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==History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Haiti ==
  
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The Peace Corps/Haiti program focuses primarily on income generation and capacity building. Current projects are in the areas of small enterprise development, agriculture and environmental education, and rural health education.
  
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In 1996, as the Peace Corps was reestablishing its presence in Haiti, improving access to financial services to increase incomes among the rural poor was recognized as an important step. The purpose of the small enterprise development project is thus to strengthen the institutional and managerial capacities of existing microfinance institutions in order to create sustainable small business opportunities for the rural and semiurban poor. The Peace Corps' microfinance project collaborates with nongovernmental and rural organizations that promote and support financial services that in turn create grass-roots income-generating opportunities. Volunteers work in rural areas and small urban centers to build the capacity of local committee leaders and partner organizations in microfinance activities. In some cases, Volunteers are part of NGO teams that provide direct, community-level technical support to microfinance institutions.
  
===How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Ukraine? ===
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Most Haitians depend on agriculture for their existence. At the same time, land use and the need for charcoal have led to extensive deforestation of Haiti's hillsides. The purpose of the agroforestry and environmental education project is to improve the standard of living of rural populations by providing viable, sustainable income-generating opportunities with an environmental focus, as well as to improve the institutional and managerial capacities of local organizations, rural schools, and communities. For example, Volunteers work with rural communities to introduce or improve the cultivation of fruit trees as a source of income and as an environmental conservation measure. Volunteers also work with these communities on collective marketing of agricultural products, creation of new microenterprises, improvement of agricultural production, increasing access to and nderstanding of credit, and improvement of animal-stock sales. 
  
Most airlines have baggage size and weight limits and assess charges for transport of baggage that exceeds those limits. The Peace Corps has its own size and weight limits and will not pay the cost of transport for baggage that exceeds these limits. The Peace Corps’ allowance is two checked pieces of luggage with combined dimensions of both pieces not to exceed 107 inches (length + width + height) and a carry-on bag with dimensions of no more than 45 inches. Checked baggage should not exceed 100 pounds total with a maximum weight of 50 pounds for any one bag.  
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Peace Corps/Haiti recently began a new project in rural health education that aims to raise health conditions by teaching communities how to fight chronic malnutrition; by stressing the importance of immunizations, sanitation, and maternal health; and by providing options for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers work primarily with women and children, who are the groups most affected by poor health and who can make the biggest changes in the health of a family and community. Volunteers provide education and resources in basic hygiene, sanitation, children's and women's health care issues, HIV/AIDS prevention, vaccinations, and sex education to youth, young adults, and women of childbearing age.  
  
Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (shortwave radios are permitted), automobiles, or motorcycles to their overseas assignments. Do not pack flammable materials or liquids such as lighter fluid, cleaning solvents, hair spray, or aerosol containers. This is an important safety precaution.  
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''Currently, the program is in a suspended state since June 2005 and will be revaluated in Feb 2006. ''
  
===What is the electric current in Ukraine? ===
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The office is located at:<br>
[[Image:Voltage b.jpg|thumb|right|Ukrainian adaptor]]
 
[[Image:800px-Odessa Ukraine 5170.jpg|thumb|right200px|Ukrainian outlet]]
 
The current is 220 volts, 50 cycles. Plugs and sockets are of the European two-pin type. If you bring 110-volt appliances, be sure to bring the appropriate transformers and adapters, which are not always easily available in Ukraine. Since hair dryers, cassette recorders, irons, clocks, etc. are available here (some of which can be switched between 220 and 110 volts), you may want to leave your American appliances at home. However, the prices of name-brand items are generally higher than in the United States because of customs and import taxes. Electricity is sometimes rationed, so it is a good idea to bring items that can also run on batteries if necessary.
 
  
===How much money should I bring? ===
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Peace Corps Office <br>
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115, Avenue Panaméricaine <br>
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti <br>
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Working hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. <br>
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Monday to Friday <br>
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Telephone: 256-3274, 256-4094, 256-4249 <br>
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For all information regarding Peace Corps Program in Haiti please double click on the website address: mentioned below:    <br>
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http://www.peacecorps.gov/  <br>
  
Volunteers are expected to live at the same level as the people in their community. You will be given a settling-in allowance and a monthly living allowance, which is designed to cover your expenses. However, with inflation and the dropping dollar, many Volunteers in larger communities find it difficult to live within the Peace Corps Living Allowance.  An increase to the living allowance was just approved, and currently Peace Corps is seeking additional monies with the new fiscal year.  Often Volunteers bring additional money for vacation travel to other countries. If you choose to bring extra money, bring the amount that will suit your own travel plans and needs.
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==Peace Corps News==
  
===When can I take vacation and have people visit me? ===
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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]]
  
During the 24-month service, the Volunteer accrues a total of 48 days of vacation time, two days per month of service (excluding training). The Volunteer may use vacation days retroactively (in other words, if a Volunteer wants to take a 14-day vacation, he/she does not need to wait 7 months to accumulate these vacation days). However, leave may not be taken during training, the first three months of service, or the last three months of service, except in conjunction with an authorized emergency leave. Family and friends are welcome to visit you after pre-service training and the first three months of service as long as their stay does not interfere with your work.  Extended stays at your site are not encouraged and may require permission from your country director. The Peace Corps is not able to provide your visitors with visa, medical, or travel assistance.
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===Will my belongings be covered by insurance? ===
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The Peace Corps does not provide insurance coverage for personal effects; Volunteers are ultimately responsible for the safekeeping of their personal belongings. However, you can purchase such insurance before you leave. If you wish, you may contact your own insurance company; additionally, insurance application forms will be provided, and we encourage you to consider them carefully. Volunteers should not ship or take valuable items overseas. Jewelry, watches, radios, cameras, and expensive appliances are subject to loss, theft, and breakage, and in many places, satisfactory maintenance and repair services are not available.  
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==External Links==
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[http://portauprince.usembassy.gov/peacecorp.html Peace Corps Haiti] U.S. Embassy
  
===Do I need an international driver’s license? ===
 
  
Volunteers in Ukraine do not need to get an international driver’s license because they are prohibited from operating privately owned motorized vehicles. Most urban travel is by bus or taxi. Rural travel ranges from buses and minibuses to trucks and lots of walking.
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==See also==
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* [[Volunteers who served in Haiti]]
  
===What should I bring as gifts to Ukraine? ===
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/ha.html Peace Corps Journals - Haiti]
  
Gifts for Ukrainian friends and your host family is not a requirement. A token of friendship is sufficient.  Some gift suggestions include knickknacks for the house; pictures, books, or calendars of American scenes; decals and stickers; souvenirs from your area; hard candies that will not melt or spoil; or photos to give away.
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[[Category:Haiti]] [[Category:The Caribbean]]
 
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[[Category:Country]]
===After training where will my site assignment be? ===
 
 
 
Midway through pre-service training, you will have a site placement interview (SPI) with Peace Corps Ukraine staff.  You will have  an opportunity to talk about your preferences and what you would like in a site.  However, keep in mind that many factors influence the site assignment process and that the Peace Corps cannot guarantee placement where you would ideally like to be.  Volunteers' sites range from villages with less than a thousand inhabitants to regional capitals with over a million people.  The language that you are trained in will heavily influence the region of the country you are sent to--trainees who learn Russian tend to go to Crimea and the eastern regions, while trainees who learn Ukrainian go to the western regions and generally to smaller towns.  These are generalizations, however.  Formerly, trainees were told of their sites halfway through training.  But currently, trainees do not find out their site until swearing-in retreat.
 
 
 
===How can my family contact me in an emergency? ===
 
 
 
The Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services provides assistance in handling emergencies affecting trainees and Volunteers or their families. Before leaving the United States, instruct your family to notify the Office of Special Services immediately if an emergency arises, such as a serious illness or death of a family member. During normal business hours, the number for the Office of Special Services is 800.424.8580, extension 1470. After normal business hours and on weekends and holidays, the Special Services duty officer can be reached at 202.638.2574. For nonemergency questions, your family can get information from your country desk staff at the Peace Corps by calling 800.424.8580, extension 2420 or 2419.
 
 
 
===Can I call home from Ukraine? ===
 
 
 
Ukraine has good telephone connections with the United States, although service is most consistent from the capital and other large cities. Because international calls are very expensive, most Volunteers call home collect, establish a time to receive a call from home, or use international calling cards.  Cards from companies like AT&T, MCI, and Sprint can be used in Ukraine via an international operator. In some of the larger cities, it is possible to buy calling cards to use to call home from Ukraine.  Also, some Ukrainian cellular phone companies offer affordable rates to call the United States.
 
 
 
===Should I bring a cellular phone with me? ===
 
 
 
Ukraine has cellular phone service, and Peace Corps staff members are equipped with cellphones for emergencies.  Nearly all Volunteers in Ukraine have cell phones.  Differences in technology make most U.S. cellphones incompatible with Ukrainian systems, but Tri-band phones should work in Ukraine.  You will need to have your cell phone company unlock your phone in the US, and while in Ukraine, you should purchase a local sim card.  Cellphones are available for purchase virtually everywhere, even in villages.  Having a cellphone is both useful for safety reasons (especially when in remote areas) and also to keep in touch with fellow Volunteers, site colleagues, and Peace Corps staff while away from your site.
 
 
 
===Will there be Internet access? Should I bring my computer? ===
 
 
 
Most Volunteers in Ukraine have access to e-mail, though access is not as consistent or fast as in the United States.  Depending on where you live and work, you will be able to access e-mail at a local Internet cafe, at your place of work, from home (if you have a computer), or at the nearest regional center. Volunteers generally find the Internet to be the fastest and most affordable way to communicate with friends and family in the United States.
 
 
 
It is recommended by PCVs serving in Ukraine that you do bring a laptop (PC, not Mac) as many materials provided to you by PC Ukraine are on CD rather than paper. Volunteers are responsible for insuring and maintaining their laptop computers. The Peace Corps will not replace stolen computers and strongly encourages those who bring them to get personal property insurance.
 
 
 
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Revision as of 10:31, 22 April 2013

haiti is poor... needs help

History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Haiti

The Peace Corps/Haiti program focuses primarily on income generation and capacity building. Current projects are in the areas of small enterprise development, agriculture and environmental education, and rural health education.

In 1996, as the Peace Corps was reestablishing its presence in Haiti, improving access to financial services to increase incomes among the rural poor was recognized as an important step. The purpose of the small enterprise development project is thus to strengthen the institutional and managerial capacities of existing microfinance institutions in order to create sustainable small business opportunities for the rural and semiurban poor. The Peace Corps' microfinance project collaborates with nongovernmental and rural organizations that promote and support financial services that in turn create grass-roots income-generating opportunities. Volunteers work in rural areas and small urban centers to build the capacity of local committee leaders and partner organizations in microfinance activities. In some cases, Volunteers are part of NGO teams that provide direct, community-level technical support to microfinance institutions.

Most Haitians depend on agriculture for their existence. At the same time, land use and the need for charcoal have led to extensive deforestation of Haiti's hillsides. The purpose of the agroforestry and environmental education project is to improve the standard of living of rural populations by providing viable, sustainable income-generating opportunities with an environmental focus, as well as to improve the institutional and managerial capacities of local organizations, rural schools, and communities. For example, Volunteers work with rural communities to introduce or improve the cultivation of fruit trees as a source of income and as an environmental conservation measure. Volunteers also work with these communities on collective marketing of agricultural products, creation of new microenterprises, improvement of agricultural production, increasing access to and nderstanding of credit, and improvement of animal-stock sales.

Peace Corps/Haiti recently began a new project in rural health education that aims to raise health conditions by teaching communities how to fight chronic malnutrition; by stressing the importance of immunizations, sanitation, and maternal health; and by providing options for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers work primarily with women and children, who are the groups most affected by poor health and who can make the biggest changes in the health of a family and community. Volunteers provide education and resources in basic hygiene, sanitation, children's and women's health care issues, HIV/AIDS prevention, vaccinations, and sex education to youth, young adults, and women of childbearing age.

Currently, the program is in a suspended state since June 2005 and will be revaluated in Feb 2006.

The office is located at:

Peace Corps Office
115, Avenue Panaméricaine
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Working hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday
Telephone: 256-3274, 256-4094, 256-4249
For all information regarding Peace Corps Program in Haiti please double click on the website address: mentioned below:
http://www.peacecorps.gov/

Peace Corps News

Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by country of service or your home state

The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.
<rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22haiti%22&output=rss%7Ccharset=UTF-8%7Cshort%7Cdate=M d</rss>


PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
( As of Monday December 5, 2016 )<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/ha/blog/50.xml%7Ccharset=UTF-8%7Cshort%7Cmax=10</rss>

External Links

Peace Corps Haiti U.S. Embassy


See also

External links