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In fulfilling the Peace Corps’ mandate to share the face of America with our host countries, we are making special efforts to see that all of America’s richness is reflected in the Volunteer corps. More Americans of color are serving in today’s Peace Corps than at any time in recent years.  Differences in race, ethnic background, age, religion, and sexual orientation are expected and welcomed among our Volunteers. Part of the Peace Corps’ mission is to help dispel any notion that Americans are all of one origin or race and to establish that each of us is as thoroughly American as the other despite our many differences.
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Our diversity helps us accomplish that goal. In other ways, however, it poses challenges. In Botswana, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs will be judged in a cultural context very different from our own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Botswana.
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the [[Kyrgyz Republic]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each Volunteer’s experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. The most important things to bring are yourself, a sense of humor, and a sense of adventure!
  
Outside larger cities and towns in Botswana, residents of rural communities may have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What people view as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Botswana are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.  
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Dress is very important in the Kyrgyz Republic. The popular image of a Peace Corps Volunteer in sandals and a T-shirt with a university logo is not appropriate in this country (nor is military-style clothing or accessories). Fair or not, people are judged by the way they dress in the Kyrgyz Republic, more so than in the United States. Your colleagues will dress as professionals and for you to do otherwise will be considered disrespectful. If you come to work inappropriately dressed, your colleagues, students, and others in the community will probably not say anything to you directly but may talk unfavorably about you to others. Following the lead of your co-workers will help you gain acceptance and respect in your community. This does not mean that you need to spend a lot of money on new clothing. Rather, be selective in what you bring, and consider buying some of your professional clothing in Bishkek. The quality and style may not be equal to that found in American brands, but they are the same clothes your local colleagues will be wearing.  
  
To ease the transition and adapt to life in Botswana, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations.  The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during your pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.  
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Luggage should be lightweight, durable, lockable, and easy to carry. Duffel bags and backpacks without frames are best because you will be hauling your luggage around on foot— there are no redcaps or luggage carts in this part of the world.  
  
===Overview of Diversity in Botswana===
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===General Clothing===
  
The Peace Corps staff in Botswana recognizes the adjustment issues that come with diversity and will endeavor to provide support and guidance. During pre-service training, several sessions will be held to discuss diversity and coping mechanisms. We look forward to having male and female Volunteers from a variety of races, ethnic groups, ages, religions, and sexual orientations, and hope that you will become part of a diverse group of Americans who take pride in supporting one another and demonstrating the richness of American culture.
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* Warm winter jacket (with down or Hollofil)
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* Lightweight jacket
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* Mix-or-match clothes for layering, such as solid-color turtlenecks
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* Cold weather gloves and hat
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* Long underwear—silk is lightweight, easy to clean, and warm
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* T-shirts (without wording or pictures about controversial issues such as politics, drugs, and sex)
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* One or two pairs of jeans
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* Sports and fitness clothing, such as jogging pants (shorts are inappropriate in most places but can be worn in a gym or when running in a stadium)
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* Hat or baseball cap for protection from the sun
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* Underwear and socks for two years (locally available products tend to be of poor quality)
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* Bandannas or handkerchiefs
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* stocking cap/ski cap
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* wool socks (at least six pairs)
  
===What Might a Volunteer Face?===
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Note: Avoid bringing white or light-colored clothing, as dust
  
====Possible Issues for Female Volunteers====
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and mud are ubiquitous. Additionally, the largest size of
  
To address restrictive laws and traditions of its society, Botswana has a constitution that protects women’s rights.  
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clothing available typically is Large. Extra-Large or larger is not to be found here
  
The country has made great strides in gender equity in the modern sector, and ministerial, senior-level government, and private-sector posts are held by women. In addition, the government has developed a national gender program to improve the lives of vulnerable women. Nevertheless, rural, less educated women at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale tend to have less authority and responsibility than men do for income, spending, and reproductive health. Although this is changing, many rural communities have not had much experience with women who take on professional roles, remain unmarried, and live away from their families. Thus, female Volunteers may experience a great deal of unwanted attention and may need to practice discretion in public.  During both cross-cultural and safety training sessions, all Volunteers are provided with strategies and practice in limiting and responding to unwanted attention.
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===For Men ===
  
====Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color====
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* Sport jacket or suit
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* Several pairs of nice slacks
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* Several shirts with collars
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* A few nice sweaters
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* Ties
  
Most Batswana in cities and towns are aware of the different racial and ethnic groups that exist in the United States.  However, this level of knowledge and understanding greatly diminishes among rural populations. African-American Volunteers may not be recognized as Americans. They may be expected to learn local languages more quickly than other Volunteers, may be accepted more readily into the culture than other Volunteers, and may be treated according to local social norms because they are assumed to be African.
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===For Women===
  
Hispanic American and Asian-American Volunteers may also be perceived as not being American. Batswana may expect Asian Americans to exhibit stereotyped behavior observed in films, sometimes referred to as the “kung fu syndrome.” In addition, the presence of Asian merchants in the country may have an impact on how Asian-American Volunteers are perceived.
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* Several skirts or dresses with hems below the knee, for summer and winter
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* Several nice blouses and shirts (short-sleeved tops are fine if modest)
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* A couple of pairs of nice slacks (which can be worn as professional clothing in some places)
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* A shorter skirt or dress for evenings out in Bishkek
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* Nylons or tights (thicker ones are great for cold weather) Shoes
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* Dress shoes—for men, loafers are practical because they can be slipped off easily when entering a home; for women, comfortable, low-heeled pumps are recommended; Volunteers who will be on their feet a lot might consider black sneakers that look like shoes
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* Sneakers
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* Sandals and/or flip-flops (for both dress and use as shower shoes)
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* Hiking boots or warm boots (either/or because they are heavy)
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* One or two pairs of warm, waterproof winter boots, which both men and women often wear to work in the winter (great boots in smaller sizes are available locally for around $20)
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* Extra shoelaces
  
====Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers====
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Note: Shoes smaller than size 10 (men) or size 9 (women) are available locally, but larger shoes are not.
  
In Botswana, older members of society are viewed and treated with a great deal of respect. Issues for older Volunteers are more likely to be in relation to their younger fellow Volunteers. Older Volunteers may meet individuals in the Peace Corps community who have little understanding of or respect for the lives and experiences of senior Americans and may not be able to offer the necessary personal support. Older Volunteers, in turn, may be inclined to withdraw from full participation in order to “give the younger folks their turn,” and may be reluctant to share personal, sexual, or health concerns. They may not find appropriate role models among the Peace Corps staff or may find that younger Volunteers look to them for more advice than they feel comfortable giving. Finally, older Volunteers may need to be assertive about asking for an effective individual approach to language learning during pre-service training.
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
  
====Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers====
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* Enough deodorant, soap, and other toiletries to last you through pre-service training (many of the brands available in Bishkek will be familiar to you, but if you require specific brands, you may want to bring more); feminine hygiene supplies are available in local markets
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* Soap carrier
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* Makeup
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* Fragrant powders, body lotions, or perfume (for when showers are scarce)
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* Contact lens solutions, which the Peace Corps does not provide (if you wear contact lenses)
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* Lip balm—although this is an item in the medical kit, you might want to bring your own brand
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* A three-month supply of any medications you take, to last you until the Peace Corps can order refills for you Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take a long time to arrive from the United States); consider bringing a repair kit
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* Hand sanitizer—a large bottle and a smaller one to refill
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* Antibacterial gel or baby wipes
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* Spot remover or Woolite (for clothes that need special care)
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* Fabric refreshener or odor remover (e.g., Febreeze)
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* Favorite vitamins or nutrition supplements
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* Tweezers, items for nail care, pumice stone, callus removers, etc.
  
In general, Botswana view homosexuality as immoral; it is illegal according to the country’s constitution. Homosexuality certainly exists in Botswana but not with the same level of acceptance as in the United States. Because of cultural norms, homosexual Volunteers may discover that they cannot be open about their sexual orientation and have to serve for two years without revealing to their community that they are gay. Homosexual or bisexual Volunteers may also serve for two years without meeting another homosexual or bisexual Volunteer. Lesbians, like all American women, are likely to have to deal with constant questions about boyfriends, marriage, and sex, while gay men may have to deal with machismo: talk of sexual conquests, girl watching, and dirty jokes.
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===Kitchen ===
  
'''See also:''' Articles about Botswana on the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Peace Corps Alumni Association website at http://www.lgbrpcv.org/articles.htm
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You can buy most kitchen supplies in-country, but there are a few items that Volunteers recommend bringing:  
  
====Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers====
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* Lots of sealable plastic storage bags (you can pack stuff in them for the trip to the Kyrgyz Republic)
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* Aluminum foil
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* Basic cookbook such as The Joy of Cooking
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* French coffee press
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* Packaged mixes for sauces, salad dressings, and soft drinks
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* Your favorite spices
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* Artificial sweetener, if you use it
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* Peanut butter
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* Popcorn
  
Most Batswana have some religious affiliation, and many attend church regularly. Both Christian and non-Christian Volunteers may be expected to attend church with the members of their community. They may be asked to explain why they do not belong to a certain Christian denomination or may be actively recruited by a Christian group. Volunteers may not be able to adequately convey their own religious beliefs because of language or cultural barriers. This kind of doing is exactly what Batswana are doing and they are influenced by that.
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===Miscellaneous ===
  
====Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities====
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*      External Hard Disk Drive(ESSENTIAL!) - Filled with all your music pictures, and favorite movies/tv shows
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* Four passport-size photographs, which will be used by the Peace Corps and the Kyrgyz government for ID cards and visas
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* Internal frame backpack or small overnight bag(usually more important for most volunteers than a frame backpack)
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* Luggage straps
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* Bungee cords
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* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Small tool kit (wire strippers and phone repair tools are also useful)
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* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
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* Watch (durable, water resistant, and inexpensive) with extra batteries(...but you'll have a cell)
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* Battery-operated alarm clock(...again cell phone)
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* Your favorite music (inexpensive cassette tapes of many popular recording artists are available locally) 
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* Laptop
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* Your favorite DVDs (including workout videos) if you are bringing a laptop.
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* Camcorder
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* Camera—35 mm compacts are best because they are more inconspicuous during travel (note that Advantix film processing and replacement batteries are not available locally)
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* Batteries or rechargeable batteries and a re-charger with a converter for electronics (local batteries are expensive and not always of good quality)
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* Key chain with flashlight
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* A money holder that looks like a household item (such as a shaving cream can)
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* Small, reliable flashlight
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* Sewing kit
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* Sleeping bag with stuff sack for traveling in cold weather
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* Fleece throw/lap blanket for cold nights
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* One bath towel and two washcloths
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* Pillowcase (sheets and wool blankets are available locally)
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* Laundry bag
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* Duct tape
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* American gifts
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* Photos from home (picture sharing is important in the Kyrgyz Republic)
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* Maps of the world and the United States
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* Games such as playing cards, Uno, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, chess, and Frisbee
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* Envelopes of various sizes, including padded ones (American-style envelopes are not available), stationary and pens 
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* U.S. postage stamps for mail carried by people traveling back home
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* A two-year planner
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* Musical instruments (if you play)
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* MP3 or other portable music player
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* Subscriptions to your favorite magazines
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* A few books by your favorite authors
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* Appliances—buying them locally may eliminate the need to bring a voltage converter; items such as irons, blow dryers, and boomboxes are available at reasonable prices
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* Teaching materials (for education Volunteers), such as markers, chalk, erasers, magazines, simple children’s books and American music; you can also pack items for someone to ship to you later
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* Interesting wall decorations (maps, posters, etc.)
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* If you have a laptop, bring it (great for pictures, movies, entertainment)
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* Bring copies of all financial and personal documents such as a Power of Attorney, birth certificates, passport and credit cards
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* Graduate study materials (e.g., GRE, LSAT)
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* A copy of the Peace Corps Handbook (provided in your Invitation Kit)
  
There is very little infrastructure in Botswana to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Disabled Volunteers may find living in rural communities particularly challenging.  Nevertheless, the Peace Corps’ Office of Medical Services determined that you were physically and emotionally capable of performing a full tour of Volunteer service in Botswana without unreasonable risk to yourself or interruption of your service. Peace Corps/Botswana staff will work with disabled Volunteers to make reasonable accommodations in projects, training, housing, job sites, and other areas to enable them to serve safely and effectively.
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[[Category:Botswana]]
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Latest revision as of 07:56, 21 May 2014


Packing List for [[{{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]

Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[{{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]] based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list!
  • [[Packing list for {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]
  • [[Training in {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]
  • [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]
  • [[Health care and safety in {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]
  • [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]
  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

[[Category:{{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Kyrgyzstan| |5}}]]

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the Kyrgyz Republic and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each Volunteer’s experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. The most important things to bring are yourself, a sense of humor, and a sense of adventure!

Dress is very important in the Kyrgyz Republic. The popular image of a Peace Corps Volunteer in sandals and a T-shirt with a university logo is not appropriate in this country (nor is military-style clothing or accessories). Fair or not, people are judged by the way they dress in the Kyrgyz Republic, more so than in the United States. Your colleagues will dress as professionals and for you to do otherwise will be considered disrespectful. If you come to work inappropriately dressed, your colleagues, students, and others in the community will probably not say anything to you directly but may talk unfavorably about you to others. Following the lead of your co-workers will help you gain acceptance and respect in your community. This does not mean that you need to spend a lot of money on new clothing. Rather, be selective in what you bring, and consider buying some of your professional clothing in Bishkek. The quality and style may not be equal to that found in American brands, but they are the same clothes your local colleagues will be wearing.

Luggage should be lightweight, durable, lockable, and easy to carry. Duffel bags and backpacks without frames are best because you will be hauling your luggage around on foot— there are no redcaps or luggage carts in this part of the world.

General Clothing[edit]

  • Warm winter jacket (with down or Hollofil)
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Mix-or-match clothes for layering, such as solid-color turtlenecks
  • Cold weather gloves and hat
  • Long underwear—silk is lightweight, easy to clean, and warm
  • T-shirts (without wording or pictures about controversial issues such as politics, drugs, and sex)
  • One or two pairs of jeans
  • Sports and fitness clothing, such as jogging pants (shorts are inappropriate in most places but can be worn in a gym or when running in a stadium)
  • Hat or baseball cap for protection from the sun
  • Underwear and socks for two years (locally available products tend to be of poor quality)
  • Bandannas or handkerchiefs
  • stocking cap/ski cap
  • wool socks (at least six pairs)

Note: Avoid bringing white or light-colored clothing, as dust

and mud are ubiquitous. Additionally, the largest size of

clothing available typically is Large. Extra-Large or larger is not to be found here

For Men[edit]

  • Sport jacket or suit
  • Several pairs of nice slacks
  • Several shirts with collars
  • A few nice sweaters
  • Ties

For Women[edit]

  • Several skirts or dresses with hems below the knee, for summer and winter
  • Several nice blouses and shirts (short-sleeved tops are fine if modest)
  • A couple of pairs of nice slacks (which can be worn as professional clothing in some places)
  • A shorter skirt or dress for evenings out in Bishkek
  • Nylons or tights (thicker ones are great for cold weather) Shoes
  • Dress shoes—for men, loafers are practical because they can be slipped off easily when entering a home; for women, comfortable, low-heeled pumps are recommended; Volunteers who will be on their feet a lot might consider black sneakers that look like shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals and/or flip-flops (for both dress and use as shower shoes)
  • Hiking boots or warm boots (either/or because they are heavy)
  • One or two pairs of warm, waterproof winter boots, which both men and women often wear to work in the winter (great boots in smaller sizes are available locally for around $20)
  • Extra shoelaces


Note: Shoes smaller than size 10 (men) or size 9 (women) are available locally, but larger shoes are not.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items[edit]

  • Enough deodorant, soap, and other toiletries to last you through pre-service training (many of the brands available in Bishkek will be familiar to you, but if you require specific brands, you may want to bring more); feminine hygiene supplies are available in local markets
  • Soap carrier
  • Makeup
  • Fragrant powders, body lotions, or perfume (for when showers are scarce)
  • Contact lens solutions, which the Peace Corps does not provide (if you wear contact lenses)
  • Lip balm—although this is an item in the medical kit, you might want to bring your own brand
  • A three-month supply of any medications you take, to last you until the Peace Corps can order refills for you Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take a long time to arrive from the United States); consider bringing a repair kit
  • Hand sanitizer—a large bottle and a smaller one to refill
  • Antibacterial gel or baby wipes
  • Spot remover or Woolite (for clothes that need special care)
  • Fabric refreshener or odor remover (e.g., Febreeze)
  • Favorite vitamins or nutrition supplements
  • Tweezers, items for nail care, pumice stone, callus removers, etc.

Kitchen[edit]

You can buy most kitchen supplies in-country, but there are a few items that Volunteers recommend bringing:

  • Lots of sealable plastic storage bags (you can pack stuff in them for the trip to the Kyrgyz Republic)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Basic cookbook such as The Joy of Cooking
  • French coffee press
  • Packaged mixes for sauces, salad dressings, and soft drinks
  • Your favorite spices
  • Artificial sweetener, if you use it
  • Peanut butter
  • Popcorn

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • External Hard Disk Drive(ESSENTIAL!) - Filled with all your music pictures, and favorite movies/tv shows
  • Four passport-size photographs, which will be used by the Peace Corps and the Kyrgyz government for ID cards and visas
  • Internal frame backpack or small overnight bag(usually more important for most volunteers than a frame backpack)
  • Luggage straps
  • Bungee cords
  • Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Small tool kit (wire strippers and phone repair tools are also useful)
  • Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
  • Watch (durable, water resistant, and inexpensive) with extra batteries(...but you'll have a cell)
  • Battery-operated alarm clock(...again cell phone)
  • Your favorite music (inexpensive cassette tapes of many popular recording artists are available locally)
  • Laptop
  • Your favorite DVDs (including workout videos) if you are bringing a laptop.
  • Camcorder
  • Camera—35 mm compacts are best because they are more inconspicuous during travel (note that Advantix film processing and replacement batteries are not available locally)
  • Batteries or rechargeable batteries and a re-charger with a converter for electronics (local batteries are expensive and not always of good quality)
  • Key chain with flashlight
  • A money holder that looks like a household item (such as a shaving cream can)
  • Small, reliable flashlight
  • Sewing kit
  • Sleeping bag with stuff sack for traveling in cold weather
  • Fleece throw/lap blanket for cold nights
  • One bath towel and two washcloths
  • Pillowcase (sheets and wool blankets are available locally)
  • Laundry bag
  • Duct tape
  • American gifts
  • Photos from home (picture sharing is important in the Kyrgyz Republic)
  • Maps of the world and the United States
  • Games such as playing cards, Uno, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, chess, and Frisbee
  • Envelopes of various sizes, including padded ones (American-style envelopes are not available), stationary and pens
  • U.S. postage stamps for mail carried by people traveling back home
  • A two-year planner
  • Musical instruments (if you play)
  • MP3 or other portable music player
  • Subscriptions to your favorite magazines
  • A few books by your favorite authors
  • Appliances—buying them locally may eliminate the need to bring a voltage converter; items such as irons, blow dryers, and boomboxes are available at reasonable prices
  • Teaching materials (for education Volunteers), such as markers, chalk, erasers, magazines, simple children’s books and American music; you can also pack items for someone to ship to you later
  • Interesting wall decorations (maps, posters, etc.)
  • If you have a laptop, bring it (great for pictures, movies, entertainment)
  • Bring copies of all financial and personal documents such as a Power of Attorney, birth certificates, passport and credit cards
  • Graduate study materials (e.g., GRE, LSAT)
  • A copy of the Peace Corps Handbook (provided in your Invitation Kit)