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|Region= [[Asia]]
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|CountryDirector= [[John Williams]]
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|Sectors= [[Education]]<br> [[Business Development]]
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|ProgramDates= [[1962]] - [[Present]]
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|CurrentlyServing= 98
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|TotalVolunteers= 4804
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Since 1962, Peace Corps Volunteers have been serving in Thailand in a variety of capacities and numbers. In the second half of 1997, Thailand's economy collapsed after a period of quick decline. The impact was extensive at the national level as well as on the quality of life for the rural population. Thailand has begun to make a significant economic recovery thanks to a number of government reform initiatives. The need for the Peace Corps to continue its service in Thailand is more apparent than at any time in recent years due to the important contribution Peace Corps Volunteers are making to the Royal Thai Government's educational and economic reform initiatives.
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Deciding to send a daughter or son away for a night, a week or even an entire summer could be a very scary proposition. When the reason is for a camp, the concerns ease a little, although not necessarily a bunch. There are points parents and their musically inclined children will look for in group camps and themselves to guarantee the choice is a great one.  
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Group camps can be held in daytime only settings, however the most common route involves a group time frame focused on some pretty intense education. Before generally making the decision to even consider different group camps, it's a very good idea to be sure of the following things:
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==Peace Corps History==
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* Maturity. Whether it's a week-end overseas, fourteen days or months at a time, a child wants to really have a certain level of maturity to genuinely enjoy the experience. If your youth never been away from home before, a two-month camp mightn't be the wisest of choices. A single week crash course could work nevertheless.
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Thailand]]''
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* Interest. Does your child really have a pursuit in exploring group camps? If not, this may not function as route to go.
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Thailand was one of the first countries to receive Peace Corps Volunteers, the first of whom arrived in 1962. More than 7,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand. Projects in early decades covered many areas, such as secondary and university teaching in English and other subjects, work in agriculture and fisheries, primary healthcare, malaria control, and soil and water conservation.
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* Acceptance. Are you currently ready to give your youngster up for the set time? Saying goodbye for a week can be a difficult proposition for a parent. The child is not either and If you are not ready, perhaps each day camp will be more in order?
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As Thailand has changed over the past four decades, the Royal Thai Government’s requests for assistance have changed. In 1997, the Peace Corps was invited to assist with primary-school educational reform, an area identified by Thais as one of the most important in the country today.  
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* Affordability. Group camps can get pretty expensive. Ensure it truly is within your budget or consider a few of the grant possibilities that could be available for especially promising youth.  
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If your decision has been made and group camps certainly appeal, there are still plenty of questions that'll require answering and asking. When looking at different camps, consider the following:
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* Distance at home. This can be especially important for those new at being away and their parents, also.
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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* Programs offered. Does the camp you're considering offer powerful learning your child's tool of preference? Or even, another camp could be better suited.
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''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Thailand]]''
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* Length of time. Some camps offer one-week programs, others two weeks or a good month or two. Consider on this matter the camps that match personal choice.
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In villages and small towns, where most Volunteers live, homes have electricity and indoor plumbing, including toilets and cold-water showers (occasionally a hand pump must be used to obtain the water). Drinking water must be either boiled or purchased, but is readily available. Other basic amenities (e.g., soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, lotion, sanitary napkins and tampons, towels, film, stationery, stamps, sodas, and instant coffee) should be available in provincial or regional centers, if not in your town. You should also be able to purchase items like an iron, rice cooker, or fan if desired.
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* Other pursuits. The intent behind group camps is always to help youth become more efficient with their tools and possibly even performing facing crowds, that will perhaps not function as only action although it is true. At the least a line or two of something else must certanly be in position.  
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* Qualifications, popularity. If you are giving your youngster away to a band camp to learn concerning the tuba, for example, make sure individuals on the other end know what they are doing. Be sure you check into musical skills, and also the camp's reputation for taking care of their youthful charges.
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==Training==
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* Parental involvement. Make sure if you had like, you could at minimum check out the camp personally. if it is possible to volunteer per day or two to check it out if you're particularly concerned, see.
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''Main article: [[Training in Thailand]]''
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Group camps are rising in popularity by leaps and bounds. They are able to provide great experiences for youth who truly enjoy playing music. Just make sure your child and you are ready for the experience and do check always them out to be doubly sure. [https://twitter.com/teamlloydirvin lloyd irvin]
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Pre-service training provides you with solid technical, language, health, safety and security, and cross-cultural knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare you for living and working safely and successfully in Thailand. Pre-service training is rigorous and demanding, and sometimes not all trainees qualify for Peace Corps service.
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Peace Corps/Thailand’s training program is split into two parts. Part one (10 weeks) is community-based and prepares you to live and work safely and productively at your site for the first three to six months. We have successfully used a community-based training design since January 1997. In this training model, four or five trainees live and study in villages located a few kilometers from a central “hub” site in a larger town. Most language, cross-cultural, and technical sessions and activities occur in the training village. Throughout pre-service training, you will primarily ride bicycles to the hub site and small group training, where you will study with the larger group for one or two days.
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==Health Care and Safety==
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''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Thailand]]''
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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 health and medical issues. The Peace Corps in Thailand maintains its own health unit with qualified and experienced Peace Corps medical officers (PCMOs) and support staff to take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services such as diagnostics, evaluation, and treatment are also available at local, Western-standard hospitals. If you become seriously ill or injured you will be transported either to a Thai medical facility (in Bangkok or the Provincial Hospitals where you serve) or to the United States.
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==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Thailand]]''
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In Thailand, 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 Thailand.
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Outside of Thailand’s capital and other cities, many residents have had relatively little sustained exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles, though they may have had some contact with the many tourists who visit each year. 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.
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* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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Even though a woman may think she is not especially attractive, she will find herself described as beautiful if she has fair hair and a light complexion. It is not unusual for a blonde volunteer to have strange women touch her hair as she rides on a bus. They are simply curious. However, be aware that Hollywood films have given the impression that western women are "easy". If you date Thai men, this can possibly lead to misunderstandings.
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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In the early days, Peace Corps discouraged African American volunteers from serving in Thailand. However, when black volunteers were finally allowed, they encountered very little racial prejudice and were well received. There was even a female African American country director in the late 1970s. The only possible difficulty is of an African American volunteer being mistaken for an African (particularly Nigerian), since they have a poor reputation amongst Thais. Asian American volunteers may sometimes be mistaken for Chinese-Thais, which can even work to their advantage.
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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Age is respected in Thailand. Senior volunteers thus have an advantage. Any possible issues will probably relate to health, especially getting used to the heat and humidity of Southeast Asia.
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
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Thailand is one of the most liberal minded countries when it comes to homosexuality. Nevertheless, volunteers must remember to conform to the accepted standards of conduct regardless of their sexual orientation. Public displays of affection are frowned upon. Thais will not say anything to an offenders face, but they will most definitely talk behind your back.
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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Thailand is a Theravada Buddhist country, except for the extreme south where Islam prevails. Thais are very tolerant of other religions. Be sure to respect theirs. Remember that you are not a missionary.
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
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There are schools for the blind and schools for the deaf. However, volunteers with movement disabilities will find there is little attention paid to their needs in Thailand. Handicapped ramps, restrooms and so on are not common even in Bangkok.
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==Packing List==
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''Main article: [[Packing list for Thailand]]''
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Thailand and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. Although you can get almost everything you need in Thailand, underwear, clothes and shoes in larger sizes may be hard to find here.
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* General Clothing
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* For Women
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* For Men
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* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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* Miscellaneous
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==Peace Corps News==
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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]]
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''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+%22thailand%22&output=rss</rss>
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==Country Fund==
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=493-CFD Thailand Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Thailand. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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==See also==
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* [[Volunteers who served in Thailand]]
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* [[Friends of Thailand]]
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* [[List of resources for Thailand]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/th.html Peace Corps Journals - Thailand]
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* [http://pcthailand.wetpaint.com/ PC Thailand Volunteer Wiki]
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[[Category:Thailand]] [[Category:Asia]]
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Latest revision as of 23:26, 21 April 2013

Band camps may be used in daytime only locations, nevertheless the most common way requires a group time frame dedicated to some pretty intens...

Deciding to send a daughter or son away for a night, a week or even an entire summer could be a very scary proposition. When the reason is for a camp, the concerns ease a little, although not necessarily a bunch. There are points parents and their musically inclined children will look for in group camps and themselves to guarantee the choice is a great one.

Group camps can be held in daytime only settings, however the most common route involves a group time frame focused on some pretty intense education. Before generally making the decision to even consider different group camps, it's a very good idea to be sure of the following things:

If your decision has been made and group camps certainly appeal, there are still plenty of questions that'll require answering and asking. When looking at different camps, consider the following:

Group camps are rising in popularity by leaps and bounds. They are able to provide great experiences for youth who truly enjoy playing music. Just make sure your child and you are ready for the experience and do check always them out to be doubly sure. lloyd irvin

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