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General Disclaimer

Volunteers for Prosperity provides free listing space for institutions and organizations around the world. It is a resource for organizations to disseminate information for the purpose of recruiting participants, publicizing their goals and mission, and program development. Reference in this Web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the site's visitors, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or Volunteers for Prosperity.

Listing of any institution or organization in this Web site does not refer to programmatic capability nor does it confer any official status or approval. It is not the purpose of listing in this Web site to make, or enable to be made, any representation to the public concerning the meaning of being listed in this Web site other than that such listing is for information purposes. Volunteers for Prosperity bears no responsibility for the outcome of any program or position. It is not responsible for the admission or hiring practice of any program provider or employer within the Volunteers for Prosperity directories. Volunteers for Prosperity or any of its affiliates, employees, and officers cannot be held liable for any incidental, direct, indirect, punitive, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever arising out of or related to the access or use of this web site, even if Volunteers for Prosperity has been advised of the possibility of damages. Your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this web site. Participants should research their respective programs thoroughly before participating.

There are inherent risks to international travel. International travelers should consider safety, current affairs, and personal health before committing to any international travel. Volunteers for Prosperity is not responsible for risks related to international travel including but not limited to international law, local custom, transportation risk, employment risk, sexual, racial and ethnic preference and/or discrimination of international providers, or listing agents and organizations. Readers also are advised to visit the State Department web site for travel warnings.

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the thousands of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. We make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this Web site and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this Web site. Additionally, neither the U.S. Government nor Volunteers for Prosperity is liable for any errors, typographical errors, omissions, or misinformation in any listings on this site.

Institutions, their staff, their marketing agencies and in some cases their alumni submit listings directly to the site. Participants are encouraged to request all information directly from the program provider. Ask questions, gather information, and research before you leave home. Participants are encouraged to research and validate programs directly by requesting alumni contacts and/or professionals in the field. Volunteers for Prosperity is an open internet search directory. Voluntary free use of this resource is at the discretion of the user.

With respect to the content of this site, neither the United States Government, nor Volunteers for Prosperity, nor their employees and contractors make any warranty, expressed or implied or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, and the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to content available from this Volunteers for Prosperity Web site or other Internet resources linked from it. Additionally, neither the U.S. Government nor Volunteers for Prosperity assume any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein nor freedom from computer virus, and do not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.

We strongly recommend that Volunteers for Prosperity data be acquired directly from this Web site and not through other sources that may change the information in some way or exclude material crucial to the understanding of that information. While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change between site updates. Substantive changes may be noted when content is next updated.

The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government or the Volunteers for Prosperity, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Disclaimer Notice

This section of the page explains how the Volunteers for Prosperity will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our web site. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.

  • If you visit our site to read or download information, such as country information or information about one of our projects:

    We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or iowa.edu if you are connecting from the University of Iowa's domain); the date and time you access our site, the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site; and what information you view while you visit our web site.

    We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, find out what information is the most viewed, and to help us make our web site more useful to visitors. This gathering and storing of information is separate from the activity described as monitoring in our Security Notice. The information gathered is used for two purposes: site management and, in the case of suspected unauthorized activity, for law enforcement and possible criminal prosecution.

  • If you identify yourself by sending us a comment

    You also may decide to send us personally-identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message asking a question or providing us with a comment or suggestion. We use personally-identifying information to respond to your comment or suggestion, and to count the number of people sending us comments. In certain instances, your comment or suggestion may be forwarded to other U.S. government agencies or departments if they are in the best position to respond to your message.

    We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

Cookies and Other Information Stored on Your Computer

In general, this site does NOT use the "cookies" that some Web sites use to gather and store information about your visits to their sites.

Cookies are essentially tokens of information, such as preferences and passwords, which some Web servers collect from you when you access them. That data is stored on your hard drive-not on the Web site's server. Whenever you visit a "cookie" site, the server looks for its cookie on your hard drive and, if found, then reads the information it stored there. Cookies generally are stored in your browser's directory or folder in a file named cookie.txt (MagicCookie on a Macintosh).

However, you should be aware that on a limited number of pages, the Volunteers for Prosperity web site uses persistent "cookies" to only authenticate the identity of the user. You will also receive a specific notice about this "cookie" on the page BEFORE the "cookie" is used or "set." Volunteers for Prosperity uses this technology in order to:

  • maintain the integrity of the information presented; and
  • authenticate the identity of the individual user.

Volunteers for Prosperity takes the safeguarding of any personally identifying information very seriously. Any information collected using the "cookies" associated with this section of the Volunteers for Prosperity web site will be used only in connection with the administration of this discussion group.

We collect this information only to authenticate your identity while you are using these limited sections of the Volunteers for Prosperity web site. The "cookie" has no other function, and Volunteers for Prosperity will not share any information associated with this "cookie" with individuals not connected with the administration of this section of the Volunteers for Prosperity web site, or with anyone outside Volunteers for Prosperity.

Further, some of the links on the Volunteers for Prosperity web site point to non-Volunteers for Prosperity sites which may place cookies on your computer. You can expect to be notified that you are leaving the Volunteers for Prosperity site when you select one of these links. However, you should know that the non-Volunteers for Prosperity site may still place a cookie on your computer while you are reading the warning message.

If you want to avoid such cookies, we encourage you to set your browser to notify you when cookies are being set and allow you to reject them. Your system's help files will explain how to do this.

Security Notice

For SITE SECURITY purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act. We generally will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel.

Links to this Web Site or Its Contents

You may freely link to this Web site or any of its content. We ask only that you identify that the link is to an Internet resource.

Links to Other Sites

Our Web site has links to other United States Government agencies and to private organizations, who we believe are relevant to our Volunteer for Prosperity's mission. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the disclaimers and security and disclaimer policies of the new site.

Copyright Notice

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on this Web site is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without Volunteers for Prosperity's permission. We request that Volunteers for Prosperity be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author or Volunteers for Prosperity, as appropriate.

If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or any other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source. This copyright notice does not pertain to information at Web sites other than this Web site.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this Web site is strictly prohibited and is subject to prosecution under Title 18 U.S.C., Sections 1001 and 1030).

Site Management

The Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs' Information Center and the Bureau for Management, Office of Information Resource Management, manages the overall information content, design, and, organization of this Web site and coordinates release of Volunteers for Prosperity information on the Internet.


Verification or Hard Copy of Content

If you would like verification or a hard copy of information released on this Volunteers for Prosperity Web site, contact our staff:

Information Center
U.S. Agency for International Development
Washington, D.C. 20523-1000
Phone: 202-712-4810
Fax: 202-216-3524

For More Information

If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please contact Volunteers for Prosperity at the address or phone or fax numbers listed above or e-mail us.