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|summary=DOS statements for all Peace Corps Volunteers that have served since 1961
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|firstname=Daniel L.
|requested=2010/11/21
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|lastname= Manske
|received=2010/11/23
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|country=     Botswana
|response=2011/01/03
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|yearservicestarted=1981
|agent=Denora Miller
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|yearserviceended=1983
|businessdays=34
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|Group=       July '81
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|site=        Maun Secondary School
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|program=Education
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|assignment01=      Teacher
 
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==Second Time Requested==
 
  
===Price increase===
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Our group of 13 volunteers arrived in Gabarone on July 7, 1981 and were housed at the University of Botswana for a few days before starting our 9 week training at an old Brigades site on the outskirts of Serowe, a large traditional village in the central part of the country. Karl Lunta was one of our great trainers. We learned the language and culture with intensive classes as well as excursions to experience a wedding, agricultural fair, and other local sites. Our training also included a week homestay with a family in Serowe. That was a great and eye-opening experience. Dan Morrow was my roomie on this village live-in. At the end of our training we learned of our assignments.  
This the second time this request has been made to the Peace Corps FOIA office.
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I was lucky enough to get posted at Maun Secondary School in the far north of the country. Maun borders the Okavango Delta, and is the jumping off spot for all the amazing wildlife safaris in that part of the country.
Total amount has increased from:
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I replaced another volunteer, June Woods, who had started a great little school newspaper called the Ditswa Ganong (from the saying "Ditswa Ganong gade gae sanye" - "Words of the mouth cannot be stopped"). I overlapped with June for a semester to learn the ropes with the newspaper and the Journalism Club. Then I was on my own with 5 classes of 40 students each, 5 times a week, plus study hour duties. The students were very respectful and thirsy for knowledge. They all stood up when I entered the classroom and always called me Sir. It was a lot of work, but I felt completely fulfilled giving my time to such eager students.
*Feb 2008: $357,486 ([[FOIA 08035]])
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Our school site had been built as a missionary school in a joint effort by the United Methodist Church of America and United Church of Christ of Southern Africa, but was slowly being taken over by the government in the latter days of my stay. We had beautiful homes right on campus along the Thamalekani River where you sometimes could hear hippos grunting at night. We had an amazingly diverse staff from locals to Zimbabweans, South Africans, Dutch, Irish, British, Scandinavians, East Indians, and Americans. Maun village also had quite a few expatriates and we even had get-togethers with food and live music provided by whoever decided to bring an instrument at local houses. The school was around 700 students when I was there with about half living in the two dorms since many of them came from remote villages to our school, which was the only secondary school in the Northern Province then. (When I returned for a visit in 2003, it was about double that size with many new buildings.) We had a lot of fun in the evenings inviting various staff members to our house for cards or pot luck. My roommates in the big house formerly occupied by the Schaad family were Duane Stewart, a Brit history teacher, and Larry Kies, a Methodist missionary from my home state of Iowa, who was the new school garden manager and agricultural studies teacher. The school farm also had cattle and pigs that provided a fresh supply of meat for the school cafeteria and staff kitchens. Larry and his family are currently missionaries at African University in Zimbabwe. Our house had an amazing garden that had been planted by the Schaads,American missionaries who had come to Botswana from Zaire where they had served for many years until civil unrest forced them out. Mr. Schaad not only planted our diverse house orchard, but also brought plants from all over the world to start the hugely successful school garden that provided fresh fruits and vegetables to the school. Many local village gardens and orchards were started from Mr. Schaad's efforts. His daughter, Carol Schaad, was a home economics teacher MSS while I was there and now is employed at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, along with her husband Robin, a volunteer who served in Lesotho.  
*Jan 2011: $467,934 (this response)
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There a so many positive memories I have of my years in Africa:  camping out with students, a long ride (12 hours)in the back of a lorry with my Shakespeare Form 6 students to Gabarone to see MacBeth, "Stone Soup" pot lucks with all our friends (Christensen's, Langendijks, and all), dusty walks into town to "shop" for bread from the Greeks, stop at the butchery, and maybe have a ginger beer at a local shop, prepping for the Cambridge Overseas Exams, travelling to many wonderful sites in Southern Africa on school holidays, soccer matches, pouring rain (PULA!), and dreadfully long droughts . . . but the best memories are of the earnest and sweet faces of the students that believed I had something to help them on their determined quest at a better life. It wasn't just the toughest job I'll ever love; it was the time of my life I will never forget or regret.
''Or about 9% increase each year.''
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===Are DOS Documents Digital Since 2008?===
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The Peace Corps Performance and Accountability Report FISCAL YEAR 2008
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Management’s Discussion and Analysis: Section 1:20
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''"We '''converted''' 41 years of official service descriptions for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) from microfiche and paper to a '''text searchable digital format''' to expand data search opportunities and respond more quickly to requests from RPCVs."''
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*http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/policies/annrept2008.pdf
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==Response January 3rd 2011==
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This letter is in reference to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Specifically, you request, “DOS statements for all Peace Corps Volunteers that have served since 1961.” Pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 22 CFR § 303.13, we are providing you with a fee estimate. The fee estimate is determined in accordance with the uniform fee schedule established in 22 CFR § 303.13 for requesters that fall in the “a ll others” fee category.
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Pursuant to Section 6 of the OPEN Government Act of 2007 (which amends the FOIA), “An agency shall not assess search fees (or in the case of a requester described under clause (ii)(II), duplication fees) under this subparagraph if the agency fails to comply with any time limit under paragraph (6), if no unusual or exceptional circumstances (as those terms are defined for purposes of paragraphs (6)(B) and (C), respectively) apply to the processing of the request.” After careful review, it was determined that this request falls under in the unusual circumstance. The processing of this request would require the need to search for, collect, and examine a voluminous amount of records (based on the estimated total of 600,000 pages of responsive documents).
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It is estimated that the total number of pages responsive to your request is 600,000. Our reproduction charge of $0.15 per page minus first 100 pages (600,000 – 100 = 599,900) would result in a fee of $89,985. One FP-7 level employee working an estimated 14,166 hours to copy and redact all responsive documents, at the rate of $23.00 per hour plus 16%, would result in a fee of $377,949. The estimated total for completion of your request would be approximately $467,934.
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Pursuant to 22 CFR § 303.13, because the fees exceeds $250.00, we are requesting a deposit on
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the estimated fee in the amount of $46,794. If you are willing to pay the deposit, please make
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your check or money order payable to the Treasury of the United States and send it to Peace
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Corps, Attention FOIA, 1111 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20526. You may also wish to
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refine your request to result in a lesser charge.
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Please be aware that not all responsive documents are necessarily releasable under the FOIA. We are not required to review the documents/information to inform you of what you will receive before a fee agreement is in place. Until we receive a deposit or you refine your request, no further action will be taken by this office.
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If you have questions regarding this response, please feel free to contact me at (202) 692-1236, or via email at foia@peacecorps.gov.
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Sincerely,
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Denora Miller
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FOIA Officer
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==Received November 23rd 2010==
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This serves as an acknowledgment of your request under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. §552, which has been assigned tracking number FOIA 11-029. We will respond within 20 business days as is required by the FOIA statute. Please contact us with any questions at FOIA@peacecorps.gov. Thank you.
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Sincerely,
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FOIA/Privacy Administrative Assistant
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==Requested November 21st 2010==
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Dear FOIA Officer,
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This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).
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I am requesting the following information:
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From Peace Corps Headquarters:
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DOS statements for all Peace Corps Volunteers that have served since 1961
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Since these are are in electronic form. An electronic fulfillment of
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this request would be ideal for both parties. You are welcome to
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contact me with any questions or concerns, Including the cost for the
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redaction of private and personal information from each of the
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documents. Please let me know if the charges exceed $100 before
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continuing.
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Our group of 13 volunteers arrived in Gabarone on July 7, 1981 and were housed at the University of Botswana for a few days before starting our 9 week training at an old Brigades site on the outskirts of Serowe, a large traditional village in the central part of the country. Karl Lunta was one of our great trainers. We learned the language and culture with intensive classes as well as excursions to experience a wedding, agricultural fair, and other local sites. Our training also included a week homestay with a family in Serowe. That was a great and eye-opening experience. Dan Morrow was my roomie on this village live-in. At the end of our training we learned of our assignments. I was lucky enough to get posted at Maun Secondary School in the far north of the country. Maun borders the Okavango Delta, and is the jumping off spot for all the amazing wildlife safaris in that part of the country. I replaced another volunteer, June Woods, who had started a great little school newspaper called the Ditswa Ganong (from the saying "Ditswa Ganong gade gae sanye" - "Words of the mouth cannot be stopped"). I overlapped with June for a semester to learn the ropes with the newspaper and the Journalism Club. Then I was on my own with 5 classes of 40 students each, 5 times a week, plus study hour duties. The students were very respectful and thirsy for knowledge. They all stood up when I entered the classroom and always called me Sir. It was a lot of work, but I felt completely fulfilled giving my time to such eager students. Our school site had been built as a missionary school in a joint effort by the United Methodist Church of America and United Church of Christ of Southern Africa, but was slowly being taken over by the government in the latter days of my stay. We had beautiful homes right on campus along the Thamalekani River where you sometimes could hear hippos grunting at night. We had an amazingly diverse staff from locals to Zimbabweans, South Africans, Dutch, Irish, British, Scandinavians, East Indians, and Americans. Maun village also had quite a few expatriates and we even had get-togethers with food and live music provided by whoever decided to bring an instrument at local houses. The school was around 700 students when I was there with about half living in the two dorms since many of them came from remote villages to our school, which was the only secondary school in the Northern Province then. (When I returned for a visit in 2003, it was about double that size with many new buildings.) We had a lot of fun in the evenings inviting various staff members to our house for cards or pot luck. My roommates in the big house formerly occupied by the Schaad family were Duane Stewart, a Brit history teacher, and Larry Kies, a Methodist missionary from my home state of Iowa, who was the new school garden manager and agricultural studies teacher. The school farm also had cattle and pigs that provided a fresh supply of meat for the school cafeteria and staff kitchens. Larry and his family are currently missionaries at African University in Zimbabwe. Our house had an amazing garden that had been planted by the Schaads,American missionaries who had come to Botswana from Zaire where they had served for many years until civil unrest forced them out. Mr. Schaad not only planted our diverse house orchard, but also brought plants from all over the world to start the hugely successful school garden that provided fresh fruits and vegetables to the school. Many local village gardens and orchards were started from Mr. Schaad's efforts. His daughter, Carol Schaad, was a home economics teacher MSS while I was there and now is employed at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, along with her husband Robin, a volunteer who served in Lesotho. There a so many positive memories I have of my years in Africa: camping out with students, a long ride (12 hours)in the back of a lorry with my Shakespeare Form 6 students to Gabarone to see MacBeth, "Stone Soup" pot lucks with all our friends (Christensen's, Langendijks, and all), dusty walks into town to "shop" for bread from the Greeks, stop at the butchery, and maybe have a ginger beer at a local shop, prepping for the Cambridge Overseas Exams, travelling to many wonderful sites in Southern Africa on school holidays, soccer matches, pouring rain (PULA!), and dreadfully long droughts . . . but the best memories are of the earnest and sweet faces of the students that believed I had something to help them on their determined quest at a better life. It wasn't just the toughest job I'll ever love; it was the time of my life I will never forget or regret.