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In late 2011, all Peace Corps activity in country was suspended at the recommendation of a Safety and Security assessment team from Washington. All PCVs serving in-country were evacuated.
  
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Kazakhstan was the second largest republic of the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union was dismantled, Kazakhstan declared its independence in December 1991. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Kazakhstan in July 1993, and subsequent Volunteers served people and communities making the difficult transition from communism to a free-market economy. Peace Corps Volunteers also engaged in a variety of cross-cultural exchanges that helped Americans and Kazakhstanis gain a better understanding about each other's histories, languages, and cultures.
  
===Mail ===
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In collaboration with government ministries, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Peace Corps Volunteers in Kazakhstan worked in three program areas: education (EDU), organizational development (OD), and youth development (YD). The former organizational and community assistance program (OCAP) was reviewed during the 2008 - 2009 fiscal year and accordingly divided into the new OD and YD programs.
  
There is a regular weekly Express Mail Service (EMS) between the Peace Corps Office in Lomé and several mail points throughout Togo for Volunteers. Besides EMS, Volunteers in some cities have their own post office boxes, individually, or as a group.
 
  
During your pre-service training and throughout your service you may receive letters and packages at the following address:
 
  
PCT / PCV “your name”
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==Peace Corps History==
  
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan]]''
  
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Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Kazakhstan in 1993, approximately 700 Volunteers have served here. The first group consisted of 50 English language and economic development Volunteers.
  
Lomé, Togo
 
  
West Africa
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles==
  
===Telephones ===
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''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Kazakhstan]]''
  
Togo has a good communications system compared to neighboring countries. A telephone system links all the regional and district capitals, and these lines are fairly reliable (except during the rainy season when breakdowns do happen). The telephone systems in Lomé and within other urban areas are reliable, and there is work in progress to double the capacity of these systems.  
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You will live with a host family for the first four months (reduced in 2010 from six months) of your service in addition to staying with a host family during pre-service training. Depending on your site placement, you may continue to live with a host family or move to a dorm or apartment. There are many sites in smaller communities where independent living is not an option, so some Volunteers will stay with families for the duration of their service. If you feel you cannot live with a host family for this period of time, you should consider carefully whether you wish to accept this assignment in Kazakhstan.
  
Peace Corps Volunteers can easily communicate via telephone with their families. This does not mean that you will have a telephone available at your site, but all regional capitals offer good phone service to the U.S. Phone continues to improve as more and more “cabines” set up shop throughout the country. Volunteers generally arrange in advance to receive phone calls from people in the United States, which makes it much less expensive than calling the United States from Togo. Volunteers are not permitted to make personal calls from the Peace Corps office in Lomé, but they may receive calls there.  Collect calls, or calls to 1-800 numbers, cannot be made from Togo to the United States. There is a five-hour time difference between Togo and the U.S. East Coast (four during Daylight Savings Time).  
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There are many benefits to staying with a host family, including companionship upon arrival at site, faster acquisition of the local language, and improved integration into the local community. Aspects of host-family living that Volunteers may find challenging include the lack of privacy and independence and eating local cuisine. Volunteers are not allowed to supplement their living allowance to live in an accommodation above the level acceptable for a Volunteer.  
  
Cell phone reception is expanding through Togo and most Volunteers end up buying cell phones while serving in Togo.  However, owning a cell phone is not required by Peace Corps and can sometimes be expensive on a Volunteer allowance.  Furthermore, there is no guarantee of cell phone reception at individual Volunteer sites.
 
  
There are fax lines linking Togo with other countries all over the world. Lomé has most of the fax capability, but some regional capitals have fax lines as well.
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==Training==
  
===Computer, Internet, and E-mail Access ===
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''Main article: [[Training in Kazakhstan]]''
  
Internet service providers operate in Togo and Internet cafés are becoming more readily available all over the country. Internet phone availability provides a cheaper option than landlines. Internet connections may be slow and prices vary.  
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Your Peace Corps training begins in the United States during pre-departure orientation, when you come together as a group to prepare for your flight to Kazakhstan. When you arrive in Almaty, you will be met at the airport and transported by bus to your training site. Pre-service training lasts about 10 weeks and consists of Kazakh and Russian language instruction, cross-cultural awareness, health and personal safety, and technical skills—depending on your assignment. Pre-service training emphasizes experiential learning in which you take responsibility for your own learning. Training is an immersion model—that is, being immersed in the local living and work conditions. During your first week in-country, you will move in with a host family selected by the Peace Corps. Expect to deal with the frustrations of language barriers and cultural differences from the start. Expect to deal with frustrations due to lack of e-mail, telephones, copy machines, and computers. Training will prepare you for your first three to six months at site and the techniques for continued individual learning. It is also the time for you to make an informed two-year commitment to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.
  
===Housing and Site Location ===
 
  
Volunteers in Togo are provided housing as part of the community’s contribution to their work. Most Togo Volunteers live in villages in a two or three-room house, most likely in a compound with a Togolese family. Some Volunteer houses have tin roofs; a few have straw roofs. It is unlikely that you will have running water or electricity although they are more common in larger city posts. Water sources in villages can be traditional wells, bore-holes equipped with pumps, cisterns, and natural water sources—in some cases, rivers. Whatever your source of drinking water, you will have to treat it before use.
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==Your Health Care and Safety==
  
===Living Allowance and Money Management ===
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''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Kazakhstan]]''
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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 Kazakhstan maintains a clinic with full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to either an American medical facility in the region or to the United States.
  
As a Volunteer, you receive a monthly living allowance sufficient to live at a modest level in your community. You will also receive a settling-in allowance to defray the initial costs of setting up a household. Both allowances are paid in local currency. The living allowance is deposited into Volunteers’ bank accounts on a quarterly basis, which means that you have to manage your money well to avoid running out before the end of the quarter. Many Volunteers’ bank accounts are in one of the five regional capitals, which means that you will normally take at least one trip to the regional capital each month. It is inadvisable to keep large sums of money at home.
 
  
===Food and Diet ===
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==Water Problems==
  
Your diet will consist of locally grown foods or a combination of local and imported tinned foods. A typical Togolese meal is a carbohydrate base (rice, yams, pâte (boiled corn meal or flour) or fufu (pounded white yams), accompanied by a variety of hot, spicy sauces. Rice and beans, usually eaten at breakfast, is another common meal. Meat is available throughout Togo but it is expensive; fresh fish is only available in larger towns.
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''Main article: [[Water Problems]]''
  
Fruits and vegetables are seasonal, occasionally making it difficult for vegetarians to adhere to a sound diet, especially in the more remote areas. Sme Volunteers plant vegetable gardens to supplement their diet. If not, you can find most of your food in the nearest cities or weekly markets. Smaller villages often provide only basic food supplies. You may need to travel to larger towns for vegetables and specific items, especially during dry season. And your mom
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In Kazakhstan, as in other countries, poorer areas are dirking contaminted, and dirty water. The water is harmful to Kazakhstan's people.
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Outside of Kazakhstan’s capital, residents of rural communities have had terrible access to fresh, clean water. What is advertised as a great well developed country, in some poor areas, it is the complete opposite, Kazakhstan is a still developing country. Anthoer example of misperceprion is, the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Kazakhstan are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community are very poor and do not have money fot the fresh water. volunteers are needed to be supportive the people going through such a hard time.
  
===Transportation ===
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Issues caused from drink contaminatewd water
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* Possible parasites
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* Possible cholera
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* Possible hepatitis
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* Possible dysentary
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* Possible worms
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and many other health problems
  
Togo’s main national highway runs the length of the country.  Most of the road is in good condition, but some parts are in poor repair. There are several other sections of paved road, some in good condition, others not. Most of the local roads in Togo are sand or dirt—very dusty in the dry season, very muddy in the rainy season.
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==Frequently Asked questions==
  
When traveling around the country, you will use varying types of transportation. Lomé has many private taxis. Taxis also travel frequently between Lomé and the larger towns in the interior. This taxi travel tends to be fairly irregular and uncomfortable, but always interesting. You will be given an all-terrain bicycle and helmet for your transportation needs at your site. Failure to wear a helmet can result in administrative separation from the Peace Corps.  
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Use of motorcycles by Peace Corps Volunteers is generally prohibited. However, there is a new transportation policy in Togo, allowing a few specific Volunteers in isolated posts to ride as passengers on motorcycles while traveling to their sites. These Volunteers must wear motorcycle helmets, provided by Peace Corps. More details on this policy will be provided upon arrival in Togo.
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Kazakhstan]]''
  
Distance from the villages to the prefectoral and regional capitals could be anywhere from 10 to 60 kilometers. While some Volunteers like biking these distances, others prefer taking local public transportation, such as bush taxis, to the nearest mail point, bank, or shopping location. There is a regular weekly Express Mail Service (EMS) between Lomé and several mail points throughout Togo for Volunteers.  Besides EMS, Volunteers in some cities have their own post office boxes, individually, or as a group.
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* How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Kazakhstan?
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* What is the electric current in Kazakhstan?
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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 Kazakhstan friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish and how isolated will I be?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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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?
  
The bottom line, and unfortunately the reality of life in Togo, is that travel is inherently more risky here than what one would experience using public transportation in the United States. Peace Corps Volunteers find that their bikes are sufficient for most work-related travel. In addition, Volunteers are clustered so that most are within a bike ride of another Volunteer. It is usually necessary, however, to use local transport (e.g., bush taxis) when traveling long distances. By and large, the vehicles (usually mini-buses or Toyota station wagons) are old and poorly maintained, and it is unlikely that many of the drivers will win safe-driving awards anytime soon!
 
  
Peace Corps/Togo provides a shuttle bus service, the Lomé Limo, that runs from the north of the country to the capital and back once a month. Peace Corps encourages Volunteers to limit transport via bush taxi. When it is necessary to use bush taxis, you are encouraged to select what appears to be the safest vehicle available and to go with drivers whose driving habits are known and reasonable. When you find yourself in what you consider an unsafe situation (e.g., a driver traveling too fast despite having been asked to slow down), you should demand to be let out of the vehicle immediately. The best strategy, however, is to minimize travel via public transport and to avoid all nighttime travel.
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==Packing List==
  
===Geography and Climate ===
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Kazakhstan]]''
  
Togo is a small country on the West African Coast. Only 50 kilometers wide in sections, it stretches 600 kilometers inland from the Gulf of Guinea to the savanna of Burkina Faso in the north. Situated between Ghana to the west and Benin to the east, it is roughly the size of West Virginia. Togo supports a diverse population of nearly 5 million and has more than 40 ethnic groups and languages.  
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Having received input from a number of current Volunteers, it is safe to say that everyone agrees that you can buy everything that you need in Kazakhstan and that bringing as little as possible is the best strategy, not only for practical reasons regarding weight and transport, but also because you'll rapidly acquire a great deal of additional belongings from Peace Corps itself during training. With that caveat, this section contains several lists of the “basics” and the most common recommendations from Volunteers.
  
Togo’s geography is mainly savanna-like, although some areas in the center of the country are fairly hilly. The rainy season lasts from June to September in the North and from May to October in the South. The rest of the year is dry and dominated by dry harmattan winds coming off the Sahara.  Temperatures range from the seventies and eighties in the south, to the eighties and nineties in the north. In the months before the rains, the temperatures can be higher, reaching the low hundreds in the north.
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Remember you have a 100-pound baggage weight restriction and that Kazakhstanis have been living here for centuries without imports!
  
===Social Activities ===
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During training, you will primarily need “business casual” attire, though there are occasions (such as the swearing-in ceremony) when more formal attire is appropriate (jackets for men, dresses/skirts for women).
  
Togolese are extremely social, and most social activities center around community events. Various ceremonies and fêtes are held throughout the year and Volunteer attendance is always well appreciated. In addition, Volunteers get together on different occasions, even if it is just for a regional meeting. Your social life will be as busy as you care to make it.
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* Clothing
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* General Clothing
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* For Men
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* For Women
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* Toiletries
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* Summer
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* Toiletries
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* Clothing Colors
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* Medical Supplies
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* Cooking Supplies
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* Office Supplies
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* Gifts for Host Families
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* Saving Money
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* Laptops
  
Professionalism, Dress, and Behavior
 
  
Togolese, like people everywhere, will make judgments about you in terms of how you act and how you dress. Dress in the West African context is a sign of respect and professionalism – one shows respect for colleagues by how they dress. While appropriate dress and behavior will be discussed during pre-service training, you will also take your cues from your colleagues once you are at your site. Togolese business attire—at least outside Lomé—tends to be more casual than in the United States. You will find, however, that your Togolese counterparts are invariably well groomed and wear pressed, clean clothing. Tight, form-fitting clothing for women or clothing exposing the stomach, back, or shoulders is almost never appropriate. The same is true for shorts for both men and women during professional meetings, be they in your village or in the regional capital.
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==Peace Corps News==
  
===Personal Safety ===
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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]]
  
More information about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety is outlined in the Health Care and Safety chapter, but it is an important issue and cannot be over-emphasized. As stated in the Volunteer Handbook, becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer entails certain safety risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment (oftentimes alone), having a limited understanding of local language and culture, and being perceived as well-off are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk. Many Volunteers experience varying degrees of unwanted attention and harassment. Petty thefts and burglaries are not uncommon, and incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur, although many Volunteers complete their 2 years of service without personal safety problems. The Peace Corps has established procedures and policies designed to help Volunteers reduce their risks and enhance their safety and security. These procedures and policies, in addition to safety training, will be provided once you arrive in Togo. At the same time, you are expected to take responsibility for your safety and well-being.
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===Rewards and Frustrations ===
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What is considered a challenge or a reward varies from person to person, but certainly you will find yourself having to adapt to a different perception of time and productivity. Female Volunteers will have to deal with the reality that Togo is very much a patriarchal society, meaning that men are generally accorded more power and respect than women simply because of their gender. You may spend a lot of the time being totally baffled as to why things are turning out as they are.
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==Country Fund==
  
The potential rewards, however, far outweigh any challenges. You will almost inevitably find yourself part of a close-knit community unlike anything you have experienced in America.  You will receive the satisfaction of being able to share your good fortune with those less fortunate and knowing that you are participating in the most pressing development issues that Togo faces: including the fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty.  By the end of your 2 years of service, you will find that you have grown immeasurably and have become a citizen of the world.  
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=306-CFD Kazakhstan Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Kazakhstan. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
  
[[Category:Togo]]
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==See also==
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* [[Volunteers who served in Kazakhstan]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[List of resources for Kazakhstan]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/kz.html Peace Corps Journals - Kazakhstan]
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[[Category:Kazakhstan]] [[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
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Peace Corps Welcome Book
Region:

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country Director:

Bob Cone

Sectors:

Education
Organizational and Community Assistance

Program Dates:

1993 - Present

Current Volunteers:

0

Total Volunteers:

1,176

Languages Spoken:

Kazakh, Russian

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In late 2011, all Peace Corps activity in country was suspended at the recommendation of a Safety and Security assessment team from Washington. All PCVs serving in-country were evacuated.

Kazakhstan was the second largest republic of the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union was dismantled, Kazakhstan declared its independence in December 1991. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Kazakhstan in July 1993, and subsequent Volunteers served people and communities making the difficult transition from communism to a free-market economy. Peace Corps Volunteers also engaged in a variety of cross-cultural exchanges that helped Americans and Kazakhstanis gain a better understanding about each other's histories, languages, and cultures.

In collaboration with government ministries, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Peace Corps Volunteers in Kazakhstan worked in three program areas: education (EDU), organizational development (OD), and youth development (YD). The former organizational and community assistance program (OCAP) was reviewed during the 2008 - 2009 fiscal year and accordingly divided into the new OD and YD programs.


Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan

Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Kazakhstan in 1993, approximately 700 Volunteers have served here. The first group consisted of 50 English language and economic development Volunteers.


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Kazakhstan

You will live with a host family for the first four months (reduced in 2010 from six months) of your service in addition to staying with a host family during pre-service training. Depending on your site placement, you may continue to live with a host family or move to a dorm or apartment. There are many sites in smaller communities where independent living is not an option, so some Volunteers will stay with families for the duration of their service. If you feel you cannot live with a host family for this period of time, you should consider carefully whether you wish to accept this assignment in Kazakhstan.

There are many benefits to staying with a host family, including companionship upon arrival at site, faster acquisition of the local language, and improved integration into the local community. Aspects of host-family living that Volunteers may find challenging include the lack of privacy and independence and eating local cuisine. Volunteers are not allowed to supplement their living allowance to live in an accommodation above the level acceptable for a Volunteer.


Training

Main article: Training in Kazakhstan

Your Peace Corps training begins in the United States during pre-departure orientation, when you come together as a group to prepare for your flight to Kazakhstan. When you arrive in Almaty, you will be met at the airport and transported by bus to your training site. Pre-service training lasts about 10 weeks and consists of Kazakh and Russian language instruction, cross-cultural awareness, health and personal safety, and technical skills—depending on your assignment. Pre-service training emphasizes experiential learning in which you take responsibility for your own learning. Training is an immersion model—that is, being immersed in the local living and work conditions. During your first week in-country, you will move in with a host family selected by the Peace Corps. Expect to deal with the frustrations of language barriers and cultural differences from the start. Expect to deal with frustrations due to lack of e-mail, telephones, copy machines, and computers. Training will prepare you for your first three to six months at site and the techniques for continued individual learning. It is also the time for you to make an informed two-year commitment to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.


Your Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Kazakhstan

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 Kazakhstan maintains a clinic with full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to either an American medical facility in the region or to the United States.


Water Problems

Main article: Water Problems

In Kazakhstan, as in other countries, poorer areas are dirking contaminted, and dirty water. The water is harmful to Kazakhstan's people. Outside of Kazakhstan’s capital, residents of rural communities have had terrible access to fresh, clean water. What is advertised as a great well developed country, in some poor areas, it is the complete opposite, Kazakhstan is a still developing country. Anthoer example of misperceprion is, the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Kazakhstan are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community are very poor and do not have money fot the fresh water. volunteers are needed to be supportive the people going through such a hard time.

Issues caused from drink contaminatewd water

  • Possible parasites
  • Possible cholera
  • Possible hepatitis
  • Possible dysentary
  • Possible worms

and many other health problems

Frequently Asked questions

Kazakhstan
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

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Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
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How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
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Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Kazakhstan

  • How much luggage will I be allowed to bring to Kazakhstan?
  • What is the electric current in Kazakhstan?
  • How much money should I bring?
  • When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
  • Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
  • Do I need an international driver’s license?
  • What should I bring as gifts for Kazakhstan friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
  • Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?


Packing List

Main article: Packing List for Kazakhstan

Having received input from a number of current Volunteers, it is safe to say that everyone agrees that you can buy everything that you need in Kazakhstan and that bringing as little as possible is the best strategy, not only for practical reasons regarding weight and transport, but also because you'll rapidly acquire a great deal of additional belongings from Peace Corps itself during training. With that caveat, this section contains several lists of the “basics” and the most common recommendations from Volunteers.

Remember you have a 100-pound baggage weight restriction and that Kazakhstanis have been living here for centuries without imports!

During training, you will primarily need “business casual” attire, though there are occasions (such as the swearing-in ceremony) when more formal attire is appropriate (jackets for men, dresses/skirts for women).

  • Luggage
  • Clothing
  • General Clothing
  • For Men
  • For Women
  • Toiletries
  • Summer
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing Colors
  • Medical Supplies
  • Cooking Supplies
  • Office Supplies
  • Gifts for Host Families
  • Saving Money
  • Laptops


Peace Corps News

Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by country of service or your home state

The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.
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PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
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Country Fund

Contributions to the Kazakhstan Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Kazakhstan. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

See also

External links