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|Countryname= Belize
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|Countryname= Botswana
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|CountryCode= bc
|status = [[ACTIVE]]
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|status= [[ACTIVE]]
|Flag= Flag_of_Belize.svg
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|Flag= Flag_of_Botswana.svg
|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/bzwb535.pdf
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|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/bwwb637.pdf
|Region= [[Central America and Mexico]]
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|Region= [[Africa]]
|CountryDirector= [[Stephen Miller]]
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|CountryDirector= [[Peggy McClure]]
|Sectors= [[Education and Information Technology]]<br> [[Youth Development]] <br> [[Rural Community Development]] <br> [[Environment]]
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|Sectors=
|ProgramDates= [[1962]] - [[Present]]
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|ProgramDates= [[1966]] - [[1997]]<br>[[2003]] - [[Present]]
|CurrentlyServing= 65
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|CurrentlyServing= 95
|TotalVolunteers= 1757
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|TotalVolunteers= 1976
|Languages= [[Creole]], [[Spanish]], [[Mayan]], [[Garifuna]], [[English]]
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|Languages= [[English]], [[Setswana]]
|Map= Bh-map.gif
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|Map= Bc-map.gif
|stagingdate= Mar 24 2010
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|stagingdate= Apr 1, 2011
|stagingcity= Dallas
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|stagingcity= Philadelphia
 
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Volunteers currently serving in Belize are applying new approaches and cutting-edge technologies to address the needs of the country. Currently, the Peace Corps is working in collaboration with government ministries, schools, and local organizations to carry out projects in education, youth development, rural community development, and environmental conservation.
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From 1966 to 1997, Peace Corps projects touched nearly all aspects of Botswana's development, including assignments as diverse as teacher trainers, nursing tutors, entomologists, game wardens, and small business advisors. Peace Corps Volunteers filled significant gaps in manpower and, in many cases, made singular contributions to Botswana's progress. There are many leading figures in Botswana today who had a Peace Corps teacher or counterpart in their past.
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Due to Botswana's economic success, the Peace Corps program closed in 1997.
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However, in 1998, the government declared HIV/AIDS a national crisis, and President Mogae dedicated his first five years in office to fighting HIV/AIDS, poverty, and unemployment. The government of Botswana has enlisted the aid of civil society, international agencies, governments, and volunteer organizations to help the Botswana people address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In 2003, the Peace Corps returned to Botswana.
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==Peace Corps History==
 
==Peace Corps History==
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Belize]]''
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Botswana]]''
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The Peace Corps entered the Republic of Botswana, formally known as Bechuanaland, in December 1966, only two months after the country gained independence from the United Kingdom. Botswana’s emergence as an independent nation heightened the need for a skilled labor force. This need provided a unique opportunity for the Peace Corps, which initiated a program aimed at helping the Batswana strengthen their ability to tackle their multiple development challenges. Over the next 31 years, more than 2,100 Peace Corps Volunteers served in Botswana. From 1966 to 1997, Peace Corps projects contributed to nearly every sector of Botswana’s development plan. Volunteers worked in education, health, the environment, urban planning, and economics. The largest group of Volunteers served as teachers in secondary schools. Volunteers filled significant gaps in the labor force and, in many cases, made singular contributions to the development of Botswana. There are scores of leading figures in Botswana who have a Peace Corps connection, be it as a co-worker, teacher, or friend.
  
Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Belize in 1962, more than 1,600 have served in the country. They have worked in education, alternative agriculture, health, conservation, and small business development. In the early years of Peace Corps/Belize, most Volunteers worked with the Ministry of Education to expand and diversify the secondary school system in rural areas. Since the early 1990s, Volunteers have focused their educational efforts on teacher training, curriculum development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and at-risk youth. They have also worked in rural community development, focusing on ecotourism, alternative agriculture, and environmental education.
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Since its independence in 1966, Botswana has gone from one of the world’s poorest countries to one of the few developing nations to reach middle-income status. The country’s per capita income has grown rapidly. Life expectancy at birth increased from 48 years to over 60 years. Formal sector employment grew from 14,000 jobs to 120,000. Moreover, the nation’s infrastructure, including roads, power generation, schools, health facilities, and housing, increased dramatically.
  
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Partly because of Botswana’s remarkable economic transition, the Peace Corps decided to withdraw from the country in 1997. It was with mixed emotions that the Peace Corps closed one of its earliest and most prolific programs. Peace Corps returned to Botswana in 2003 at the request of President Festus Mogae. His request was borne out of a stark recognition that AIDS is poised to erode the prodigious steady development advances realized in Botswana since independence.
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
 
  
''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Belize]]''
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles==
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''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Botswana]]''
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Your housing is contributed by the government of Botswana or other partner organizations. Because of the wide range of housing in Botswana, there is considerable variance in Volunteer living situations. You should come prepared to accept the Peace Corps’ minimum standard for housing— a single room that is clean and can be secured with a lock, with access to clean water and sanitary bathroom and cooking facilities. Electricity and piped-in water are not required by the Peace Corps.
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Volunteers placed at the district level can expect fairly comfortable housing, which typically means a two-bedroom cement house with a kitchen, indoor plumbing, and electricity. Volunteers based at the village can expect housing to be more rustic, perhaps a room in a family dwelling in which services are limited to nonexistent. The government or partner organization is responsible for providing limited furnishings (a bed, a table, a chair, and some sort of closet space) and covering the cost of utilities (cooking gas, electricity, water, etc.).
  
Once you have been assigned to a site, you will spend the first month living with a host family. This will accelerate your language skills and provide a safe, welcoming environment to begin learning about Belizean culture. After one month, you may decide to stay with your host family or you may decide to move into an apartment or house of your own. Once you have identified safe and adequate housing that you can afford with the Peace Corps’ living allowance, Peace Corps staff will check your housing to ensure that it fulfills the Peace Corps’ site selection criteria (see the chapter on Health Care and Safety for further information). Volunteer housing ranges from one-room houses to small bungalows with bath and latrine facilities. Houses generally have electricity, but may or may not have running water and inside toilets. You will have to be very flexible in your housing expectations as there is no guarantee that electricity or running water will be available. Most Volunteers live in towns with populations of 4,000 to 20,000. A few Volunteers live in Belize City, and some live in small rural communities. Wherever you live, Peace Corps staff will visit you on occasion to provide personal, medical, and professional support.
 
  
 
==Training==
 
==Training==
  
''Main article: [[Training in Belize]]''
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''Main article: [[Training in Botswana]]''
  
Training is an essential part of Peace Corps service. The goal is to give you the skills and information you need to live and work effectively in Belize, building upon the experience and expertise you bring to the Peace Corps. We anticipate that you will approach training with an open mind, a desire to learn, and a willingness to become involved. Trainees officially become Volunteers after successful completion of training.
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The nine-week training program will provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Botswana. You will receive training and orientation in language, cross-cultural communication, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. The skills you learn will serve as the foundation upon which you build your experience as a Volunteer in Botswana.
  
The training program is approximately two months long. During training, you will receive training in language, cross-cultural communication, area studies, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. You will also practice new skills as they apply to Belize and meet and work with current Volunteers as a group. Additionally, by living with a host family during training and by taking field trips, you will have a chance to experience local culture and customs on your own.  
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At the beginning of training, the training staff will outline the training goals and assessment criteria that each trainee has to reach before becoming a Volunteer. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process that is based on a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training director, along with the language, technical, and cross-cultural trainers, will work with you toward the highest possible achievement of training goals by providing you feedback throughout training. After successfully completing the pre-service training—as the majority of trainees do—you will be sworn-in as a Volunteer and make the final preparations for departure to your site.  
  
  
==Health Care and Safety==
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==Your Health Care and Safety==
  
''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Belize]]''
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''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Botswana]]''
 
 
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 Belize maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Belize at local, American-standard hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American medical facility in the region or to the United States.
 
  
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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 Botswana maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Botswana at local hospitals that have been evaluated by the medical officer. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to a American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
  
  
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Belize]]''
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''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Botswana]]''
  
In Belize, 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 Belize.
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In Botswana, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Botswana.
  
Outside of the bigger towns and tourist areas, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Belize are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.  
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Outside larger cities and towns in Botswana, residents of rural communities may have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Botswana are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.  
  
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
* Possible Issues for Married Couples
 
  
  
==Frequently Asked Questions==
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==Frequently Asked questions==
  
 
{{Volunteersurvey2008
 
{{Volunteersurvey2008
|H1r=  8
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|H1r=  13
|H1s=  78.3
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|H1s=  77.2
|H2r=  9
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|H2r=  43
|H2s=  88.8
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|H2s=  81.5
|H3r=  4
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|H3r=  44
|H3s=  91.8
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|H3s=  82.8
|H4r=  32
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|H4r=  24
|H4s=  105.5
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|H4s=  107.1
|H5r=  46
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|H5r=  26
|H5s=  48.8
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|H5s=  54.8
|H6r=  42
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|H6r=  51
|H6s=  79.2
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|H6s=  75
 
}}
 
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Belize]]''
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Botswana]]''
  
* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Belize?
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Botswana?
* What is the electric current in Belize?
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* What is the electric current in Botswana?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
* What should I bring as gifts for Belizean friends and my host family?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Batswana friends and my host family?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
* Can I call home from Belize?
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* Can I call home from Botswana?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
 
  
  
 
==Packing List==
 
==Packing List==
  
''Main article: [[Packing List for Belize]]''
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Botswana]]''
  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Belize 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. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. The less you bring, the easier it will be for you to travel to and within Belize. Do not do all your packing in one day. Fill your bags and then return later to reevaluate your decisions. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Belize.  
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Use this packing list as an informal guide in making your own list. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need here.
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Note that while the climate is comfortable for the greater part of the year, houses do not have heat, making the winters colder than you might expect. Do not bring any camouflage or military-style clothing to wear—your time is much too valuable to spend detained at a police checkpoint.  
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* General Clothing
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* For Men
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* For Women
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* Shoes
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* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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* Miscellaneous
  
* General Clothing
 
* For Women
 
* For Men
 
* Shoes
 
** For Women
 
** For Men
 
* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
 
* Kitchen
 
  
 
==Peace Corps News==
 
==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]]
 
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+%22botswana%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
  
<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/bh/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
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==Country Fund==
 
==Country Fund==
  
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=535-CFD Belize Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Belize. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=637-CFD Botswana Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Botswana. These projects support reducing transmission of HIV and minimizing the impact of HIV and AIDS on individuals and communities.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[Volunteers who served in Belize]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Botswana]]
* [[Belize sites|Sites where volunteers have served in Belize]]
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* [[Botswana sites|Sites where volunteers have served in Botswana]]
* [[International Friends of Belize]]
 
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
* [[List of resources for Belize]]
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* [[List of resources for Botswana]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/bh.html Peace Corps Journals - Belizel]
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/bc.html Peace Corps Journals - Botswana]
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[[Category:Belize]] [[Category:Central America and Mexico]]
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[[Category:Botswana]] [[Category:Africa]]
 
[[Category:Country]]
 
[[Category:Country]]

Revision as of 09:50, 17 December 2010


US Peace Corps
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Peace Corps Welcome Book
Region:

Africa

Country Director:

Peggy McClure

Sectors:
Program Dates:

1966 - 1997
2003 - Present

Current Volunteers:

95

Total Volunteers:

1976

Languages Spoken:

English, Setswana

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From 1966 to 1997, Peace Corps projects touched nearly all aspects of Botswana's development, including assignments as diverse as teacher trainers, nursing tutors, entomologists, game wardens, and small business advisors. Peace Corps Volunteers filled significant gaps in manpower and, in many cases, made singular contributions to Botswana's progress. There are many leading figures in Botswana today who had a Peace Corps teacher or counterpart in their past.

Due to Botswana's economic success, the Peace Corps program closed in 1997.

However, in 1998, the government declared HIV/AIDS a national crisis, and President Mogae dedicated his first five years in office to fighting HIV/AIDS, poverty, and unemployment. The government of Botswana has enlisted the aid of civil society, international agencies, governments, and volunteer organizations to help the Botswana people address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In 2003, the Peace Corps returned to Botswana.


Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Botswana

The Peace Corps entered the Republic of Botswana, formally known as Bechuanaland, in December 1966, only two months after the country gained independence from the United Kingdom. Botswana’s emergence as an independent nation heightened the need for a skilled labor force. This need provided a unique opportunity for the Peace Corps, which initiated a program aimed at helping the Batswana strengthen their ability to tackle their multiple development challenges. Over the next 31 years, more than 2,100 Peace Corps Volunteers served in Botswana. From 1966 to 1997, Peace Corps projects contributed to nearly every sector of Botswana’s development plan. Volunteers worked in education, health, the environment, urban planning, and economics. The largest group of Volunteers served as teachers in secondary schools. Volunteers filled significant gaps in the labor force and, in many cases, made singular contributions to the development of Botswana. There are scores of leading figures in Botswana who have a Peace Corps connection, be it as a co-worker, teacher, or friend.

Since its independence in 1966, Botswana has gone from one of the world’s poorest countries to one of the few developing nations to reach middle-income status. The country’s per capita income has grown rapidly. Life expectancy at birth increased from 48 years to over 60 years. Formal sector employment grew from 14,000 jobs to 120,000. Moreover, the nation’s infrastructure, including roads, power generation, schools, health facilities, and housing, increased dramatically.

Partly because of Botswana’s remarkable economic transition, the Peace Corps decided to withdraw from the country in 1997. It was with mixed emotions that the Peace Corps closed one of its earliest and most prolific programs. Peace Corps returned to Botswana in 2003 at the request of President Festus Mogae. His request was borne out of a stark recognition that AIDS is poised to erode the prodigious steady development advances realized in Botswana since independence.


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Botswana

Your housing is contributed by the government of Botswana or other partner organizations. Because of the wide range of housing in Botswana, there is considerable variance in Volunteer living situations. You should come prepared to accept the Peace Corps’ minimum standard for housing— a single room that is clean and can be secured with a lock, with access to clean water and sanitary bathroom and cooking facilities. Electricity and piped-in water are not required by the Peace Corps.

Volunteers placed at the district level can expect fairly comfortable housing, which typically means a two-bedroom cement house with a kitchen, indoor plumbing, and electricity. Volunteers based at the village can expect housing to be more rustic, perhaps a room in a family dwelling in which services are limited to nonexistent. The government or partner organization is responsible for providing limited furnishings (a bed, a table, a chair, and some sort of closet space) and covering the cost of utilities (cooking gas, electricity, water, etc.).


Training

Main article: Training in Botswana

The nine-week training program will provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Botswana. You will receive training and orientation in language, cross-cultural communication, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. The skills you learn will serve as the foundation upon which you build your experience as a Volunteer in Botswana.

At the beginning of training, the training staff will outline the training goals and assessment criteria that each trainee has to reach before becoming a Volunteer. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process that is based on a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training director, along with the language, technical, and cross-cultural trainers, will work with you toward the highest possible achievement of training goals by providing you feedback throughout training. After successfully completing the pre-service training—as the majority of trainees do—you will be sworn-in as a Volunteer and make the final preparations for departure to your site.


Your Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Botswana

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 Botswana maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Botswana at local hospitals that have been evaluated by the medical officer. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to a American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Botswana

In Botswana, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Botswana.

Outside larger cities and towns in Botswana, residents of rural communities may have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Botswana are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.

  • Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
  • Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
  • Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities


Frequently Asked questions

Botswana
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

How personally rewarding is your overall Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H1r::13|}}
Score:
2008 H1s::77.2|}}
Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps?|}} Rank:
2008 H2r::43|}}
Score:
2008 H2s::81.5|}}
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::44|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::82.8|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::24|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::107.1|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::26|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::54.8|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::51|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::75|}}
2008BVS::Botswana


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Botswana

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Botswana?
  • What is the electric current in Botswana?
  • 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 Batswana friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Can I call home from Botswana?
  • Should I bring a cellular phone with me?


Packing List

Main article: Packing List for Botswana

Use this packing list as an informal guide in making your own list. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need here.

Note that while the climate is comfortable for the greater part of the year, houses do not have heat, making the winters colder than you might expect. Do not bring any camouflage or military-style clothing to wear—your time is much too valuable to spend detained at a police checkpoint.

  • General Clothing
  • For Men
  • For Women
  • Shoes
  • Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
  • Miscellaneous


Peace Corps News

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Country Fund

Contributions to the Botswana Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Botswana. These projects support reducing transmission of HIV and minimizing the impact of HIV and AIDS on individuals and communities.

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