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Keeping former Peace Corps Volunteers informed and involved is very important to us. The topics below are drawn from our most commonly asked questions from RPCVs. We hope you find them helpful.
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|site=Assomada
 
|region=Santiago
 
|country=Cape_Verde
 
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|lastname=Newhouse
 
|state=Georgia
 
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This page details the procedure, objectives, methodologies used for a high school drafting course at the technical high school in Assomada, Cape Verde during the 2008-2009 school year:  
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==How can I get assistance with financial issues, taxes, or a copy of my Description of Service (DOS)?==
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For Readjustment Allowance questions; verification of Peace Corps service for an employer or college (verbal and/or written); copies of your Description of Service (DOS), income tax questions and W-2 forms; loan deferment, cancellation, and economic hardship certifications; and, savings bonds, contact:
  
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Volunteer and PSC Financial Services<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1770, or<br>
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202.692.1770 <br>
  
  
==Course Introduction==
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==Where can I get assistance with Early Termination (ET) issues?==  
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For ET consultation/personal counseling, or if you wish to ET while in the United States on home leave or emergency leave, contact:
  
This course was designed for and taught to 140 11th and 12th grade civil construction students at the Technical School in Assomada, Cape Verde during the 2008-2009 school year. It is an example of a goal-oriented teaching style for a high school drafting class. The class covers the themes and objectives in the state-required curriculum for the Technical Drafting Course. A revised curriculum can be found at Appendix A and B (in Portuguese). The objective of the class is to learn and draft a house. <br>
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Office of Special Services<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1470 or <br>
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202.692.1470 <br>
  
====Revised Official Course Outline (in Portuguese) [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Revised_Technical_Drafting_Official_Course_Outline_%28in_Portuguese%29.doc]====
 
====Revised Official Curriculum (in Portuguese) [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Revised_Technical_Drafting_Official_Curriculum_%28in_Portuguese%29.doc]====
 
  
==Annual Course Schedule, School Numbers==
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==Where can I get assistance with medical issues?==  
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If within the first six months of your COS you are having a particularly difficult time with your re-entry adjustment and feel you need a medical evaluation, contact the Office of Medical Services to discuss your situation with a medical professional.
  
The specific dates and number of weeks of each trimester are subject to change. Classes are also subject to unannounced cancellation due to rain, local events and holidays. Thus as a teacher, it is more important to focus more on completing the activity rather than rushing through to finish by a certain date.<br>
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For general medical issues, contact the Office of Medical Services.  
  
1º Trimester – 13 weeks – Mid-September to winter break<br>
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Office of Medical Services<br>
2º Trimester – 12 weeks – January to spring break<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1500 or 202.692.1500<br>
3º Trimester – 13 weeks – early April to mid-late June<br>
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Learn more about general RPCV health benefits.<br>  
Total 38 weeks<br>
 
  
In two years, I taught over 200 students. However, I didn’t develop this coursework until my second year. My second year I taught 140 students – seven classes of about 20 students per class. I’d estimate my school had about 1000 students of which about 20% were girls. 40 teachers (estimate) facilitated these 1000 students.  
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To obtain copies of your medical records, contact:<br>
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Medical Records Department<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1553 or 202.692.1553 <br>
  
==Daily Class Structure==
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For Medical billing/reimbursement, contact:<br>
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Health Benefit Program<br>
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800.544.1802 <br>
  
Every class lasts two hours:<br>
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For RPCVs with medical problems resulting from their Peace Corps service, requests for authorization of evaluation or further diagnostic work-up of service-related conditions; authorization for treatment after diagnosis of injury or illness incurred while a PCV or other illness or disability issues related to your Peace Corps service contact:
''First 5 minutes'' – the teacher writes the date and class summary on the board and takes roll.<br>
 
''Next 15 minutes'' – the teacher introduces the assignment for the day, discusses the details of the plan, when the plan is due and what the students will be graded on (all of this information is put on the board). If plans are due that day students can turn in papers at this time.<br>
 
''Next 10 minutes'' – questions, clarifications<br>
 
''Next 5 minutes'' – hand out paper<br>
 
''Rest of class'' – work<br>
 
''End of class'' – thank them for their behavior (if it was good) and hard work (if they worked hard) and repeat when the assignment is due. (Each class works at a different pace – at the end of each class the teacher may make adjustments to the due date).<br>
 
  
[[Image:Geramias_on_hydropon.png]]
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Post Service Unit<br>
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800.424.8580, ext. 1540 or 202.692.1540 <br>
  
==Required Materials==
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For Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) claims or Re-entry difficulty, contact:
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Office of Medical Services 800.424.8580, ext. 1500, or 202.692.1500.
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Additional information is available from the FECA Benefits page on this site.
  
Students are expected to come to class everyday with a pencil, notebook and a drafting square (this costs about 100 escudos). If students cannot afford or manage their materials, they may share materials. The teacher will provide copies of example plans, research materials and blank A4 paper for drafting (may have to purchase paper and copies out of pocket).
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Sometimes RPCVs encounter problems in obtaining assistance from the Office of Medical Services or the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP). OWCP is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for administering the FECA program.  An RPCV group has been formed to help RPCVs secure health care and other benefits that they are legally entitled to (see OWCP Yahoo! Group in the external links section, below).
  
==Grading==
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==How can I change my address?==
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Use our online form or send an e-mail to: rpcvupdate@peacecorps.gov
  
The trimester grade is broken into two test grades (40% each) and one teacher’s evaluation grade (20%). Student’s grades are submitted and entered into the school database at the end of each trimester. This grade is averaged at the end of the year and summed up for each 11th and 12th grade level, weighed at 45% and 55% respectively. For this course, I took the grades from each drawing depending on the total possible points and divided their grade into two test grades.
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You may also send your information via regular mail. Include your name, address, social security number, country, and years of service to:
  
====Class Grading Example [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Class_Grading_Example.pdf]====
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RPCV Database Manager<br>
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Peace Corps Domestic Programs<br>
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1111 20th Street NW<br>
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Washington, DC 20526<br>
  
Late work - For every week the students turn in work late, I deducted 5-10 points from the student’s grade. The amount depends on the discretion of the teacher and weight of the assignment.
 
  
==Classroom Management==
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==How can I find an RPCV?==
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Peace Corps no longer has resources available for contacting returned volunteers; however, there are a number of search resources available on the Web including Yahoo People Search and Google.  The [http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] maintains a "Seeking" area on its website under the News section.  Also, every five years NPCA publishes a directory of RPCVs and former staff. 
  
20% of student’s grades are an OEA grade. This grade measures a student’s classroom attendance, participation, preparedness and behavior. Every teacher has a different method of evaluation and all are equally as valid. This method is simple in theory, difficult in practice - tough but fair. Although the school administration believed it was too rigorous, this method was designed to prepare students for the workplace. Reasoning: at a job, if you come late, unprepared or don’t behave, you can’t effectively do work. The same rules should apply to a classroom:<br>
 
  
Students are expected to come to class on-time, with all required materials and behave. If they do this everyday, they will receive a check. <br>
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==How can I locate the RPCV group nearest me?==
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Contact the National Peace Corps Association via their website ([http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org www.peacecorpsconnect.org]) or call them at 202.293.7728.  '''First year of membership is free to recently returned volunteers.
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Procedure: At the beginning of each class, the teacher calls roll. If the student is present, he/she receives a check. If they arrive late (<10m mark tardy, after 10m they must wait until the second hour), they receive a zero. Zero indicates zero credit for the day. If the students make no effort to work on the given assignment, they will lose their check and receive a zero for the day. If the students misbehave, they will lose their check and receive a zero for the day. <br>
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==How can I stay connected to the Peace Corps? ==
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There are many ways to stay connected. Visit our Stay Connected section or select from the following list:
  
What constitutes tardiness, non-participation or misbehavior is to be determined by the teacher. The teacher may offer warnings before marking a zero. If non-participation or misbehavior continues after a zero has been issued, the teacher may remove the student from the class.<br>
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* Assist with recruiting potential Volunteers.
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* Help RPCVs with their career and life transition back to the United States by agreeing to be listed in the Career Information Consultants Guide.  
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* Participate as a Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools speaker.
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* Share your experience during Peace Corps Week.
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* Become a Crisis Corps Volunteer.
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* Submit a story for the Peace Corps Web site.
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* Let Peace Corps help pay for graduate school. Learn more about the Peace Corps Fellows Program.
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* Join the [http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] and get involved with one of its 140 geographic or country of service affiliate groups.  '''First year of membership is free to newly returned volunteers.''' 
  
At the end of each trimester when grades are due, the teacher will count the number of checks each student has and divide by the number of total days he/she took roll. Then the teacher will multiply this ratio by 20. This is the OEA, teacher’s evaluation, grade. (See Appendix C – Class Grading Example).<br>
 
  
==Teaching Style Notes==
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==Where can I order Returned Volunteer Services publications? ==
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RVS publishes a series of career manuals. These are available free of charge to all RPCVs, but can only be mailed to addresses in the United States. Most are now available online. Learn more.
  
Everyone’s teaching style is different. For this particular class, these are a few style suggestions that helped improve student behavior/performance:<br>
 
- Learn and use student’s names<br>
 
- Walk up and down the aisles during class to speak with students individually. (This establishes a personal relationship with the students, which improves behavior and overall quality of the work)<br>
 
- Encourage students to think critically and creatively about their work<br>
 
- When explaining the assignment, be as detailed or as brief as you feel comfortable<br>
 
- Try to find a lesson that challenges the quicker students and keeps the slower ones up to speed. Everyday you have to find that balance. Offer/assign extra work to students ahead, walk through assignments with students behind. Pair students of different strengths together, if possible.<br>
 
- The tighter your lesson plan is (easier it is to understand), the more likely you will have less trouble with misbehavior and the more interested the students will be<br>
 
- Identify the major idea students should take away from the day/assignment and repeat it frequently<br>
 
- Repeat daily the importance of taking pride in your work, encourage students to show work to family and friends or to display it on a wall at home, <br>
 
- Ask them what they want to do when they graduate, try to make thinking about your future cool<br>
 
- Talk with other professors to see what is normal behavior and not<br>
 
- Roll with the class, if no one gets it, take a deep breath and slow down <br>
 
  
==Class Activities==
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==How do I apply for employment with the Peace Corps? ==
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Visit our Jobs section for a comprehensive look at working at the Peace Corps, plus listings for open positions at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as regional, overseas, and short-term jobs.
  
This drafting course is broken down into five separate but related activities – each with a clearly defined project outcome. This way, students are likely to put more effort into their work. Detailed below are each of the projects:
 
 
===Project 1: Draft map of Santiago to scale 1:1.5===
 
  
Objectives: <br>
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==Campus Recruiting Positions==
:- Review concept of scale, <br>
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The Peace Corps occasionally places Peace Corps campus coordinators/graduate assistants ("strategy contractors") at certain colleges and universities that are good sources for potential Volunteers.
:- Remind students about the geography of the island where they live,<br>
 
:- Teach students to take pride in their work: “Make this map something you want to put on your wall at home.”<br>
 
  
Methodology: Assignment is attached (increase scale by 1:1.5, A4:A3)[http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Project_1_-_Map_of_Santiago.pdf]<br>
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Strategy contractors are returned Volunteers who work half-time on campus as Peace Corps recruiters while pursuing degrees. The recruiter is actually employed by the university which has been awarded a contract by the Peace Corps for recruitment activities.
[[Image:Map_of_santiago.png]]
 
  
===Project 2: Draft different views of desk (or other simple object) to scale 1:??===
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If you plan to attend school, you might contact the local Peace Corps office responsible for the state in which your school is located to inquire about these positions.
  
Objectives: <br>
 
- Review drafting square and legend<br>
 
:o Dimensions of square <br>
 
:o Dimensions for and information to be included in legend<br>
 
- Learn to calculate scale, object dimensions and margins (three steps)<br>
 
  
Methodology: Show work for calculating scale, object dimensions and margins for simple object. Draft square/legend and corresponding dimensions, legend information [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Project_2_-_Drafting_square_and_legend.pdf].<br>
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==Temporary and Short-Term Positions==
[[Image:Chairs.png]]
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RPCVs can inquire about current temporary openings by contacting the specific office that interests them, or by visiting the RVS career center at the Regional Recruitment Office in Rosslyn, Virginia, where these openings are sometimes posted. You may also inform any office of your availability in the event that the office has an upcoming temporary need.
  
===Project 3: Draft Cámara-approved plan to scale 1:100===
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For short-term jobs or consulting, the Short Term Assistance Unit (STAU) of the Peace Corps provides trainers for Pre-Service Trainings when requested by a Peace Corps overseas post. To identify trainers, the STAU maintains a database of potential short-term contractors and actively recruits new candidates. Learn more about STAU.
  
Objectives: <br>
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To submit your résumé or federal application by mail, send it to:
- Introduce required plans necessary to draft and approve residential plans at local Cámara <br>
 
:o Plan introduction (text, for explanation) <br>
 
:o Site plan, (to show example) [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Appendix_F2_-_Planta_de_Localizacao_2.pdf] <br>
 
:o Floor plan [http://peacecorpswiki.org/File:Appendix_F3_-_R%C3%AAs-do-Ch%C3%A3o_exemplo.pdf]<br>
 
:o Roof plan [http://peacecorpswiki.org/File:Appendix_F4_-_Cobertura_exemplo.pdf]<br>
 
:o Foundation plan [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Appendix_F5_-_Funda%C3%A7%C3%A3o_exemplo.pdf]<br>
 
:o Elevation [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Appendix_F6_-_Al%C3%A7ado_exemplo.pdf]<br>
 
:o Cut section, includes stair detail for explanation [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Appendix_F7_-_Corte_exemplo.pdf]<br>
 
:o Perspective [http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Appendix_F9_-_Perspectiva_exemplo.pdf]<br>
 
- Practice with line weights<br>
 
- Practice drawing to scale 1:100<br>
 
- Practice dimensioning<br>
 
  
Methodology: Each attached plan (located at appendices listed above, F.1-F.8) includes a photocopy of a Cámara plan to be used as example and a corresponding blank sheet of paper with grading rubric, square and legend.<br>
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Short-Term Assistance Unit<br>
[[Image:Studentplans.png]]
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of the Center for Field Assistance<br>
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and Applied Research<br>
===Project 4: Research innovative architecture, sketch new house design===
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Paul D. Coverdell<br>
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Peace Corps Headquarters<br>
Objectives: <br>
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1111 20th Street, NW<br>
:- Learn about new design methods of building houses<br>
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Washington, DC 20526<br>
:- Brainstorm with students on new ideas, share sketches, have fun but stay focused<br>  
 
:- Sketch new ideas – include swimming pools, libraries, large patios, gardens<br>
 
  
Methodology: Review various example pictures/designs on pin drive in folder entitled Innovative architecture research (Appendix G). Teacher may research additional ideas on the Internet or demonstrate/explain new designs on the board. Encourage sketching, new “out of the box” designs.<br><br>
 
[[Image:Plan1.png]][[Image:Plan2.png]]<br>
 
[[Image:Plan3.png]][[Image:Plan4.png]]<br>
 
  
===Project 5: Draft original house plan to scale 1:100===
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==Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) Jobs==
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Competitive APCD candidates usually will have position-specific education, several years of managerial experience, technical skills, and cross-cultural language skills. Check the Peace Corps Employment Center for current APCD openings.
  
Objectives:<br>
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Or, send a federal application or résumé to:
- Draft each plan of the newly designed house to scale, given only a site plan<br>
 
:o Floor plan<br>
 
:o Roof plan<br>
 
:o Foundation plan<br>
 
:o Elevation<br>
 
:o Cut section<br>
 
:o Perspective<br>
 
- Practice calculating scale, design dimensions, margins<br>
 
- Practice with line weights<br>
 
- Practice drawing to scale 1:100<br>
 
- Practice dimensioning<br>
 
  
Methodology: Hand out a blank sheet of paper for each plan. Students are expected to draft the square, legend and calculate the scale, design dimensions and margins for each plan. Grading rubric is to be written on the board (could reflect grading rubric from Cámara plan for each corresponding plan). Students may also use any previous or other student plans as examples.
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Paul D. Coverdell<br>
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Peace Corps Headquarters<br>
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Overseas Staff Recruitment<br>
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1111 20th Street, NW<br>
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Washington, DC 20526 <br>
  
===Project 6: Additional project ideas (untested) (for 12th grade): Draft neighborhood layout, green urban planning, model building.===
 
  
Objectives: <br>
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==What is a GS level? Where do I rank? ==
:- Think critically about new development<br>
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The Peace Corps uses a Foreign Service (FP) system rather than the GS hiring system used at many government agencies. The majority of recently Returned Volunteers may qualify for positions at the GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 levels. This will of course depend on the amount of relevant experience and the education level of the applicant.
o How to utilize space wisely<br>
 
o Plan for further growth<br>
 
o How to plan for community gardens, public spaces, local schools, local markets, sport fields, etc<br>
 
o How to plan the city to adapt to renewable energy plants<br>
 
o How to use local, cheap materials to build a model of a plan<br>
 
  
Methodology: Research and discuss city layout designs (from Internet, local city, additional Cámara plans). Draft neighborhood layout using outline of student houses, additional plans and other communities around your area. (To be researched – Appendix I). Build a cardboard model.<br><br>
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For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.
[[Image:Project6a.png]][[Image:Project6b.png]]<br>
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[[Image:Project6c.png]][[Image:Project6d.png]]<br>
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==What is non-competitive eligibility? ==
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Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) is a special mechanism through which RPCVs can be appointed to federal GS positions without competing with the general public in order to be hired.
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What this means is federal agencies are permitted to hire a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer without posting a vacancy announcement, interviewing candidates or going through the other steps that often cause the hiring process to idle. This does not mean Returned Volunteers are entitled to federal employment. Also, state and local agencies fall under separate laws and do not have the NCE benefit.
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RPCVs may provide a non-competitive eligibility letter (PDF) to prospective federal employers explaining their non-competitive eligibility.
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Noncompetitive eligibility can be used at expected service agencies. USAJobs.gov lists these expected service agencies here:
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http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/exceptedservice.asp#icc
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For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.
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==What is an SF-50? Do I have a performance appraisal from the Peace Corps that I can use in the federal hiring process? ==
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Federal employers sometimes ask RPCV applicants for a copy of their SF-50s. This form is called a "Notification of Personnel Action." As a PCV/RPCV, you did/do not have an SF-50.
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You may use a copy of your Description of Service (DOS), instead, as a formal description of your Peace Corps work. The DOS is a factual account of your service. It does not evaluate your work as a PCV.
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Most federal job applications ask for a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Try to get a general letter of recommendation that gives an account of your work habits and character, from an overseas Peace Corps staff member familiar with your work.
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It is advisable to get a letter of recommendation before you leave or shortly after you return from overseas. The longer the time since you left service, the more difficult it is to get such letters. This letter can be used in lieu of a performance appraisal.
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==What if I have other questions about services for former Volunteers? ==
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Refer to the Career Resource Manual presented to you at your COS conference, or contact Returned Volunteer Services: rvs@peacecorps.gov
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==External Links==
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[http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization connecting, informing and engaging returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), former Peace Corps staff and friends of Peace Corps committed to fostering peace through service, education and advocacy.
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.former.formervolfaq Returned Volunteers FAQs] Official US Peace Corps Website
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[http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/owcp OWCP Yahoo! Group] An Online Community of RPCVs that Advocates for Better Post-Service Health Care from Peace Corps and the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
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Revision as of 09:18, 31 May 2010

Keeping former Peace Corps Volunteers informed and involved is very important to us. The topics below are drawn from our most commonly asked questions from RPCVs. We hope you find them helpful.

How can I get assistance with financial issues, taxes, or a copy of my Description of Service (DOS)?

For Readjustment Allowance questions; verification of Peace Corps service for an employer or college (verbal and/or written); copies of your Description of Service (DOS), income tax questions and W-2 forms; loan deferment, cancellation, and economic hardship certifications; and, savings bonds, contact:

Volunteer and PSC Financial Services
800.424.8580, ext. 1770, or
202.692.1770


Where can I get assistance with Early Termination (ET) issues?

For ET consultation/personal counseling, or if you wish to ET while in the United States on home leave or emergency leave, contact:

Office of Special Services
800.424.8580, ext. 1470 or
202.692.1470


Where can I get assistance with medical issues?

If within the first six months of your COS you are having a particularly difficult time with your re-entry adjustment and feel you need a medical evaluation, contact the Office of Medical Services to discuss your situation with a medical professional.

For general medical issues, contact the Office of Medical Services.

Office of Medical Services
800.424.8580, ext. 1500 or 202.692.1500
Learn more about general RPCV health benefits.

To obtain copies of your medical records, contact:
Medical Records Department
800.424.8580, ext. 1553 or 202.692.1553

For Medical billing/reimbursement, contact:
Health Benefit Program
800.544.1802

For RPCVs with medical problems resulting from their Peace Corps service, requests for authorization of evaluation or further diagnostic work-up of service-related conditions; authorization for treatment after diagnosis of injury or illness incurred while a PCV or other illness or disability issues related to your Peace Corps service contact:

Post Service Unit
800.424.8580, ext. 1540 or 202.692.1540

For Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) claims or Re-entry difficulty, contact: Office of Medical Services 800.424.8580, ext. 1500, or 202.692.1500. Additional information is available from the FECA Benefits page on this site.

Sometimes RPCVs encounter problems in obtaining assistance from the Office of Medical Services or the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP). OWCP is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for administering the FECA program. An RPCV group has been formed to help RPCVs secure health care and other benefits that they are legally entitled to (see OWCP Yahoo! Group in the external links section, below).

How can I change my address?

Use our online form or send an e-mail to: rpcvupdate@peacecorps.gov

You may also send your information via regular mail. Include your name, address, social security number, country, and years of service to:

RPCV Database Manager
Peace Corps Domestic Programs
1111 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20526


How can I find an RPCV?

Peace Corps no longer has resources available for contacting returned volunteers; however, there are a number of search resources available on the Web including Yahoo People Search and Google. The National Peace Corps Association maintains a "Seeking" area on its website under the News section. Also, every five years NPCA publishes a directory of RPCVs and former staff.


How can I locate the RPCV group nearest me?

Contact the National Peace Corps Association via their website (www.peacecorpsconnect.org) or call them at 202.293.7728. First year of membership is free to recently returned volunteers.

How can I stay connected to the Peace Corps?

There are many ways to stay connected. Visit our Stay Connected section or select from the following list:

  • Assist with recruiting potential Volunteers.
  • Help RPCVs with their career and life transition back to the United States by agreeing to be listed in the Career Information Consultants Guide.
  • Participate as a Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools speaker.
  • Share your experience during Peace Corps Week.
  • Become a Crisis Corps Volunteer.
  • Submit a story for the Peace Corps Web site.
  • Let Peace Corps help pay for graduate school. Learn more about the Peace Corps Fellows Program.
  • Join the National Peace Corps Association and get involved with one of its 140 geographic or country of service affiliate groups. First year of membership is free to newly returned volunteers.


Where can I order Returned Volunteer Services publications?

RVS publishes a series of career manuals. These are available free of charge to all RPCVs, but can only be mailed to addresses in the United States. Most are now available online. Learn more.


How do I apply for employment with the Peace Corps?

Visit our Jobs section for a comprehensive look at working at the Peace Corps, plus listings for open positions at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as regional, overseas, and short-term jobs.


Campus Recruiting Positions

The Peace Corps occasionally places Peace Corps campus coordinators/graduate assistants ("strategy contractors") at certain colleges and universities that are good sources for potential Volunteers.

Strategy contractors are returned Volunteers who work half-time on campus as Peace Corps recruiters while pursuing degrees. The recruiter is actually employed by the university which has been awarded a contract by the Peace Corps for recruitment activities.

If you plan to attend school, you might contact the local Peace Corps office responsible for the state in which your school is located to inquire about these positions.


Temporary and Short-Term Positions

RPCVs can inquire about current temporary openings by contacting the specific office that interests them, or by visiting the RVS career center at the Regional Recruitment Office in Rosslyn, Virginia, where these openings are sometimes posted. You may also inform any office of your availability in the event that the office has an upcoming temporary need.

For short-term jobs or consulting, the Short Term Assistance Unit (STAU) of the Peace Corps provides trainers for Pre-Service Trainings when requested by a Peace Corps overseas post. To identify trainers, the STAU maintains a database of potential short-term contractors and actively recruits new candidates. Learn more about STAU.

To submit your résumé or federal application by mail, send it to:

Short-Term Assistance Unit
of the Center for Field Assistance
and Applied Research
Paul D. Coverdell
Peace Corps Headquarters
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20526


Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) Jobs

Competitive APCD candidates usually will have position-specific education, several years of managerial experience, technical skills, and cross-cultural language skills. Check the Peace Corps Employment Center for current APCD openings.

Or, send a federal application or résumé to:

Paul D. Coverdell
Peace Corps Headquarters
Overseas Staff Recruitment
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20526


What is a GS level? Where do I rank?

The Peace Corps uses a Foreign Service (FP) system rather than the GS hiring system used at many government agencies. The majority of recently Returned Volunteers may qualify for positions at the GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 levels. This will of course depend on the amount of relevant experience and the education level of the applicant.

For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.


What is non-competitive eligibility?

Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) is a special mechanism through which RPCVs can be appointed to federal GS positions without competing with the general public in order to be hired.

What this means is federal agencies are permitted to hire a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer without posting a vacancy announcement, interviewing candidates or going through the other steps that often cause the hiring process to idle. This does not mean Returned Volunteers are entitled to federal employment. Also, state and local agencies fall under separate laws and do not have the NCE benefit.

RPCVs may provide a non-competitive eligibility letter (PDF) to prospective federal employers explaining their non-competitive eligibility.

Noncompetitive eligibility can be used at expected service agencies. USAJobs.gov lists these expected service agencies here:

http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/exceptedservice.asp#icc

For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.

What is an SF-50? Do I have a performance appraisal from the Peace Corps that I can use in the federal hiring process?

Federal employers sometimes ask RPCV applicants for a copy of their SF-50s. This form is called a "Notification of Personnel Action." As a PCV/RPCV, you did/do not have an SF-50.

You may use a copy of your Description of Service (DOS), instead, as a formal description of your Peace Corps work. The DOS is a factual account of your service. It does not evaluate your work as a PCV.

Most federal job applications ask for a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Try to get a general letter of recommendation that gives an account of your work habits and character, from an overseas Peace Corps staff member familiar with your work.

It is advisable to get a letter of recommendation before you leave or shortly after you return from overseas. The longer the time since you left service, the more difficult it is to get such letters. This letter can be used in lieu of a performance appraisal.


What if I have other questions about services for former Volunteers?

Refer to the Career Resource Manual presented to you at your COS conference, or contact Returned Volunteer Services: rvs@peacecorps.gov

External Links

National Peace Corps Association a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization connecting, informing and engaging returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), former Peace Corps staff and friends of Peace Corps committed to fostering peace through service, education and advocacy.

Returned Volunteers FAQs Official US Peace Corps Website

OWCP Yahoo! Group An Online Community of RPCVs that Advocates for Better Post-Service Health Care from Peace Corps and the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.