Packing list for Dominican Republic

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the [[Dominican Republic]] 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, considering your work sector.. Please keep in mind two important factors that might affect your decision on what to buy and what to bring: 1) you have a baggage weight limit; and 2) You can get almost everything that you need in the Dominican Republic.
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== About Us==
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===General Clothing===
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“Bringing the Experience Home”
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Dominican extension workers in forestry and water (male or female) usually wear a button-down short- or long-sleeved shirt, neat trousers, boots and a hat. Volunteers in health, education, youth, and small business projects will find that their co-workers often are casual-professional in their dress.  In general, men wear pants and short-sleeved sports shirts or Dominican chacabanas (also called guyaberas), and women wear skirts or pants with nice tops. Worn, torn, patched, tight, overly baggy, or very low-cut clothes are not appropriate for Volunteers. Nor is military-style clothing (i.e., camouflage or olive-green Army surplus items). Also, shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate to wear, either to work or when visiting the office in Santo Domingo. Following are suggested items for both men and women.  
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We are a volunteer-run organization representing the sizable community of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and groupies who live and work in Washington, DC. We do this through three main activities.
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* At least five T-shirts
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* Holding social events such as happy hours, parties, field trips, and other fun, interest-based activities. Any member may start a club and utilize our network to organize it.
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* At least two casual shirts or polo-type shirts (or sleeveless shirts for women)
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* One or two sweaters, sweatshirts, or windbreakers
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* At least two button-down shirts
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* Appropriate mix of athletic and dress socks (twoweek supply)
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* Two-week supply of underwear (cotton is highly recommended)
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* Two or three swimsuits
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* Rain gear
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* Cap or hat
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* Light jacket
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* Belts
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* Helping local nonprofits engaged in community development meet their needs for volunteer assistance by holding regular service projects and partnering toward shared goals.
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* Five to eight pairs of pants for work (e.g., denim, cotton, or khaki)
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* Helping our members advance their careers through structured professional development events and by establishing a vibrant, organized network of mentors in various industries.
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* One or two pairs of dress pants
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* One to three pairs of casual pants
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* Four or five pairs of shorts
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* One or two ties (for special occasions)
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===For Women===
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From time to time, we also engage in events of a symbolic or historic nature, such as marching in a parade or participating in a public ceremony. Membership is open to all who share a passion for community service, professional development, and international engagement. The first year is always free; afterwards, dues are $15.00 per year."''
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* Three pairs of work pants, more if you are in agroforestry or water (e.g., denim, cotton, or khaki; capris)
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== 2012-2013 Mission Statement ==
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* Two to four pairs of casual pants
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* One or two pairs of shorts (fairly long, e.g., capris)
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* Two or three casual skirts or casual dresses (knee length is recommended) and one or two dressy outfits
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* One or two pairs of sturdy walking or hiking shoes/ boots (some Volunteers suggest Vibram soles) 
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To serve as a resource to RPCVs and friends in the Washington DC area through social events, community service projects, and professional development programs that embody the 3rd Goal and spirit of the Peace Corps.
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* One pair of running or athletic shoes
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* One pair of dress shoes
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* One pair of sandals
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* Flip-flops for showering or beach (these are not appropriate to wear in your work setting) Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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You can buy almost anything available in the United States in the way of clothing and toiletries in the Dominican Republic.  However, if you have any favorite brands of toiletries or cosmetics, you may want to bring a supply, as most imported items are considerably more expensive here than in the United States.
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== What We Do ==
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* Start-up supply of shampoo, deodorant, tampons, etc.
 
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* Two bath towels, one beach towel, one hand towel, and one “quick dry” towel Kitchen
 
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You can easily buy most kitchen supplies (e.g., dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils) locally. There are a few items you might consider bringing:
 
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* Plastic baggies (freezer style is best)
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In addition to organizing regular social events for our members, RPCV/W divides its long-term programming into four areas:
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* Good can opener
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* Favorite spices (many are available locally, but are expensive)
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* Favorite cookbook
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* Peeler
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=== Community Service ===
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RPCV/W is committed to supporting local organizations engaged in community development in the DC area. We are all volunteers at heart, and our members enjoy coming out on a weekend to help out a worthy cause. Keep an eye on our events for our next volunteer day. Service events are organized by our Community Service Director.
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=== Partnership for Peace ===
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Each year, we officially sponsor a grassroots nonprofit that shares our goals and values. In addition to awarding them a cash grant based on the proceeds of our yearly fundraiser, we advertise their events through our social network and help them organize volunteers for their activities. Our Vice President is charged with coordinating and strengthening the PfP program.
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=== Professional Development ===
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We believe that all RPCVs should be able to network freely, and encourage our members to make time for their peers who are looking to climb the ladder. To this end, we host regular networking events in panels, and we are organizing
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a vibrant network of mentors in dozens of different workplaces who are willing to sit down for coffee with a qualified applicant or someone interested in their work. This program is overseen by our Professional Development Director who acts as our chief networker and job coach.
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=== Special Events ===
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As our numbers grow, so does our role in the community. RPCV/W is often called upon to plan and participate in major public events. From parades to public-speaking, our services are always in demand. On September 28, 2011, RPCV/W organized a large public event at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, which hosted over 5,000 participants. Since 1984, we have gathered each year to lay flowers at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery. We have also march with Peace Corps in Presidential Inauguration and DC's LGBT Capitol Pride Parade.
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== Our Community==
   
   
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===Miscellaneous===
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There are over 5,000 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers living in the Washington, DC Metro area. RPCV/W includes over 900 of them as active, dues paying members.
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According to our latest survey, most of our members join to network, make friends, and to become familiar with the DC Peace Corps Community. 83% of our
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members attend at least one event throughout the year. 85% read our weekly email newsletter. Most have made friends, participated in fun events, and gotten involved with worthy volunteer projects. Many have gotten jobs, found mentors, and even met a significant other through our network.
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The median age of our membership is 32, and over half possess an advanced degree. They work in international development and the nonprofit sector primarily. 74% are female and 29% are male. Above all, we’re all interested in community development and sharing our stories.
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==2008 Activity==
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{{:RPCVw presents}}
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* Sturdy backpack or duffel bag for three- to four-day trips
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== Partnership ==
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* Day pack or small backpack
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*Developmentary's (Peace Corps Wiki) Application Oct 2009 http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/RPCVapp2010PeaceProgram.pdf
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* Fanny pack or money belt
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*RPCVw Response: (rejected in first round) http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/RPCVw_app_response_DevelopmentaryInc_11-2-09.pdf
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* Full-size cotton sheets with pillowcases (one to three sets)
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* Inexpensive, water-resistant or waterproof watch
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* Small travel alarm clock (and extra batteries)
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* Two pairs of sunglasses
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* Laptop computer (if you are considering bringing a laptop, please also consider personal articles insurance as high-priced electronics are at a higher risk of theft and/or loss. A good battery source is also recommended since most towns, including the neighborhoods of Santo Domingo, experience frequent and prolonged power-outages)
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* A USB flash drive (for document storage; 256 to 512 is recommended)
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* Umbrella
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* Multiple-utility pocketknife (e.g., Leatherman)
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* Camera, film, and batteries
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* Radio, cassette, CD player, or other music player and portable speakers
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* Shortwave radio
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* Surge protector for electrical appliances
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* Light, stuffable (preferably waterproof) sleeping bag
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* Sleeping pad (e.g., Therm-a-rest)
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* Good-quality water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Headlamp or flashlight (and extra batteries)
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* A few U.S. dollars
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* Sewing kit 
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* Good scissors
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* Start-up supply of stationery and pens
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* World map
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* Photos of family and friends
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* Inexpensive jewelry
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* Backgammon, cards, and other travel games
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* Gardening gloves
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* Extra suntan lotion with high SPF
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* Rechargeable batteries and recharger
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* Digital camera
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* Yoga mat (if you do yoga)
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* Rain suit (jacket/pants)
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* Small Spanish-English dictionary
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* Books (Peace Corps/Dominican Republic has a LARGE selection of paperbacks accumulated over the years.  Otherwise, English-language books generally are not available. The Peace Corps’ technical reference library is also quite good. If there are materials you think could be essential to your job, bring them with you.) If you use Media Mail (bulk rate surface mail) to ship a box of books, it can take one to two months to arrive.  
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===Items You Do Not Need to Bring===
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==External Links==
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[http://www.rpcvw.org/mc/page.do Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C.]
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The following items are either available in-country or provided by the Peace Corps:
 
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* Large supply of razors, soap, shampoo, conditioner, standard healthcare products, condoms, etc.
 
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* Camping stove or kerosene burner
 
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* Iron
 
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* Mosquito nets and repellent
 
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* Large Spanish-English dictionary or the 501 Spanish Verbs book, (you get these in training) 
 
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[[Category:Regional Associations]]
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[[Category:Packing lists]]
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[[Category:RPCV Associations]]

Revision as of 17:46, 11 July 2013

Contents

About Us

“Bringing the Experience Home”

We are a volunteer-run organization representing the sizable community of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and groupies who live and work in Washington, DC. We do this through three main activities.

From time to time, we also engage in events of a symbolic or historic nature, such as marching in a parade or participating in a public ceremony. Membership is open to all who share a passion for community service, professional development, and international engagement. The first year is always free; afterwards, dues are $15.00 per year."

2012-2013 Mission Statement

To serve as a resource to RPCVs and friends in the Washington DC area through social events, community service projects, and professional development programs that embody the 3rd Goal and spirit of the Peace Corps.

What We Do

In addition to organizing regular social events for our members, RPCV/W divides its long-term programming into four areas:

Community Service

RPCV/W is committed to supporting local organizations engaged in community development in the DC area. We are all volunteers at heart, and our members enjoy coming out on a weekend to help out a worthy cause. Keep an eye on our events for our next volunteer day. Service events are organized by our Community Service Director.

Partnership for Peace

Each year, we officially sponsor a grassroots nonprofit that shares our goals and values. In addition to awarding them a cash grant based on the proceeds of our yearly fundraiser, we advertise their events through our social network and help them organize volunteers for their activities. Our Vice President is charged with coordinating and strengthening the PfP program.

Professional Development

We believe that all RPCVs should be able to network freely, and encourage our members to make time for their peers who are looking to climb the ladder. To this end, we host regular networking events in panels, and we are organizing a vibrant network of mentors in dozens of different workplaces who are willing to sit down for coffee with a qualified applicant or someone interested in their work. This program is overseen by our Professional Development Director who acts as our chief networker and job coach.

Special Events

As our numbers grow, so does our role in the community. RPCV/W is often called upon to plan and participate in major public events. From parades to public-speaking, our services are always in demand. On September 28, 2011, RPCV/W organized a large public event at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, which hosted over 5,000 participants. Since 1984, we have gathered each year to lay flowers at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery. We have also march with Peace Corps in Presidential Inauguration and DC's LGBT Capitol Pride Parade.

Our Community

There are over 5,000 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers living in the Washington, DC Metro area. RPCV/W includes over 900 of them as active, dues paying members.

According to our latest survey, most of our members join to network, make friends, and to become familiar with the DC Peace Corps Community. 83% of our members attend at least one event throughout the year. 85% read our weekly email newsletter. Most have made friends, participated in fun events, and gotten involved with worthy volunteer projects. Many have gotten jobs, found mentors, and even met a significant other through our network.

The median age of our membership is 32, and over half possess an advanced degree. They work in international development and the nonprofit sector primarily. 74% are female and 29% are male. Above all, we’re all interested in community development and sharing our stories.

2008 Activity

Partnership

External Links

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C.

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