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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good
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Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Paraguay and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that although we try to make sure all these links are active and current, we cannot guarantee it. If you do not have access to the Internet, visit your local library. Libraries offer free Internet usage and often let you print information to take home.  
health and safety of each Volunteer. Peace Corps medical
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programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative,
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approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Liberia maintains
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a clinic with a full-time medical officer, who takes care of
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Volunteers’ primary health care needs. Additional medical
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services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also
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available in Liberia at local hospitals. If you become seriously
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ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard
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medical facility in the region or to the United States.
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Dental care to the level of American standards is not available
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A note of caution: As you surf the Internet, be aware that you may find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experience, including comments by those who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps.  These opinions are not those of the Peace Corps or the U.S.  government, and we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.  
in Liberia so you should not expect routine dental care
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during your service. Emergency dental care will be managed
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in-country, depending on available resources, or you will be
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transported regionally for further care.
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==Health Issues in Liberia==
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===General Information About Paraguay ===
  
Both plasmodium falciparum malaria and plasmodium vivax
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http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations <br>
malaria are rampant in Liberia. Volunteers are required to
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Visit this site to learn about Paraguay or almost any other country in the world.  
take weekly mefloquine or daily doxycycline prophylaxis to
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lessen the risk of contracting this potentially deadly disease.
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Other recommended prevention strategies include mosquito
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nets and insect repellent containing DEET. The medical
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officer provides all necessary items for prevention
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and treatment.
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Additional vector-borne diseases are filariasis, typhus,
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http://www.state.gov/p/wha  <br>
leishmaniasis, and Lassa fever. Tuberculosis, meningitis,
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The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries in the Western Hemisphere. Find Paraguay and learn more about its social and political history.  
typhoid, and cholera, as well as a variety of bacterial and
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parasitic diarrheal diseases, are also endemic, mandating that
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proper water and food safety measures be taken on a daily
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basis. Bacterial skin diseases are easily contracted in a tropical
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climate and heatstroke and sunburn are also of concern.
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A health manual specific for Liberia will be provided with
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http://asuncion.usembassy.gov/  <br>
up-to-date information on each disease and how to prevent it,
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Official website of the U.S. embassy in Paraguay. Includes extensive links to sites about Paraguay as well as up-to-date information on the U.S. diplomatic mission.  
but it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these diseases
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before your arrival.
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===Helping You Stay Healthy===
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http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blparaguay.htm  <br>
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This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information, and each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.
  
The Peace Corps will provide you with all the necessary
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http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp  <br>
inoculations, medications, and information to stay healthy.
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This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.  
Upon your arrival in Liberia, you will receive a medical
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handbook. At the end of training, you will receive a medical
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kit with supplies to take care of mild illnesses and first aid
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needs. The contents of the kit are listed later in this chapter.
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Immediately after arrival and during pre-service training, you
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http://www.worldinformation.com  <br>
will have access to basic medical supplies through the medical
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This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.  
officer. However, you will be responsible for your own initial
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supply of prescription drugs and any other specific medical
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supplies you require, as the Peace Corps will not have these
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immediately available. Please bring a three-month supply
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of any prescription drugs you use, since they may not be
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available here and it may take several months for shipments
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to arrive.
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You will have physicals at midservice and at the end of your
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http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/sa/paraguay/  <br>
service. If you develop a serious medical problem during
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The site of the Latin American Network Information Center links to a variety of resources on Paraguay.  
your service, the medical officer in Liberia will consult with
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the Office of Medical Services in Washington, D.C. If it is
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determined that your condition cannot be treated in Liberia,
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you may be sent out of the country for further evaluation
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and care.
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===Maintaining Your Health===
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===Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees===  
  
As a Volunteer, you must accept considerable responsibility
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http://www.rpcv.org  <br>
for your own health. Proper precautions will significantly
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This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities. Or go straight to the Friends of Paraguay site:  
reduce your risk of serious illness or injury. The adage “An
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ounce of prevention …” becomes extremely important in
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areas where diagnostic and treatment facilities are not up
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to the standards of the United States. The most important
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of your responsibilities in Liberia is to take the following
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preventive measures:
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• Take your prescribed malaria chemoprophylaxis
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http://www.friendsofparaguay.org  <br>
• Use your mosquito net
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This nonprofit organization was created in 1987 to establish a network of returned Peace Corps Volunteers and others who are interested in improving communication and information exchange in support of social, cultural, and economic development in Paraguay.
• Follow proper food preparation and water decontamination recommendations
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• Follow all other avoidance techniques for malaria, food/ water borne diseases, and other health ailments that will be discussed with you soon after your arrival
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Many illnesses that afflict Volunteers worldwide are entirely
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http://www.rpcvwebring.org  <br>
preventable if proper food and water precautions are taken.
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This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.  
These illnesses include food poisoning, parasitic infections,
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hepatitis A, dysentery, Guinea worms, tapeworms, and typhoid
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fever. Your medical officer will discuss specific standards for
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water and food preparation in Liberia.
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Abstinence is the only certain choice for preventing infection
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http://peacecorps.mtu.edu/  <br>
with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. You are
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Peace Corps Volunteers in the field and returned Volunteers who are affiliated with the Master’s International program at Michigan Tech make regular submissions to this site, including synopses of technical projects and links to technical resources that may be helpful to Volunteers in the field.  
taking risks if you choose to be sexually active. To lessen risk,
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use a condom every time you have sex. Whether your partner
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is a host country citizen, a fellow Volunteer, or anyone else, do
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not assume this person is free of HIV/AIDS or other STDs. You
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will receive more information from the medical officer about
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this important issue.
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Volunteers are expected to adhere to an effective means
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http://www.peacecorpswriters.org  <br>
of birth control to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Your
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This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts of their Peace Corps service.  
medical officer can help you decide on the most appropriate
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method to suit your individual needs. Contraceptive methods
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are available without charge from the medical officer.
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It is critical to your health that you promptly report to the
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medical office or other designated facility for scheduled
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immunizations, and that you let the medical officer know
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immediately of significant illnesses and injuries.
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===Women’s Health Information===
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===Current News Sites About Paraguay (in Spanish) ===
  
Pregnancy is treated in the same manner as other Volunteer
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http://www.lanacion.com.py  <br>
health conditions that require medical attention but also have
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Site of La Nacion
programmatic ramifications. The Peace Corps is responsible
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for determining the medical risk and the availability of
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appropriate medical care if the Volunteer remains in-country.
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Given the circumstances under which Volunteers live and
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work in Peace Corps countries, it is rare that the Peace Corps’
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medical and programmatic standards for continued service
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during pregnancy can be met.
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If feminine hygiene products are not available for you to
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http://www.ultimahora.com  <br>
purchase on the local market, the Peace Corps medical officer
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Site of Ultima Hora
in Liberia will provide them. If you require a specific product,
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please bring a three-month supply with you.
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===Your Peace Corps Medical Kit===
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http://www.abc.com.py  <br>
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Site of ABC Color
  
The Peace Corps medical officer will provide you with a kit
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===International Development Sites ===
that contains basic items necessary to prevent and treat
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illnesses that may occur during service. Kit items can be
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periodically restocked at the medical office.
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====Medical Kit Contents====
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http://www.usaid.gov/country/lac/py  <br>
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U.S. Agency for International Development
  
Ace bandages <br>
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http://www.worldbank.org  <br>
Adhesive tape <br>
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World Bank (search for Paraguay using the “Countries & Regions” link in the left navigation column)  
American Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook <br>
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Antacid tablets (Tums) <br>
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Antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin/Neomycin/Polymycin B) <br>
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Antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleaner (Hibiclens) <br>
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Band-Aids <br>
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Butterfly closures <br>
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Calamine lotion <br>
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Cepacol lozenges <br>
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Condoms <br>
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Dental floss <br>
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Diphenhydramine HCL 25 mg (Benadryl) <br>
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Insect repellent stick (Cutter’s) <br>
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Iodine tablets (for water purification) <br>
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Lip balm (Chapstick) <br>
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Oral rehydration salts <br>
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Oral thermometer (Fahrenheit) <br>
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Pseudoephedrine HCL 30 mg (Sudafed) <br>
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Robitussin-DM lozenges (for cough) <br>
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Scissors <br>
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Sterile gauze pads <br>
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Tetrahydrozaline eyedrops (Visine) <br>
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Tinactin (antifungal cream) <br>
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Tweezers <br>
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===Before You Leave: A Medical Checklist===
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http://www.jica.go.jp/paraguay/espanol/index.html  <br>
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Japan International Cooperation Agency
  
If there has been any change in your health—physical, mental,
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http://www.plan-international.org/wherewework/americas/paraguay/  <br>
or dental—since you submitted your examination reports to
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Plan International
the Peace Corps, you must immediately notify the Office of
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Medical Services. Failure to disclose new illnesses, injuries,
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allergies, or pregnancy can endanger your health and may
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jeopardize your eligibility to serve.
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If your dental exam was done more than a year ago, or if your
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http://www.unicef.org/paraguay  <br>
physical exam is more than two years old, contact the Office
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UNICEF
of Medical Services to find out whether you need to update
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your records. If your dentist or Peace Corps dental consultant
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has recommended that you undergo dental treatment or
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repair, you must complete that work and make sure your
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dentist sends requested confirmation reports or X-rays to the
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Office of Medical Services.
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If you wish to avoid having duplicate vaccinations, contact
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http://www.unesco.org  <br>
your physician’s office to obtain a copy of your immunization
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UNESCO (search for Paraguay)
record and bring it to your pre-departure orientation. If you
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have any immunizations prior to Peace Corps service, the
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Peace Corps cannot reimburse you for the cost. The Peace
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Corps will provide all the immunizations necessary for your
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overseas assignment, either at your pre-departure orientation
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or shortly after you arrive in Liberia. You do not need to begin
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taking malaria medication prior to departure.
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Bring a three-month supply of any prescription or over-thecounter
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http://www.worldwildlife.org  <br>
medication you use on a regular basis, including
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World Wildlife Fund (search for Paraguay)
birth control pills. Although the Peace Corps cannot
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reimburse you for this three-month supply, it will order
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refills during your service. While awaiting shipment—which
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can take several months—you will be dependent on your
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own medication supply. The Peace Corps will not pay for
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herbal or nonprescribed medications, such as St. John’s wort,
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glucosamine, selenium, or antioxidant supplements.
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You are encouraged to bring copies of medical prescriptions
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===Recommended Books===
signed by your physician. This is not a requirement, but they
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might come in handy if you are questioned in transit about
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carrying a three-month supply of prescription drugs.
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If you wear eyeglasses, bring two pairs with you—a pair and
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a spare. If a pair breaks, the Peace Corps will replace it, using
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the information your doctor in the United States provided
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on the eyeglasses form during your examination. The Peace
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Corps discourages you from using contact lenses during your
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service to reduce your risk of developing a serious infection
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or other eye disease. Most Peace Corps countries do not have
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appropriate water and sanitation to support eye care with
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the use of contact lenses. The Peace Corps will not supply
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or replace contact lenses or associated solutions unless an
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ophthalmologist has recommended their use for a specific
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medical condition and the Peace Corps’ Office of Medical
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Services has given approval.
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If you are eligible for Medicare, are over 50 years of age,
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# Gimlette, John. At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels through Paraguay. New York: Knopf, 2004. 
or have a health condition that may restrict your future
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# MacIntyre, Ben. Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992.
participation in health care plans, you may wish to consult
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# McNaspy, C.J. Lost Cities of Paraguay: Art and Architecture of the Jesuit Reductions, 1607-1767.  Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1982.
an insurance specialist about unique coverage needs before
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# Miranda, Carlos R. The Stroessner Era: Authoritarian Rule in Paraguay. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1990.  
your departure. The Peace Corps will provide all necessary
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health care from the time you leave for your pre-departure
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orientation until you complete your service. When you finish,
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you will be entitled to the post-service health care benefits
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described in the Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook. You may
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wish to consider keeping an existing health plan in effect
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during your service if you think age or pre-existing conditions
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might prevent you from re-enrolling in your current plan
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when you return home.
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==Safety and Security—Our Partnership==
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===Books About the History of the Peace Corps ===
  
Serving as a Volunteer overseas entails certain safety
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# Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.  
and security risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar
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# Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
environment, a limited understanding of the local language
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# Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.  
and culture, and the perception of being a wealthy American
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are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk.
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Property theft and burglaries are not uncommon. Incidents
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of physical and sexual assault do occur, although almost all
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Volunteers complete their two years of service without serious
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personal safety problems.
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Beyond knowing that Peace Corps approaches safety and
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===Books on the Volunteer Experience ===
security as a partnership with you, it might be helpful to see
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how this partnership works. The Peace Corps has policies,
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procedures, and training in place to promote your safety. We
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depend on you to follow those policies and to put into practice
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what you have learned. An example of how this works in
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practice—in this case to help manage the risk of burglary—is:
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* Peace Corps assesses the security environment where you will live and work
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# Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
* Peace Corps inspects the house where you will live according to established security criteria
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# Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
* Peace Corp provides you with resources to take measures, such as installing new locks
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# Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.  
* Peace Corps ensures you are welcomed by host country authorities in your new community
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* Peace Corps responds to security concerns that you raise
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* You lock your doors and windows
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* You adopt a lifestyle appropriate to the community where you live
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* You get to know neighbors
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* You decide if purchasing personal articles insurance is appropriate for you
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* You don’t change residences before being authorized by Peace Corps
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* You communicate concerns that you have to Peace Corps staff.
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This Welcome Book contains sections on: Living Conditions
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# Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
and Volunteer Lifestyle; Peace Corps Training; and Your
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# Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
Health Care and Safety. All of these sections include
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# Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).  
important safety and security information to help you
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understand this partnership. The Peace Corps makes every
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effort to give Volunteers the tools they need to function in the
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safest way possible, because working to maximize the safety
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and security of Volunteers is our highest priority. Not only
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do we provide you with training and tools to prepare for the
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unexpected, but we teach you to identify, reduce, and manage
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the risks you may encounter.
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===Factors that Contribute to Volunteer Risk===
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[[Category:Paraguay]]
 
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There are several factors that can heighten a Volunteer’s
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risk, many of which are within the Volunteer’s control. By far
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the most common crime that Volunteers experience is theft.
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Thefts often occur when Volunteers are away from their
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sites, in crowded locations (such as markets or on public
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transportation), and when leaving items unattended. More
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serious assaults, however, do occasionally occur.
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Before you depart for Liberia there are several measures you
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can take to reduce your risk:
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* Leave valuable objects in the U.S.
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* Leave copies of important documents and account numbers in the U.S. with someone you trust.
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* Purchase a hidden money pouch or "dummy" wallet as a decoy
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* Purchase personal articles insurance
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After you arrive in Liberia, you will receive more detailed
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information about common crimes, factors that contribute to
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Volunteer risk, and local strategies to reduce that risk. For
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example, Volunteers in Liberia learn to:
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* Choose safe routes and times for travel, and travel with someone trusted by the community whenever possible
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* Make sure one’s personal appearance is respectful of local customs
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• Avoid high-crime areas
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• Know the local language to get help in an emergency
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• Make friends with local people who are respected in
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the community
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• Limit alcohol consumption
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As you can see from this list, you have to be willing to work
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hard and adapt your lifestyle to minimize the potential for
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being a target for crime. As with anywhere in the world, crime
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does exist in Liberia. You can reduce your risk by avoiding
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situations that place you at risk and by taking precautions.
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Crime at the village or town level is less frequent than in large
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cities; people know each other and generally are less likely to
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steal from their neighbors. Tourist attractions in large towns
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are favorite worksites for pickpockets.
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The following are other security concerns in Liberia of which
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you should be aware:
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* Unsafe transportation in taxis, minibuses, and trucks
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* Pickpockets at taxi stations
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* Scams and team robbery in taxis
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* Discos and nightclubs in Monrovia, particularly the ones designated as off-limits
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Volunteers tend to attract a lot of attention both in large cities
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and at their sites, but they are more likely to receive negative
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attention in highly populated centers, and away from their
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support network —friends and colleagues—who look out for
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them. While whistles and exclamations may be fairly common
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on the street, this behavior can be reduced if you dress
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conservatively, abide by local cultural norms, and respond
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according to the training you will receive.
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===Staying Safe: Don’t Be a Target for Crime===
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You must be prepared to take on a large degree of
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responsibility for your own safety. You can make yourself less
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of a target, ensure that your home is secure, and develop
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relationships in your community that will make you an
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unlikely victim of crime. While the factors that contribute
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to your risk in Liberia may be different, in many ways you
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can better assure your safety by doing what you would do
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if you moved to a new city anywhere: Be cautious, check
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things out, ask questions, learn about your neighborhood,
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know where the more risky locations are, use common sense,
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and be aware. You can reduce your vulnerability to crime by
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integrating into your community, learning the local language,
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acting responsibly, and abiding by Peace Corps policies and
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procedures. Serving safely and effectively in Liberia will
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require that you accept some restrictions on your
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current lifestyle.
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===Support from Staff===
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If a trainee or Volunteer is the victim of a safety incident,
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Peace Corps staff is prepared to provide support. All Peace
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Corps posts have procedures in place to respond to incidents
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of crime committed against Volunteers. The first priority
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for all posts in the aftermath of an incident is to ensure the
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Volunteer is safe and receiving any medical treatment that
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is required. After assuring the safety of the Volunteer, Peace
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Corps staff members provide support by reassessing the
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Volunteer’s worksite and housing arrangements and making
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any adjustments, as needed. In some cases, the nature of the
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incident may necessitate a site or housing transfer. Peace
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Corps staff will also assist Volunteers with preserving their
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rights to pursue legal sanctions against the perpetrators of the
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crime. It is very important that Volunteers report incidents as
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they occur, not only to protect their peer Volunteers, but also
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to preserve the future right to prosecute. Should Volunteers
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decide later in the process that they want to proceed with the
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prosecution of their assailant, this option may no longer exist
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if the evidence of the event has not been preserved at the
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time of the incident.
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===Crime in Liberia===
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Few Peace Corps Volunteers are victims of serious crimes and
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crimes that do occur overseas are investigated and prosecuted
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by local authorities through the local criminal justice system.
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If you are the victim of a crime, you will decide if you wish to
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pursue prosecution. If you decide to prosecute, Peace Corps
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will be there to assist you. One of our tasks is to ensure you
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are fully informed of your options and understand how the
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local legal process works. Peace Corps will help you ensure
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your rights are protected to the fullest extent possible under
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the laws of the country.
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If you are the victim of a serious crime, you will learn how to
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get to a safe location as quickly as possible and contact your
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Peace Corps office. It’s important that you notify Peace Corps
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as soon as you can so Peace Corps can provide you with the
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help you need.
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===Volunteer Safety Support in Liberia===
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The Peace Corps’ approach to safety is a five-pronged plan
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to help you stay safe during your service and includes the
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following: information sharing, Volunteer training, site
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selection criteria, a detailed emergency action plan, and
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protocols for addressing safety and security incidents.
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Liberia’s in-country safety program is outlined below.
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The Peace Corps/Liberia office will keep you informed of any
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issues that may impact Volunteer safety through information
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sharing. Regular updates will be provided in Volunteer
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newsletters and in memorandums from the country director.
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In the event of a critical situation or emergency, you will be
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contacted through the emergency communication network.
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An important component of the capacity of the Peace Corps
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to keep you informed is your buy-in to the partnership
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concept with the Peace Corps staff. It is expected that you
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will do your part in ensuring that Peace Corps staff members
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are kept apprised of your movements in-country so that they
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are capable of informing you.
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Volunteer training will include sessions on specific safety and
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security issues in Liberia. This training will prepare you to
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adopt a culturally appropriate lifestyle and exercise judgment
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that promotes safety and reduces risk in your home, at work,
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and while traveling. Safety training is offered throughout
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service and is integrated into the language, cross-cultural
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aspects, health, and other components of training. You will be
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expected to successfully complete all training competencies in
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a variety of areas, including safety and security, as a condition
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of service.
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Certain site selection criteria are used to determine safe
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housing for Volunteers before their arrival. The Peace Corps
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staff works closely with host communities and counterpart
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agencies to help prepare them for a Volunteer’s arrival and to
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establish expectations of their respective roles in supporting
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the Volunteer. Each site is inspected before the Volunteer’s
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arrival to ensure placement in appropriate, safe, and secure
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housing and worksites. Site selection is based, in part, on
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any relevant site history; access to medical, banking, postal,
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and other essential services; availability of communications,
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transportation, and markets; different housing options and
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living arrangements; and other Volunteer support needs.
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You will also learn about Peace Corps/Liberia’s detailed
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emergency action plan, which is implemented in the event of
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civil or political unrest or a natural disaster. When you arrive
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at your site, you will complete and submit a site locator form
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with your address, contact information, and a map to your
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house. If there is a security threat, you will gather with other
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Volunteers in Liberia at predetermined locations until the
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situation is resolved or the Peace Corps decides to evacuate.
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Finally, in order for the Peace Corps to be fully responsive
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to the needs of Volunteers, it is imperative that Volunteers
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immediately report any security incident to the Peace
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Corps office. The Peace Corps has established protocols
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for addressing safety and security incidents in a timely and
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appropriate manner, and it collects and evaluates safety
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and security data to track trends and develop strategies to
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minimize risks to future Volunteers.
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Latest revision as of 10:40, 21 May 2014

Following is a list of websites for additional information about the Peace Corps and Paraguay and to connect you to returned Volunteers and other invitees. Please keep in mind that although we try to make sure all these links are active and current, we cannot guarantee it. If you do not have access to the Internet, visit your local library. Libraries offer free Internet usage and often let you print information to take home.

A note of caution: As you surf the Internet, be aware that you may find bulletin boards and chat rooms in which people are free to express opinions about the Peace Corps based on their own experience, including comments by those who were unhappy with their choice to serve in the Peace Corps. These opinions are not those of the Peace Corps or the U.S. government, and we hope you will keep in mind that no two people experience their service in the same way.

General Information About Paraguay[edit]

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations
Visit this site to learn about Paraguay or almost any other country in the world.

http://www.state.gov/p/wha
The U.S. State Department’s website issues background notes periodically about countries in the Western Hemisphere. Find Paraguay and learn more about its social and political history.

http://asuncion.usembassy.gov/
Official website of the U.S. embassy in Paraguay. Includes extensive links to sites about Paraguay as well as up-to-date information on the U.S. diplomatic mission.

http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blparaguay.htm
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information, and each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political background.

http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.

http://www.worldinformation.com
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.

http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/sa/paraguay/
The site of the Latin American Network Information Center links to a variety of resources on Paraguay.

Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees[edit]

http://www.rpcv.org
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities. Or go straight to the Friends of Paraguay site:

http://www.friendsofparaguay.org
This nonprofit organization was created in 1987 to establish a network of returned Peace Corps Volunteers and others who are interested in improving communication and information exchange in support of social, cultural, and economic development in Paraguay.

http://www.rpcvwebring.org
This site is known as the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Web Ring. Browse the Web ring and see what former Volunteers are saying about their service.

http://peacecorps.mtu.edu/
Peace Corps Volunteers in the field and returned Volunteers who are affiliated with the Master’s International program at Michigan Tech make regular submissions to this site, including synopses of technical projects and links to technical resources that may be helpful to Volunteers in the field.

http://www.peacecorpswriters.org
This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts of their Peace Corps service.

Current News Sites About Paraguay (in Spanish)[edit]

http://www.lanacion.com.py
Site of La Nacion

http://www.ultimahora.com
Site of Ultima Hora

http://www.abc.com.py
Site of ABC Color

International Development Sites[edit]

http://www.usaid.gov/country/lac/py
U.S. Agency for International Development

http://www.worldbank.org
World Bank (search for Paraguay using the “Countries & Regions” link in the left navigation column)

http://www.jica.go.jp/paraguay/espanol/index.html
Japan International Cooperation Agency

http://www.plan-international.org/wherewework/americas/paraguay/
Plan International

http://www.unicef.org/paraguay
UNICEF

http://www.unesco.org
UNESCO (search for Paraguay)

http://www.worldwildlife.org
World Wildlife Fund (search for Paraguay)

Recommended Books[edit]

  1. Gimlette, John. At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig: Travels through Paraguay. New York: Knopf, 2004.
  2. MacIntyre, Ben. Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992.
  3. McNaspy, C.J. Lost Cities of Paraguay: Art and Architecture of the Jesuit Reductions, 1607-1767. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1982.
  4. Miranda, Carlos R. The Stroessner Era: Authoritarian Rule in Paraguay. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1990.

Books About the History of the Peace Corps[edit]

  1. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960’s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

Books on the Volunteer Experience[edit]

  1. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  1. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  2. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  3. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).