Peace Corps Wiki:About
What is this "Wiki"?
Peace Corps Wiki is an online database of information about Peace Corps that invites all users to edit any page or to create new pages within the PeaceCorpsWiki website. It seeks to involve the visitor in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the Web site landscape. These articles can be edited infinitely to create content that many users agree on. Edits can be compared side by side to determine their contribution to the article.
Peace Corps Wiki is a collaborative project whose goal is to create a free, interactive, and up-to-date source of information about serving as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. Anyone, from Returned Volunteers to future Applicants, are welcome to edit any entry, or start a new one.
- Provide a forum for RPCVs, PCVs and people with an interest in Peace Corps.
- Store online documentation of what volunteering as a Peace Corps volunteer is like. Serving for two years in the Peace Corps may seem like a long time, but Close of Service may come faster than you expect. Volunteers can make the most of their time in-country through well organized material, collaboration and knowledge sharing.
- Promote institutional memory building within the Peace Corps.
- Expose and diffuse volunteer input that may help the in process of reform and growth at the administrative level of PC, which with intern shape future policy and training.
- Showcase the skills and accomplishments made by a wide cross section of volunteers.
- Spark the imaginations of those future volunteers and visionaries that have yet to join PC.
- Provide an expandable and up-to-date resource to communities, RPCVs, and current PCVs on Peace Corps.
YOU! The wiki is a publicly edited series of articles; through discussions and resolution building between users, admins, and anonymous contributors articles are meant to shape an objective view of a particular aspect of Peace Corps.
Some of the folks that have helped shape the Peace Corps Wiki....in no particular order...add yourself if have done work on part of the wiki:
- Chris Collman who did work on the help section
- Will Dickinson developed templates and categorizations
- Mike Sheppard input the welcome books and countless reports and FOIA docs
- Kenji Yamada worked to design the original site outline
- User:Sergtpeppa has worked on the organization the volunteer pages, and projects; especially those relating to Northern South America.
- Thomas Morse for developing one of the first project pages on his work on the "Seeders Program" Panama.
- Donald Z. Osborn developed the Staff_members_who_worked_in_Togo and other staff pages in African countries.
- RPCVs have developed Category:volunteers to promote their experience.
- countless other contributors and anonymous edits ...[Add yourself http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Peace_Corps_Wiki:About?title=Peace_Corps_Wiki:About&action=edit§ion=4]
- June 2007- September 2009: Hosting donated by http://www.collectiveidea.com/ on a dreamhost shared server
- September 2009 - current: Hosting supported by paypal donations<paypal>2</paypal> on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Elastic_Compute_Cloud
Starting in June 2007 this wiki was generously hosted by http://www.collectiveidea.com/. By mid 2009 it was clear that a faster more flexible platform was needed. In early September 2009 an emergency switch was made to the Amazon E2 hosting cloud. This was necessary to handle the load demand and growing size and complexity of the wiki and it's extensions.
Through donations the project received $1,000 to pay for the $500 change over fee and $500 server reservation fee. The MONTHLY COSTS ARE $150 which we hope to fund for 6 months by which time we expect to have the IRS determination letter and we become eligible for grant and institutional donor funding. <paypal>2</paypal>
About New Hosting the EC2
The Peace Corps Wiki is hosted on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud: "Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (also known as "EC2") allows customers to rent computers on which to run their own computer applications. EC2 allows scalable deployment of applications by providing a web services interface through which a customer can create virtual machines, i.e. server instances, on which the customer can load any software of their choice. A customer can create, launch, and terminate server instances as needed, paying by the hour for active servers, hence the term "elastic". A customer can set up server instances in zones insulated from each other for most failure causes so that one may be a backup for the other and minimize down time. http://www.Amazon.com provides EC2 as one of several web services marketed under the blanket term Amazon Web Services (AWS)." from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Elastic_Compute_Cloud
Peace Corps has been ongoing for the past 40+ years, but very few volunteers know the history of Peace Corps in their country, or even their site:
“Dealing with what I could and couldn’t do regarding community planning and trying to reconstruct the history of my site was one of the most frustrating aspects of my PC experience.”
Questions PeaceCorpsWiki can help with: Where can you go for grants? What are the policies for Early COS? What does a typical Description of Service look like? Who else served in the same country, and what did they do?
Keeping Peace Corps Wiki Advertisement FREE, Why?
The Peace Corps Wiki is kept Ad free out of respect to the work contributed by the community of users but this requires the hosting and up keep of the sites to be paid for. Please Donate a dollar or two Also we welcome you to add or read the site Testimonials.
Links In the Media
Peace Corps Wiki
- Boston Globe May 16th 2011:
- USA Today October 14th 2010:
File:Usatoday logo.gifCall to service inspired many Peace Corps volunteers''....Peace Corps Wiki, an online site where volunteers share their work and experiences.''
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
Volunteer numbers down, but technology use is up
Blogging their Peace Corps experiences.FRONT PAGE of Philadelphia Inquirer! July 1st 2009 Cover story in the July 1st Philadelphia Inquirer SEE NEWSPAPER CLIPPING Published on 2009-07-01, Page A01, Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) By Carolyn Davis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
- The New York Times: co-founder Mike Sheppard's work on uncovering addresses on Facebook. He found a loophole in the security:
Peace Corps Journals
The Peace Corps Journals a blog compiler for all blogs relating to Peace Corps is the sister site of the Peace Corps Wiki:
- National Geographic Society
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
- http://bit.ly/6M9A3q (cached)
- The Washington Post:' ("Cool Link")
- 'The Washington Post' ("Armchair Peace Corps")
- Outside Magazine:
- US Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay