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We offer a list of Web sites for you to search for additional information about the Peace Corps and connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that links change. We have tried to make sure all these links are active and current, but we cannot guarantee it.  
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==Denied Appeal Response April 16th 2011==
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Dear Mr. Yates:
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Your denial of my FOIA request for the country-by-country survey results ignores three crucial facts:
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*The Peace Corps has previously found that the country-by-country results are FOIAable.
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*The only issue was how much it’d charge me to produce the documents.
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*I’ve said that I do not want the Volunteer answers to the open ended questions, where individuals might be identified.You have given no argument to distinguish country-by-country ET rates, which you have supplied to me, and country-by-country survey results.
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When you respond to these three points, you will be responsive to the appeal that I have filed.
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If you refuse to respond to these two points, it’ll demonstrate unequivocally the failure of the Peace Corps to comply with President Obama’s transparency initiative.
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Until you respond to the appeal I have filed, it will remain obvious that the true reason for your denial is that to produce the country-by-country results will be embarrassing to the Peace Corps and give applicants the information they need to be selective when they respond to an invitation to serve.
  
A note of caution: As you surf these sites, please also remember that you will find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to give opinions and advice based on their own experiences. The opinions expressed are not those of the Peace Corps or the United States government. You may also find opinions of people who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps. As you read these comments, we hope you will keep in mind that the Peace Corps is not for everyone, and no two people experience their service in the same way.  
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==Appeal Denied April 16th 2011==
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This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal. You are appealing the response you received in FOIA Request No. 11-059. Specifically, you stated, "I am appealing the denial of the 'country-by-country and program-by-program responses." You further stated, "Several years ago the Peace Corps responded to an earlier request to the same information and found that the country-by-country responses was FOIAable - at a cost. It did not deny that these results were FOIAable. So, this decision is clearly inconsistent with that decision. The FOIA gives you the right to request access to any agency record. This does not mean, however, that an agency will disclose every record requested. There are statutory exemptions that authorize the withholding of information of an appropriately sensitive nature. A fee may be assessed for the processing of your request, however,
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that does not mean a determination about whether the records are releasable was made.
  
===General Information About the Eastern Caribbean===
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I have determined that the response to your request was proper, and I find no basis for disagreeing with the initial determination made by the FOIA Office. Therefore, I am denying your appeal. Individual country and volunteer survey results which contain opinions, recommendations, and personally identifiable information, were appropriately withheld pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §§ 552 (b)(5) and (b)(6). Although we will not release the individual country surveys or project surveys, the regional survey summaries may be of assistance to you. The regional survey reports provide insight into the activities and experiences of the volunteers without risking harm to the agency's deliberative process or privacy of the volunteers. I am providing this as a discretionary release to you. Enclosed please find the regional survey reports for 2009 and 2010 which consists of
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six documents totaling 381 pages.
  
http://www.countrywatch.com <br>
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This is the final decision of the Peace Corps on this FOIA appeal. If you disagree with this decision, you may seek judicial review in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4).
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Castries to information about converting currency from the dollar to the Eastern Caribbean dollar. Just click on your country of service and go from there.  
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Sincerely,
  
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations  <br>
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Earl W. Yates
Visit this site to learn all you need to know about any country in the world.
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Associate Director Management
  
http://www.state.gov/  <br>
 
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find your country of service and learn more about its social and political history.
 
  
http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm  <br>
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==Appealed==
This site includes links to all the official sites for governments of countries around the world.
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http://www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm  <br>
 
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information about countries around the world. Each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political backgrounds.
 
  
http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp  <br>
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==Received December 29th 2010==
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
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This serves as an acknowledgement of your FOIA requestYour request has been assigned tracking number FOIA Request No. 11-059You will receive a respond within 20 business days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at FOIA@peacecorps.gov.  
 
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==Requested December 16th 2010==
http://www.worldinformation.com  <br>
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Dear Peace Corps FOIA Officer:
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.  
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I request a copy of the Peace Corps comprehensive survey of the Volunteers for 2009 and 2010. I request the worldwide results. I also request copies of the answers to any open-ended questions. I also request the breakouts of the results country-by-country and program-by-program for each country. Thanks.
 
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http://www.oecs.org <br>
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This site has information about the Eastern Caribbean states.  
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http://www.cananews.com <br>
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Caribbean Media Corporation. Information on a wide range of topics on the Caribbean.  
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http://www.caribbeandaily.com  <br>
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World News (WN) network Information on a wide range of topics on the Caribbean.
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===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees ===
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http://home.earthlink.net/~foec/  <br>
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This is the website for the Friends of the Eastern Caribbean, a website for returned Volunteers who served in the countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and Carriacou, St.  Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  If you’re interested in communicating with a returned Volunteer from the Eastern Caribbean, they can put you in contact with someone who can assist in your preparations.
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peacecorps2/  <br>
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This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.
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http://www.rpcv.org  <br>
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This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities:
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http://www.peacecorpswriters.org  <br>
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This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers.  It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts from countries around the world.
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http://peacecorpsonline.org/  <br>
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This site is billed an independent news forum serving returned Volunteers. It has links to Eastern Caribbean returned Volunteer groups.  
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===Recommended Books ===
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# Anglin, Kevin, et al. Lonely Planet Eastern Caribbean (3rd ed.). London: Lonely Planet, 2001.
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# Clarke, Colin (editor). Society and Politics in the Caribbean. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1991.
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# Donnell, Alison ed. The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature. NY: Routledge, 1996.
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# Keens-Douglas, Paul. Twice Upon a Time: Poety and Short Stories. Keensdee Production, 1989.
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# Kurlansky, Mark. A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books, 1992.  
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# Springfield, Consuelo Lopez. Daughters of the Caliban: Caribbean Women in the Twentieth Century. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.
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===Books on the Volunteer Experience ===
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# Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, CA: McSeas Books, 2004.
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# Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, WA: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
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# Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, NY: Picador, 2003.
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# Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, NY: Perennial, 2001.
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# Kennedy, Geraldine (ed.). From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, CA: Clover Park Press, 1991.
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# Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).
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Revision as of 10:26, 8 June 2011


United States Peace Corps
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Denied Appeal Response April 16th 2011

Dear Mr. Yates: Your denial of my FOIA request for the country-by-country survey results ignores three crucial facts:

  • The Peace Corps has previously found that the country-by-country results are FOIAable.
  • The only issue was how much it’d charge me to produce the documents.
  • I’ve said that I do not want the Volunteer answers to the open ended questions, where individuals might be identified.You have given no argument to distinguish country-by-country ET rates, which you have supplied to me, and country-by-country survey results.

When you respond to these three points, you will be responsive to the appeal that I have filed. If you refuse to respond to these two points, it’ll demonstrate unequivocally the failure of the Peace Corps to comply with President Obama’s transparency initiative. Until you respond to the appeal I have filed, it will remain obvious that the true reason for your denial is that to produce the country-by-country results will be embarrassing to the Peace Corps and give applicants the information they need to be selective when they respond to an invitation to serve.

Appeal Denied April 16th 2011

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal. You are appealing the response you received in FOIA Request No. 11-059. Specifically, you stated, "I am appealing the denial of the 'country-by-country and program-by-program responses." You further stated, "Several years ago the Peace Corps responded to an earlier request to the same information and found that the country-by-country responses was FOIAable - at a cost. It did not deny that these results were FOIAable. So, this decision is clearly inconsistent with that decision. The FOIA gives you the right to request access to any agency record. This does not mean, however, that an agency will disclose every record requested. There are statutory exemptions that authorize the withholding of information of an appropriately sensitive nature. A fee may be assessed for the processing of your request, however, that does not mean a determination about whether the records are releasable was made.

I have determined that the response to your request was proper, and I find no basis for disagreeing with the initial determination made by the FOIA Office. Therefore, I am denying your appeal. Individual country and volunteer survey results which contain opinions, recommendations, and personally identifiable information, were appropriately withheld pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §§ 552 (b)(5) and (b)(6). Although we will not release the individual country surveys or project surveys, the regional survey summaries may be of assistance to you. The regional survey reports provide insight into the activities and experiences of the volunteers without risking harm to the agency's deliberative process or privacy of the volunteers. I am providing this as a discretionary release to you. Enclosed please find the regional survey reports for 2009 and 2010 which consists of six documents totaling 381 pages.

This is the final decision of the Peace Corps on this FOIA appeal. If you disagree with this decision, you may seek judicial review in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4). Sincerely,

Earl W. Yates Associate Director Management


Appealed

Received December 29th 2010

This serves as an acknowledgement of your FOIA request. Your request has been assigned tracking number FOIA Request No. 11-059. You will receive a respond within 20 business days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at FOIA@peacecorps.gov.

Requested December 16th 2010

Dear Peace Corps FOIA Officer: I request a copy of the Peace Corps comprehensive survey of the Volunteers for 2009 and 2010. I request the worldwide results. I also request copies of the answers to any open-ended questions. I also request the breakouts of the results country-by-country and program-by-program for each country. Thanks.