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In 1994, the Peace Corps received a formal invitation from the Government of Suriname to establish a program in the country. It asked for the Peace Corps’ assistance in rural community development of the interior Amerindian and African/Maroon communities. The formal agreement between the United States and Suriname was signed in January 1995.
  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Uganda]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that an essential item to one person is a waste of space and money to another. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything mentioned below, so consider each of the suggestion below and make certain bringing it makes sense to you personally and professionally. If you can’t imagine why you would use an item on this list, you probably never will. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Uganda, including made-to-order clothes. Also note that you will be responsible for carrying all of these items through airports, on crowded buses, and through large cities. Luggage should be lightweight but sturdy, lockable, and easy to carry. As mentioned earlier, Ugandans place great emphasis on being well-groomed and appropriately dressed. When it comes to dress, it is best to err on the conservative side. Tight, torn, revealing, and skimpy clothing is unacceptable. Women’s skirts should be below the knee, and slips are a must. Most Ugandan women do not wear sleeveless garments or trousers in the workplace. For men, button-down shirts are a must for work; T-shirts are not appropriate as professional wear. Do not bring military- or camouflage-style clothing.  
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Peace Corps staff arrived in March 1995. The first two Volunteers—with two years of Volunteer experience in another country—arrived in August. In September 1995, the first training group, consisting of eight married couples, began the Peace Corps’ 12-week intensive pre-service training program (PST). Since then, a new group has arrived annually.  
  
The climate in Uganda is pleasantly moderate, although it can be quite cool at night and in the rainy season, especially in the hilly areas. In choosing clothing, remember that you will be washing clothes by hand, that it can take a long time for items to dry in the rainy season, and that dark clothing is better at hiding mud and dirt.  
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The Peace Corps/Suriname program has changed since its start in 1995. In 1998, Suriname welcomed the first single Volunteers into the program, and in 1999, Volunteers were placed for the first time in the capital to work with health agencies on health issues facing rural communities. Peace Corps/Suriname began using a community-based training model in 1999.  
  
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Peace Corps/Suriname collaborates directly with various Surinamese government agencies in assigning Volunteers to rural communities. In addition to the Ministry of Regional Development (RGD), the Peace Corps works with the Bureau of Public Health and the Ministries of Education, Health, and Natural Resources. Through memoranda of understanding, Peace Corps Volunteers in Suriname also have worked with organizations such as UNICEF, the Foundation for Education of the Moravian Church, the Medical Mission, and the World Wildlife Fund.
  
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During the Peace Corps’ first five years in Suriname, Volunteers were assigned to the rural community development project, serving in most regions of the country. This project aimed to improve the quality of life in rural communities by assisting residents in assessing and prioritizing their needs, rebuilding and improving community infrastructure, accessing outside resources, increasing income-generation opportunities, and strengthening local women’s and youth groups. Peace Corps Volunteers facilitated the construction and renovation of schools and medical clinics as well as the creation of libraries. They helped villages develop clean water systems, latrines, after-school and during-school enrichment programs, and small enterprise development, including the installation of rice and cassava mills and bakeries. Villagers were empowered to develop proposals that successfully obtained funding from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, and banks and other financial institutions to finance village projects. More importantly, Volunteers helped develop the capacity of their communities and organizations to conduct organizational planning and project management beyond the Volunteers’ terms of service.
  
===General Clothing ===
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In 2006, Peace Corps, with the support of the government of Suriname, began two new projects: community health education (CHE) and micro-enterprise and tourism development (MED). The purpose of the CHE project is to improve the general health status of community members (men, women, boys and girls) in all targeted communities through health prevention education and capacity building in the areas of nutrition, water and sanitation, and HIV/AIDS.
  
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The purpose of the MED project is to help the people of Suriname improve their lives by working with government and NGOs to transfer business knowledge, skills and abilities. The focus of the program is income generation, agri-business, and ecotourism.
* Rain gear
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* Sleepwear
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* Sun hats or caps
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* Sweater, sweatshirt, or windbreaker
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* Sturdy gloves for gardening and other work
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===For Women ===
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===Future of Peace Corps Programming in Suriname ===
  
* Three basic below-the-knee skirts
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Over the past few years, it has become evident that activities in the health and micro-enterprise sectors have brought the most satisfaction to Peace Corps Volunteers and made the greatest impact on the Surinamese people. Ninety percent of Volunteers serving in Suriname have participated in one or more activities involving non-formal education, health education and income-generation activities.
* One or two pairs of culottes for bike riding and fieldwork
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* Four short-sleeved (not sleeveless) tops (tank tops can be worn underneath if desired)
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* One below-the-knee dress for special occasions
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* One or two pairs of slacks for gardening and travel (jeans are rarely appropriate for women and are hard to wash and dry)
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* One or two pairs of shorts for sports
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* Two-year supply of cotton underpants, bras, and socks (not available locally)
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* Nylons (not necessary for Uganda but perhaps useful for vacation) -- they are available in country as well
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* Durable sports bra
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* At least one, one-piece swimsuit
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===For Men ===
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Volunteer activities in community health education include, but are not limited to:
  
* Four pairs of nice cotton or polyester-blend trousers for work (jeans are okay for casual wear, not for work, but are very hard to wash and dry)
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* Working together with schools, local organizations and groups on nutrition projects
* One nice dress shirt and tie for special occasions (a sports coat is useful but not a must, and some teacher trainers find they need to wear ties)  
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* Working with schools, women, and youth to develop family gardens and school gardens
* Four or five button-down shirts for work, most short-sleeved
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* Assisting in providing basic hygiene education to preschool children
* One or two pairs of shorts (conservative length) for sports and wearing around the house
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* Assisting in the implementation of basic life skills and preventive healthcare activities for youth and adults
* Four or five T-shirts for casual wear and physical labor
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* Organizing “clean-up days” in local communities
* Two-year supply of cotton underwear and socks
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* Promoting use of latrines
* Swimsuit
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* Instructing and training on how to build and maintain latrines
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* Conducting hygiene education programs and classes
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* Developing and training water committees
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* Assisting in the training of parents and community leaders to conduct non-formal education programs in their communities
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* Assisting in the development of the community’s capacity to plan and implement non-formal education programs
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* Teaching HIV/AIDS education and prevention
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* Training and educating peer groups
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* Organizing and conducting nonformal adult education programs and project development and management (PDM) trainings Volunteer activities in micro-enterprise and tourism development include, but are not limited to:
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* Assisting adults in improving their income generating skills
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* Assisting youth in strengthening their personal marketability to improve their employability and/or strengthen their entrepreneurial spirit
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* Training young entrepreneurs in developing entrepreneurial skills
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* Training youth in life skills
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* Training youth and community leaders in the use and benefits of information and communications technology
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* (ICT) for employment
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* Training youth to improve their employability and linkages with the Surinamese business world
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* Working with communities to develop and expand agrobusiness opportunities
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* Working with community leaders to conduct participatory planning processes in their communities with identified tourism potential
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* Training micro-enterprises on development and improvement of specific tourist attractions and services
  
===Shoes ===
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More than 250 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Suriname, and 35 are currently serving in the country. Peace Corps/Suriname hopes to welcome approximately 24 new Volunteers in 2007, most of whom will be placed in rural or peri-urban communities.
  
* One pair of dress shoes
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Peace Corps/Suriname recruits both singles and couples.  Married Volunteers are encouraged to draw upon special individual or combined technical skills they have to develop additional activities in areas such as environmental education, agriculture, health, and nutrition. Roughly 95 percent of the Volunteer population in Suriname is unmarried.
* One pair of sturdy, comfortable work shoes with closed toes
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* One pair of hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
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* One pair of sturdy sandals (flip-flops and simple canvas shoes are available in Uganda)
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
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===Assignment History===
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| align="center" | '''[[Sector]]''' || '''[[Assignment]]''' || '''[[Beg. Yr]]''' || '''[[End. Yr]]'''
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| rowspan="2" align="center"| '''[[Agriculture]]'''
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| [[Ag Economics]]
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| [[2004]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Crop Extension]]
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| [[1999]]
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| [[1999]]
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|-
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| rowspan="3" align="center"| '''[[Business]]'''
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| [[Business Advising]]
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| [[2004]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Business Development]]
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| [[2004]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[NGO Advising]]
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| [[2000]]
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| [[2006]]
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|-
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Crisis Corps]]'''
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| [[Crisis Corps]]
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| [[2004]]
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| [[2004]]
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|-
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| rowspan="3" align="center"| '''[[Education]]'''
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| [[English Teacher]]
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| [[1998]]
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| [[2005]]
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|-
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| [[Math Teacher Trainer]]
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| [[1999]]
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| [[1999]]
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|-
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| [[Prim-Ed/Teach Trn]]
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| [[2003]]
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| [[2003]]
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|-
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| rowspan="2" align="center"| '''[[Environment]]'''
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| [[Environmental Ed.]]
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| [[2000]]
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| [[2000]]
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|-
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| [[Protected Areas Management]]
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| [[2000]]
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| [[2000]]
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|-
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| rowspan="3" align="center"| '''[[Health]]'''
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| [[Health Degreed]]
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| [[1999]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| [[Health Extension]]
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| [[2001]]
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| [[2007]]
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| [[Hygiene Ed/Sanitation]]
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| [[2004]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Youth and Community Development]]'''
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| [[Commun. Serv/Deg.]]
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| [[1995]]
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| [[2007]]
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|-
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|}
  
* Prescription drugs for the first three months
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[[Category:Suriname]]
* Two or three months’ supply of sanitary napkins or other feminine hygiene supplies (ob-brand minipads are available locally but are expensive, and you will not have a chance to buy any during training)
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* Shaving cream (available locally)
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* Deodorant (available locally but expensive)
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* Cotton swabs (also available locally)
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* Shampoo and cream rinse for the first few weeks
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* Toothbrushes and travel case (toothpaste is available locally, but bring an initial supply)
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* Dental floss (though the Peace Corps provides floss, it is handy to have some for other purposes (e.g., hanging pictures))
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* Hair clips, bobby pins, covered elastic bands
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* Razors and blades (some types are available locally); remember not to pack these or other sharp objects in your carry-on bag
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* Brush/comb, some extra ones
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* Lotions and powders (note that scented toiletries can attract insects)
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* Nail clippers and nail files or emery boards
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* Hair-cutting scissors
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===Kitchen ===
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You will be given a modest settling-in allowance after training to buy household items in Uganda, and pots and pans, dishes, cups, basins, cookers, and lanterns are widely available. You might want to send some food items to yourself before you leave, such as powdered drink mixes, granola bars, chocolate that won’t melt, and your favorite spices (many spices are available here, especially Indian ones).
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* Two sets of sheets; twin-size flat ones are the most useful (local sheets are of poor quality and expensive, though local blankets are of good quality)
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* French press, if you appreciate good coffee
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* Three to four washcloths for use in bucket baths (also available locally)
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* Several large towels (lightweight beach towels are a good choice-these are available locally as well)
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* Cookbook or recipes
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* Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool
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* Good can opener (available locally, but often of poor quality)
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* Vegetable peeler and other favorite low-tech gadgets (most items available locally)
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* Measuring cup and spoons (also available locallye) 
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* Mess kit for cooking (most items available locally)
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* Plastic food storage containers and bags
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* Spices, herbs, hot sauce (Ugandan food is simple in flavor)
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===Miscellaneous ===
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* At least 15 passport-size photos will be used to obtain a residency permit and for use in obtaining other forms of identification soon after you arrive, so pack them in your carry-on luggage
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* Umbrella (available locally)
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* Sewing kit
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* U.S. stamps, for sending mail with people traveling back home
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* Good dictionary
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* Reference books for your specialty (there are also good materials in Peace Corps/Uganda’s resource center)
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* Duct tape
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* Small stapler and staples (also availabel locally)
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* Travel alarm clock
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* Small mirror
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* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Pocket-size solar calculator
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* Sleeping bag and pad (some Volunteers say these are essential; others say they never use them)
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* Good flashlight and extra bulbs
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* Sunglasses
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* Money belt
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* Basic wristwatch
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* Shortwave radios
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* Binoculars (optional-Uganda is a bird-watcher’s heaven)
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* Camera
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* Bungee cords 
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* Daypack
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* Solar-powered battery charger and batteries (if needed for your gear)
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*      Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join [http://www.marketforchange.com Market for Change] - Peace Corps Uganda in recent years has provided volunteers with a solar lamp
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* Music player and music (consider the power and battery consumption of the different options, also consider the risk of having this stolen)
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* Musical instruments (if you play or plan to learn)
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* A few novels (to read and swap)
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* Hobby materials like sketching pads and pencils
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* Games
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Note: Do not bring a mosquito net; Peace Corps/Uganda provides these.
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[[Category:Uganda]]
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Latest revision as of 12:52, 8 December 2015

Country Resources

In 1994, the Peace Corps received a formal invitation from the Government of Suriname to establish a program in the country. It asked for the Peace Corps’ assistance in rural community development of the interior Amerindian and African/Maroon communities. The formal agreement between the United States and Suriname was signed in January 1995.

Peace Corps staff arrived in March 1995. The first two Volunteers—with two years of Volunteer experience in another country—arrived in August. In September 1995, the first training group, consisting of eight married couples, began the Peace Corps’ 12-week intensive pre-service training program (PST). Since then, a new group has arrived annually.

The Peace Corps/Suriname program has changed since its start in 1995. In 1998, Suriname welcomed the first single Volunteers into the program, and in 1999, Volunteers were placed for the first time in the capital to work with health agencies on health issues facing rural communities. Peace Corps/Suriname began using a community-based training model in 1999.

Peace Corps/Suriname collaborates directly with various Surinamese government agencies in assigning Volunteers to rural communities. In addition to the Ministry of Regional Development (RGD), the Peace Corps works with the Bureau of Public Health and the Ministries of Education, Health, and Natural Resources. Through memoranda of understanding, Peace Corps Volunteers in Suriname also have worked with organizations such as UNICEF, the Foundation for Education of the Moravian Church, the Medical Mission, and the World Wildlife Fund.

During the Peace Corps’ first five years in Suriname, Volunteers were assigned to the rural community development project, serving in most regions of the country. This project aimed to improve the quality of life in rural communities by assisting residents in assessing and prioritizing their needs, rebuilding and improving community infrastructure, accessing outside resources, increasing income-generation opportunities, and strengthening local women’s and youth groups. Peace Corps Volunteers facilitated the construction and renovation of schools and medical clinics as well as the creation of libraries. They helped villages develop clean water systems, latrines, after-school and during-school enrichment programs, and small enterprise development, including the installation of rice and cassava mills and bakeries. Villagers were empowered to develop proposals that successfully obtained funding from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, and banks and other financial institutions to finance village projects. More importantly, Volunteers helped develop the capacity of their communities and organizations to conduct organizational planning and project management beyond the Volunteers’ terms of service.

In 2006, Peace Corps, with the support of the government of Suriname, began two new projects: community health education (CHE) and micro-enterprise and tourism development (MED). The purpose of the CHE project is to improve the general health status of community members (men, women, boys and girls) in all targeted communities through health prevention education and capacity building in the areas of nutrition, water and sanitation, and HIV/AIDS.

The purpose of the MED project is to help the people of Suriname improve their lives by working with government and NGOs to transfer business knowledge, skills and abilities. The focus of the program is income generation, agri-business, and ecotourism.

Future of Peace Corps Programming in Suriname[edit]

Over the past few years, it has become evident that activities in the health and micro-enterprise sectors have brought the most satisfaction to Peace Corps Volunteers and made the greatest impact on the Surinamese people. Ninety percent of Volunteers serving in Suriname have participated in one or more activities involving non-formal education, health education and income-generation activities.

Volunteer activities in community health education include, but are not limited to:

  • Working together with schools, local organizations and groups on nutrition projects
  • Working with schools, women, and youth to develop family gardens and school gardens
  • Assisting in providing basic hygiene education to preschool children
  • Assisting in the implementation of basic life skills and preventive healthcare activities for youth and adults
  • Organizing “clean-up days” in local communities
  • Promoting use of latrines
  • Instructing and training on how to build and maintain latrines
  • Conducting hygiene education programs and classes
  • Developing and training water committees
  • Assisting in the training of parents and community leaders to conduct non-formal education programs in their communities
  • Assisting in the development of the community’s capacity to plan and implement non-formal education programs
  • Teaching HIV/AIDS education and prevention
  • Training and educating peer groups
  • Organizing and conducting nonformal adult education programs and project development and management (PDM) trainings Volunteer activities in micro-enterprise and tourism development include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting adults in improving their income generating skills
  • Assisting youth in strengthening their personal marketability to improve their employability and/or strengthen their entrepreneurial spirit
  • Training young entrepreneurs in developing entrepreneurial skills
  • Training youth in life skills
  • Training youth and community leaders in the use and benefits of information and communications technology
  • (ICT) for employment
  • Training youth to improve their employability and linkages with the Surinamese business world
  • Working with communities to develop and expand agrobusiness opportunities
  • Working with community leaders to conduct participatory planning processes in their communities with identified tourism potential
  • Training micro-enterprises on development and improvement of specific tourist attractions and services

More than 250 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Suriname, and 35 are currently serving in the country. Peace Corps/Suriname hopes to welcome approximately 24 new Volunteers in 2007, most of whom will be placed in rural or peri-urban communities.

Peace Corps/Suriname recruits both singles and couples. Married Volunteers are encouraged to draw upon special individual or combined technical skills they have to develop additional activities in areas such as environmental education, agriculture, health, and nutrition. Roughly 95 percent of the Volunteer population in Suriname is unmarried.

Assignment History[edit]

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture Ag Economics 2004 2007
Crop Extension 1999 1999
Business Business Advising 2004 2007
Business Development 2004 2007
NGO Advising 2000 2006
Crisis Corps Crisis Corps 2004 2004
Education English Teacher 1998 2005
Math Teacher Trainer 1999 1999
Prim-Ed/Teach Trn 2003 2003
Environment Environmental Ed. 2000 2000
Protected Areas Management 2000 2000
Health Health Degreed 1999 2007
Health Extension 2001 2007
Hygiene Ed/Sanitation 2004 2007
Youth and Community Development Commun. Serv/Deg. 1995 2007