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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[China]] and is 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! 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 an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in China.
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== About==
  
===General Clothing===
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Charles Sloan, Jr., Manager of [[Nianjema Secondary School]], former Peace Corps Volunteer, USA citizen, graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  
* SmartWool socks
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Charlie Sloan entered into the Peace Corps in November, 1992. He was assigned to teach math and science at Karatu Secondary and High School in Karatu, Tanzania. It was a government boarding school located in a small town about halfway between Arusha, a large city and Ngorogoro Crater, a world-famous park, each several hours away.
* Good cotton underwear
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One of his students was Frank Manase,a personable, bright and eager-to-learn young fellow. As time went by the teacher and student became friends. Charlie taught him to play chess and they played often together. Charlie encouraged Frank to continue his education. Frank went to the university to study medicine.
* Two-three pairs of khakis and two pairs of comfortable pants for leisure and travel (one pair of jeans and one pair of pants with zip off legs)
 
* Four to six business casual shirts (men should have at least one shirt with a collar that can be worn with a tie)
 
* One dressy outfit (a sport coat and a tie for men, a dress/skirt for women)
 
* A good raincoat (a light raincoat, since it rains more in the summer)
 
* Two pairs of long underwear (light/medium)
 
* Winter coat, gloves, hat, and scarf
 
* One or two heavy wool sweaters
 
* Two to four long-sleeved shirts for layering
 
* Shorts for sports/leisure 
 
* Two to four casual shirts for travel/leisure shirts with a little spandex are great since your clothes will stretch out)
 
* Pantyhose or tights (thick cotton or wool tights are important if you plan to wear skirts or dresses in the winter)
 
* Easy-care skirts (not too short, at least knee-length), and maybe a wool skirt for winter
 
* One or two short-sleeved or sleeveless dresses (no spaghetti straps) for summer Shoes
 
  
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After Charlie finished his Peace Corps tour he remained in Tanzania, teaching at a girls school in Bagamoyo. In 1999 he realized that there were as many smart young people on the street as in school. Tanzania was educating only 20% of its eligible students. Why not build a new school? He looked up Frank Manase who was in medical school in Dar es Salaam. Frank liked the idea and encouraged Charlie. Frank had a brother, Dan who was an architect looking for work and an uncle, Gideon who understood government red tape. They agreed to work together to build a school to be called Nianjema -"Good Intentions" in Swahili.
  
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Charlie took the remaining money in his college fund and purchased 15 acres of vacant land in Bagamoyo and persuaded his parents to start fund-raising in the United States. The school opened to 90 students in 2000. Charlie organized the school and now manages itday-to-day. Frank Manase,
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M.D. chairs the school board and provides advice. Dan Manase designed all the buildings and supervises construction.
  
Note that good shoes are available in China but only in smaller sizes (up to size 8 for women and up to size 9 for men).  
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As of January 2009 Nianjema Secondary and High School has a 25 acre campus, with three large classroom buildings, science lab, a library, computer lab, large assembly hall, administration building, two large student hostels and nine houses for teachers. Under construction are two more large classroom buildings, another science lab and high school library. There are over 400 students in the school. The students test scores place the school in the top 10-20% of all schools in Tanzania, despite the fact that all the best students are offered scholarships at government schools.
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Charlie had the idea and the vision and put it all together. The spark came from Frank Manase. All this started with a friendly game of chess.
  
* One pair of sneakers (brand names are available locally but American prices)
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== Article from Virginia Tech Magazine ==
* One pair of teaching shoes (sturdy, comfortable, warm for winter)
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* One pair of sturdy sandals (leather is recommended) to wear in the warm season
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Source: http://www.vtmagazine.vt.edu/sum05/shorts.html
* One pair of waterproof hiking boots
 
* One pair of dress shoes
 
* One pair of “kick-around” shoes.  
 
 
Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
 
  
* Deodorant (can be difficult to find in China)
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''"In the United States, a free public education is a right granted to every child. In [[Tanzania]], however, limited facilities mean that only 20 percent of eligible students attend secondary school.
* A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take (to have while the medical office orders your medication)
 
* Contact lens solutions (available locally; note that the Peace Corps does not recommend wearing contact lenses, but most Volunteers who choose to have been able to wear them. You should still bring two pairs of glasses)
 
* Any special makeup, facial soaps, or lotions you might want
 
* Tampons (hard to find in-country)
 
*      Tide Sticks (one or two)
 
  
===Kitchen===
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Seeing this shortage firsthand, former Peace Corps volunteer Charlie Sloan (mechanical engineering '92), who had taught at a government boarding school and a private school in Tanzania, knew something needed to be done. At his father's suggestion, Sloan and three Tanzanian friends began construction of a school on a 15-acre plot in [[Bagamoyo]], a port town on the Indian Ocean, and in January 2001, [[Nianjema Secondary School]] opened its doors to 90 students.
  
Most cooking supplies are available in-country, including eating and cooking utensils.  
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The original building plan contained only four classrooms, but thanks to efforts spearheaded by Sloan's parents in Vienna, Va., the school received money and supplies from more than 200 donors. As a result of this ongoing benevolence, [[Nianjema School]] now has 12 classrooms, two science labs, and two computer labs, and 16 faculty members teach classes in English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, [[Kiswahili]] (the local language), history, geography, civics, commerce, bookkeeping, and computer studies to more than 200 students.
  
* Spices: basil, thyme, sage, or other Western seasonings you use (can be purchased in Chengdu, but are nice to bring if you have favorites)
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As school manager and accountant, Sloan contributes to every aspect of running the school, as well as advising the library and teaching sports. "I'm involved pretty much anywhere money is involved," he admits. "But I also advise the principal about starting new programs for the students and adjusting the way things are run." Those adjustments include plans to expand the school even more. "As I go along," Sloan says, "my dreams get bigger and bigger, more and more possible."
* A coffeemaker if you drink coffee (available locally but American prices); a French press is a good alternative and can be bought in Chengdu and at some other sites
 
* Baking pans and measuring cups (if you love to bake and want to buy a toaster oven in chengdu—or maybe a former Volunteer left you one—you might need some supplies!)
 
 
===Miscellaneous ===
 
  
* Locks for travel and to keep valuables secure in your residence
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Sloan and other school officials are also making plans to build hostels for the students and a high school and a primary school to increase the area's educational opportunities. They also hope to build a hospital to improve the quality of medical care available to local residents. Currently, medical treatment is limited, and patients often die as a result of negligence, lack of equipment, and reluctance to seek medical help early. "It is very hard work," Sloan says, "but it is satisfying dreaming up the world and then making it happen."
* Money belt or neck pouch
 
* Sleeping bag that packs small for travel/warmth in winter
 
* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
 
* Watch (durable, water-resistant)
 
* Camera, filters, and extra lens cap; batteries are available locally but may be difficult to find
 
* Small gifts such as stickers, stamps, coins, maps, key chains, etc.  
 
* Headlamp (great for travel and working in the dark when you need both hands) 
 
* Duct tape
 
* Musical instruments if you play (also available locally at fairly reasonable prices)
 
* Stain stick for laundry (your clothes will get filthy so bring a few)
 
* Earplugs (for the loud 6 a.m. wakeup call on campus)
 
* Fitted sheets and pillowcases (schools provide sheets, but they are not fitted); perhaps flannel for winter
 
* Pictures of clothing from catalogs if you plan to have clothes made
 
* Games such as Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, Scattergories, and chess
 
* Frisbee
 
* Lonely Planet or Rough Guide to China
 
* Mandarin Chinese phrase book
 
* Checkbook (note that checks written from your U.S.  bank account can take 40 days to clear at the local bank)
 
* Books to supplement those assigned by the college. (Also available at www.bookdepository.com with free shipping to China)
 
  
These might include:
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In the United States, a free public education is a right granted to every child. In [[Tanzania]], however, limited facilities mean that only 20 percent of eligible students attend secondary school.
  
* The ESL Miscellany: A Treasury of Cultural and Linguistic Information: New 21st Century by Raymond C. Clark (Pro Lingua Associates, revised edition 2004)
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Seeing this shortage firsthand, former Peace Corps volunteer Charlie Sloan (mechanical engineering '92), who had taught at a government boarding school and a private school in [[Tanzania]], knew something needed to be done. At his father's suggestion, Sloan and three Tanzanian friends began construction of a school on a 15-acre plot in Bagamoyo, a port town on the Indian Ocean, and in January 2001, [[Nianjema Secondary School]] opened its doors to 90 students.
* High school history books
 
* Books about your city or area
 
* Children’s books (the pictures can be useful)
 
* Books about U.S. holidays or customs
 
* Literature anthologies
 
* General references like a world almanac
 
* A writing and grammar handbook
 
* Activity books for English conversation and environmental classes 102 
 
  
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The original building plan contained only four classrooms, but thanks to efforts spearheaded by Sloan's parents in Vienna, Va., the school received money and supplies from more than 200 donors. As a result of this ongoing benevolence, [[Nianjema School]] now has 12 classrooms, two science labs, and two computer labs, and 16 faculty members teach classes in English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, [[Kiswahili]] (the local language), history, geography, civics, commerce, bookkeeping, and computer studies to more than 200 students.
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As school manager and accountant, Sloan contributes to every aspect of running the school, as well as advising the library and teaching sports. "I'm involved pretty much anywhere money is involved," he admits. "But I also advise the principal about starting new programs for the students and adjusting the way things are run." Those adjustments include plans to expand the school even more. "As I go along," Sloan says, "my dreams get bigger and bigger, more and more possible."
  
Note: Books are really heavy to pack. The Peace Corps Information and Resource Center (IRC) is a great resource, as well as the Book Aid International program. Many reference materials are also available online. It may be more effective to bring a flash disk with your favorite handouts and lessons, and to print those things in-country. Family and friends can also send books from home if needed.
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Sloan and other school officials are also making plans to build hostels for the students and a high school and a primary school to increase the area's educational opportunities. They also hope to build a hospital to improve the quality of medical care available to local residents. Currently, medical treatment is limited, and patients often die as a result of negligence, lack of equipment, and reluctance to seek medical help early. "It is very hard work," Sloan says, "but it is satisfying dreaming up the world and then making it happen."''
  
* Pictures or slides of your family, hometown, and “typical” America (supermarkets, schools, street scenes, historical sites, weddings and other celebrations)
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Source: http://www.vtmagazine.vt.edu/sum05/shorts.html
* World atlas and maps of the world, United States, your state, etc.  
 
* Restaurant menus, job application forms, sales announcements, product catalogs, college brochures, recycling handouts, and sightseeing brochures to use in classes
 
* A key chain with a small flashlight attached
 
* Copies of your diploma and teaching certificates (universities may ask for these)
 
* Calendar (hard to find here)
 
* Picture frames (also hard to find; if you like frames for your family pictures, etc., bring some)
 
* Documents from home (if you are considering a future move such as graduate school, etc. It will make your life much easier if you bring certain documents or copies from home [e.g., GRE scores, an unofficial transcript]; if you own a house and are renting, bring a copy of your lease, and if you may sell your house, pack a copy of deed information)
 
* Laptop
 
* iPod or mp3 player, CDs, speakers
 
* Contact information for former employers, references, schools, election office (to request an absentee ballot), bank
 
* Hard and electronic copies of resume
 
* Checkbook and ATM card tied to account
 
* Credit card
 
* Power of attorney
 
  
You may consider having some things, like heavy and bulky winter clothing, sent to you after you have arrived at your site, or you may consider bringing funds to purchase clothing (depending on your size). The key is to bring what you love and don’t bring too much!
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For more information on[[ Nianjema School]], visit http://www.TanzaniaEducation.org.
  
Also See:[[Packing List from China Volunteers Perspective]]
 
  
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About

Charles Sloan, Jr., Manager of Nianjema Secondary School, former Peace Corps Volunteer, USA citizen, graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Charlie Sloan entered into the Peace Corps in November, 1992. He was assigned to teach math and science at Karatu Secondary and High School in Karatu, Tanzania. It was a government boarding school located in a small town about halfway between Arusha, a large city and Ngorogoro Crater, a world-famous park, each several hours away. One of his students was Frank Manase,a personable, bright and eager-to-learn young fellow. As time went by the teacher and student became friends. Charlie taught him to play chess and they played often together. Charlie encouraged Frank to continue his education. Frank went to the university to study medicine.

After Charlie finished his Peace Corps tour he remained in Tanzania, teaching at a girls school in Bagamoyo. In 1999 he realized that there were as many smart young people on the street as in school. Tanzania was educating only 20% of its eligible students. Why not build a new school? He looked up Frank Manase who was in medical school in Dar es Salaam. Frank liked the idea and encouraged Charlie. Frank had a brother, Dan who was an architect looking for work and an uncle, Gideon who understood government red tape. They agreed to work together to build a school to be called Nianjema -"Good Intentions" in Swahili.

Charlie took the remaining money in his college fund and purchased 15 acres of vacant land in Bagamoyo and persuaded his parents to start fund-raising in the United States. The school opened to 90 students in 2000. Charlie organized the school and now manages itday-to-day. Frank Manase, M.D. chairs the school board and provides advice. Dan Manase designed all the buildings and supervises construction.

As of January 2009 Nianjema Secondary and High School has a 25 acre campus, with three large classroom buildings, science lab, a library, computer lab, large assembly hall, administration building, two large student hostels and nine houses for teachers. Under construction are two more large classroom buildings, another science lab and high school library. There are over 400 students in the school. The students test scores place the school in the top 10-20% of all schools in Tanzania, despite the fact that all the best students are offered scholarships at government schools. Charlie had the idea and the vision and put it all together. The spark came from Frank Manase. All this started with a friendly game of chess.

Article from Virginia Tech Magazine

Source: http://www.vtmagazine.vt.edu/sum05/shorts.html

"In the United States, a free public education is a right granted to every child. In Tanzania, however, limited facilities mean that only 20 percent of eligible students attend secondary school.

Seeing this shortage firsthand, former Peace Corps volunteer Charlie Sloan (mechanical engineering '92), who had taught at a government boarding school and a private school in Tanzania, knew something needed to be done. At his father's suggestion, Sloan and three Tanzanian friends began construction of a school on a 15-acre plot in Bagamoyo, a port town on the Indian Ocean, and in January 2001, Nianjema Secondary School opened its doors to 90 students.

The original building plan contained only four classrooms, but thanks to efforts spearheaded by Sloan's parents in Vienna, Va., the school received money and supplies from more than 200 donors. As a result of this ongoing benevolence, Nianjema School now has 12 classrooms, two science labs, and two computer labs, and 16 faculty members teach classes in English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, Kiswahili (the local language), history, geography, civics, commerce, bookkeeping, and computer studies to more than 200 students.

As school manager and accountant, Sloan contributes to every aspect of running the school, as well as advising the library and teaching sports. "I'm involved pretty much anywhere money is involved," he admits. "But I also advise the principal about starting new programs for the students and adjusting the way things are run." Those adjustments include plans to expand the school even more. "As I go along," Sloan says, "my dreams get bigger and bigger, more and more possible."

Sloan and other school officials are also making plans to build hostels for the students and a high school and a primary school to increase the area's educational opportunities. They also hope to build a hospital to improve the quality of medical care available to local residents. Currently, medical treatment is limited, and patients often die as a result of negligence, lack of equipment, and reluctance to seek medical help early. "It is very hard work," Sloan says, "but it is satisfying dreaming up the world and then making it happen."

In the United States, a free public education is a right granted to every child. In Tanzania, however, limited facilities mean that only 20 percent of eligible students attend secondary school.

Seeing this shortage firsthand, former Peace Corps volunteer Charlie Sloan (mechanical engineering '92), who had taught at a government boarding school and a private school in Tanzania, knew something needed to be done. At his father's suggestion, Sloan and three Tanzanian friends began construction of a school on a 15-acre plot in Bagamoyo, a port town on the Indian Ocean, and in January 2001, Nianjema Secondary School opened its doors to 90 students.

The original building plan contained only four classrooms, but thanks to efforts spearheaded by Sloan's parents in Vienna, Va., the school received money and supplies from more than 200 donors. As a result of this ongoing benevolence, Nianjema School now has 12 classrooms, two science labs, and two computer labs, and 16 faculty members teach classes in English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, Kiswahili (the local language), history, geography, civics, commerce, bookkeeping, and computer studies to more than 200 students.

As school manager and accountant, Sloan contributes to every aspect of running the school, as well as advising the library and teaching sports. "I'm involved pretty much anywhere money is involved," he admits. "But I also advise the principal about starting new programs for the students and adjusting the way things are run." Those adjustments include plans to expand the school even more. "As I go along," Sloan says, "my dreams get bigger and bigger, more and more possible."

Sloan and other school officials are also making plans to build hostels for the students and a high school and a primary school to increase the area's educational opportunities. They also hope to build a hospital to improve the quality of medical care available to local residents. Currently, medical treatment is limited, and patients often die as a result of negligence, lack of equipment, and reluctance to seek medical help early. "It is very hard work," Sloan says, "but it is satisfying dreaming up the world and then making it happen."

Source: http://www.vtmagazine.vt.edu/sum05/shorts.html

For more information on Nianjema School, visit http://www.TanzaniaEducation.org.