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Our Story: After meeting in graduate school at UGA, we were married in 2011 in Marietta, Georgia. A year later, we joined the Peace Corps as environmental conservation volunteers and embarked on our adventure in Paraguay!

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March 8, 2012

Peace Corps Acronyms and Abbreviations

Peace Corps absolutely loves using acronyms and abbreviations. There are so many different ones it can get very confusing talking to fellow volunteers, PC staff, and RPCVs. Here's a list of some Peace Corps abbreviations that you may find helpful. Figured it might be worthwhile to post up here in case somewhere along the way we use an abbreviation that someone doesn't understand.

AA – Assignment Area
APCD - Associate Peace Corps Director
CBC – Competency Based Curriculum
CBT – Community Based Training
CD - Country Director
COS – Close of Service
DOS - Description of Service
EAP – Emergency Action Plan
ET – Early Termination
HC - Host Country
HCN – Host Country National
HOR – Home of Record
IAP - Inter-America and the Pacific Region
IC – In Country
IST – In-Service Training
LCF – Language and Cultural Facilitator
MI - Master's International
NVAC - National Volunteer Advisory Council
OMS - Office of Medical Services
PM – Program Manager
PC – Peace Corps
PCMO – Peace Corps Medical Officer
PCT - Peace Corps Trainee
PCV – Peace Corps Volunteer
PST – Pre-Service Training
RPCV - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
SEOD – Sustainable Economic and Organizational Development
SLF – Site Locator form
SPA - Small Project Assistance
VAC - Volunteer Advisory Council
VAD – Volunteer Assignment Description
VRT - Volunteer Reporting Tool

I found most of these on a post from a PCV in Kyrgystan named The Kyrgyzstan Kid. I also like his humorous paragraph he posted trying out his abbreviation skills:

After arriving IC, I met our APCD, PM, CD, and LCF and began my PST so that I can be a PCV conducting SEOD. Nearly everyday we have a CCA to help us along with our CBT and occasionally we receive a DOS and ponder what our AA and VAD may be.
That is all for now!

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