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Keeping former Peace Corps Volunteers informed and involved is very important to us. The topics below are drawn from our most commonly asked questions from RPCVs. We hope you find them helpful.
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There are two Peace Corps/Russia administrative units: [[Russia West]] and [[Russia East]].
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The Russia West office is located in Moscow and supervises the Volunteers located from
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the western borders of Russia to the oblast of Krasnoyarsk in the east. The Russia East
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office, located in Vladivostok, supervises Volunteers from the Irkust oblast to the eastern
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shoreline including Sakhalin Island. The country director is located in Moscow and a
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deputy director manages the Vladivostok office.
  
==How can I get assistance with financial issues, taxes, or a copy of my Description of Service (DOS)?==
 
For Readjustment Allowance questions; verification of Peace Corps service for an employer or college (verbal and/or written); copies of your Description of Service (DOS), income tax questions and W-2 forms; loan deferment, cancellation, and economic hardship certifications; and, savings bonds, contact:
 
  
Volunteer and PSC Financial Services<br>
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[[Image:Rs-map.gif|400px|right]]
800.424.8580, ext. 1770, or<br>
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202.692.1770 <br>
 
  
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'''Status:''' Presently Inactive<br>
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'''Program Dates:''' 1992-2003<br>
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'''Volunteers Served:''' 729
  
==Where can I get assistance with Early Termination (ET) issues?==
 
For ET consultation/personal counseling, or if you wish to ET while in the United States on home leave or emergency leave, contact:
 
  
Office of Special Services<br>
 
800.424.8580, ext. 1470 or <br>
 
202.692.1470 <br>
 
  
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Russia is the largest country in the world measuring 6.5 million square miles. It is 1.8
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times the size of the United States. After perestroika and the collapse of the former
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Soviet Union in 1990, the Russian Government implemented a series of major reforms
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including the introduction of free-market policies, the elimination of most price controls,
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the reduction of budget subsidies to promote privatization of state-owned enterprises, and
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the delegation of more responsibilities to local governments. This painful political,
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social, and economic transformation continues today.
  
==Where can I get assistance with medical issues?==
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The Peace Corps entered Russia in 1992, bringing Volunteers to assist the development
If within the first six months of your COS you are having a particularly difficult time with your re-entry adjustment and feel you need a medical evaluation, contact the Office of Medical Services to discuss your situation with a medical professional.  
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of business in Russia. The Peace Corps programs in Russia were administered out of
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three offices: one in Saratov, one in Moscow (which did not have Volunteers), and the
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third in Vladivostok—each with independent operating budgets and staff. In 1995, TEFL
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Volunteers came to assist university English programs. Also in 1995, the Saratov office
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closed, and the staff and budget for Saratov and Moscow consolidated in Moscow. There
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are two Peace Corps/Russia administrative units: Russia West and Russia East. The
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Russia West office is located in Moscow and the staff supervises the Volunteers located
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from the western borders of Russia to the Krasnoyarsk oblast in the east. The Russia East
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staff with an office located in Vladivostok supervises Volunteers from the Irkust oblast
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near Lake Baikal to the eastern shoreline including Sakhalin Island. The country director
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is located in Moscow and a deputy director manages the Vladivostok office.
  
For general medical issues, contact the Office of Medical Services.  
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After the market collapse of 1998, the value of the ruble dropped. In August 1998, the
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exchange rate was 6.5 rubles to the dollar. It fell to 25 rubles to the dollar in 1999.
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During our visit, the exchange rate averaged 30 rubles to the dollar. As the government
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removes subsidies to services such as transportation, increased costs are affecting Peace
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Corps operations in Russia.
  
Office of Medical Services<br>
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The Russia programs were interrupted in 1998 when no Trainees entered Russia, because
800.424.8580, ext. 1500 or 202.692.1500<br>
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visas were not granted. However, the Volunteers already in country were allowed to
Learn more about general RPCV health benefits.<br>
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complete their service, and the Peace Corps staff remained intact. In 1999, the
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governmental sponsorship of the Peace Corps moved from the Ministry of Foreign
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Affairs to the Ministry of Education.
  
To obtain copies of your medical records, contact:<br>
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Russians are highly educated; the official literacy rate is 98%. The Russian education
Medical Records Department<br>
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system ranks among the best in the world. It is a highly regulated system with
800.424.8580, ext. 1553 or 202.692.1553 <br>
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examinations for students and strict credentialing requirements for teachers. Education is
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free and compulsory until the age of seventeen.
  
For Medical billing/reimbursement, contact:<br>
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Increasingly, Russians identify English language proficiency as an important step to
Health Benefit Program<br>
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regaining footholds in international trade, technology, information sharing, and study
800.544.1802 <br>
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abroad. This has led to a demand for English language and business English instruction
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reflected in the fact that 75% of all students choose it as their first foreign language.
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Because of this extraordinary demand, and because Russian teachers of English have
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been isolated from native speakers, there is a need for assistance in teaching English.
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Volunteers who do not have teaching credentials or teaching experience feel at a
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disadvantage among their host country teaching colleagues. Russia training strains to
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overcome the discrepancy between the training and experience of Russian teachers of
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English and the training and experience of TEFL Volunteers.
  
For RPCVs with medical problems resulting from their Peace Corps service, requests for authorization of evaluation or further diagnostic work-up of service-related conditions; authorization for treatment after diagnosis of injury or illness incurred while a PCV or other illness or disability issues related to your Peace Corps service contact:
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Currently, 81% of the Volunteers in both Russia program assignments concentrate on
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). See Table 1. The Russia West
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Volunteers are assigned to TEFL projects and business education. In the Russia East program, Volunteers are assigned to TEFL—two Volunteers remain in an environment
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project and two in business education. Both the business education and the environment
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projects in the Russia East program have had their last Volunteer input.
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Russia TEFL Volunteers teach at several levels of the Russian educational system.
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Volunteers with credentials are assigned to pedagogical institutes for teacher training,
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Volunteers with advanced degrees go to universities, and most Volunteers go to
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secondary schools or to “colleges” or technical schools. A few Volunteers work in
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primary schools in order to have a full teaching schedule. Most of the teacher training,
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university, and secondary school assignments are in urban centers, but Volunteers who
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teach at some secondary schools and the primary level may be assigned to more rural
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settings. In the Russia West program, Volunteers with a business background are
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assigned to teach business English at universities or at the technical colleges.
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Providing support is logistically difficult in Russia. In the 1998 PPA Worldwide Survey,
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53% of the Russia East Volunteers and 69% of the Russia West Volunteers reported that
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it took 10 or more hours to travel to their Peace Corps office; 35% of Volunteers in the
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EMA region and 26% of Volunteers worldwide reported 10 or more hours to reach their
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Peace Corps offices. In some instances, communication is unavailable, difficult, or
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requires travel to a larger urban center. Email capabilities are available to most of the
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Volunteers assigned to urban or regional centers, but not to Volunteers in the smaller
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rural or village sites. Both posts plan to place more Volunteer in smaller cities and rural
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areas, so the staff must adjust the site selection and development process and Volunteer
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support accordingly.
  
Post Service Unit<br>
 
800.424.8580, ext. 1540 or 202.692.1540 <br>
 
  
For Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) claims or Re-entry difficulty, contact:
 
Office of Medical Services 800.424.8580, ext. 1500, or 202.692.1500.
 
Additional information is available from the FECA Benefits page on this site.
 
  
Sometimes RPCVs encounter problems in obtaining assistance from the Office of Medical Services or the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).  OWCP is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for administering the FECA program.  An RPCV group has been formed to help RPCVs secure health care and other benefits that they are legally entitled to (see OWCP Yahoo! Group in the external links section, below).
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==Volunteer Work==
  
==How can I change my address?==
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Use our online form or send an e-mail to: rpcvupdate@peacecorps.gov
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|-
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| align="center" | '''[[Sector]]''' || '''[[Assignment]]''' || '''[[Beg. Yr]]''' || '''[[End. Yr]]'''
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| rowspan="3" align="center"| '''[[Business]]'''
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| [[Business Advising]]
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| [[1997]]
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| [[2001]]
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| [[Business Development]]
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| [[1997]]
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| [[2001]]
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| [[NGO Advising]]
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| [[1999]]
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| [[1999]]
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| rowspan="3" align="center"| '''[[Education]]'''
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| [[English Teacher]]
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| [[1996]]
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| [[2001]]
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| [[English Teacher Trainer]]
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| [[1996]]
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| [[2001]]
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| [[Univ. English Teaching]]
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| [[1997]]
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| [[2001]]
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|}
  
You may also send your information via regular mail. Include your name, address, social security number, country, and years of service to:
 
  
RPCV Database Manager<br>
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===Business Development===
Peace Corps Domestic Programs<br>
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Peace Corps Volunteers work to nurture business development by providing business education, consulting, and support to government officials, entrepreneurs, business institutes, schools, and NGOs. One Volunteer collaborated with Russian business owners, business professors, U.S. technical assistance providers, and fellow Volunteers to produce a series of marketing videos based on Russian case studies. These videos will be used in seminars and workshops for Russian entrepreneurs.
1111 20th Street NW<br>
 
Washington, DC 20526<br>
 
  
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Volunteers have also created the University of Alaska's Russian-American Business Center, which works to develop the business skills of female entrepreneurs as well as offering workshops on business planning over the Internet. Business Volunteers provide a wide range of seminars and workshops for the management and staff of Russian NGOs. A Volunteer-developed NGO training course is being incorporated into the course offerings of the Volga-Vyatka Academy of Public Service, which trains government officials in the Volga region.
  
==How can I find an RPCV?==
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===Education===
Peace Corps no longer has resources available for contacting returned volunteers; however, there are a number of search resources available on the Web including Yahoo People Search and GoogleThe [http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] maintains a "Seeking" area on its website under the News section. Also, every five years NPCA publishes a directory of RPCVs and former staff.
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Volunteers were able to work in elementary, secondary, and higher-education schoolsAs Russian English teachers continue to leave local schools to take higher paying positions in the private sector, the Peace Corps is focusing its efforts on training the next generation of Russian English teachers. Russia's economic problems have made it difficult for the Ministry of Education to provide modern textbooks to schools, many of which are still using Soviet textbooks containing anti-American propaganda. In Western Russia, Volunteers authored five textbooks that were published regionally at low cost.
  
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Volunteers also work with students at the high school level. Volunteers in Western Russia conducted a two-week summer immersion program called "Camp America" for over 100 teenagers. In the Russian Far East village of Arsneniev, a Volunteer founded the first English-language newspaper for teens. This for-profit newspaper is written by advanced students from different schools, who are learning layout design, marketing and editing. The profits from the paper provide revenue for new English materials.
  
==How can I locate the RPCV group nearest me?==
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In the Russian Far East, university TEFL volunteers participated in regional conferences for language learning often working with the Russian FEELTA (Far Eastern English Language Teaching Association) and the American ELF (English Language Fellows) programs.
Contact the National Peace Corps Association via their website ([http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org www.peacecorpsconnect.org]) or call them at 202.293.7728.  '''First year of membership is free to recently returned volunteers.
 
'''
 
  
==How can I stay connected to the Peace Corps? ==
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===Environment===
There are many ways to stay connected. Visit our Stay Connected section or select from the following list:
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The Environment program is located in the Russian Far East, an area similar to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The incredible natural beauty of this area provides motivation for increasing environmental awareness. Environmental Education Volunteers contribute to the growing environmental preservation movement through their work in schools, extra-curricular environmental centers, NGOs, and nature preserves. One Volunteer organized the youth in his village to construct solar dehydrators, which were used by local farmers to dry herbs and mushrooms for the winter.
  
* Assist with recruiting potential Volunteers.  
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Volunteers are assisting NGOs with grant proposal writing, organizational development, and fundraising techniques. A Volunteer in Vladivostok helped the Resource Center for Environmental Education, a local NGO, successfully implement a proposal to send several Center members and a film technician to the United States to make a documentary about outdoor education. The film will be shown on Russian television and used in seminars with other environmental NGOs.
* Help RPCVs with their career and life transition back to the United States by agreeing to be listed in the Career Information Consultants Guide.
 
* Participate as a Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools speaker.
 
* Share your experience during Peace Corps Week.
 
* Become a Crisis Corps Volunteer.
 
* Submit a story for the Peace Corps Web site.
 
* Let Peace Corps help pay for graduate school. Learn more about the Peace Corps Fellows Program.  
 
* Join the [http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] and get involved with one of its 140 geographic or country of service affiliate groups.  '''First year of membership is free to newly returned volunteers.''' 
 
  
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==Peace Corps News==
  
==Where can I order Returned Volunteer Services publications? ==
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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]]
RVS publishes a series of career manuals. These are available free of charge to all RPCVs, but can only be mailed to addresses in the United States. Most are now available online. Learn more.
 
  
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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+%22russia%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
  
==How do I apply for employment with the Peace Corps? ==
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<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/rs/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
Visit our Jobs section for a comprehensive look at working at the Peace Corps, plus listings for open positions at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as regional, overseas, and short-term jobs.
 
  
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==External Links==
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/kids/world/europemed/rus_business.html Peace Corps Kids World: Russia]<br>
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[http://archives.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/12/28/peace.corps/index.html CNN.com: Russia kicks out U.S. Peace Corps (12/28/2002)]
  
==Campus Recruiting Positions==
 
The Peace Corps occasionally places Peace Corps campus coordinators/graduate assistants ("strategy contractors") at certain colleges and universities that are good sources for potential Volunteers.
 
 
Strategy contractors are returned Volunteers who work half-time on campus as Peace Corps recruiters while pursuing degrees. The recruiter is actually employed by the university which has been awarded a contract by the Peace Corps for recruitment activities.
 
 
If you plan to attend school, you might contact the local Peace Corps office responsible for the state in which your school is located to inquire about these positions.
 
 
 
==Temporary and Short-Term Positions==
 
RPCVs can inquire about current temporary openings by contacting the specific office that interests them, or by visiting the RVS career center at the Regional Recruitment Office in Rosslyn, Virginia, where these openings are sometimes posted. You may also inform any office of your availability in the event that the office has an upcoming temporary need.
 
 
For short-term jobs or consulting, the Short Term Assistance Unit (STAU) of the Peace Corps provides trainers for Pre-Service Trainings when requested by a Peace Corps overseas post. To identify trainers, the STAU maintains a database of potential short-term contractors and actively recruits new candidates. Learn more about STAU.
 
 
To submit your résumé or federal application by mail, send it to:
 
  
Short-Term Assistance Unit<br>
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==See also==
of the Center for Field Assistance<br>
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* [[Volunteers who served in Russia]]
and Applied Research<br>
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
Paul D. Coverdell<br>
 
Peace Corps Headquarters<br>
 
1111 20th Street, NW<br>
 
Washington, DC 20526<br>
 
 
 
 
 
==Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) Jobs==
 
Competitive APCD candidates usually will have position-specific education, several years of managerial experience, technical skills, and cross-cultural language skills. Check the Peace Corps Employment Center for current APCD openings.
 
 
 
Or, send a federal application or résumé to:
 
 
 
Paul D. Coverdell<br>
 
Peace Corps Headquarters<br>
 
Overseas Staff Recruitment<br>
 
1111 20th Street, NW<br>
 
Washington, DC 20526 <br>
 
 
 
 
 
==What is a GS level? Where do I rank? ==
 
The Peace Corps uses a Foreign Service (FP) system rather than the GS hiring system used at many government agencies. The majority of recently Returned Volunteers may qualify for positions at the GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 levels. This will of course depend on the amount of relevant experience and the education level of the applicant.
 
 
 
For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.
 
 
 
 
 
==What is non-competitive eligibility? ==
 
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) is a special mechanism through which RPCVs can be appointed to federal GS positions without competing with the general public in order to be hired.
 
 
 
What this means is federal agencies are permitted to hire a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer without posting a vacancy announcement, interviewing candidates or going through the other steps that often cause the hiring process to idle. This does not mean Returned Volunteers are entitled to federal employment. Also, state and local agencies fall under separate laws and do not have the NCE benefit.
 
 
 
RPCVs may provide a non-competitive eligibility letter (PDF) to prospective federal employers explaining their non-competitive eligibility.
 
 
 
Noncompetitive eligibility can be used at expected service agencies. USAJobs.gov lists these expected service agencies here:
 
 
 
http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/exceptedservice.asp#icc
 
 
 
For more information about the federal government's GS system, see the RPCV Benefits section.
 
 
 
==What is an SF-50? Do I have a performance appraisal from the Peace Corps that I can use in the federal hiring process? ==
 
Federal employers sometimes ask RPCV applicants for a copy of their SF-50s. This form is called a "Notification of Personnel Action." As a PCV/RPCV, you did/do not have an SF-50.
 
 
 
You may use a copy of your Description of Service (DOS), instead, as a formal description of your Peace Corps work. The DOS is a factual account of your service. It does not evaluate your work as a PCV.
 
 
 
Most federal job applications ask for a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. Try to get a general letter of recommendation that gives an account of your work habits and character, from an overseas Peace Corps staff member familiar with your work.
 
 
 
It is advisable to get a letter of recommendation before you leave or shortly after you return from overseas. The longer the time since you left service, the more difficult it is to get such letters. This letter can be used in lieu of a performance appraisal.
 
 
 
 
 
==What if I have other questions about services for former Volunteers? ==
 
Refer to the Career Resource Manual presented to you at your COS conference, or contact Returned Volunteer Services: rvs@peacecorps.gov
 
 
 
==External Links==
 
[http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org National Peace Corps Association] a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization connecting, informing and engaging returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), former Peace Corps staff and friends of Peace Corps committed to fostering peace through service, education and advocacy.
 
  
[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.former.formervolfaq Returned Volunteers FAQs] Official US Peace Corps Website
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/rs.html Peace Corps Journals - Russia]
  
[http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/owcp OWCP Yahoo! Group] An Online Community of RPCVs that Advocates for Better Post-Service Health Care from Peace Corps and the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
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[[Category:Russia]] [[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
[[Category:resources]]
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[[Category:Country]]
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[[Category:Inactive]]

Latest revision as of 13:02, 23 August 2016

There are two Peace Corps/Russia administrative units: Russia West and Russia East. The Russia West office is located in Moscow and supervises the Volunteers located from the western borders of Russia to the oblast of Krasnoyarsk in the east. The Russia East office, located in Vladivostok, supervises Volunteers from the Irkust oblast to the eastern shoreline including Sakhalin Island. The country director is located in Moscow and a deputy director manages the Vladivostok office.


Status: Presently Inactive
Program Dates: 1992-2003
Volunteers Served: 729


Russia is the largest country in the world measuring 6.5 million square miles. It is 1.8 times the size of the United States. After perestroika and the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1990, the Russian Government implemented a series of major reforms including the introduction of free-market policies, the elimination of most price controls, the reduction of budget subsidies to promote privatization of state-owned enterprises, and the delegation of more responsibilities to local governments. This painful political, social, and economic transformation continues today.

The Peace Corps entered Russia in 1992, bringing Volunteers to assist the development of business in Russia. The Peace Corps programs in Russia were administered out of three offices: one in Saratov, one in Moscow (which did not have Volunteers), and the third in Vladivostok—each with independent operating budgets and staff. In 1995, TEFL Volunteers came to assist university English programs. Also in 1995, the Saratov office closed, and the staff and budget for Saratov and Moscow consolidated in Moscow. There are two Peace Corps/Russia administrative units: Russia West and Russia East. The Russia West office is located in Moscow and the staff supervises the Volunteers located from the western borders of Russia to the Krasnoyarsk oblast in the east. The Russia East staff with an office located in Vladivostok supervises Volunteers from the Irkust oblast near Lake Baikal to the eastern shoreline including Sakhalin Island. The country director is located in Moscow and a deputy director manages the Vladivostok office.

After the market collapse of 1998, the value of the ruble dropped. In August 1998, the exchange rate was 6.5 rubles to the dollar. It fell to 25 rubles to the dollar in 1999. During our visit, the exchange rate averaged 30 rubles to the dollar. As the government removes subsidies to services such as transportation, increased costs are affecting Peace Corps operations in Russia.

The Russia programs were interrupted in 1998 when no Trainees entered Russia, because visas were not granted. However, the Volunteers already in country were allowed to complete their service, and the Peace Corps staff remained intact. In 1999, the governmental sponsorship of the Peace Corps moved from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Ministry of Education.

Russians are highly educated; the official literacy rate is 98%. The Russian education system ranks among the best in the world. It is a highly regulated system with examinations for students and strict credentialing requirements for teachers. Education is free and compulsory until the age of seventeen.

Increasingly, Russians identify English language proficiency as an important step to regaining footholds in international trade, technology, information sharing, and study abroad. This has led to a demand for English language and business English instruction reflected in the fact that 75% of all students choose it as their first foreign language. Because of this extraordinary demand, and because Russian teachers of English have been isolated from native speakers, there is a need for assistance in teaching English. Volunteers who do not have teaching credentials or teaching experience feel at a disadvantage among their host country teaching colleagues. Russia training strains to overcome the discrepancy between the training and experience of Russian teachers of English and the training and experience of TEFL Volunteers.

Currently, 81% of the Volunteers in both Russia program assignments concentrate on Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). See Table 1. The Russia West Volunteers are assigned to TEFL projects and business education. In the Russia East program, Volunteers are assigned to TEFL—two Volunteers remain in an environment project and two in business education. Both the business education and the environment projects in the Russia East program have had their last Volunteer input. Russia TEFL Volunteers teach at several levels of the Russian educational system. Volunteers with credentials are assigned to pedagogical institutes for teacher training, Volunteers with advanced degrees go to universities, and most Volunteers go to secondary schools or to “colleges” or technical schools. A few Volunteers work in primary schools in order to have a full teaching schedule. Most of the teacher training, university, and secondary school assignments are in urban centers, but Volunteers who teach at some secondary schools and the primary level may be assigned to more rural settings. In the Russia West program, Volunteers with a business background are assigned to teach business English at universities or at the technical colleges. Providing support is logistically difficult in Russia. In the 1998 PPA Worldwide Survey, 53% of the Russia East Volunteers and 69% of the Russia West Volunteers reported that it took 10 or more hours to travel to their Peace Corps office; 35% of Volunteers in the EMA region and 26% of Volunteers worldwide reported 10 or more hours to reach their Peace Corps offices. In some instances, communication is unavailable, difficult, or requires travel to a larger urban center. Email capabilities are available to most of the Volunteers assigned to urban or regional centers, but not to Volunteers in the smaller rural or village sites. Both posts plan to place more Volunteer in smaller cities and rural areas, so the staff must adjust the site selection and development process and Volunteer support accordingly.


Volunteer Work

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Business Business Advising 1997 2001
Business Development 1997 2001
NGO Advising 1999 1999
Education English Teacher 1996 2001
English Teacher Trainer 1996 2001
Univ. English Teaching 1997 2001


Business Development

Peace Corps Volunteers work to nurture business development by providing business education, consulting, and support to government officials, entrepreneurs, business institutes, schools, and NGOs. One Volunteer collaborated with Russian business owners, business professors, U.S. technical assistance providers, and fellow Volunteers to produce a series of marketing videos based on Russian case studies. These videos will be used in seminars and workshops for Russian entrepreneurs.

Volunteers have also created the University of Alaska's Russian-American Business Center, which works to develop the business skills of female entrepreneurs as well as offering workshops on business planning over the Internet. Business Volunteers provide a wide range of seminars and workshops for the management and staff of Russian NGOs. A Volunteer-developed NGO training course is being incorporated into the course offerings of the Volga-Vyatka Academy of Public Service, which trains government officials in the Volga region.

Education

Volunteers were able to work in elementary, secondary, and higher-education schools. As Russian English teachers continue to leave local schools to take higher paying positions in the private sector, the Peace Corps is focusing its efforts on training the next generation of Russian English teachers. Russia's economic problems have made it difficult for the Ministry of Education to provide modern textbooks to schools, many of which are still using Soviet textbooks containing anti-American propaganda. In Western Russia, Volunteers authored five textbooks that were published regionally at low cost.

Volunteers also work with students at the high school level. Volunteers in Western Russia conducted a two-week summer immersion program called "Camp America" for over 100 teenagers. In the Russian Far East village of Arsneniev, a Volunteer founded the first English-language newspaper for teens. This for-profit newspaper is written by advanced students from different schools, who are learning layout design, marketing and editing. The profits from the paper provide revenue for new English materials.

In the Russian Far East, university TEFL volunteers participated in regional conferences for language learning often working with the Russian FEELTA (Far Eastern English Language Teaching Association) and the American ELF (English Language Fellows) programs.

Environment

The Environment program is located in the Russian Far East, an area similar to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The incredible natural beauty of this area provides motivation for increasing environmental awareness. Environmental Education Volunteers contribute to the growing environmental preservation movement through their work in schools, extra-curricular environmental centers, NGOs, and nature preserves. One Volunteer organized the youth in his village to construct solar dehydrators, which were used by local farmers to dry herbs and mushrooms for the winter.

Volunteers are assisting NGOs with grant proposal writing, organizational development, and fundraising techniques. A Volunteer in Vladivostok helped the Resource Center for Environmental Education, a local NGO, successfully implement a proposal to send several Center members and a film technician to the United States to make a documentary about outdoor education. The film will be shown on Russian television and used in seminars with other environmental NGOs.

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+%22russia%22&output=rss%7Ccharset=UTF-8%7Cshort%7Cdate=M d</rss>


PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
( As of Thursday August 25, 2016 )<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/rs/blog/50.xml%7Ccharset=UTF-8%7Cshort%7Cmax=10</rss>

External Links

Peace Corps Kids World: Russia
CNN.com: Russia kicks out U.S. Peace Corps (12/28/2002)


See also

External links