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|Countryname= Georgia
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|status= [[Present]]
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|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/gewb242.pdf
 
|Region= [[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
 
|Region= [[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
|CountryDirector= [[Hill Denham]]
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|CountryDirector= [[Rick Record]]
|Sectors= [[Community Development]]<br> ([[APCD]] / Program Director: [[Diana Djaloshi]])<br> [[Health]] <br>([[APCD]]: [[Darina Kaltani]])<br> [[TEFL]] <br>([[APCD]]: [[Agim Dyrmishi]])<br>
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|Sectors= [[Education]]<br> [[NGO Development]]
|ProgramDates= [[1992]] - [[1997]] <br> [[2003]] - [[Present]]
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|ProgramDates= [[2001]] - [[Present]]
|CurrentlyServing= 73
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|CurrentlyServing= 69
|TotalVolunteers= 320
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|TotalVolunteers= 297
|Logo= PC-Albania-Logo.png
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|Languages= [[Georgian]]
|Languages= [[Albanian]] (''Shqip'')
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|Map= Gg-map.gif
|Map= Al-map.gif
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|stagingdate= Apr 26 2010
|stagingdate= Mar 17 2010
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|stagingcity= Philadelphia
|stagingcity= Philadelphia
 
 
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The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in March 2001. They serve in rural communities and towns throughout the country, where they focus on offering and enhancing English education for Georgian students and teaching methodologies for Georgian teachers. Technical sectors in Georgia include education and non-governmental organization development.
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==Peace Corps History==
 
==Peace Corps History==
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Albania]]''
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Georgia]]''
  
Albania began the transition to a democratic, open-market nation later than the other Balkan states. Former Communist leader Enver Hoxha headed an isolationist and authoritarian regime from 1944 until his death in 1985, and it was not until March 1991 that Albania and the United States reestablished diplomatic relations (after a 35-year break). The Albanian government invited the Peace Corps into the country soon after, and the first group of 21 Volunteers arrived in June 1992 to begin teaching English at secondary schools and universities. The Peace Corps program was expanded with a small business development project, and 12 Volunteers working in this sector arrived in April 1993. The program was expanded again in 1995 with the addition of 15 Volunteers for an agroforestry project. A group of new Volunteers was scheduled to arrive in February 1997, but a breakdown in civil order and public safety precipitated by the collapse of fraudulent pyramid savings schemes led to the evacuation of all Peace Corps Volunteers and U.S. staff in March 1997 and the closure of the post. At the time of the evacuation, 73 Volunteers were serving in the three Peace Corps projects.
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As early as 1994, the government of Georgia indicated its desire to host Peace Corps Volunteers. Although the Peace Corps sent an assessment team to Georgia in response to that request, a decision to enter Georgia was indefinitely postponed due to security concerns over civil unrest in the Abkhazia and Ossetia provinces. In 1997, the Georgian government formally reiterated its desire to host Peace Corps Volunteers, and again an assessment team was sent. Although the security situation had significantly improved by this time, budgetary constraints prevented the Peace Corps from acting upon this request, and the decision was delayed yet again. In late 1999, after repeated inquiries from the Georgian government and consistent accounts from the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi that the security situation remained conducive to the presence of Peace Corps Volunteers, the decision was made to reassess the possibility of setting up a program. The review was positive, and funds were set aside by the Peace Corps to establish a program in Georgia in 2000.
  
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles==
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Albania]]''
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''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Georgia]]''
  
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, you will have to adapt to conditions that may be dramatically different than you have ever experienced and modify lifestyle practices that you now take for granted. Even the most basic practices— talking, eating, using the bathroom, and sleeping—may take significantly different forms in the Albanian context. You will need to learn to live on far less money than you are now used to, give up most of your privacy, and adapt to different ways of socializing. You may not be able to go out of your house much after dark or have an opportunity for dating within your community. Women will have many more restrictions than men. You will come to Albania to assist people in their efforts to improve their lives, which will be difficult. It will be up to you to adjust to Albanian lifestyle and work practices—Albania is what it is and it won’t adjust to you. If you successfully adapt and integrate, you will in return be rewarded with a deep understanding of a new culture, the establishment of new and potentially lifelong relationships, and a profound sense of humanity.
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Volunteers need to be very flexible about their housing expectations. Volunteers live in a variety of situations, including private rooms, shared houses, and small apartments.
  
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For the first three months of your service, you are required to live with a Georgian host family. After the first three months, alternative housing arrangements may be considered in consultation with your program manager and the medical officer. For reasons of safety and security and for reasons of quality of life (especially during the winter months), most Volunteers opt to remain living with homestay families throughout their two years of service. In most areas of Georgia there are no guarantees of continuous electricity, running water, or phone service. Some villages and towns have only a few hours of electricity a day (or even none at all) in the winter months, and the natural gas supply is often cut off for periods of time. Without a central heating system, the inside of buildings is often colder in the winter than the outdoors. You should be prepared to tolerate cold and discomfort, especially during the work day at school. The Peace Corps staff will do its best to help Volunteers adjust and succeed in this environment. Peace Corps/Georgia provides all Volunteers with sleeping bags for the winter. These sleeping bags have a synthetic filling and are rated at 0°F for warmth.
  
 
==Training==
 
==Training==
  
''Main article: [[Training in Albania]]''
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''Main article: [[Training in Georgia]]''
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Following a pre-departure orientation (staging) in the United States, you will participate in a 10-week, intensive pre-service training in Georgia. Peace Corps/Georgia uses a community-based training model that is designed around real life experiences and emphasizes community involvement. Trainees live with host families in one of several training villages around a central training facility outside the capital.
  
You will participate in an intensive 10-week training program that will begin immediately upon your arrival in Albania. The weekly schedule is Monday through Friday with some Saturday mornings for language training and special events. You and a few other trainees will live with host families in a small town or village. You will participate in many of the training activities with that small group. One or two days each week, you will travel to a central site where you will participate in training activities with the entire group of new trainees. Pre-service training focuses on learning the Albanian language, cross-cultural, community skills development, technical skills development, safety and security, and health. The training period is a time for you to reexamine your commitment to being a Volunteer in Albania. It also gives Peace Corps/Albania the opportunity to get to know you and be assured that your skills and attitudes are a good match for the program here. Throughout the training period, you and Peace Corps staff will measure your progress in meeting the training goals.
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The goals of community-based training are:
  
==Health Care and Safety==
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# To provide in-depth, experiential learning in settings similar to those at Volunteer sites;
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# To give trainees the best possible opportunity to gain competence in technical, cross-cultural, language, and health and safety areas in a culturally and linguistically appropriate context;
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# To allow trainees to acquire experience and skills in self-directing their own learning so they can continue independent learning at site.
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Albania]]''
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Pre-service training contains five main components: technical, language, cross-cultural, health, and safety.
  
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. Peace Corps/Albania maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Some additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Albania at local clinics and hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
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==Your Health Care and Safety==
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''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Georgia]]''
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The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative approach to disease. Peace Corps/Georgia maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer who takes care of Volunteers’ primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Georgia at local, American-standard clinics. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to either an American medical facility in the region or to the United States.
  
  
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Albania]]''
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''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Georgia]]''
  
In Albania, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Albania.
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In Georgia, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in some host countries.
  
Outside of Albania’s capital and a few larger regional towns, residents of smaller towns and rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. Albanians are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community where you live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.  
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Outside of Georgia’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is advertised as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may also be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Georgia are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to differences that you present.  
  
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
 
 
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
 
  
==Frequently Asked Questions==
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==Frequently Asked questions==
  
 
{{Volunteersurvey2008
 
{{Volunteersurvey2008
|H1r=  48
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|H1r=  36
|H1s=  70.3
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|H1s=  72.3
|H2r=  46
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|H2r=  28
|H2s=  80.5
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|H2s=  85.1
|H3r=  48
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|H3r=  23
|H3s=  81.8
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|H3s=  86.8
|H4r=  58
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|H4r=  34
|H4s=  99.5
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|H4s=  105
|H5r=  63
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|H5r=  13
|H5s=  43.3
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|H5s=  58.3
|H6r=  40
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|H6r=  20
|H6s=  80.3
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|H6s=  91.9
 
}}
 
}}
  
''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Albania]]''
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Georgia]]''
  
* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Albania?
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Georgia?
* What is the electric current in Albania?
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* What is the electric current in Georgia?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
* What should I bring as gifts for Albanian friends and my host family?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Georgia friends and my host family?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
* Can I call home from Albania?
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* Can I call home from Georgia?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
 
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
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==Packing List==
 
==Packing List==
  
''Main article: [[Packing list for Albania]]''
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Georgia]]''
  
This list is based on the experience of Peace Corps Volunteers generally. You will need an assortment of clothing for work, play, and socializing. Keep in mind that Albanians dress stylishly, even if their clothes are worn. Don’t expect to replace clothing at the same rate that you might in the United States. You also will need your own money for your purchases. Many Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the world end their service with the same clothing (albeit well-worn) that they started with.
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This list has been compiled with the assistance of Volunteers serving in Georgia. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100 pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Georgia.
  
 
* General Clothing
 
* General Clothing
* For Women
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* Women
* For Men
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* Men
* Shoes
 
* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
 
* Kitchen
 
 
* Miscellaneous
 
* Miscellaneous
 
== Transportation ==
 
 
The normal way of getting around Albania for volunteers is by bus or ''furgon''.  A furgon is a van that travels regularly on a particular route, for instance Tirana-Elbasan.  Typical furgon protocol is that the driver will cruise around in the town of origin, looking for passengers, and not leave until the furgon is full.  By contrast, a bus leaves at a specified time regardless of passenger load.  In spite of this, a furgon trip tends to take much less time than the equivalent journey by bus.  It is also more expensive, costing sometimes as much as twice the equivalent bus fare.
 
 
Buses and furgons regularly carry a stash of plastic bags (''qese'') for the use of carsick passengers.
 
 
 
== Education ==
 
 
Until recently, the Albanian education system divided the grades into 1-8 (''shkollë tetë-vjeçare'', "eight-year school") and 9-12 (''shkollë e mesme'', literally "middle school", but corresponding to high school in the American system).  This changed with the 2008-2009 school year: grade 9 was moved to the elementary division, thus yielding a change in nomenclature from ''shkollë tetë-vjeçare'' to ''nëntë-vjeçare'' ("nine-year").
 
 
Students in Albanian schools typically have all their classes in the same room, while their teachers move from room to room.  There are some exceptions to this, in particular language classes at foreign language high schools, which may have separate rooms designated for specific language classes.
 
 
== Language ==
 
 
Lessons in the Albanian language (''Shqip'', pronounced roughly "shcheep") consume a large part of Pre-Service Training.  This can be both a blessing and a curse, as mastery of the language is a tremendous asset in nearly every aspect of volunteer life, but hours upon hours spent in Albanian class tend to wear on all but the most language-focused trainees.  Every trainee is tested in a language interview near the conclusion of PST, and Peace Corps Albania policy is that every trainee must attain at least the level of Intermediate Low.  In practice, failing to meet this standard only means that the volunteer in question will be officially required to hire a language tutor (reimbursed by Peace Corps) upon arriving at site.
 
 
Some peculiarities of the Albanian language include the existence of both a definite and indefinite form of every noun, including proper nouns (thus both ''Tirana'' and ''Tiranë''); a nominal case system similar to that of Latin; the existence of clitics (pronominal forms that coexist in the same sentence with their antecedents, for example ''Unë '''e''' njoh '''pronarin''''': "I know (him) the owner"); and a few sound contrasts that can be difficult to distinguish reliably for a speaker of English (q/ç, xh/gj, l/ll, y/u).  Of these, the distinctions between q/ç and xh/gj may be safely ignored in speech, as there are very few word pairs distinguished only by the difference between them.  Furthermore, there are regional varieties of Albanian in which these two sound distinctions have disappeared: thus a northern Albanian speaker or a Kosovar may write ''qfar'' for ''çfarë'' ("what"), hearing no difference between the two.
 
 
One fact that is an occasional source of amusement for Albanian learners of English is that the Albanian homophone of the English word ''car'', with the R pronounced as in American speech, is an extremely vulgar word in Albanian.
 
 
It is sometimes incorrectly stated that Albanian is unrelated to any other language.  In reality, it is a cousin of almost every other language of Europe and more distantly even many of the languages of India, forming its own branch of the Indo-European phylum.
 
  
 
==Peace Corps News==
 
==Peace Corps News==
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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]]
 
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
  
''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22albania%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
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''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22georgia%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
 
 
<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/al/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
 
 
 
==Country Fund==
 
 
 
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=304-CFD Albania Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Albania. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
 
  
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<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/gg/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[List of resources for Albania]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Georgia]]
* [[Albania sites]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
* [[Volunteers who served in Albania]]
 
* [[Friends of Albania]]
 
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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* [[List of resources for Georgia]]
* [[Current Albania volunteers]]
 
  
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/gg.html Peace Corps Journals - Georgia]
  
==External links==
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[[Category:Georgia]] [[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/al.html Peace Corps Journals - Albania]
 
* [http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-albanian-course.php Peace Corps Albanian Language Course (public domain)]
 
[[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
 
 
[[Category:Country]]
 
[[Category:Country]]

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Region:

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country Director:

Rick Record

Sectors:

Education
NGO Development

Program Dates:

2001 - Present

Current Volunteers:

69

Total Volunteers:

297

Languages Spoken:

Georgian

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The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in March 2001. They serve in rural communities and towns throughout the country, where they focus on offering and enhancing English education for Georgian students and teaching methodologies for Georgian teachers. Technical sectors in Georgia include education and non-governmental organization development.


Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Georgia

As early as 1994, the government of Georgia indicated its desire to host Peace Corps Volunteers. Although the Peace Corps sent an assessment team to Georgia in response to that request, a decision to enter Georgia was indefinitely postponed due to security concerns over civil unrest in the Abkhazia and Ossetia provinces. In 1997, the Georgian government formally reiterated its desire to host Peace Corps Volunteers, and again an assessment team was sent. Although the security situation had significantly improved by this time, budgetary constraints prevented the Peace Corps from acting upon this request, and the decision was delayed yet again. In late 1999, after repeated inquiries from the Georgian government and consistent accounts from the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi that the security situation remained conducive to the presence of Peace Corps Volunteers, the decision was made to reassess the possibility of setting up a program. The review was positive, and funds were set aside by the Peace Corps to establish a program in Georgia in 2000.


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles

Main article: Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Georgia

Volunteers need to be very flexible about their housing expectations. Volunteers live in a variety of situations, including private rooms, shared houses, and small apartments.

For the first three months of your service, you are required to live with a Georgian host family. After the first three months, alternative housing arrangements may be considered in consultation with your program manager and the medical officer. For reasons of safety and security and for reasons of quality of life (especially during the winter months), most Volunteers opt to remain living with homestay families throughout their two years of service. In most areas of Georgia there are no guarantees of continuous electricity, running water, or phone service. Some villages and towns have only a few hours of electricity a day (or even none at all) in the winter months, and the natural gas supply is often cut off for periods of time. Without a central heating system, the inside of buildings is often colder in the winter than the outdoors. You should be prepared to tolerate cold and discomfort, especially during the work day at school. The Peace Corps staff will do its best to help Volunteers adjust and succeed in this environment. Peace Corps/Georgia provides all Volunteers with sleeping bags for the winter. These sleeping bags have a synthetic filling and are rated at 0°F for warmth.

Training

Main article: Training in Georgia

Following a pre-departure orientation (staging) in the United States, you will participate in a 10-week, intensive pre-service training in Georgia. Peace Corps/Georgia uses a community-based training model that is designed around real life experiences and emphasizes community involvement. Trainees live with host families in one of several training villages around a central training facility outside the capital.

The goals of community-based training are:

  1. To provide in-depth, experiential learning in settings similar to those at Volunteer sites;
  2. To give trainees the best possible opportunity to gain competence in technical, cross-cultural, language, and health and safety areas in a culturally and linguistically appropriate context;
  3. To allow trainees to acquire experience and skills in self-directing their own learning so they can continue independent learning at site.

Pre-service training contains five main components: technical, language, cross-cultural, health, and safety.


Your Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health Care and Safety in Georgia

The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative approach to disease. Peace Corps/Georgia maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer who takes care of Volunteers’ primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Georgia at local, American-standard clinics. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to either an American medical facility in the region or to the United States.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Georgia

In Georgia, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyles, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in some host countries.

Outside of Georgia’s capital, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is advertised as “typical” cultural behavior or norms may also be a narrow and selective interpretation, such as the perception in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Georgia are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to differences that you present.

  • Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
  • Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
  • Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities


Frequently Asked questions

Georgia
2008 Volunteer Survey Results

How personally rewarding is your overall Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H1r::36|}}
Score:
2008 H1s::72.3|}}
Today would you make the same decision to join the Peace Corps?|}} Rank:
2008 H2r::28|}}
Score:
2008 H2s::85.1|}}
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::23|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::86.8|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::34|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::105|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::13|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::58.3|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::20|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::91.9|}}
2008BVS::Georgia


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Georgia

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Georgia?
  • What is the electric current in Georgia?
  • 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 Georgia friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Can I call home from Georgia?
  • 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 Georgia

This list has been compiled with the assistance of Volunteers serving in Georgia. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100 pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Georgia.

  • General Clothing
  • Women
  • Men
  • Miscellaneous

Peace Corps News

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