RE: [PeaceCorpsEEandCA] EE and CA living allowances
- Hey Charles,
In Ukraine, volunteers receive living allowances separate from housing
allowances. Living allowances vary slightly by region, but not by very
much. Those who live in large (and therefore expensive) cities get a bit
more. Travel allowances are generated individually-- PC researches how much
it costs for the volunteer to get around and sets a budget for it that is
divided up into 12 parts and sent monthly.
The housing costs vary by program. Some volunteer programs here require the
site to pay for the volunteer's housing. In programs where PC pays for
housing, the exact cost of the housing is given to the volunteer. When a
volunteer moves into housing at site, s/he informs the regional manager of
the new rent (within limits, obviously--the manager knows approximately how
much rents are in the area) and PC sets up this amount to send to the
volunteer. Utilities, if not included in the rent, are calculated as an
average and also sent to the volunteer each month.
So what we have is three different categories:
Living allowance-- generally the same for everyone, a little bit more for
big cities, but not much (it pays "better" to live in a village, though the
volunteers get less in actual money)
Travel allowance-- individually averaged for each volunteer by site
Housing allowance-- when not paid by site, exact rent is given plus an
average of utility costs.
Hope that helps,
Youth Developer, Group 30
Putyvl, Sumska, Ukraine
If any of you are in countries where volunteers receive
different allowances depending on their site, whether it be explicitly
for housing of living in general (excluding travel allowances), please
email me and let me know what country and a brief description of how
it varies; for example, I know that Armenian PCVs receive a housing
supplement dependent on the cost of their site.
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