At your pre-departure orientation (staging), you will be given a temporary mailing address to use during pre-service training. After you are sworn in as a Volunteer, you will be able to receive packages at your site.
Service through the three major carriers is available in most parts of the country, and many Volunteers use Internet calling services such as Skype or Yahoo Messenger to call the U.S.
Advise your family that in an emergency they should contact the Counseling and Outreach Unit in Washington, D.C., which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The toll-free number is 855.855.1961 ext. 1470. The direct number is 202.692.1470. This office will then immediately contact Peace Corps/Armenia.
Access is widely available except for in remote areas. Post staff recommends you bring your laptop, tablet, or iPad to use at work and for communication. All cellphone carriers provide 3G network service, which you can use via locally available USB Internet modems to access the Internet where there is coverage. Those who have unlocked smartphones or other devices can purchase SIM cards to access the internet.