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The Peace Corps boasts that it receives a great many initial applications for Volunteer service. It’s recently announced, for example, that applications are up “70%.”
  
===Communications===
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However, according to the most recent statistics released by the Peace Corps to Wiki under the Freedom of Information Act, the agency has no current surplus of applicants '''who are medically qualified to become Peace Corps Volunteers.''' Only medically fit applicants can become Volunteers, so emphasizing the size of the initial applicant pool can be irrelevant and misleading.
  
Few countries in the world offer the level of mail service we
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Indeed, for the Peace Corps to tout how many initial “applicants” they have before the medical screening process may be intentionally misleading. '''The Peace Corps knows that applicants might lose interest in joining if they hear that the agency is having trouble filling its slots.'''
take for granted in the United States. Airmail from the United
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States to major cities in Ethiopia typically takes 2-4 weeks
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to arrive. Volunteers have been pleasantly surprised by the
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efficiency of the Ethiopian postal service, but delayed and lost
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mail does occur. Advise your family and friends to number
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their letters and to include “Airmail” and “Par Avion” on
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their envelopes. Packages normally take 3-4 weeks to reach
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Ethiopia via airmail. Sending packages by ground mail can
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take up to a year to arrive so make sure to let your friends
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and family know this.
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Your address during training will be:<br>
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'''The truth is that the selectivity of Volunteers is minimal''' – other than to determine if the applicant is medically fit. One hundred percent of the applicants who are medically fit are invited to training and service as a Volunteer.
Your Name/PCT <br>
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US Peace Corps/Ethiopia<br>
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P.O. Box 7788<br>
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia<br>
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You will purchase a personal postal office box once you move
 
to your site. Mail arriving in Addis Ababa, after you have
 
obtained your own postal office box, will continue to be held
 
at the Peace Corps office until you pass through on official
 
business or when a Peace Corps/Addis Ababa staff member
 
visits you at your site.
 
  
===Telephones===
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although coverage varies across the country. You will have the
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option of purchasing a SIM card and phone during pre-service
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''Critical Data for Applicants'''''</div>
training (PST); almost all current Volunteers have mobile
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An excellent indication of the health of a Peace Corps country program is its early quit rate, the percentage of Volunteers who do not complete their 26-27 month term of service. The Peace Corps refers to this as the Early Termination (ET) rate. With the ET rate, Volunteers talk with their feet about their Peace Corps experience. If Volunteers in a particular country or program are quitting early, an applicant should wonder about the quality of that program.  
phones.
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===Computer, Internet, and Email Access===
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The Peace Corps has recently started to allow applicants to choose the countries in which they prefer to serve. Wiki presents the ET rate data here on a country by country basis to enable applicants to make more informed choices.
  
Internet access is available at Internet cafes in most towns
 
and cities, but can be slow and costly, so most Volunteers use
 
Internet about once every few weeks. Designated computers
 
in the resource center at the Peace Corps office have Internet
 
access, and you are welcome to use these when in Addis
 
Ababa. Many Volunteers bring laptops for research, digital
 
photos or entertainment, but as with any valuable item, there
 
is a risk of theft or damage.
 
  
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'''PC Wiki recommends that applicants request to be sent to countries with low ET rates.'''
  
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===Food and Diet===
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'''PC Wiki recommends that applicants avoid any country with an ET rate of 30% or greater. They should be cautious about any country with an ET rate of more than 20%.  They should request to be sent to countries with ET rates of less than 20%.'''
  
In most parts of Ethiopia there is a regular, although limited,
 
selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. Butcher shops sell
 
beef and lamb, live chickens can be purchased at market and
 
in areas near lakes, and fresh fish is available. With a little
 
creativity, you can enjoy a varied diet. Fruits and vegetables
 
are seasonal, which means some items may not be available
 
at all times. Vegetarian Volunteers will have little difficulty
 
continuing their diets, as Orthodox Christians “fast” by
 
eating a vegan diet on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout
 
the year. Vegetarianism, however, is not common, so be
 
prepared to explain your habits. Meat is eaten during special
 
occasions and holidays, so it may be prudent to discuss your
 
vegetarianism with host families early to avoid embarrassing
 
or offending them.
 
  
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All Volunteers will be expected to travel in Ethiopia using
 
local transportation (i.e., foot, bicycle, public buses, minivans
 
–called “blue donkeys due to the way they drive in
 
tight traffic). Volunteers may not own or operate motorized
 
vehicles in Ethiopia. Peace Corps will provide a stipend for
 
Volunteers wishing to purchase a bike (with helmet) at site. If
 
you purchase a bike, you are required to always wear a helmet
 
while riding.
 
  
===Geography and Climate===
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One excellent indication of the health of a Peace Corps country program is the survey responses of the Volunteers. It is easy to rank the countries using these responses. With the rankings from these surveys, applicants are empowered to request postings to higher ranked countries.
  
Most of Ethiopia is expected to enjoy a tropical climate due to
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The Peace Corps now invites applicants to choose the countries in which they prefer to serve. Wiki presents the rankings from the survey data on a country by country basis to enable applicants to make an informed choice.
its proximity to the equator, but since most of the country’s
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land mass is above 4,920 feet (1,500 meters), that is not
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the case. Ethiopia experiences extremely varied climatic
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conditions from cool to very cold in the highlands which most
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of the population inhabits, to one of the hottest places on
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Earth at the Danakil Depression.
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'''PC Wiki recommends that applicants request to be sent to a country with high ranked survey responses.  In addition, PC Wiki recommends that applicants avoid countries that rank in the bottom third of the surveys. They should be cautious about countries in the middle third.  They should request countries in the top third.''' 
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===Professionalism, Dress, and Behavior===
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Ethiopians regard dress and appearance as an outward sign
 
of the respect one holds for another individual. Neatness in
 
appearance is more important than being “stylish.” Volunteers
 
should always wear clean and neat clothes. Buttoned shirts for
 
men and blouses and skirts or dresses (to or below the knee)
 
for women are appropriate during business hours. T-shirts are
 
appropriate only for casual, non-business activities. Tank tops,
 
see-through blouses, or low-cut blouses are not appropriate;
 
exposing one’s shoulders is unacceptable. Blue jeans should
 
not be worn during business hours unless the conditions of
 
the job assignment or training activity allow it, and never
 
when visiting government offices. Shorts may be worn only at
 
home, when exercising (if appropriate), or when doing work.
 
Aside from dress, there are other standards of appearance
 
that must be respected. Women should wear appropriate
 
undergarment, including bras and slips. Your hair should be
 
clean and combed. For men, beards should be neatly trimmed.
 
  
The matter of sexual behavior is, of course, a highly personal
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Sexual mores in Ethiopia are very conservative and strict,
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and you are expected to respect them. Public displays of
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affection between members of the opposite sex, such as
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kissing, hand holding, or hugging are not generally socially
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acceptable, though hand holding among men is very common.
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Homosexuality is illegal in Ethiopia and punishable by
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imprisonment or deportation. Further information will be
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provided during your PST on appropriate and inappropriate
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sexual behavior.
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These restrictions have been formalized in response to
 
specific instances of inappropriate dress and behavior by
 
Volunteers. In general, the above guidance is meant to convey
 
to Volunteers that adherence to professional standards is
 
appropriate at all times and in all places. When in doubt, look
 
to your Ethiopian counterparts for guidance. If the country
 
director determines that willful disregard of cultural standards
 
is jeopardizing your credibility or that of the program, you
 
may be administratively separated from the Peace Corps.
 
  
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Volunteer entails certain safety risks. Living and traveling
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burglaries are not uncommon, and incidents of physical and
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incidents. The Peace Corps has established procedures and
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Your work situation may also present many difficulties and
 
frustrations. Most of your work will be to educate, motivate,
 
and organize community groups, an often slow task. You will
 
find yourself in situations that require an ability to motivate
 
yourself and your colleagues and take action with little
 
guidance from your colleagues and counterparts. You must
 
possess the self-confidence, patience, and vision to continue
 
working toward long-term goals without seeing immediate
 
results or feedback. Co-workers, severely underpaid and
 
burdened with extended family commitments, will have a
 
much different outlook on life than your own, and rainy and
 
agricultural seasons will delay many project activities. As each
 
Volunteer’s job description will be uniquely dependent upon
 
the expressed needs of the community and the skills that you
 
bring, you will be constantly defining and redefining your role
 
as you attempt to meet the needs of your community. This
 
is both a gift and a challenge. A gift in that you are free to
 
work in areas where you are needed most, and a challenge in
 
that you must invent and reinvent yourself in an oftentimes
 
unstructured work environment. Defining your role and
 
finding your “niche” within your community will be one of
 
your greatest challenges, but one that can be achieved with
 
time, personal drive, resourcefulness, and a flexible and
 
patient mind.
 
  
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accept the challenges described above and can demonstrate
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environmental challenges facing Ethiopia today, there is an
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The HIV epidemic strikes across all social strata in Ethiopia.
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these relationships in a sensitive and positive manner. It is
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Latest revision as of 13:27, 17 February 2015


The Peace Corps boasts that it receives a great many initial applications for Volunteer service. It’s recently announced, for example, that applications are up “70%.”

However, according to the most recent statistics released by the Peace Corps to Wiki under the Freedom of Information Act, the agency has no current surplus of applicants who are medically qualified to become Peace Corps Volunteers. Only medically fit applicants can become Volunteers, so emphasizing the size of the initial applicant pool can be irrelevant and misleading.

Indeed, for the Peace Corps to tout how many initial “applicants” they have before the medical screening process may be intentionally misleading. The Peace Corps knows that applicants might lose interest in joining if they hear that the agency is having trouble filling its slots.

The truth is that the selectivity of Volunteers is minimal – other than to determine if the applicant is medically fit. One hundred percent of the applicants who are medically fit are invited to training and service as a Volunteer.


Read More About the Shortage of Applicants

Early Quit Rates Country-by-Country: Critical Data for Applicants

An excellent indication of the health of a Peace Corps country program is its early quit rate, the percentage of Volunteers who do not complete their 26-27 month term of service. The Peace Corps refers to this as the Early Termination (ET) rate. With the ET rate, Volunteers talk with their feet about their Peace Corps experience. If Volunteers in a particular country or program are quitting early, an applicant should wonder about the quality of that program.

The Peace Corps has recently started to allow applicants to choose the countries in which they prefer to serve. Wiki presents the ET rate data here on a country by country basis to enable applicants to make more informed choices.


PC Wiki recommends that applicants request to be sent to countries with low ET rates.


PC Wiki recommends that applicants avoid any country with an ET rate of 30% or greater. They should be cautious about any country with an ET rate of more than 20%. They should request to be sent to countries with ET rates of less than 20%.


Read More About ET Rates


One excellent indication of the health of a Peace Corps country program is the survey responses of the Volunteers. It is easy to rank the countries using these responses. With the rankings from these surveys, applicants are empowered to request postings to higher ranked countries.

The Peace Corps now invites applicants to choose the countries in which they prefer to serve. Wiki presents the rankings from the survey data on a country by country basis to enable applicants to make an informed choice.

PC Wiki recommends that applicants request to be sent to a country with high ranked survey responses. In addition, PC Wiki recommends that applicants avoid countries that rank in the bottom third of the surveys. They should be cautious about countries in the middle third. They should request countries in the top third.


Read More About the Volunteer Survey Results




Statistics




Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource—its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 73 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.

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. Current Volunteers should still keep in mind their own safety and security, cultural sensitivity, and the fact they are in-country representing the United States. See Manual Section 204 regarding Volunteer conduct and Section 543 regarding Volunteer use of information technology tools.

Your time as a Peace Corps Volunteer doesn't end when your two years of service are over. The time you spent in the Peace Corps will continue to enrich your life, both personally and professionally, for many years. And, in keeping with the Peace Corps' third goal, you'll have new opportunities every day to share what you've learned in the Peace Corps with fellow Americans.


About PeaceCorpsWiki

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 is welcome to edit, add, or create an entry. So far there are a total of 2,800 pages that have been written and edited by (R)PCVs and friends of the Peace Corps from around the world. This wiki, designed and operated by returned Peace Corps Volunteers, offers a transparent source of information about the agency's operations and volunteer service.

Peace Corps Wiki welcomes all articles, content, and points of view. This site represents the cumulative effort of thousands of Peace Corps volunteers from around the world, and strives to maintain an objective and neutral point of view. The content of this site belong to the wiki's members and do not reflect any position of the U.S. Government or the Peace Corps. For official Peace Corps policy, please see their official website. To contact us, email contact AT PeaceCorpsWiki DOT org.