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|Countryname= Uganda
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|CountryCode = ug
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|status = [[ACTIVE]]
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|Flag= Flag_of_Uganda.svg
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|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/ugwb617.pdf
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|Region= [[Africa]]
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|CountryDirector= [[McGrath Jean Thomas]]
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|Sectors= [[Health]]<br> ([[APCD]]: [[Jolie Dennis]])<br> [[HIV/AIDS]] <br>([[Program Manager]]: [[Shiphah Mutungi]])<br> [[Education]] <br>([[Program Manager]]: [[Mary Olinga]])]<br> [[Peace Corps Response]] <br>([[Program Manager]]: [[Gordon Twesigye]])
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|ProgramDates= [[1964]] - [[1973]] <br> [[1991]] - [[1999]] <br> [[2000]] - [[Present]]
 
|CurrentlyServing= 146
 
|TotalVolunteers= 845
 
|Languages= [[Luganda]], [[Lusoga]], [[Lumasaba]], [[Runyankore]]
 
|Map= Ug-map.gif
 
|stagingdate= Feb 9 2011
 
|stagingcity= Philadelphia
 
}}
 
  
The Peace Corps/Uganda program was reestablished in 2000, after its suspension in 1999. Peace Corps has a longstanding commitment to the country's development and has experienced excellent relationships with the people of Uganda throughout the years. Currently, Peace Corps/Uganda has an education project and a Community Health and Economic Development project.
 
  
All Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda are currently engaged in HIV/AIDS activities either as part of their primary or secondary projects. Volunteer activities include youth groups, life skills workshops, workshops for teachers on health education, teaching nutrition for people living with AIDS, peer education training, and developing school assembly messages as part of the Ugandan Presidential Initiative on AIDS Strategy for Communication to Youth.
 
  
  
==Peace Corps History==
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The Peace Corps entered the Eastern Caribbean in 1961, when St. Lucia became one of the first countries in the world to receive Volunteers. Since then, approximately 3,300 Peace Corps Volunteers have served on various island nations in the region. Volunteers were initially assigned to education, agriculture, health, youth, and community development projects. The contributions of Volunteers in these areas have provided strong and consistent technical support to the Eastern Caribbean for more than 40 years. Basic human needs programming in the 1970s encouraged health, special education, preschool education, teacher training, forestry, fishery, and livestock extension projects. The 1980s were a period that focused on four projects: education, health, agriculture, and small enterprise development. At the beginning of the 1990s, education, environment, health, and youth initiatives were priorities. Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean has made significant progress since January 1991 to establish project-based programming and to provide focus to the program. After concluding an assessment of the program in 1993, efforts focused on developing partnerships with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and moving steadily away from formal education into educational projects targeting at-risk youth.
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Uganda]]''
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Peace Corps Volunteers currently serve in six island nations in the Eastern Caribbean: (1) Antigua and Barbuda, (2) Dominica, (3) Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique, (4) St. Kitts and Nevis, (5) St. Lucia, and (6) St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  
The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda were secondary school teachers who arrived on November 16, 1964. A year later, the education project consisted of 35 Volunteers. By 1967, the project had more than doubled in size. A health project was initiated in 1968 with the placement of 15 Volunteers. Once the Peace Corps program in Uganda expanded, the major programming area was education, with Volunteers also working in fisheries, agriculture, computer programming, and surveying. The Peace Corps terminated the program in Uganda in 1972 due to the civil unrest during Idi Amin’s presidency.
 
  
Discussions concerning the Peace Corps’ reentry into Uganda began in 1987 and continued in 1989 when President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his wife met with the Peace Corps director to discuss a renewed Peace Corps presence in Uganda. Nine months later, the Peace Corps received a formal invitation from the Government of Uganda. The 1964 agreement was then reactivated and Volunteers returned to Uganda in June 1991.
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===History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in the Eastern Caribbean ===
  
The projects during this period—primary education, small enterprise development, and natural resource management—aimed to address needs identified by the government in its efforts to rehabilitate and reform Uganda’s educational system, develop the private sector, and effectively manage the country’s vast natural resources.Because of security issues in the capital, Kampala, the program was suspended again in May 1999. In June 2001, Peace Corps/Uganda reopened with a single project in primary teacher training and community school resource teaching. A community well-being and positive-living project was initiated in May 2002. Approximately 140 Volunteers are currently serving in Uganda.
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Programming on each island nation of Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean is guided by the development priorities of the various governments and their ministries, as expressed in official plans and budget documents. With these partners, Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean periodically reviews programming on each island nation to ensure continuing appropriate focus and direction.  
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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At present, the major focus of Peace Corps /Eastern Caribbean is on improving the quality of life of disenfranchised and low-income communities by assisting in their transformation from recipients of aid into partners in change. Volunteer activities are aimed primarily at assisting communities in identifying, evaluating, and developing solutions to the many challenges they face. In responding to needs and priorities identified by their communities, Volunteers may be involved in a wide range of activities, including strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations and ministries working at the community level, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases, and enhancing educational and employment skills by emphasizing skills transfer in the areas of special education, literacy, and service learning. Peace Corps is considered by many government officials to be a leader in addressing the social and economic problems resulting from high unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, and unhealthy lifestyle choices among community members in the Eastern Caribbean.
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Uganda]]''
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The integrated community development program in the Eastern Caribbean addresses community needs and provides Volunteers with the flexibility to find the projects and programs where community needs and Volunteers skills and interests intersect.. As a result, Volunteers are assigned to a community where they work directly with community stakeholders. In addition to a community placement, a few Volunteers may also be assigned to a specific organization or government agency. This, of course, requires careful planning and coordination to ensure that a Volunteer’s primary focus on the community is maintained.
  
During your service, you will most likely live in a rural area in very modest accommodations provided by your host organization, which will try to provide you with at least a bedroom and a sitting room. You might live in part of a Ugandan family’s house or in part of a house built for staff of a school or a community organization. It is unlikely that you will share your accommodations with anyone else unless you choose to do so.
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While all Volunteers will address the needs of the community where they have been placed, Volunteers over time will find their special niche in the areas of health, youth development, business, organizational strengthening, education, and service learning. Volunteers may train teachers in special education methodologies or assist national governments in organizing special education services for their students. Volunteers with a passion for business may coordinate Junior Achievement activities and promote entrepreneurship among various groups in their community. Other Volunteers may apply the behavior change communication (BCC) methodology to develop communication products and community outreach programs targeting HIV/AIDS and other problems, such as teenage pregnancy or drug use.
  
Living conditions vary according to the resources of the community or organization in which you are placed. Many houses do not have running water or electricity. You should expect to use a pit latrine and a kerosene lantern and stove. Many Volunteers hire someone to carry water to their house. The community may provide some basic furnishings, and you can supplement these with your modest settling-in allowance provided by the Peace Corps. At nearly all sites, the kind of privacy that most Americans are used to will be extremely limited.
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===Assignment History===
  
Children may be around constantly, demonstrating their curiosity about you. You will have to adapt to a more public life.
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{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
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|-
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| align="center" | '''[[Sector]]''' || '''[[Assignment]]''' || '''[[Beg. Yr]]''' || '''[[End. Yr]]'''
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|-
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| rowspan="10" align="center"| '''[[Agriculture]]'''
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| [[Ag Economics]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Ag Education]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1986]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Ag Extension]]
 +
| [[1968]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Animal Husband]]
 +
| [[1976]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Animal Husband Lg]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Apiculture]]
 +
| [[1973]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Crop Extension]]
 +
| [[1961]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Farm Mechanics]]
 +
| [[1983]]
 +
| [[1985]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Fisheries Marine]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Soil Science]]
 +
| [[1976]]
 +
| [[1983]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="8" align="center"| '''[[Business]]'''
 +
| [[Accounting]]
 +
| [[1974]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Archictecture]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Business Advising]]
 +
| [[1976]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Business Development]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
| [[2001]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Computer Science]]
 +
| [[1998]]
 +
| [[2005]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Cooperatives]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1990]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[NGO Advising]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Urban and Regional Planning]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Crisis Corps]]'''
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| [[Crisis Corps]]
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| [[1991]]
 +
| [[2008]]
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|-
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| rowspan="23" align="center"| '''[[Education]]'''
 +
| [[Art Education]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1998]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Bus. Ed/Sectl Skl]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
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| [[English Teacher]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[2000]]
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|-
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| [[English Teacher Trainer]]
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| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1994]]
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|-
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| [[Fisheries Fresh]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1991]]
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|-
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| [[Gen. Construction]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[2000]]
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|-
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| [[Home Economics]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
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| [[Industrial Arts]]
 +
| [[1972]]
 +
| [[1998]]
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|-
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| [[Library Science]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
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| [[Literacy Ed.]]
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| [[1996]]
 +
| [[1997]]
 +
|-
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| [[Math Teacher Trainer]]
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| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
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| [[Occupat. Therapy]]
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| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1987]]
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|-
 +
| [[Phys. Ed/Youth Wk]]
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| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1997]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Prim-Ed/Teach Trn]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1999]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Science Ed/Gen.]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Science Teacher Trainer]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Secondary-Ed Math]]
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| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1996]]
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|-
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| [[Secondary-Ed Sci.]]
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| [[1970]]
 +
| [[1996]]
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|-
 +
| [[Special Ed/Blind]]
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| [[1986]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Special Ed/Deaf]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Special Ed/Gen.]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Speech Therapy]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Voc. Trainer]]
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| [[1971]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="4" align="center"| '''[[Environment]]'''
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| [[Comm Forestry Ext]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
|-
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| [[Environmental Ed.]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[2001]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Forestry]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Protected Areas Management]]
 +
| [[1987]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="9" align="center"| '''[[Health]]'''
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| [[Disease Control]]
 +
| [[1978]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Envir. and Water Resource]]
 +
| [[1970]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Health Degreed]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[2005]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Health Extension]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Home Econ/Ext.]]
 +
| [[1983]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Hygiene Ed/Sanitation]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Med. Technician]]
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| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Nursing]]
 +
| [[1981]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Physical Therapy]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
| [[1990]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Master's International]]'''
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| [[Masters Internationalist]]
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| [[1993]]
 +
| [[1999]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="2" align="center"| '''[[Other]]'''
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| [[Flexible App]]
 +
| [[1976]]
 +
| [[1988]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Unique Skill]]
 +
| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
|-
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[UNV]]'''
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| [[United Nations Volunteer]]
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| [[1977]]
 +
| [[2001]]
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|-
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| rowspan="6" align="center"| '''[[Youth and Community Development]]'''
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| [[Appropriate Tech.]]
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| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1989]]
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|-
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| [[Commun. Serv/Deg.]]
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| [[1980]]
 +
| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Mechanics]]
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| [[1988]]
 +
| [[1988]]
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|-
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| [[Road Const/Engin.]]
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| [[1980]]
 +
| [[1982]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Rural Youth Dev.]]
 +
| [[1978]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Youth Development]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
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|}
  
As most communities and organizations have extremely limited resources, providing housing and furnishing is provided at a great sacrifcie. Sometimes there are delays in obtaining housing or furnishings. You might have to stay in temporary accommodations while your permanent housing is being set up.
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[[Category:Eastern Caribbean]]
 
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Although the Peace Corps staff makes every effort to collaborate with communities to see that housing is ready for Volunteers when they arrive at their site, you should be prepared to gratefully accept whatever the community provides, no matter how basic.
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==Training==
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''Main article: [[Training in Uganda]]''
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Pre-service training will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to integrate into your community and begin to work with your Ugandan counterparts in formal and informal settings. Training provides a friendly and safe environment in which to ask questions and learn about life in Uganda. The 10-week program covers a variety of topics, including language, cross-cultural communication, area studies, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. The pre-service training in Uganda is community-based, which means that most of the training sessions take place in a community as similar as possible to actual Volunteer sites.
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After your arrival in Uganda, you will spend a few days at a central training facility to recover from jet lag and learn a few basics before moving in with a Ugandan host family in the community chosen to host training. You will live with this family throughout training. This gives you the opportunity to observe and participate in Ugandan culture and to practice your language skills.
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==Health Care and Safety==
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''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Uganda]]''
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Uganda maintains a clinic with two part-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Uganda. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to a medical facility in the region or to the United States.
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==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Uganda]]''
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In Uganda, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Uganda. Outside of Uganda’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Uganda are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
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* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
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==Frequently Asked Questions==
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{{Volunteersurvey2008
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|H1r=  45
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|H1s=  70.5
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|H2r=  36
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|H2s=  83.5
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|H3r=  41
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|H3s=  83.3
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|H4r=  41
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|H4s=  103.5
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|H5r=  44
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|H5s=  51
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|H6r=  39
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|H6s=  80.7
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}}
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Uganda]]''
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Uganda?
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* What is the electric current in Uganda?
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* How much money should I bring?
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* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
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* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Ugandan friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home from Uganda?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
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==Packing List==
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''Main article: [[Packing list for Uganda]]''
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Uganda and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that an essential item to one person is a waste of space and money to another. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything mentioned below, so consider each of the suggestion below and make certain bringing it makes sense to you personally and professionally. If you can’t imagine why you would use an item on this list, you probably never will. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Uganda, including made-to-order clothes. Also note that you will be responsible for carrying all of these items through airports, on crowded buses, and through large cities. Luggage should be lightweight but sturdy, lockable, and easy to carry. As mentioned earlier, Ugandans place great emphasis on being well-groomed and appropriately dressed. When it comes to dress, it is best to err on the conservative side. Tight, torn, revealing, and skimpy clothing is unacceptable. Women’s skirts should be below the knee, and slips are a must. Most Ugandan women do not wear sleeveless garments or trousers in the workplace. For men, button-down shirts are a must for work; T-shirts are not appropriate as professional wear. Do not bring military- or camouflage-style clothing.
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* General Clothing
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* For Women
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* For Men
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* Shoes
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* Kitchen
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* Miscellaneous
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==Peace Corps News==
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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]]
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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+%22uganda%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
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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/ug/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
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==Country Fund==
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=617-CFD Uganda Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Uganda. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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==See also==
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* [[Volunteers who served in Uganda]]
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* [[Friends of Uganda]]
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* [[List of resources for Uganda]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/ug.html Peace Corps Journals - Uganda]
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[[Category:Uganda]] [[Category:Africa]]
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[[Category:Country]]
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Revision as of 02:53, 13 March 2009

History of the Peace Corps
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Since 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 138 countries all over the globe.

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The Peace Corps entered the Eastern Caribbean in 1961, when St. Lucia became one of the first countries in the world to receive Volunteers. Since then, approximately 3,300 Peace Corps Volunteers have served on various island nations in the region. Volunteers were initially assigned to education, agriculture, health, youth, and community development projects. The contributions of Volunteers in these areas have provided strong and consistent technical support to the Eastern Caribbean for more than 40 years. Basic human needs programming in the 1970s encouraged health, special education, preschool education, teacher training, forestry, fishery, and livestock extension projects. The 1980s were a period that focused on four projects: education, health, agriculture, and small enterprise development. At the beginning of the 1990s, education, environment, health, and youth initiatives were priorities. Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean has made significant progress since January 1991 to establish project-based programming and to provide focus to the program. After concluding an assessment of the program in 1993, efforts focused on developing partnerships with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and moving steadily away from formal education into educational projects targeting at-risk youth.

Peace Corps Volunteers currently serve in six island nations in the Eastern Caribbean: (1) Antigua and Barbuda, (2) Dominica, (3) Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique, (4) St. Kitts and Nevis, (5) St. Lucia, and (6) St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in the Eastern Caribbean

Programming on each island nation of Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean is guided by the development priorities of the various governments and their ministries, as expressed in official plans and budget documents. With these partners, Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean periodically reviews programming on each island nation to ensure continuing appropriate focus and direction.

At present, the major focus of Peace Corps /Eastern Caribbean is on improving the quality of life of disenfranchised and low-income communities by assisting in their transformation from recipients of aid into partners in change. Volunteer activities are aimed primarily at assisting communities in identifying, evaluating, and developing solutions to the many challenges they face. In responding to needs and priorities identified by their communities, Volunteers may be involved in a wide range of activities, including strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations and ministries working at the community level, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases, and enhancing educational and employment skills by emphasizing skills transfer in the areas of special education, literacy, and service learning. Peace Corps is considered by many government officials to be a leader in addressing the social and economic problems resulting from high unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, and unhealthy lifestyle choices among community members in the Eastern Caribbean.

The integrated community development program in the Eastern Caribbean addresses community needs and provides Volunteers with the flexibility to find the projects and programs where community needs and Volunteers skills and interests intersect.. As a result, Volunteers are assigned to a community where they work directly with community stakeholders. In addition to a community placement, a few Volunteers may also be assigned to a specific organization or government agency. This, of course, requires careful planning and coordination to ensure that a Volunteer’s primary focus on the community is maintained.

While all Volunteers will address the needs of the community where they have been placed, Volunteers over time will find their special niche in the areas of health, youth development, business, organizational strengthening, education, and service learning. Volunteers may train teachers in special education methodologies or assist national governments in organizing special education services for their students. Volunteers with a passion for business may coordinate Junior Achievement activities and promote entrepreneurship among various groups in their community. Other Volunteers may apply the behavior change communication (BCC) methodology to develop communication products and community outreach programs targeting HIV/AIDS and other problems, such as teenage pregnancy or drug use.

Assignment History

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture Ag Economics 1980 1991
Ag Education 1982 1986
Ag Extension 1968 1993
Animal Husband 1976 1988
Animal Husband Lg 1981 1991
Apiculture 1973 1995
Crop Extension 1961 1994
Farm Mechanics 1983 1985
Fisheries Marine 1981 1991
Soil Science 1976 1983
Business Accounting 1974 1988
Archictecture 1982 1991
Business Advising 1976 2007
Business Development 1995 2001
Computer Science 1998 2005
Cooperatives 1981 1990
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