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Volunteers serve in a broad range of projects, including organizing and mobilizing communities to provide hygiene education; tapping springs, constructing wells, and building latrines; improving potable water storage facilities; and doing community outreach to heighten awareness of water and sanitation issues, health issues, and environmental issues.
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{{Project
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|project=Workstation Computer Lab
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|projecttype=PCPP
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|country=Philippines
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|firstname=D
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|lastname=Weissman
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|state=California
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|communityfunds=$6463
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|communitypercentage=56%
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|requestedfunds=$5000
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|neededfunds=$4390
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|projectnumber=492-343
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|projectyear=2009
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''If you can offer a more detailed description than this standard description the Peace Corps offers, please feel free to include that so others can get a better idea of what certain work areas consist of.''
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The goal of this project is to create a low cost, high functioning, workstation-based computer lab at a College of Education in the Philippines. The workstation-based lab is a cost effective and newly emerging approach to computer education that is easy to maintain (no viruses), easily expandable and contains no illegally pirated software!
  
==Education==
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This lab will be unlike anything else the college has attempted for several reasons: first it will make use of workstations instead of desktop systems. This means that there is one high power CPU that powers 10 fully functional workstations. The server will be configured with this setup, thereby setting up all workstations simultaneously. Additionally, the students’ inability to add files to the workstation using a USB drive limits the spread of viruses.
  
Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in any discipline; or no college degree and one year of construction experience.  
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A large part of the cost saving is done by foregoing expensive Microsoft Windows licenses and using a single server to freely and legally share the installation. Further savings will be from the low power workstation, which will only run a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The CPU is located in the server, which is equivalent to a powerful desktop computer.
  
==Experience==
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Finally, due to the school’s limited budget, the ability to create or expand a standard computer lab is prohibitively expensive. This lab’s small form factor lends itself to lower energy consumption, as the computers do not produce much heat and a great deal of money is saved on air conditioning.
  
Applicants with a degree must have at least three months of experience in a relevant area or hands-on experience in mechanical repairs, construction, carpentry, or set design. Applicants without a degree must have at least one year of work experience in construction, masonry, carpentry, or plumbing.  
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This lab will serve as a model beginning for the College of Education computer lab. In the future the school will be able to easily expand and continue this server/workstation style of computer lab.
  
Other relevant experience includes community outreach in health or environmental awareness, and simple accounting and budgeting. All applicants should have excellent physical stamina and be interested in hands-on work.
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Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
 
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==Drinking Water and Sanitation Fund==
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The very basic needs of clean water and accessible sanitation are absent from many communities around the world. This often leads to severe community health problems. Volunteers work with their communities to design locally appropriate solutions to provide safe, affordable, and sustainable water and sanitation. [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=SPF-WAT Contributions to this fund] will help Volunteer and community projects such as latrines, aqueducts and wells, and basic sanitation training.
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==External Links==
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatvol.health.water Water and Sanitation Extension] Official US Peace Corps Website
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The goal of this project is to create a low cost, high functioning, workstation-based computer lab at a College of Education in the Philippines. The workstation-based lab is a cost effective and newly emerging approach to computer education that is easy to maintain (no viruses), easily expandable and contains no illegally pirated software!

This lab will be unlike anything else the college has attempted for several reasons: first it will make use of workstations instead of desktop systems. This means that there is one high power CPU that powers 10 fully functional workstations. The server will be configured with this setup, thereby setting up all workstations simultaneously. Additionally, the students’ inability to add files to the workstation using a USB drive limits the spread of viruses.

A large part of the cost saving is done by foregoing expensive Microsoft Windows licenses and using a single server to freely and legally share the installation. Further savings will be from the low power workstation, which will only run a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The CPU is located in the server, which is equivalent to a powerful desktop computer.

Finally, due to the school’s limited budget, the ability to create or expand a standard computer lab is prohibitively expensive. This lab’s small form factor lends itself to lower energy consumption, as the computers do not produce much heat and a great deal of money is saved on air conditioning.

This lab will serve as a model beginning for the College of Education computer lab. In the future the school will be able to easily expand and continue this server/workstation style of computer lab.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.