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What is this "Wiki"?

Peace Corps Wiki is an online database of information about Peace Corps that invites all users to edit any page or to create new pages within the PeaceCorpsWiki website. It seeks to involve the visitor in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the Web site landscape. These articles can be edited infinitely to create content that many users agree on. Edits can be compared side by side to determine their contribution to the article.


Goals

Peace Corps Wiki is a collaborative project whose goal is to create a free, interactive, and up-to-date source of information about serving as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. Anyone, from Returned Volunteers to future Applicants, are welcome to edit any entry, or start a new one.

  1. Provide a forum for RPCVs, PCVs and people with an interest in Peace Corps.
  2. Store online documentation of what volunteering as a Peace Corps volunteer is like. Serving for two years in the Peace Corps may seem like a long time, but Close of Service may come faster than you expect. Volunteers can make the most of their time in-country through well organized material, collaboration and knowledge sharing.
  3. Promote institutional memory building within the Peace Corps.
  4. Expose and diffuse volunteer input that may help the in process of reform and growth at the administrative level of PC, which with intern shape future policy and training.
  5. Showcase the skills and accomplishments made by a wide cross section of volunteers.
  6. Spark the imaginations of those future volunteers and visionaries that have yet to join PC.
  7. Provide an expandable and up-to-date resource to communities, RPCVs, and current PCVs on Peace Corps.

Who

YOU! The wiki is a publicly edited series of articles; through discussions and resolution building between users, admins, and anonymous contributors articles are meant to shape an objective view of a particular aspect of peace corps.

History

Some of the folks that have helped shape the Peace Corps Wiki....in no particular order...add yourself if have done work on part of the wiki:

Hosting

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Starting in June 2007 this wiki was generously hosted by http://www.collectiveidea.com/. By mid 2009 it was clear that a faster more flexible platform was needed. In early September 2009 an emergency switch was made to the Amazon E2 hosting cloud. This was necessary to handle the load demand and growing size and complexity of the wiki and it's extensions.

Current Hosting Emergency

By the end of September 2009 the project needs A TOTAL OF $1,000 to pay for the $500 change over fee and $500 server reservation fee or the current project finical supporters (User:Willd and User:Mike) will no longer be able to continue the web sites and support the Peace Corps community in their current form. The MONTHLY COSTS ARE $150 which we hope to fund for 6 months by which time we expect to have the IRS determination letter and we become eligible for grant and institutional donor funding. <addhtml><head></head><body> <form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post"> <input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_s-xclick"> <input type="hidden" name="hosted_button_id" value="8090822"> <input type="image" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_donate_SM.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!"> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" width="1" height="1"> </form> </body> </addhtml>


About New Hosting the EC2

The Peace Corps Wiki is hosted on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud: "Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (also known as "EC2") allows customers to rent computers on which to run their own computer applications. EC2 allows scalable deployment of applications by providing a web services interface through which a customer can create virtual machines, i.e. server instances, on which the customer can load any software of their choice. A customer can create, launch, and terminate server instances as needed, paying by the hour for active servers, hence the term "elastic". A customer can set up server instances in zones insulated from each other for most failure causes so that one may be a backup for the other and minimize down time. http://www.Amazon.com provides EC2 as one of several web services marketed under the blanket term Amazon Web Services (AWS)." from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Elastic_Compute_Cloud

Why

Peace Corps has been ongoing for the past 40+ years, but very few volunteers know the history of Peace Corps in their country, or even their site:

“Dealing with what I could and couldn’t do regarding community planning and trying to reconstruct the history of my site was one of the most frustrating aspects of my PC experience.”
-Will Dickinson

Questions PeaceCorpsWiki can help with: Where can you go for grants? What are the policies for Early COS? What does a typical Description of Service look like? Who else served in the same country, and what did they do?

Links In the Media

If you like the work you see please consider telling a friend or making a tax deductible donation of a few dollars (even $1) to help with the hosting of the sites. The Peace Corps Wiki is kept Ad free out of respect to the work contributed by the community of users but this requires the hosting and development of the sites to be paid for. Please Donate a dollar or two Also we welcome you to add or read the site Testimonials.

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