Osma Udarna Brigada, 2
TelephonesInternational phone service is good and most PCVs get “prepaid” service to place calls. Bringing a U.S. phone is not recommended. Your living allowance will include sufficient funds to cover reasonable cellphone usage. Many Volunteers make international and local calls by using Internet calling programs, such as Skype and Dial Pad.
InternetInsurance is recommended, but not required, for your computer and other electronic gear. Some, but not all, Volunteers have access to computers at their work sites, which may or may not have Internet and email capabilities. Such equipment, however, is intended to be used primarily for work-related activities, and you should not assume that it can be used for personal purposes. Internet and email access is available throughout Macedonia. Internet cafes can be found in most major cities and towns, and wireless Internet is available in many cafes. Some Volunteers also choose to have an Internet connection installed in their homes.
Housing and Site LocationHousing must adhere to Peace Corps-defined standards as staff visits all proposed living arrangements to evaluate their suitability. Electrical sockets in Macedonia fit standard European plugs, so if you bring an adapter shaped like a square, it may not fit into the socket. It is better to wait and buy 220-volt appliances when you arrive in Macedonia. Volunteers should be prepared to live with host families throughout their service in their assigned communities. Living with a host family will help Volunteers learn the customs and cultures of the host country nationals, making it easier for Volunteers to integrate into the community as well as stay healthy and safe.
Peace Corps Volunteers are expected to adjust to the daily habits, customs, and lifestyle of their host families to learn about the similarities and differences in host country culture and American family behavior and share American culture and traditions with the host family. Volunteers will participate in host family events and daily chores like cleaning and cooking. Volunteers are expected to respect the individual rules of each household as explained to them by host family members and according to their own observation of their religion, customs, habits, etc. This includes appearance, behavior, and attitude. Volunteers may cook and eat together with their host families. Depending on the situation, Volunteers may negotiate with their host families to cook for themselves and eat meals on a different schedule. Volunteers are expected to be frugal in their use of utilities because of the extremely high cost for electricity.