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What is this "Wiki

"Peace Corps Wiki" 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 there 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, add, or change any entry, or start a new one.

  1. A forum for RPCVs, PCVs and people with an interest in Peace Corps.
  2. 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. Institutional memory building
  4. Exposure and diffusion 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. Showcasing 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. An expandable and up-to-date resource to communities, RPCVs, and current PCVs on Peace Corps.

Who

Mike Sheppard served as an Education volunteer in the The Gambia from 2003-2005. Upon returning home his first project was creating Peace Corps Journals, a website that lists volunteer blogs from around the world in which friends and family members from back home can enjoy reading first-hand accounts of what it's like volunteering as Peace Corps volunteer.

In June 2007, he started creating Peace Corps Wiki, so everyone can share their experience and allow a more open input for volunteers to help keep the progress and history of Peace Corps within their countries alive.


Why

Peace Corps has 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 reconstruction 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?

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