Packing list for Benin

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* Sunglasses
* Sunglasses
* English dictionary (TEFL)
* English dictionary (TEFL)
* Comfortable shoes  (toe and ankle strap sandals like Tevas, Chacos are popular with volunteers)
* 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.)
* One pair of dress shoes
* One pair of dress shoes
* Good pair of tennis shoes
* Good pair of tennis shoes

Revision as of 15:15, 8 March 2009

These lists have been compiled by Volunteers serving in Benin and are based on their experiences. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. 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 Benin. Clothing can very easily be tailor-made from local fabrics. Second-hand clothing is also very popular across Benin and is available in many markets. It is not necessary to bring a large amount of clothing. Nice-quality shoes and sandals can also be made in country. Luggage should be durable, lightweight, and easy to carry as you will be responsible for transporting it in-country. Duffel bags and backpacks without frames work well. A good backpack is priceless because you will likely travel in-country regularly. Almost all the basic items you need can be found here; however, they may not be good quality or they may be expensive. So, if you are particular about something, bring lots!



Specifically for Women

Not necessary but useful for some Volunteers

TEFL-Specific Suggestions

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.


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