to join the Pro-Deal go to proshop.eaglecreek.com to apply for discount. 04/01/15- 50% discount.
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| [http://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com ENO]
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| Hammocks, Rain tarps, Stuff sacks
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| 30%
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| Go to https://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com/pro-deals/ to join the pro-deal. Peace Corps Volunteers can use their home address as the business address.
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| [http://www.hennessyhammock.com Hennessy Hammock]
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| Camping Hammocks
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| 50%. Must order at least ten at a time (talk to other PCVs to put together bulk order). They will ship internationally.
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  40% If order individually
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| Email Customer Service. This is a small company and they were really excited about this pro-deal. 2/19/11 just emailed and they confirmed 50% discount. No mention of a requirement to purchase 10 at a time.
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|[http://www.timbuk2.com Timbuk2]
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|Messenger bags, backpacks, and laptop bags
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|You get the "prodeal" 30% discount when you sign up.
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|sign up [https://prodeal.timbuk2.com/tb2/pro/signin.htm here](I tried this and never got a response. I sent many emails and only part were returned. This did not work for me April 2011.  Update: The pro deal website didn't work for me either, so I emailed the Customer Support.  I got a quick friendly response from CS and they gave me a code for a single use as their pro deal website was down (April 12, 2011). 2/1/14 - pro deals all go through promotive. Apply online to [http://www.promotive.com/] to save 30%
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|[http://www.backcountry.com/ Backcountry.com]
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| All the Best Outdoor Gear!
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| Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%)
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| Email: mcorey@backcountry.com and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri. You will receive a friendly quick response. (6/2015)
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''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Albania]]''
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|Eastern Mountain Sports
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|Outdoor Gear, Clothing
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|20% off retail price.
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|<u>In stores only</u>: ask for the "humanitarian discount." You will get 20% off your entire purchase. **(UPDATE AS OF 6/25/2014--Don't give the humanitarian discount anymore, but if you explain you're going into PC, they'll give you the student discount of 15% !)
  
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, 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 Albanian context. You will need to learn to live on far less money than you are now used to, give up most of your privacy, and adapt to different ways of socializing. You may not be able to go out of your house much after dark or have an opportunity for dating within your community. Women will have many more restrictions than men. You will come to Albania to assist people in their efforts to improve their lives, which will be difficult. It will be up to you to adjust to Albanian lifestyle and work practices—Albania is what it is and it won’t adjust to you. 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.
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|Samsonite
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|Luggage
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|10% off retail price.
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|<u>In stores confirmed, unsure online</u>:08/14/2014 at Samsonite outlet store, asked salesperson and he looked it up and told me that they offer 10%. Unsure if this is in all Samsonite stores, or just the outlet stores. Just ask for it !)
  
==Training==
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''Main article: [[Training in Albania]]''
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|RIdgeWallet
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|RFID Blocking Wallet
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|10% off
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|PEACECORPS10
  
You will participate in an intensive 10-week training program that will begin immediately upon your arrival in Albania. The weekly schedule is Monday through Friday with some Saturday mornings for language training and special events. You and a few other trainees will live with host families in a small town or village. You will participate in many of the training activities with that small group. One or two days each week, you will travel to a central site where you will participate in training activities with the entire group of new trainees. Pre-service training focuses on learning the Albanian language, cross-cultural, community skills development, technical skills development, safety and security, and health. The training period is a time for you to reexamine your commitment to being a Volunteer in Albania. It also gives Peace Corps/Albania the opportunity to get to know you and be assured that your skills and attitudes are a good match for the program here. Throughout the training period, you and Peace Corps staff will measure your progress in meeting the training goals.
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==Health Care and Safety==
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|[http://www.travelonbags.com/ Travelon]
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|Travel Accessories/Security Bags
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|25% off
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|<u>Online</u>:08/15/2014 contacted via Facebook and they provided me with a one time use code for 25% off
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Albania]]''
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. Peace Corps/Albania maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Some additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Albania at local clinics and hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States. Peace Corps Medical staff are educated in Albania. They lack the skills, knowledge, and capabilities to be effective with more serious health issues. Being able to contact a doctor outside of Peace Corps all together is advised.
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|[http://thescrubba.com/ Scrubba Wash Bag]
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| Fantastic aid for hand-washing clothing. No mess, easy to pack, durable, and doubles as a dry bag.  
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| 10% off for PCVs.
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| E-mail and request discount code.
  
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==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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|[http://luminaid.com/ LuminAid]
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| Solar Inflatable Lights
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| 10% off
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| Use code "LuminAIDPeaceCorps"
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UPDATE 9/25/15: Code only works on $30+, confirmed through email
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Albania]]''
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In Albania, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Albania.
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| [http://www.leatherman.com/pro Leatherman] + [http://www.ledlenser.com/pro LEDLenser]
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| Multi-tools, knives, flashlights, headlamps
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| 50% for 6 months
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| Apply for pro deal (Confirmed 11/20/2015)
  
Outside of Albania’s capital and a few larger regional towns, residents of smaller towns and rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. Albanians are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community where you live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
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* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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===Clothing===
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
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* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
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|[http://www.ourtalkinghands.com/ Our Talking Hands]
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|Unique, high quality, handmade designs fashioned by Deaf Ghanaian Artisans - Founded by a PCV in 2009.
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|Our Talking Hands offers a 20% discount code to all PCVs and RPCVs.
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|Submit your invitation letter or DOS to ourtalkinghands@gmail.com.  They will send you a 20% OFF Discount Code that can be used at https://www.etsy.com/shop/OurTalkingHands on any purchase you make!
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|[http://ministryofsupply.com/ Ministry of Supply]
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|Men's business attire engineered to be adaptable to any situation.
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|15% off Apollo Dress Shirts, perhaps other discounts available.
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|Submit your invitation letter or DOS to q@ministryofsupply.com and explain your situation and what products you want.  They will have you call in to place an order and apply your discount over the phone. (Negotiated by a PCV) 5/25/15: offered combination discounts (buy 2-5 of one thing and get 10-15% off).
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|[http://www.runjanji.com/ Janji]
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|Running Apparel that Gives Back
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|40% off for PCVs and RPCVs, 50% off if you serve in a country that we support. You pay shipping if outside US
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|Email sam.bar@runjanji.com (RPCV Moz '11-'13) a scan of your invitation letter or DOS and he'll send you a discount code
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| [http://www.bluffworks.com/ Bluffworks]
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| Mens Pants for Work, Travel and Play
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| "Inspired by the performance of technical travel clothing, I built a pant that marries technical performance with office ready looks... I designed these pants to keep up with the rigors of my own life, where work, play, and travel frequently collide."
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| Email the Bluffworks Team at team@bluffworks.com to receive a 20% discount for Peace Corps Volunteers. (Negotiated by PCV)
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| [http://www.marmot.com/ Marmot]
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| Outdoor clothing
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| Marmot offers a Professional Courtesy Program to Peace Corps Volunteers.  Discount may vary by product but is <b>substantial</b>. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them).  12/17/14 50% discount on clothing
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| Apply for the program [http://marmot.promotive.com/action/index here], you should hear back within a couple business days.
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| [http://www.ae.com/ American Eagle Outfitters]
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| Men's and Women's Clothing
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| 20% off ALL AEO and Aerie clothing
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| Call customer service (1-888-232-4535)to speak with a customer service rep. 7/25/14: received discount after submitting Peace Corps verification via email. Orders using this discount will have to be placed over the phone, in coordination with a rep.4/4/15: Called and customer service rep said they do not offer any discounts for Peace Corps volunteers.
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| [http://www.thenorthface.com/ The North Face]
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| Outdoor Clothing
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| The North Face offers a Pro Pricing Program to Peace Corps Volunteers.  Discount may vary by product but is <b>substantial</b>. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them).
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| Apply for the program [http://thenorthface.promotive.com/action/index here], you should hear back within a couple business days. **5/11/11: The program is not accepting new applicants. The Pro program is apparently under review for possible termination. 11/28/11: The program is back, but no longer offers discounts to Peace Corps Volunteers.  (Policy change-no more discounts)
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| [http://www.exofficio.com/ ExOfficio]
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| Outdoor Clothing
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| 20-30%
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| apply online at http://www.exofficio.com/pro **7/20/11: Received a 10% discount, not 50%-60%. 1/7/12: Received a 25% discount: Received a 20% discount on 12/23/13. 09/2014- Discount still stands but only on select items and most of it is out of stock.
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| [http://www.macabiskirt.com Macabi]
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| Macabi Skirts
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| $50 per skirt instead of $80
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| e-mail your acceptance letter
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| [http://www.moosejaw.com Moosejaw]
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| Outdoor gear/clothes
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| 10% off regular prices, 5% off sale prices<br>
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''Excludes Arc'Teryx, Bugaboo,Burton, Merrell, Nixon,Suunto, The North Face and Western Mountainering products''
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| Use Coupon Code "LTM" (discount did work on 4/26/2011)Code did not work for me but I live-chatted with them and they gave me a weekly code of 15% off (4/23/2014)
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| [http://www.backcountry.com/ Backcountry.com]
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| All the Best Outdoor Gear!
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| Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%)
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| Email: mcorey@backcountry.com and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri.
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| [http://www.hotchillys.com/home/index/1520.1 Hot Chillys]
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| Hot Chillys
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| 10% off Code for Clothing and Socks
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| e-mail sales@hotchillys.com or customer service, ask for a Peace Corps Discount, and provide verification (7/1/13)
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| [http://www.smartwool.com Smart Wool]
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| Smartwool
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| Smartwool
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| Significant discount on very warm socks and gear. E-mail and request access to their pro deal. You may need to include your invitation letter. They take a while to get back to you. Update 10/21/2015: Emailed customer service and received response that Peace Corps Volunteers no longer fall under the category of eligibility for their pro deal.
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| [http://icebreaker.promotive.com Ice Breaker]
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| Ice Breaker
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| Significant Discount
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| Apply through their promotive site.
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==Frequently Asked Questions==
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===Education===
  
{{Volunteersurvey2008
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|H1s= 70.3
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|H2r=  46
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|H2s=  80.5
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|H3r=  48
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|H3s= 81.8
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|H4r=  58
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| [http://www.msu.edu Michigan State University]
|H4s=  99.5
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| Graduate School
|H5r=  63
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| In-State Tuition for RPCVs
|H5s= 43.3
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| [http://www.reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/notices/residency.asp Section 3G]
|H6r= 40
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|H6s=  80.3
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| [http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whyvol.eduben.mastersint Master's International]<br>
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| "more than 60 universities offering 117 different graduate degrees."
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| [http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/masters/current-programs.pdf See list, school dependent]
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| [http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/masters/current-programs.pdf See list, school dependent]
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| [http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whyvol.eduben.fellows Fellows/USA]<br>
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| "more than 50 universities."
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| [http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/fellows/current-programs.pdf See list, school dependent]
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| [http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/fellows/current-programs.pdf See list, school dependent]
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| [http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-discounts.php Live Lingua School]<br>
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| "Live Skype lessons in 11 languages. Free Ebooks & Audios for over 90 languages."
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| [http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-discounts.php Live lessons (up to 40% off)]
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| Follow instructions on page.
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Albania]]''
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===Electronics===
  
* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Albania?
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
* What is the electric current in Albania?
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* How much money should I bring?
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! width="200pt"|Company
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
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! width="200pt"|Discount
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Albanian friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
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| [http://www.voltaicsystems.com/index.shtml Voltaic Systems]
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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| Solar Powered Backpacks
* Can I call home from Albania?
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| 30% off
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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| Write to sales@voltaicsystems.com for the discount code (peacecorps30) or call 877.304.6861 ext. 701 Emailed sales@voltaicsystems.com on 3/25/15 and got a code (PCV30) for 30% off to use at checkout. They just ask to show them how you are using the product via social media/email.
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
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| [http://www.freeplayenergy.com/products/aiddev/scout Freeplay Energy]
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| Scout shortwave radio
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| discount price $25 plus shipping
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| contact Penny Thornton 866-526-2826 (1/11/11 I called and the Scout has been discontinued and Penny Thornton no longer works there. They did offer the Eyemax as somewhat comparable and at a small discount) Update: 5/5/2013- A rep told me they are no longer offering this discount in the US.
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| [http://www.etoncorp.com/ Eton]
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| shortwave radios
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| 20% off
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| Call 1-800-872-2228 (6/17/11 - called and says they only give discounts to retailers) (7-28-2011 gave me 50% off plus the cost of shipping)
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|-
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| [http://www.sollight.com/ Sollight]
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| Solar powered water bottle caps turn your bottle into a lantern
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| 40%
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| Email orders@sollight.com and ask nicely
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(I didn't get a reply at that address. I e-mailed info@sollight and immediately got a code for a 25% discount. 5/14/13)
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| [http://www.solio.com Solio]
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| Universal solar power charger
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| 40%
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| Use coupon code "PEACECORPS40"
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|-
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| [http://www.goenerplex.com EnerPlex]
 +
| Solar Chargers, Powerbanks, Solar Backpacks
 +
| 25% off
 +
| Use coupon code "PeaceCorps2015". (10/7/2014)
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|-
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| [http://www.goalzero.com Goal Zero]
 +
| Solar power chargers
 +
| 5%
 +
| Told me they do offer a discount for Peace Corp volunteers. "It is a 5% discount and all you'll need to do is send us your acceptance letter to support@goalzero.com and we can place your order over the phone and apply that 5% discount." (Feb 2014)
 +
30% off via promotive.com. (May 2015)
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|-
 +
| [http://store.apple.com Apple]
 +
| Electronics
 +
| 5-6%
 +
| Use their government pricing program. Need original copy of your invite.  Called Apple on 7/16/2013 and they no longer give governmental discounts...  Went to Apple store 9/12/13, told my story and showed my invite email, discounts apply to computers only.  $50 off computers and $66 off 3 year warranty.
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|-
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| [http://www.dell.com/epp Dell]
 +
| Electronics
 +
| 10-30% (depends on product)
 +
| www.dell.com/epp; member ID GS83510340
 +
|}
  
 +
===Food and Drinks===
  
==Packing List==
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! width="200pt"|Company
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! width="200pt"|Type
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! width="200pt"|Discount
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! width="200pt"|Notes / Procedures
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|-
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| [http://www.facebook.com/riseupcoffee Rise Up Coffee]
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| Organic Coffee
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| " Rise Up Coffee will send our coffee to any current PCV's for FREE!!!" 
 +
| "Simply contact us through [http://www.facebook.com/riseupcoffee FB] or email info@drinkorganiccoffee.com ... and wait for your organic coffee to show up (which, depending on where you are, could take some time!)." <br>(Owner Tim Cureton, PC Kiribati 98-01) As of March 25 2014, after many attempts of contacting someone at the company, they said this is a one time opportunity. Also they are really busy and said it might or might not happen. It is worth a shot but not a guarantee. Perhaps it will change in the future. It is a great company. <br>
 +
[http://drinkorganiccoffee.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-coffee-to-any-peace-corps.html More Info]
 +
|-
 +
|}
  
''Main article: [[Packing list for Albania]]''
+
===Medical===
  
This list is based on the experience of Peace Corps Volunteers generally. You will need an assortment of clothing for work, play, and socializing. Keep in mind that Albanians dress stylishly, even if their clothes are worn. Don’t expect to replace clothing at the same rate that you might in the United States. You also will need your own money for your purchases. Many Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the world end their service with the same clothing (albeit well-worn) that they started with.
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
 +
|-
 +
! width="200pt"|Company
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! width="200pt"|Type
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! width="200pt"|Discount
 +
! width="200pt"|Notes / Procedures
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|-
 +
| [http://www.usa-icd.org/node/32 USA-ICD]
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| Dental (Applicants)
 +
| "volunteering to provide a dental examination and x-rays for Peace Corps applicants at no charge" (read [http://www.usa-icd.org/node/32 more...])
 +
| "Please email Mary Jo Webster at maryjo@usa-icd.org for a list of volunteers in your area. If the dentist shares a dental practice, please do not schedule an appointment with a partner, as he or she may not be a Fellow on our list of volunteers. Applicants are asked to allow for ample time to fit an appointment into the dentist's schedule. The applicant will bring a Peace Corps dental examination form to the appointment. Any dental treatment needed to bring his/her mouth to a healthy state will be the financial responsibility of the Peace Corps applicant."
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|-
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| [http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2009/november/story19697.html Michigan Tech]
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|  Medical exams and lab tests required by Peace Corps, for Master's International students
 +
| "The health care provider will offer PCMI students at Michigan Tech a 20 percent discount on any balance they owe after insurance payments for exams and tests required by the Peace Corps, plus an additional 10 percent prompt-pay discount, for a total discount of 30 percent."
 +
| [http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2009/november/story19697.html press release]
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|-
 +
|}
  
* General Clothing
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===Personal Products===
* For Women
+
* For Men
+
* Shoes
+
* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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* Kitchen
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* Miscellaneous
+
  
== Transportation ==
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! width="200pt"|Company
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! width="200pt"|Type
 +
! width="200pt"|Discount
 +
! width="200pt"|Notes / Procedures
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|-
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| [http://www.lunapads.com/ Lunapads.com]
 +
| The Diva Cup, washable menstrual pads
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|
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10% off any order of $25 or more<br>
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|
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enter "PEACECORPS15" in promotion code box <br>
 +
The code is updated yearly so change the numbers on the end to match the year you are ordering in.
 +
|-
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| [http://www.rockshaving.com/ Rock Shaving]
 +
| Rock Shaving, travel friendly double edge razors which use blades available worldwide.
 +
(Domain available as of January 2016)(Could be this company[http://www.razorock.com/ RazoRock]
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|
 +
5% off<br>
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|
 +
Enter code "PEACECORPS" at checkout.
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|-
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| [http://www.healthdesigns.com/ Health Designs]
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| Health Designs, a huge variety of products
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|
 +
$5USD off your first order
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|
 +
Enter code hannahgoesfishing at checkout
 +
|}
  
The normal way of getting around Albania for volunteers is by bus or ''furgon''.  A furgon is a van that travels regularly on a particular route, for instance Tirana-Elbasan.  Typical furgon protocol is that the driver will cruise around in the town of origin, looking for passengers, and not leave until the furgon is full.  By contrast, a bus leaves at a specified time regardless of passenger load.  In spite of this, a furgon trip tends to take much less time than the equivalent journey by bus.  It is also more expensive, costing sometimes as much as twice the equivalent bus fare.
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===Shoes===
  
Buses and furgons regularly carry a stash of plastic bags (''qese'') for the use of carsick passengers.
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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|-
 +
! width="200pt"|Company
 +
! width="200pt"|Type
 +
! width="200pt"|Discount
 +
! width="200pt"|Notes / Procedures
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|-
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| [http://XeroShoes.com/ Xero Shoes]
 +
| Lightweight performance sandals
 +
| 20% discount
 +
| Request promo code by providing proof of service. Call 800.499.8880 or email support@xeroshoes.com
 +
|-
 +
| [https://www.lunasandals.com/ Luna Sandals]
 +
| Footwear
 +
| 15% discount
 +
| Use code "PeaceCorpsRules1515" when ordering
 +
|-
 +
| [http://www.keenfootwear.com/ Keen]
 +
| Footwear
 +
| 30% off up to 4 pair(s) of shoes, 2 bag(s), 4 pair(s) of socks, 3 items of clothing
 +
| Must request promo code [http://pro.keenfootwear.com/pro/code.aspx here]; confirmed 03/2015
 +
|-
 +
| [http://chacousa.com/ Chaco]
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| Footwear
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| 40% off
 +
| Sign up [http://www.chacos.com/US/en/pro here]. Each account allows for 8 items to be purchased each year, account valid for one year. Discount amount varies by product, but is 40% on average.
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|-
 +
| [http://www.merrell.com/ Merrell]
 +
| Footwear
 +
| 40% off
 +
Coupon Code 20% off (9060-ZKMKBEMYY)
 +
|www.merrellprodeal.com
 +
|-
 +
| [http://www.teva.com/ Teva]
 +
| Footwear
 +
| 50% off
 +
| Must apply at <www.teva.com/pro> for all Teva Pro discounts (verified 04/07/2015). Proof of acceptance needed. 
 +
|-
 +
|[http://www.simpleshoes.com/ Simple Shoes]
 +
|Footwear
 +
|<del>50% off</del>
 +
|<del>Worked 5/8/13- received code for 50% off up to 4 pairs of shoes (if purchased as part of a single order).</del> ATTENTION: Sadly Simple shoes prodeal is no more.
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|-
 +
| [http://www.backcountry.com/ Backcountry.com]
 +
| All the Best Outdoor Gear! We got lots of shoe too!
 +
| Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%)
 +
| Email: mcorey@backcountry.com and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri. 
 +
|-
 +
| [http://www.wolverine.com/ Wolverine]
 +
| Footwear
 +
| unsure but there is a discount
 +
|http://www.wolverineprodeal.com/
 +
|-
 +
|}
  
 +
===Sporting Goods===
  
== Education ==
+
{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
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|-
 +
! width="200pt"|Company
 +
! width="200pt"|Type
 +
! width="200pt"|Discount
 +
! width="200pt"|Notes / Procedures
 +
|-
 +
| [http://www.discraft.com/ Discraft.com]
 +
| Ultimate frisbee discs
 +
|
 +
Up to 10 free discs, only pay shipping costs (Note: Not actual disc golf discs, but rather "ultimate style" discs. <br>
 +
|
 +
For more information contact Discraft [http://www.discraft.com/contact10.html here.]
  
Until recently, the Albanian education system divided the grades into 1-8 (''shkollë tetë-vjeçare'', "eight-year school") and 9-12 (''shkollë e mesme'', literally "middle school", but corresponding to high school in the American system).  This changed with the 2008-2009 school year: grade 9 was moved to the elementary division, thus yielding a change in nomenclature from ''shkollë tetë-vjeçare'' to ''nëntë-vjeçare'' ("nine-year").
+
|-
 +
|}
  
Students in Albanian schools typically have all their classes in the same room, while their teachers move from room to room.  There are some exceptions to this, in particular language classes at foreign language high schools, which may have separate rooms designated for specific language classes.
+
===Travel===
  
== Language ==
+
{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
 +
|-
 +
! width="200pt"|Company
 +
! width="200pt"|Type
 +
! width="200pt"|Discount
 +
! width="200pt"|Notes / Procedures
 +
|-
 +
| [https://www.cwtsatotravel.com/ Sato Travel]
 +
| airline, hotel, train and car reservations
 +
| "managing travel for U.S. military and government clients."
 +
| [PCVs] "can use our SatoVacation Center for personal travel being paid for on a personal credit card." <br>
 +
Peace Corps account info [https://www.cwtsatotravel.com/traveler_info/contactInfo.aspx?cid=1154 here]
 +
|-
 +
|}
  
Lessons in the Albanian language (''Shqip'', pronounced roughly "shcheep") consume a large part of Pre-Service Training.  This can be both a blessing and a curse, as mastery of the language is a tremendous asset in nearly every aspect of volunteer life, but hours upon hours spent in Albanian class tend to wear on all but the most language-focused trainees.  Every trainee is tested in a language interview near the conclusion of PST, and Peace Corps Albania policy is that every trainee must attain at least the level of Intermediate Low.  In practice, failing to meet this standard only means that the volunteer in question will be officially required to hire a language tutor (reimbursed by Peace Corps) upon arriving at site.
+
===Other===
  
Some peculiarities of the Albanian language include the existence of both a definite and indefinite form of every noun, including proper nouns (thus both ''Tirana'' and ''Tiranë''); a nominal case system similar to that of Latin; the existence of clitics (pronominal forms that coexist in the same sentence with their antecedents, for example ''Unë '''e''' njoh '''pronarin''''': "I know (him) the owner"); and a few sound contrasts that can be difficult to distinguish reliably for a speaker of English (q/ç, xh/gj, l/ll, y/u). Of these, the distinctions between q/ç and xh/gj may be safely ignored in speech, as there are very few word pairs distinguished only by the difference between them.  Furthermore, there are regional varieties of Albanian in which these two sound distinctions have disappeared: thus a northern Albanian speaker or a Kosovar may write ''qfar'' for ''çfarë'' ("what"), hearing no difference between the two.
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" style="text-align:center"
 +
|-
 +
! width="200pt"|Company
 +
! width="200pt"|Type
 +
! width="200pt"|Discount
 +
! width="200pt"|Notes / Procedures
 +
|-
 +
|[http://www.cardsagainsthumanity.com/ Cards Against Humanity]
 +
|"A party game for horrible people." Like Apples to Apples, but completely inappropriate.
 +
|Free set of CAH sent to you any address in the US. They stopped sending to posts because too many got lost on the way there.
 +
|Technically for active military, but they've been kind enough to send to PCVs.
 +
|E-mail Mail@CardsAgainstHumanity.com and ask nicely. Verified January 2016
 +
|-
 +
|[http://www.promotive.com/ Promotive]
 +
| Discounts with 20+ companies - Kely, Ortleib, Grand Trunk, etc. Highly Recomended
 +
| Varies from company to company but many are 50% off retail
 +
| Go to their website and apply for the prodeals, you will need a pdf copy of your acceptance email.
 +
|-
 +
|}
  
One fact that is an occasional source of amusement for Albanian learners of English is that the Albanian homophone of the English word ''car'', with the R pronounced as in American speech, is an extremely vulgar word in Albanian.
+
==No discounts==
 
+
* [http://www.llbean.com/ LL Bean]
It is sometimes incorrectly stated that Albanian is unrelated to any other language.  In reality, it is a cousin of almost every other language of Europe and more distantly even many of the languages of India, forming its own branch of the Indo-European phylum.
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* [http://www.target.com/ Target]
 
+
* [http://www.prana.com/ prAna]
==Peace Corps News==
+
* [http://www.crocs.com/ Crocs]
 
+
* [http://www.rei.com/ REI]
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
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* [http://www.smartwool.com/ Smartwool Socks]
 
+
* [http://www.arcteryx.com/ Arc'teryx]
''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22albania%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
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* [http://www.ems.com/ Eastern Mountain Sports]
 
+
* [http://www.patagonia.com/ Patagonia]
<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/al/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
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* [http://www.ospreypacks.com/ Osprey]
 
+
* [http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/ Vibram FiveFingers]
==Country Fund==
+
* [http://www.timberland.com/ Timberland]
 
+
* [http://www.tigerdirect.com/ Tiger Direct]
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=304-CFD Albania Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Albania. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
+
* [http://www.redwingshoes.com/ Red Wing Shoes]
 
+
* [http://www.amazon.com/ Amazon] - but check with your country; some sites give Volunteers the option of getting a Kindle containing their training materials
 
+
[[Category:resources]]
==See also==
+
* [[List of resources for Albania]]
+
* [[Albania sites]]
+
* [[Volunteers who served in Albania]]
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* [[Friends of Albania]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
+
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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* [[Current Albania volunteers]]
+
 
+
 
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/al.html Peace Corps Journals - Albania]
+
* [http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-albanian-course.php Peace Corps Albanian Language Course (public domain)]
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[[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
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[[Category:Country]]
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Revision as of 11:55, 26 January 2016


Confirmed Discounts

Camping and Outdoor Gear

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Trek Light Gear Hammocks, Bug Nets, Ultralight Backpacks, more 20% Off! (not valid on sale items)

(Up to 40% off for group orders 10 or more - contact your fellow PCV's!)

Just contact TLG and you'll get a response ASAP to get your discount (you'll be asked to provide easy verification). For more information on how Trek Light has helped helped PCV's in the past, check out the post Hammocks For The Peace Corps. If you're already stationed Trek Light can easily ship international. TLG has been a huge supporter of PCV's so please support them back, their Bindle daypack and hammocks are essentials on your trip! (Current thru 2016)
GRAYL Water Purifier Water Purifiers for International Travel 30% off for Peace Corps volunteers plus free U.S. Shipping (& flat rate international). Email marketing@thegrayl.com to receive discount code after verification to purchase at www.thegrayl.com. http://www.thegrayl.com/explore/travel
Panther Vision LED Hats, Solar Hats, Lighting Products 35% Discount for Peace Corps Volunteers [ Call Beth at 847-783-5900 + Free Shipping ]
Silverfire Clean burning cookstoves, Solar Activated Water Purification Bag, Solar Cooker, and other clean cooking products. 10% off for Peace Corps Volunteers [ Call Todd at (541) 222-9212 and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID) for discount ]
Tortuga Backpacks Urban travel backpacks 20% off for Peace Corps volunteers Email them and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID).
Vargo Titanium Camp Stuff 50% off one order Email them for a code
Jetboil Cookware systems 50% off one order Email them a copy of your acceptance letter and they will send you a business card in the mail with a code on it.
Blackburn Design Bike bags, lights, etc 50% off prodeal Email them and complete their prodeal application
Stanley Thermos's, coolers, flasks. 20% off retail Email them for a code
MHM Amazing packs!! You want to get one :) Peace Corps Deal 25% (cannot combine with sale items) Contact them via their website (www.mhmgear.com) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mhmgear) and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID) You will receive a friendly quick response, the guys are super cool. (8/2013)
Kelty Backpacks, camping gear, sleeping bags, more 50% off via pro deal - http://www.kelty.com/pro.aspx (8/3/2015)
Klymit Sleeping bags, pads, and other camping gear 40% off for Peace Corps Volunteers. Just e-mail support@klymit.com and let them know you are a volunteer! You'll receive a coupon code (40OFF) to enter in the Discount Code Box to use on www.klymit.com after providing verification.
Marmot Outdoor gear Marmot offers a Professional Courtesy Program to Peace Corps Volunteers. Discount may vary by product but is substantial. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them). 10/31/14: Pro Account accepted, and discount is 50%.- 12/16/14 the discount is up to 50% off however it ranges more so around 42-45% off depending on the gear Apply for the program here, you should hear back within a couple business days. (verified 04/07/2015)
Coleman Outdoor gear Coleman offers a discounted pricing program for non-profit groups. Discount varies by product. must order for delivery in the states Email their customer service department here and ask if they provide discounts to Peace Corps volunteers. 12/12/11- Customer Service replied to my question saying they do not offer discounts to Peace Corps volunteers 1/13/14 - emailed customer service and attached invitation letter. Received promo code for 30%
Cascade Designs (MSR, Thermarest, Seal Line, Platypus, Tracks) Outdoor Gear approximately 30% UPDATED 2/2/15: Simply apply online here - https://www.cascadedesigns.com/pro. Peace Corps are allowed to use a home address as the registered shipping address, since they only ship items to the United States. 11/28/11: please email before submitting a registration. 09/2014- Still available!
Eagle Creek Travel Gear 30-50% Ask to join the Pro-Deal go to proshop.eaglecreek.com to apply for discount. 04/01/15- 50% discount.
ENO Hammocks, Rain tarps, Stuff sacks 30% Go to https://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com/pro-deals/ to join the pro-deal. Peace Corps Volunteers can use their home address as the business address.
Hennessy Hammock Camping Hammocks 50%. Must order at least ten at a time (talk to other PCVs to put together bulk order). They will ship internationally.
 40% If order individually
Email Customer Service. This is a small company and they were really excited about this pro-deal. 2/19/11 just emailed and they confirmed 50% discount. No mention of a requirement to purchase 10 at a time.
Timbuk2 Messenger bags, backpacks, and laptop bags You get the "prodeal" 30% discount when you sign up. sign up here(I tried this and never got a response. I sent many emails and only part were returned. This did not work for me April 2011. Update: The pro deal website didn't work for me either, so I emailed the Customer Support. I got a quick friendly response from CS and they gave me a code for a single use as their pro deal website was down (April 12, 2011). 2/1/14 - pro deals all go through promotive. Apply online to [1] to save 30%
Backcountry.com All the Best Outdoor Gear! Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%) Email: mcorey@backcountry.com and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri. You will receive a friendly quick response. (6/2015)
Eastern Mountain Sports Outdoor Gear, Clothing 20% off retail price. In stores only: ask for the "humanitarian discount." You will get 20% off your entire purchase. **(UPDATE AS OF 6/25/2014--Don't give the humanitarian discount anymore, but if you explain you're going into PC, they'll give you the student discount of 15% !)
Samsonite Luggage 10% off retail price. In stores confirmed, unsure online:08/14/2014 at Samsonite outlet store, asked salesperson and he looked it up and told me that they offer 10%. Unsure if this is in all Samsonite stores, or just the outlet stores. Just ask for it !)
RIdgeWallet RFID Blocking Wallet 10% off PEACECORPS10
Travelon Travel Accessories/Security Bags 25% off Online:08/15/2014 contacted via Facebook and they provided me with a one time use code for 25% off
Scrubba Wash Bag Fantastic aid for hand-washing clothing. No mess, easy to pack, durable, and doubles as a dry bag. 10% off for PCVs. E-mail and request discount code.
LuminAid Solar Inflatable Lights 10% off Use code "LuminAIDPeaceCorps"

UPDATE 9/25/15: Code only works on $30+, confirmed through email

Leatherman + LEDLenser Multi-tools, knives, flashlights, headlamps 50% for 6 months Apply for pro deal (Confirmed 11/20/2015)

Clothing

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Our Talking Hands Unique, high quality, handmade designs fashioned by Deaf Ghanaian Artisans - Founded by a PCV in 2009. Our Talking Hands offers a 20% discount code to all PCVs and RPCVs. Submit your invitation letter or DOS to ourtalkinghands@gmail.com. They will send you a 20% OFF Discount Code that can be used at https://www.etsy.com/shop/OurTalkingHands on any purchase you make!
Ministry of Supply Men's business attire engineered to be adaptable to any situation. 15% off Apollo Dress Shirts, perhaps other discounts available. Submit your invitation letter or DOS to q@ministryofsupply.com and explain your situation and what products you want. They will have you call in to place an order and apply your discount over the phone. (Negotiated by a PCV) 5/25/15: offered combination discounts (buy 2-5 of one thing and get 10-15% off).
Janji Running Apparel that Gives Back 40% off for PCVs and RPCVs, 50% off if you serve in a country that we support. You pay shipping if outside US Email sam.bar@runjanji.com (RPCV Moz '11-'13) a scan of your invitation letter or DOS and he'll send you a discount code
Bluffworks Mens Pants for Work, Travel and Play "Inspired by the performance of technical travel clothing, I built a pant that marries technical performance with office ready looks... I designed these pants to keep up with the rigors of my own life, where work, play, and travel frequently collide." Email the Bluffworks Team at team@bluffworks.com to receive a 20% discount for Peace Corps Volunteers. (Negotiated by PCV)
Marmot Outdoor clothing Marmot offers a Professional Courtesy Program to Peace Corps Volunteers. Discount may vary by product but is substantial. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them). 12/17/14 50% discount on clothing Apply for the program here, you should hear back within a couple business days.
American Eagle Outfitters Men's and Women's Clothing 20% off ALL AEO and Aerie clothing Call customer service (1-888-232-4535)to speak with a customer service rep. 7/25/14: received discount after submitting Peace Corps verification via email. Orders using this discount will have to be placed over the phone, in coordination with a rep.4/4/15: Called and customer service rep said they do not offer any discounts for Peace Corps volunteers.
The North Face Outdoor Clothing The North Face offers a Pro Pricing Program to Peace Corps Volunteers. Discount may vary by product but is substantial. Selection is limited compared to regular online site (some products may be "out of stock," but you can request them). Apply for the program here, you should hear back within a couple business days. **5/11/11: The program is not accepting new applicants. The Pro program is apparently under review for possible termination. 11/28/11: The program is back, but no longer offers discounts to Peace Corps Volunteers. (Policy change-no more discounts)
ExOfficio Outdoor Clothing 20-30% apply online at http://www.exofficio.com/pro **7/20/11: Received a 10% discount, not 50%-60%. 1/7/12: Received a 25% discount: Received a 20% discount on 12/23/13. 09/2014- Discount still stands but only on select items and most of it is out of stock.
Macabi Macabi Skirts $50 per skirt instead of $80 e-mail your acceptance letter
Moosejaw Outdoor gear/clothes 10% off regular prices, 5% off sale prices

Excludes Arc'Teryx, Bugaboo,Burton, Merrell, Nixon,Suunto, The North Face and Western Mountainering products

Use Coupon Code "LTM" (discount did work on 4/26/2011)Code did not work for me but I live-chatted with them and they gave me a weekly code of 15% off (4/23/2014)
Backcountry.com All the Best Outdoor Gear! Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%) Email: mcorey@backcountry.com and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri.
Hot Chillys Hot Chillys 10% off Code for Clothing and Socks e-mail sales@hotchillys.com or customer service, ask for a Peace Corps Discount, and provide verification (7/1/13)
Smart Wool Smartwool Smartwool Significant discount on very warm socks and gear. E-mail and request access to their pro deal. You may need to include your invitation letter. They take a while to get back to you. Update 10/21/2015: Emailed customer service and received response that Peace Corps Volunteers no longer fall under the category of eligibility for their pro deal.
Ice Breaker Ice Breaker Significant Discount Apply through their promotive site.

Education

School / University Type Benefits Notes / Procedures
Michigan State University Graduate School In-State Tuition for RPCVs Section 3G
Master's International
"more than 60 universities offering 117 different graduate degrees." See list, school dependent See list, school dependent
Fellows/USA
"more than 50 universities." See list, school dependent See list, school dependent
Live Lingua School
"Live Skype lessons in 11 languages. Free Ebooks & Audios for over 90 languages." Live lessons (up to 40% off) Follow instructions on page.

Electronics

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Voltaic Systems Solar Powered Backpacks 30% off Write to sales@voltaicsystems.com for the discount code (peacecorps30) or call 877.304.6861 ext. 701 Emailed sales@voltaicsystems.com on 3/25/15 and got a code (PCV30) for 30% off to use at checkout. They just ask to show them how you are using the product via social media/email.
Freeplay Energy Scout shortwave radio discount price $25 plus shipping contact Penny Thornton 866-526-2826 (1/11/11 I called and the Scout has been discontinued and Penny Thornton no longer works there. They did offer the Eyemax as somewhat comparable and at a small discount) Update: 5/5/2013- A rep told me they are no longer offering this discount in the US.
Eton shortwave radios 20% off Call 1-800-872-2228 (6/17/11 - called and says they only give discounts to retailers) (7-28-2011 gave me 50% off plus the cost of shipping)
Sollight Solar powered water bottle caps turn your bottle into a lantern 40% Email orders@sollight.com and ask nicely

(I didn't get a reply at that address. I e-mailed info@sollight and immediately got a code for a 25% discount. 5/14/13)

Solio Universal solar power charger 40% Use coupon code "PEACECORPS40"
EnerPlex Solar Chargers, Powerbanks, Solar Backpacks 25% off Use coupon code "PeaceCorps2015". (10/7/2014)
Goal Zero Solar power chargers 5% Told me they do offer a discount for Peace Corp volunteers. "It is a 5% discount and all you'll need to do is send us your acceptance letter to support@goalzero.com and we can place your order over the phone and apply that 5% discount." (Feb 2014)

30% off via promotive.com. (May 2015)

Apple Electronics 5-6% Use their government pricing program. Need original copy of your invite. Called Apple on 7/16/2013 and they no longer give governmental discounts... Went to Apple store 9/12/13, told my story and showed my invite email, discounts apply to computers only. $50 off computers and $66 off 3 year warranty.
Dell Electronics 10-30% (depends on product) www.dell.com/epp; member ID GS83510340

Food and Drinks

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Rise Up Coffee Organic Coffee " Rise Up Coffee will send our coffee to any current PCV's for FREE!!!" "Simply contact us through FB or email info@drinkorganiccoffee.com ... and wait for your organic coffee to show up (which, depending on where you are, could take some time!)."
(Owner Tim Cureton, PC Kiribati 98-01) As of March 25 2014, after many attempts of contacting someone at the company, they said this is a one time opportunity. Also they are really busy and said it might or might not happen. It is worth a shot but not a guarantee. Perhaps it will change in the future. It is a great company.

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Medical

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
USA-ICD Dental (Applicants) "volunteering to provide a dental examination and x-rays for Peace Corps applicants at no charge" (read more...) "Please email Mary Jo Webster at maryjo@usa-icd.org for a list of volunteers in your area. If the dentist shares a dental practice, please do not schedule an appointment with a partner, as he or she may not be a Fellow on our list of volunteers. Applicants are asked to allow for ample time to fit an appointment into the dentist's schedule. The applicant will bring a Peace Corps dental examination form to the appointment. Any dental treatment needed to bring his/her mouth to a healthy state will be the financial responsibility of the Peace Corps applicant."
Michigan Tech Medical exams and lab tests required by Peace Corps, for Master's International students "The health care provider will offer PCMI students at Michigan Tech a 20 percent discount on any balance they owe after insurance payments for exams and tests required by the Peace Corps, plus an additional 10 percent prompt-pay discount, for a total discount of 30 percent." press release

Personal Products

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Lunapads.com The Diva Cup, washable menstrual pads

10% off any order of $25 or more

enter "PEACECORPS15" in promotion code box
The code is updated yearly so change the numbers on the end to match the year you are ordering in.

Rock Shaving Rock Shaving, travel friendly double edge razors which use blades available worldwide.

(Domain available as of January 2016)(Could be this companyRazoRock

5% off

Enter code "PEACECORPS" at checkout.

Health Designs Health Designs, a huge variety of products

$5USD off your first order

Enter code hannahgoesfishing at checkout

Shoes

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Xero Shoes Lightweight performance sandals 20% discount Request promo code by providing proof of service. Call 800.499.8880 or email support@xeroshoes.com
Luna Sandals Footwear 15% discount Use code "PeaceCorpsRules1515" when ordering
Keen Footwear 30% off up to 4 pair(s) of shoes, 2 bag(s), 4 pair(s) of socks, 3 items of clothing Must request promo code here; confirmed 03/2015
Chaco Footwear 40% off Sign up here. Each account allows for 8 items to be purchased each year, account valid for one year. Discount amount varies by product, but is 40% on average.
Merrell Footwear 40% off

Coupon Code 20% off (9060-ZKMKBEMYY)

www.merrellprodeal.com
Teva Footwear 50% off Must apply at <www.teva.com/pro> for all Teva Pro discounts (verified 04/07/2015). Proof of acceptance needed.
Simple Shoes Footwear 50% off Worked 5/8/13- received code for 50% off up to 4 pairs of shoes (if purchased as part of a single order). ATTENTION: Sadly Simple shoes prodeal is no more.
Backcountry.com All the Best Outdoor Gear! We got lots of shoe too! Variable depending on product (average 20%-30%) Email: mcorey@backcountry.com and provide verification (acceptance letter, follow up email from recruiting officer, or PC ID)if emails are not sent to above email response may be delayed. Note emails responses are sent Mon.-Fri.
Wolverine Footwear unsure but there is a discount http://www.wolverineprodeal.com/

Sporting Goods

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Discraft.com Ultimate frisbee discs

Up to 10 free discs, only pay shipping costs (Note: Not actual disc golf discs, but rather "ultimate style" discs.

For more information contact Discraft here.

Travel

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Sato Travel airline, hotel, train and car reservations "managing travel for U.S. military and government clients." [PCVs] "can use our SatoVacation Center for personal travel being paid for on a personal credit card."

Peace Corps account info here

Other

Company Type Discount Notes / Procedures
Cards Against Humanity "A party game for horrible people." Like Apples to Apples, but completely inappropriate. Free set of CAH sent to you any address in the US. They stopped sending to posts because too many got lost on the way there. Technically for active military, but they've been kind enough to send to PCVs. E-mail Mail@CardsAgainstHumanity.com and ask nicely. Verified January 2016
Promotive Discounts with 20+ companies - Kely, Ortleib, Grand Trunk, etc. Highly Recomended Varies from company to company but many are 50% off retail Go to their website and apply for the prodeals, you will need a pdf copy of your acceptance email.

No discounts