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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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These lists have been compiled by Volunteers serving in
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[[Benin]] and are based on their experiences. Use it as an
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informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that
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experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You can
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bring everything we mention, so consider those items that
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make the most sense to you personally and professionally.
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As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an
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80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you
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can get almost everything you need in Benin. Clothing can
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very easily be tailor-made from local fabrics. Second-hand
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clothing is also very popular across Benin and is available in
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many markets. It is not necessary to bring a large amount of
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clothing. Nice-quality shoes and sandals can also be made in country.
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Luggage should be durable, lightweight, and easy to carry as you will be responsible for transporting it in-country.
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Duffel bags and backpacks without frames work well. A good
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backpack is priceless because you will likely travel in-country
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here; however, they may not be good quality or they may be
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expensive. So, if you are particular about something, bring
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lots!
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===General Clothing===  
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==Necessities==
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* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Nalgene) or camelback
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* Nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries (the longest lasting)
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* Battery charger—solar powered or plug in
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* Two pair prescription eyeglasses, consider prescription sunglasses as well
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* Flashlight or headlamp with batteries and replacement bulb
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* Two bathing suits (no bikinis for women)
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* Sunglasses
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* English dictionary (TEFL)
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* Comfortable shoes  (toe and ankle strap sandals like Tevas, Chacos are popular with volunteers; note: if you don't like them, but think you might wear them--you probably won't; so don't spend the money on them unless you really think you'll wear them.)
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* One pair of dress shoes
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* Good pair of tennis shoes
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* Business casual clothing in breathable fabrics (two outfits minimum for TEFL Volunteers) - no need to bring a suit or sport coat.
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* Plenty and durable cotton T-shirts (many Volunteers prefer darker colors)
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* Pants (of lightweight material)
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* Blouses/button-down shirts
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* Linen/cotton clothing (you can find linen and cotton here and get clothing made; dresses/skirts must be at least knee-length)
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* Hats/scarf/bandannas
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* Good sturdy bras (bring lots because hand washing wears them out)
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* Good underwear (bring a two-year supply; hand washing wears them out)
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* Sweater, sweatshirt, or long-sleeve shirt (one, two at most)
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* Workout clothes (if you work out).  For women, shorts to the knee are a must, modest tank tops ok.
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* Pictures from home
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* USB flash drive (Peace Corps provides each volunteer with a 128 MB key but larger sizes are useful for backing things up)
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* Digital camera
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* Short-wave radio or World Space Radio
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* Duct tape, duct tape and more duct tape
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* Medium book bag (for three- to four-day trips)
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* Hairbrush or comb
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* Three-month supply of prescription drugs
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* Portable alarm clock
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* Leatherman or Swiss army knife (remember to pack in your suitcase as checked luggage)
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* Towel
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* SmartWool socks
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==Specifically for Women==
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* Good cotton underwear
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* Your shoulders and knees need to be covered, so pack accordingly.
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* 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)
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* In the south and in some northern cities things are more liberal, so you can bring tank tops (not spaghetti straps).
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* Four to six business casual shirts (men should have at least one shirt with a collar that can be worn with a tie)
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* Linen pants are great!
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* One dressy outfit (a sport coat and a tie for men, a dress/skirt for women)
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* A good raincoat (a light raincoat, since it rains more in the summer)
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* Two pairs of long underwear (light/medium)
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* Winter coat, gloves, hat, and scarf
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* One or two heavy wool sweaters
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* Two to four long-sleeved shirts for layering
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* Shorts for sports/leisure
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* Two to four casual shirts for travel/leisure shirts with a little spandex are great since your clothes will stretch out)
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* Pantyhose or tights (thick cotton or wool tights are important if you plan to wear skirts or dresses in the winter)
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* Easy-care skirts (not too short, at least knee-length), and maybe a wool skirt for winter
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* One or two short-sleeved or sleeveless dresses (no spaghetti straps) for summer Shoes
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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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==Not necessary but useful for some Volunteers==
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* Wall calendar
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* Adaptor (if bringing electrical appliances)
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* MP3 player
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* Plastic storage bags (e.g., Ziploc)
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* Yoga mat or Therm-a-Rest (for when you or a friend needs to sleep on the floor)
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* Money belt
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* Beauty products/ pampering things for de-stressing (if you use them)
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* Money (in large denominations, $50, $100, traveler’s checks, euros)
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* Your favorite pillow (ones here are not the greatest) or travel pillow
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* Spices/spice packets
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* Catalogue of clothing (to show to tailor to get copies made)
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* Good pens (if they are important to you)
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* Good flashlight
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TEFL-Specific Suggestions
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* Art supplies (markers, crayons, paints, construction paper, rubber cement, etc.)
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* Children’s books
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* World map/map of Africa (can get free from AAA if member)
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* Books on CD (there are computers at work stations and in some schools; they are smaller than books, easy to pack, and can be useful (e.g., encyclopedias, journals, etc.)
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* Stickers (can be easily sent here, too)
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* One pair of sneakers (brand names are available locally but American prices)
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==Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items==
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* 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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* One pair of waterproof hiking boots
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* One pair of dress shoes
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* One pair of “kick-around” shoes.
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
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Almost every type of toiletry is available here, but some
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are quite expensive (such as deodorant, facial creams, and toners). If you prefer a certain
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brand name, stock up, but otherwise bring a three-month
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supply for the duration of training.
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* Deodorant (can be difficult to find in China)
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* Hand wipes
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* A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take (to have while the medical office orders your medication)  
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* Medical supplies if special medicine is taken or a preference on certain brands
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* 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)  
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* Towel
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* Any special makeup, facial soaps, or lotions you might want
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* Aloe-Vera
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* Tampons (hard to find in-country)
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* Tampons (small OB ones pack well or bring a diva cup because here they are expensive)
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* Good hair conditioner
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* Hair ties
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* Nail clippers, nail file
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* Contact lenses and enough solution for two years (Peace Corps does not recommend wearing contacts due to dusty conditions and does not provide solution)
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* Deodorant (note that deodorant salt crystals work well and could last your whole service; they’re small, too!)
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* Basic make-up
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* Facial soap
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===Kitchen===
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==Kitchen==
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* Basic cookbook and favorite recipes
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Most cooking supplies are available in-country, including eating and cooking utensils.
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* Packaged mixes (sauces, salad dressings, soups, Kool-Aid, etc.)
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* Most spices are available, but are expensive, so stock up if you like to cook (e.g., cinnamon, Italian spices, allspice, chili powder, curry)
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* 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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* Freeze-dried foods
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* 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
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* Low-cal sweetener
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* 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!)
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* Boxed macaroni and cheese
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* French press (if you like coffee)
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===Miscellaneous===
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* Good-quality can opener
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* Good-quality potato peeler
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* Locks for travel and to keep valuables secure in your residence
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* Good-quality garlic press
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* Money belt or neck pouch
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* Measuring cups and spoons
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* Sleeping bag that packs small for travel/warmth in winter
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* Good-quality knife
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* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
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* Pepper grinder
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* Watch (durable, water-resistant)
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* Any other small kitchen supplies that you like to use
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* Camera, filters, and extra lens cap; batteries are available locally but may be difficult to find
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* Small gifts such as stickers, stamps, coins, maps, key chains, etc.
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* Headlamp (great for travel and working in the dark when you need both hands)
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* Duct tape
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* Musical instruments if you play (also available locally at fairly reasonable prices)
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* Stain stick for laundry (your clothes will get filthy so bring a few) 81
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* Earplugs (for the loud 6 a.m. wakeup call on campus)
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* Fitted sheets and pillowcases (schools provide sheets, but they are not fitted); perhaps flannel for winter
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* Pictures of clothing from catalogs if you plan to have clothes made
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* Games such as Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, Scattergories, and chess
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* Frisbee
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* Lonely Planet or Rough Guide to China
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* Mandarin Chinese phrase book
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* Checkbook (note that checks written from your U.S.  bank account can take 40 days to clear at the local bank)
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* Books to supplement those assigned by the college.
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These might include:
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* 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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* High school history books
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* Books about your city or area
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* Children’s books (the pictures can be useful)
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* Books about U.S. holidays or customs
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* Literature anthologies
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* General references like a world almanac
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* A writing and grammar handbook
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* Activity books for English conversation and environmental classes 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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* Pictures or slides of your family, hometown, and “typical” America (supermarkets, schools, street scenes, historical sites, weddings and other celebrations)  
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* World atlas and maps of the world, United States, your state, etc.
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* Restaurant menus, job application forms, sales announcements, product catalogs, college brochures, recycling handouts, and sightseeing brochures to use in classes
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* A key chain with a small flashlight attached
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* Copies of your diploma and teaching certificates (universities may ask for these)
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* Calendar (hard to find here)
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* Picture frames (also hard to find; if you like frames for your family pictures, etc., bring some)  
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* 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)
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* Laptop
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* iPod or mp3 player, CDs, speakers
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* Contact information for former employers, references, schools, election office (to request an absentee ballot), bank
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* Hard and electronic copies of resume
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* Checkbook and ATM card tied to account
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* Credit card
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* Power of attorney
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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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[[Category:Benin]]
[[Category:Benin]]

Latest revision as of 17:43, 26 December 2011


Packing List for Benin
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Benin 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!
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For information see Welcomebooks

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Contents

[edit] Necessities

[edit] Specifically for Women

[edit] Not necessary but useful for some Volunteers

TEFL-Specific Suggestions

[edit] Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Almost every type of toiletry is available here, but some are quite expensive (such as deodorant, facial creams, and toners). If you prefer a certain brand name, stock up, but otherwise bring a three-month supply for the duration of training.

[edit] Kitchen

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