Posted by: soupysays | May 31, 2006

Peace Corps: FAQ

How long will you be gone?
27 months: June 6, 2006 – August 25, 2008. The first three months is cultural and language training. After that, I’ll then be sworn in as a volunteer.

What will be doing?
I am a Health Extension Volunteer working under the program Community Based Health. I received a very broad job description with my invitation. The jist of it is “designing sessions and training programs in public health awareness and education.” Current volunteers have told me that every volunteer ends up teaching some English. I will probably work for a NGO or a local health department.

Where are you going to be in Mongolia?
I don’t know. I’ll be living with a host family in one city during training, and then I’ll move to my site when I become a volunteer. I won’t find out where I’ll live as a volunteer until the end of training. However, due to my job, I will post likely live in an aimag (provincial) center with populations ranging from 40,000 – 80,000 people.

What’s the housing situation like?
I will most likely be in a ger or an apartment.

Which do you want to live in?
I’ll get back to you.

Are you going to be updating your blog?
I hope so! Since I will be in a city, I should have decent Internet access. It seems that at least some health volunteers have ‘net access through work. However, I have been told that ‘net access the first three months isn’t wonderful. So, letters would be nice. *ahem*

What’s the best way to get in touch with you?
E-mail. However, I’ll put you on list of amazing people if you send me a letter or a package, and I’ll send you a letter complete with a Mongolian stamp! For those that use Myspace to post important life event via bulletins, please e-mail me this information. I’ll probably won’t see it otherwise. However, if you post a comment to this blog, I get an e-mail with the text. Thus, it is a good way to say hello. A few people have asked if I can use skype, and I don’t know. I’ll get back to you.

I want to send you something! Any requests?
I will add you to the list of amazing people right away! The Peace Corps office has a makeshift library, but I would love reading material. I quite enjoy magazines, and that will be harder to come by. As many of you know, my tastes range from The Economist to Bitch. So, anything. You don’t have to buy anything. Whatever you have lying around. Or what your friends have lying around. You get the idea. You can send media at a discounted rate via M-bags. I have my laptop, and music and movies would be great too. I’m sure I’ll have more ideas once I’m there.

When can you come home?
If I have enough vacation days, and I pay for the ticket, whenever I want.

Speaking of that, how does vacation work?
Not including training, I earn 2 days of “leave” for every month I’m there. However, if I leave my site on a Saturday, that Saturday counts as a day. I get a small amount of vacation pay.

What about money?
I get roughly $100 for a monthly stipend. For every month I’m there, not including training, I earn $225 re-adjustment allowance. This adds to $6,000 re-adjustment allowance that I’ll receive at the end of my service. However, this is before taxes.

Are you coming home?
I don’t know yet. I’m leaving the possibility open, but I don’t plan on it.

What are you doing afterward?
Hey, I haven’t even left yet, and I’m supposed to figure out future plans?


Responses

  1. how’s life in Mongolia?!


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