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In late 2011, all Peace Corps activity in country was suspended at the recommendation of a Safety and Security assessment team from Washington. All PCVs serving in-country were evacuated.
  
===Communications===
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Kazakhstan was the second largest republic of the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union was dismantled, Kazakhstan declared its independence in December 1991. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Kazakhstan in July 1993, and subsequent Volunteers served people and communities making the difficult transition from communism to a free-market economy. Peace Corps Volunteers also engaged in a variety of cross-cultural exchanges that helped Americans and Kazakhstanis gain a better understanding about each other's histories, languages, and cultures.
  
====Mail====
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In collaboration with government ministries, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Peace Corps Volunteers in Kazakhstan worked in three program areas: education (EDU), organizational development (OD), and youth development (YD). The former organizational and community assistance program (OCAP) was reviewed during the 2008 - 2009 fiscal year and accordingly divided into the new OD and YD programs.
  
Few countries in the world offer the level of mail service we take for granted in the United States. Though the Jordanian mail service is generally reliable, some mail may simply not arrive (fortunately this is not a frequent occurrence, but it does happen). Advise family and friends to send all letters via air mail. Mail can sometimes take as long as two to four weeks between U.S. and Jordan in either direction.
 
  
If possible, write your family on a regular basis and number your letters. Experience has shown that when a month or two goes by without news from the Volunteer, friends and loved ones become very concerned. Please advise parents, friends, and relatives that mail may be sporadic and that they should not worry if they do not receive your letters regularly.
 
  
Packages can be sent via international mail through the U.S.  postal system. All packages addressed to you are subject to customs. Hints: Used items are usually delivered customs-free, while new items are taxed at full value. Smaller packages (particularly those in padded envelopes) seem to make it through with relative ease.
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==Peace Corps History==
  
Important: Never have anyone send cash through the mail. Such letters seldom arrive. Packages are inspected by custom officers.
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan]]''
  
Your address during pre-service training will be:
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Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Kazakhstan in 1993, approximately 700 Volunteers have served here. The first group consisted of 50 English language and economic development Volunteers.
  
“Your Name,” PCT
 
  
c/o Peace Corps/Jordan
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles==
  
P.O. Box 6338
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''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Kazakhstan]]''
  
Amman 11118
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You will live with a host family for the first four months (reduced in 2010 from six months) of your service in addition to staying with a host family during pre-service training. Depending on your site placement, you may continue to live with a host family or move to a dorm or apartment. There are many sites in smaller communities where independent living is not an option, so some Volunteers will stay with families for the duration of their service. If you feel you cannot live with a host family for this period of time, you should consider carefully whether you wish to accept this assignment in Kazakhstan.
  
Jordan
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There are many benefits to staying with a host family, including companionship upon arrival at site, faster acquisition of the local language, and improved integration into the local community. Aspects of host-family living that Volunteers may find challenging include the lack of privacy and independence and eating local cuisine. Volunteers are not allowed to supplement their living allowance to live in an accommodation above the level acceptable for a Volunteer.
  
During pre-service training, mail should be sent to the above address. Mail will be forwarded to the training site regularly.  Do not have packages sent during training, as they will have to be cleared in Amman and you will not have access to the post office during working hours. Once you are at your permanent site, it will be wise to get to know the post office staff and have mail sent directly there. In Jordan, personal relationships are extremely important and can help with red tape.
 
  
====Telephones====
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==Training==
  
Generally, high quality, long-distance communication is available.  However, Volunteers have had little success with calling cards (AT&T, MCI, etc.). It is possible to purchase Jordanian pre-paid international phone cards in various JD (Jordanian dinar) denominations, but these can only be used for public phones. Cellphones from the United States will not work here.  Cellphones can be purchased in Jordan, and many Volunteers purchase them (at their own expense) to keep in touch with family and friends in Jordan and in the United States.
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''Main article: [[Training in Kazakhstan]]''
  
====Computer, Internet, and E-mail Access ====
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Your Peace Corps training begins in the United States during pre-departure orientation, when you come together as a group to prepare for your flight to Kazakhstan. When you arrive in Almaty, you will be met at the airport and transported by bus to your training site. Pre-service training lasts about 10 weeks and consists of Kazakh and Russian language instruction, cross-cultural awareness, health and personal safety, and technical skills—depending on your assignment. Pre-service training emphasizes experiential learning in which you take responsibility for your own learning. Training is an immersion model—that is, being immersed in the local living and work conditions. During your first week in-country, you will move in with a host family selected by the Peace Corps. Expect to deal with the frustrations of language barriers and cultural differences from the start. Expect to deal with frustrations due to lack of e-mail, telephones, copy machines, and computers. Training will prepare you for your first three to six months at site and the techniques for continued individual learning. It is also the time for you to make an informed two-year commitment to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.
  
While computers are available in most schools and in some host agencies in Jordan, you should not expect your work site to have Internet access or e-mail. Internet cafés are found in all major cities, usually at a cost of JD1 (U.S. $1.40) per hour.  Some Volunteers have laptops. The Peace Corps office has three computers and a printer for Volunteer use during office hours. Volunteers must coordinate their use among themselves.
 
  
===Housing and Site Location ===
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==Your Health Care and Safety==
  
After completing pre-service training, you will move to your actual work site for two years of service. Your host agency or school will have helped to identify acceptable housing within the local community. Your living accommodation is intended to be simple and comparable to your Jordanian neighbors. Most buildings in Jordan are concrete and not insulated. Your house/ apartment will likely have one or two rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. The Peace Corps will provide a refrigerator, gas space heater, stove (no oven), and a small allowance for the purchase of essential household items. Washing machines, clothes dryers, air conditioners, and central heating are seldom found in either urban or rural areas and will not be featured in Volunteer housing, but you will have indoor plumbing, electricity, and hot water.  
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''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Kazakhstan]]''
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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. The Peace Corps in Kazakhstan maintains a clinic with full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to either an American medical facility in the region or to the United States.
  
Volunteer accommodations must meet the Peace Corps’ health, safety, and security standards, yet be modest and typical of the area in which you work and live. You may have an apartment or a free-standing house, some part of which may be occupied by the owner’s family. You will also have the option to live with a host family that can enhance your cross-cultural experience.
 
  
You are expected to live in the village where you work. This is very important! Some of your Jordanian supervisors and co-workers may commute from the nearest town and be less involved in community life. However, as a Volunteer, you are more than an employee doing a job. You are considered a member of the community in which you work, and there is no better way to demonstrate this than by being visible and involved.
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==Water Problems==
  
Other Volunteers will be within relatively close proximity due to Jordan’s small size and reliable transportation. You may have another Volunteer in the same village, or it may be a few hours by bus to the nearest Volunteer site. The Peace Corps office in Amman is no more than a four- or five-hour drive from the furthest Volunteer site (public buses may take longer).
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''Main article: [[Water Problems]]''
  
===Living Allowance and Money Management===
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In Kazakhstan, as in other countries, poorer areas are dirking contaminted, and dirty water. The water is harmful to Kazakhstan's people.
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Outside of Kazakhstan’s capital, residents of rural communities have had terrible access to fresh, clean water. What is advertised as a great well developed country, in some poor areas, it is the complete opposite, Kazakhstan is a still developing country. Anthoer example of misperceprion is, the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Kazakhstan are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community are very poor and do not have money fot the fresh water. volunteers are needed to be supportive the people going through such a hard time.
  
Once sworn in, Volunteers receive a monthly living allowance in Jordanian dinars. This living allowance covers daily needs such as rent, utilities, food, and toiletries. Depending on lifestyle choices, most Volunteers live comfortably on their monthly living allowance. Volunteers also receive a small leave allowance.
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Issues caused from drink contaminatewd water
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* Possible parasites
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* Possible cholera
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* Possible hepatitis
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* Possible dysentary
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* Possible worms
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and many other health problems
  
Peace Corps/Jordan establishes a bank account (with an ATM card) for every Volunteer. All allowances are deposited directly into that account. ATM access is exceptionally good throughout Jordan.
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==Frequently Asked questions==
  
There should be no need to supplement your living allowance with money from home. In fact, you are discouraged from using personal savings to raise your lifestyle above that of your Jordanian colleagues. Volunteers may, nevertheless, wish to bring along a credit card for emergencies, trips, or special occasions. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted in many hotels, shops, and restaurants frequented by tourists, especially in the capital and larger towns. In Amman, there are a number of places to change money with little or no commissionATMs are widely available and will accept most major bankcards. Banks will charge at least a 1.5 percent cashing fee for traveler’s checks and some will only cash them for their customers.
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===Food and Diet ===
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Kazakhstan]]''
  
High-quality food is generally available in Jordan. Tea, unleavened flat bread (pita), rice, and yogurt are Jordanian staples and you can find a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. In addition, eggs, powdered milk and drink mixes, canned tuna, pasta/noodles, and processed cheese are also on hand. Lamb, chicken, and goat are common; however, due to their relatively high cost, they are not always included in daily diets. In general, meals are rice-based and mildly spiced.
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* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Kazakhstan?
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* What is the electric current in Kazakhstan?
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* How much money should I bring?
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* 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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* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Kazakhstan friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish and how isolated will I be?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
  
Vegetarians will experience minimal problems in ensuring an interesting and wholesome diet. You should be aware, however, that most meals in Jordanian homes are eaten from a common plate, and there will likely be meat on the plate.
 
  
Small shops, called doucans, are found everywhere, even in the smallest rural community. The range of goods offered depends on the size of the community and local preferences.  Only very basic foods and household necessities are found in the smallest stores. There are several 24-hour supermarkets in Amman and a few other cities, and mini-markets are universally found in provincial towns.
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==Packing List==
  
Islamic law forbids eating pork and drinking alcohol. Although somewhat tolerant of other people’s beliefs and customs, rural Jordanians are likely to show little respect to Volunteers who are known to drink—especially if it becomes public knowledge through gossip or if the physical effects of overindulgence are apparent. Tea, Arabic coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices, and bottled water are readily available throughout the country.
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Kazakhstan]]''
  
The holy month of Ramadan follows the Islamic calendar, so its timing changes every year. Ramadan is a time when nothing is consumed during daylight hours (fast is broken at nightfall). Smoking is not permitted during the day. Volunteers should be respectful of religious requirements and significance during the month of Ramadan. As Ramadan will begin while you are still a trainee, you will experience what that entails during pre-service training.  
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Having received input from a number of current Volunteers, it is safe to say that everyone agrees that you can buy everything that you need in Kazakhstan and that bringing as little as possible is the best strategy, not only for practical reasons regarding weight and transport, but also because you'll rapidly acquire a great deal of additional belongings from Peace Corps itself during training. With that caveat, this section contains several lists of the “basics” and the most common recommendations from Volunteers.
  
===Transportation ===
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Remember you have a 100-pound baggage weight restriction and that Kazakhstanis have been living here for centuries without imports!
  
As a Volunteer in Jordan, you are not permitted to own, rent, or operate any form of motorized vehicle, including motorcycles.  
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During training, you will primarily need “business casual” attire, though there are occasions (such as the swearing-in ceremony) when more formal attire is appropriate (jackets for men, dresses/skirts for women).  
  
Volunteers are also not permitted to be a passenger on a motorcycle. Most Volunteers can catch a small village bus from their home into the nearest city. In these small cities, they can catch a bus to Amman. Although buses are cheap and universal, they can be time-consuming and unpredictable, as they do not run on fixed schedules. Since most village buses stop running at nightfall (4:45 p.m. in the winter), patience and planning are required. Within larger regional centers, private and shared taxis are most frequently used. Travel on buses within Amman is manageable, but at first it will be an adventure as there are neither set schedules nor posted routes.
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* Clothing
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* General Clothing
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* For Men
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* For Women
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* Toiletries
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* Summer
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* Toiletries
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* Clothing Colors
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* Medical Supplies
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* Cooking Supplies
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* Office Supplies
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* Gifts for Host Families
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* Saving Money
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* Laptops
  
===Geography and Climate===
 
  
The geography of Jordan is varied, from the Dead Sea at 1,300 feet below sea level (the lowest place on earth) to mountains reaching 5,700 feet. On the western edge of the country, the Jordan River winds its way through a low valley into the Dead Sea. Mountains rise to the east of this valley, with Amman located on the central highlands. About 80 percent of Jordan is arid, rocky, and receives less than 100 millimeters of rain per year. The temperature varies from 120 degrees Farenheit in the summer to below freezing in the winter. Skies are blue and sunny from March until November, and from November to March when it does rain, it pours.
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==Peace Corps News==
  
===Professionalism, Dress, Behavior===
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Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
  
Jordan is a Muslim country and you will work in rural areas and small towns. Jordanians take great pride in their personal appearance no matter what their economic status. Dress codes are very conservative. To gain the acceptance, respect, and confidence of your co-workers, it is essential that you dress and conduct yourself modestly and professionally. Suits are not required, but clothing should always be neat and clean. It is not appropriate to wear jeans or T-shirts at the workplace or on social occasions. (As you adjust to Jordanian culture and can make more informed decisions about dress, you may find a few social or tourist situations where jeans would be acceptable.) Shorts are never appropriate for male or female Volunteers, regardless of the weather or activity. Halter-tops or tight-fitting apparel worn by women are considered offensive and provocative by Jordanians and must not be worn. Most women in Jordan cover their hair with a scarf, and while Volunteers will not be expected to do so, they may still receive some pressure to cover. Female Volunteers wear loose-fitting clothing that covers wrists and ankles and shirts that reach mid-thigh. Male Volunteers wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts for work. The packing list section at the end of this book goes into more detail regarding appropriate choices. Dressing according to local custom is crucial for successful integration.
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Important! Appropriate clothing can easily be purchased once you’ve arrived. There is no need to pack an entire wardrobe before you see for yourself what the dress codes are really like.  
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The weather can be very hot, so natural fibers will be more comfortable. Winters are cold and sometimes wet with snow falling in some areas. Appropriate warm clothing and layering are necessary, as most buildings and offices are insufficiently heated.
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==Country Fund==
  
Jordanians generally do not exercise outdoors, but a few Volunteers have eventually felt comfortable running in their villages with the appropriate attire. Volunteers should consider options for indoor physical activity (jumping rope, yoga, etc.).  
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=306-CFD Kazakhstan Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Kazakhstan. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
  
The Peace Corps expects Volunteers to behave in a manner that fosters respect within your community and reflects well on you as a citizen of the United States and a Volunteer in the Peace Corps. You will receive ample training in appropriate behavior and cultural sensitivity during pre-service training.
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==See also==
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* [[Volunteers who served in Kazakhstan]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[List of resources for Kazakhstan]]
  
As a Volunteer, you have the status of an invited guest, and thus you should be sensitive to the habits, tastes, and taboos of your hosts. Public drinking or even references to alcohol are offensive and can be damaging to a Volunteer’s reputation and, hence, effectiveness. Also, there are strong taboos regarding intimate relationships, and extreme discretion must be exercised. Unmarried Muslim women engaging in sexual relations may be subject to severe family retribution and even death. It is forbidden for unmarried males and females to be alone together. This applies to Volunteers as well, so it is inappropriate for males and females to visit each other at their sites. You must constantly monitor your personal behavior and understand the consequences of your actions.  
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/kz.html Peace Corps Journals - Kazakhstan]
  
Long hair on men is not culturally acceptable and male trainees should arrive at staging with short, undyed hair.
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Body piercing is unacceptable and tattooes must be covered at all times. Pierced ears for women are acceptable.
 
 
 
===Social Activities===
 
 
 
Volunteers find the hospitality and generosity of Jordanians to be a wonderful part of the culture, and visiting and tea drinking will likely become a daily routine for you. Social activities will vary depending on where you are located as well as your gender and marital status. Many Volunteers attend weddings, parties, and picnics with Jordanians and often visit neighbors’ and colleagues’ homes for lunch or tea. Most social activities revolve around food and family, and there can be pressure to eat a lot. During Ramadan, Volunteers often fast and are invited to share iftar (a feast of traditional Jordanian dishes) with neighbors and friends at sunset.
 
 
 
There is strict separation between genders in Jordan. For example, men and women, although celebrating the same occasion, will do so in separate areas. Male Volunteers should not expect to socialize with female Volunteers after training at either’s site. This standard is applied even to visiting friends and family members of the opposite sex.
 
 
 
===Personal Safety===
 
 
 
More information about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety is detailed in the Health Care and Safety section, but this is such an important issue that it cannot be overemphasized. As stated in the Volunteer Handbook, becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer entails certain safety risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment, having limited understanding of local language and culture, and being perceived as wealthy are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk. Many Volunteers experience varying degrees of unwanted attention and harassment. The Peace Corps has established procedures and policies to help Volunteers reduce these risks and enhance their safety and security. That said, you are expected to take primary responsibility for your safety and well-being.
 
 
 
===Rewards and Frustrations ===
 
 
 
Although the potential for job satisfaction is quite high, like all Volunteers, you will encounter numerous frustrations. Due to financial or other challenges, collaborating agencies do not always provide the support promised. The pace of work and life is much slower than what most Americans consider normal. For these reasons, your Peace Corps experience will be a journey of emotional peaks and valleys as you adapt to the new culture and environment.
 
 
 
You may be given a high degree of responsibility and independence in your work, perhaps more than in any other job you have had or will ever experience. Often you will find yourself in situations that require an ability to motivate yourself and your counterparts with little guidance from supervisors. You may work for months without seeing any visible impact or without receiving feedback on your work.  Development is a slow process! Positive progress is often seen only after the combined efforts of several generations of Volunteers. You must possess the self-confidence, patience, and vision to continue working toward long-term goals without the validation of immediate results.
 
 
 
Though you will not be making as many environmental adjustments in Jordan as you might in other Peace Corps countries, you must be aware of and accept the significant cultural adjustments you will have to make (not drinking alcohol, gender expectations, loss of privacy). Be open to these changes and take time to consider them before leaving the U.S. Jordan is a beautiful country with generous people.  The adjustments may be difficult at times, but it will be worth it to become a full participant in your community.
 
 
 
To approach and overcome these challenges, you will need maturity, flexibility, and resourcefulness. You must make a commitment to integrate into your community, withhold judgment, and work hard, if you expect to be a success.  Peace Corps staff, your co-workers, and fellow Volunteers will support you during times of challenge as well as in moments of success. Judging by the experience of former Volunteers, the highs are well worth the lows and most depart feeling that they have gained as much as or more than they gave.
 
 
 
[[Category:Jordan]]
 

Revision as of 19:11, 10 June 2013


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Peace Corps Welcome Book
Region:

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country Director:

Bob Cone

Sectors:

Education
Organizational and Community Assistance

Program Dates:

1993 - Present

Current Volunteers:

0

Total Volunteers:

1,176

Languages Spoken:

Kazakh, Russian

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In late 2011, all Peace Corps activity in country was suspended at the recommendation of a Safety and Security assessment team from Washington. All PCVs serving in-country were evacuated.

Kazakhstan was the second largest republic of the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union was dismantled, Kazakhstan declared its independence in December 1991. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Kazakhstan in July 1993, and subsequent Volunteers served people and communities making the difficult transition from communism to a free-market economy. Peace Corps Volunteers also engaged in a variety of cross-cultural exchanges that helped Americans and Kazakhstanis gain a better understanding about each other's histories, languages, and cultures.

In collaboration with government ministries, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Peace Corps Volunteers in Kazakhstan worked in three program areas: education (EDU), organizational development (OD), and youth development (YD). The former organizational and community assistance program (OCAP) was reviewed during the 2008 - 2009 fiscal year and accordingly divided into the new OD and YD programs.


Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan

Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Kazakhstan in 1993, approximately 700 Volunteers have served here. The first group consisted of 50 English language and economic development Volunteers.


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Kazakhstan

You will live with a host family for the first four months (reduced in 2010 from six months) of your service in addition to staying with a host family during pre-service training. Depending on your site placement, you may continue to live with a host family or move to a dorm or apartment. There are many sites in smaller communities where independent living is not an option, so some Volunteers will stay with families for the duration of their service. If you feel you cannot live with a host family for this period of time, you should consider carefully whether you wish to accept this assignment in Kazakhstan.

There are many benefits to staying with a host family, including companionship upon arrival at site, faster acquisition of the local language, and improved integration into the local community. Aspects of host-family living that Volunteers may find challenging include the lack of privacy and independence and eating local cuisine. Volunteers are not allowed to supplement their living allowance to live in an accommodation above the level acceptable for a Volunteer.


Training

Main article: Training in Kazakhstan

Your Peace Corps training begins in the United States during pre-departure orientation, when you come together as a group to prepare for your flight to Kazakhstan. When you arrive in Almaty, you will be met at the airport and transported by bus to your training site. Pre-service training lasts about 10 weeks and consists of Kazakh and Russian language instruction, cross-cultural awareness, health and personal safety, and technical skills—depending on your assignment. Pre-service training emphasizes experiential learning in which you take responsibility for your own learning. Training is an immersion model—that is, being immersed in the local living and work conditions. During your first week in-country, you will move in with a host family selected by the Peace Corps. Expect to deal with the frustrations of language barriers and cultural differences from the start. Expect to deal with frustrations due to lack of e-mail, telephones, copy machines, and computers. Training will prepare you for your first three to six months at site and the techniques for continued individual learning. It is also the time for you to make an informed two-year commitment to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.


Your Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Kazakhstan

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. The Peace Corps in Kazakhstan maintains a clinic with full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to either an American medical facility in the region or to the United States.


Water Problems

Main article: Water Problems

In Kazakhstan, as in other countries, poorer areas are dirking contaminted, and dirty water. The water is harmful to Kazakhstan's people. Outside of Kazakhstan’s capital, residents of rural communities have had terrible access to fresh, clean water. What is advertised as a great well developed country, in some poor areas, it is the complete opposite, Kazakhstan is a still developing country. Anthoer example of misperceprion is, the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Kazakhstan are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community are very poor and do not have money fot the fresh water. volunteers are needed to be supportive the people going through such a hard time.

Issues caused from drink contaminatewd water

  • Possible parasites
  • Possible cholera
  • Possible hepatitis
  • Possible dysentary
  • Possible worms

and many other health problems

Frequently Asked questions

Kazakhstan
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

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2008 H3r::39|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::83.7|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::57|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::99.5|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::24|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::55|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::37|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::83.5|}}
2008BVS::Kazakhstan


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Kazakhstan

  • How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Kazakhstan?
  • What is the electric current in Kazakhstan?
  • How much money should I bring?
  • When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
  • Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
  • Do I need an international driver’s license?
  • What should I bring as gifts for Kazakhstan friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
  • Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?


Packing List

Main article: Packing List for Kazakhstan

Having received input from a number of current Volunteers, it is safe to say that everyone agrees that you can buy everything that you need in Kazakhstan and that bringing as little as possible is the best strategy, not only for practical reasons regarding weight and transport, but also because you'll rapidly acquire a great deal of additional belongings from Peace Corps itself during training. With that caveat, this section contains several lists of the “basics” and the most common recommendations from Volunteers.

Remember you have a 100-pound baggage weight restriction and that Kazakhstanis have been living here for centuries without imports!

During training, you will primarily need “business casual” attire, though there are occasions (such as the swearing-in ceremony) when more formal attire is appropriate (jackets for men, dresses/skirts for women).

  • Luggage
  • Clothing
  • General Clothing
  • For Men
  • For Women
  • Toiletries
  • Summer
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing Colors
  • Medical Supplies
  • Cooking Supplies
  • Office Supplies
  • Gifts for Host Families
  • Saving Money
  • Laptops


Peace Corps News

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Country Fund

Contributions to the Kazakhstan Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Kazakhstan. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

See also

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