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==Peace Corps History==
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This section has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Tanzania]] 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 limit on baggage. Luggage should be durable, lockable, and easy to carry. Because you will probably travel a lot by bus, duffel bags or small internal frame backpacks are more practical than suitcases.
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Albania]]''
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There are numerous used clothes markets throughout Tanzania where you can purchase inexpensive clothing.  Tailors can also make clothing for you. It is possible in the early weeks of training to buy most clothing you will need or to expand on what you have brought. Think of East Africa as the world’s largest thrift store; the clothing will all be familiar to you. Once at site, you can pick up quality used clothing at markets that are adequate for your service. Clothing found at markets generally range from $1-$5 for an article of clothing.  In addition, clothes in Tanzania are hand washed, hung dry and ironed. Therefore, cotton items generally tend to stretch out over time and some materials are not durable enough to endure hand washing.
  
Albania began the transition to a democratic, open-market nation later than the other Balkan states. Former Communist leader Enver Hoxha headed an isolationist and authoritarian regime from 1944 until his death in 1985, and it was not until March 1991 that Albania and the United States reestablished diplomatic relations (after a 35-year break). The Albanian government invited the Peace Corps into the country soon after, and the first group of 21 Volunteers arrived in June 1992 to begin teaching English at secondary schools and universities. The Peace Corps program was expanded with a small business development project, and 12 Volunteers working in this sector arrived in April 1993. The program was expanded again in 1995 with the addition of 15 Volunteers for an agroforestry project. A group of new Volunteers was scheduled to arrive in February 1997, but a breakdown in civil order and public safety precipitated by the collapse of fraudulent pyramid savings schemes led to the evacuation of all Peace Corps Volunteers and U.S. staff in March 1997 and the closure of the post. At the time of the evacuation, 73 Volunteers were serving in the three Peace Corps projects.
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===General Clothing ===
  
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Tanzanians generally dress more conservatively than Americans do. During pre-service training and in office or school settings, you will be expected to dress professionally.  This means closed-toe shoes or sandals, trousers (not jeans), and shirts with collars for men and below-the-knee dresses or skirts for women. Although you can dress more casually while at home, most Tanzanians do not approve of short shorts, tank tops, or dirty or ripped clothing.
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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In the following lists, items marked with an asterisk are difficult to find or very expensive to buy in Tanzania or are of poor quality.
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Albania]]''
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* One or two pairs of comfortable jeans or khakis (especially important for environment Volunteers who should bring three)
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* Sleepwear
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* Two sweaters, fleece tops, or warm jackets and a stocking cap (some places in the southern highlands get cold in June and July)
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* Hat and sunglasses
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* Swimsuit
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* One or two long-sleeved T-shirts
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* Windbreaker or rain jacket*
  
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania, you will have to adapt to conditions that may be dramatically different than you have ever experienced and modify lifestyle practices that you now take for granted. Even the most basic practices— talking, eating, using the bathroom, and sleeping—may take significantly different forms in the Albanian context. You will need to learn to live on far less money than you are now used to, give up most of your privacy, and adapt to different ways of socializing. You may not be able to go out of your house much after dark or have an opportunity for dating within your community. Women will have many more restrictions than men. You will come to Albania to assist people in their efforts to improve their lives, which will be difficult. It will be up to you to adjust to Albanian lifestyle and work practices—Albania is what it is and it won’t adjust to you. If you successfully adapt and integrate, you will in return be rewarded with a deep understanding of a new culture, the establishment of new and potentially lifelong relationships, and a profound sense of humanity.
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Note: If you have a specific brand you like or a unique piece of clothing or size that is hard to find, bring enough of that item for two years (e.g., size 13 shoes or sports bras are impossible to find).  
  
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===For Women ===
  
==Training==
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* Three to five cotton or polyester dresses or skirts (below the knee or longer); these are required for training 2 Peace coRPS 
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* Two or three blouses or dressy shirts (no bare shoulders)
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* One extra-nice dress for official functions (e.g., swearing-in ceremony)
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* Socks* (Tanzanian women generally do not wear pantyhose)
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* Two-year supply of underwear* (women must wear bras and slips)
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* One pair of lightweight, quick-drying ankle pants for travel and when riding a bike or exercising
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* Five or six short-sleeved T-shirts
  
''Main article: [[Training in Albania]]''
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===For Men ===
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* Three-to-five cotton or synthetic, dark-colored dress or casual pants
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* Six or seven button-down shirts (mix of short and long sleeved)
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* Two-year supply of underwear* and socks*
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* Three short-sleeved T-shirts
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* Two pairs of lightweight, quick-drying pants for travel, bike riding, and exercise
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* One jacket and tie for official functions (This is not recommended as local kitenge button up shirts can be used in official functions. You will be wasting space on your bag if you bring formal wear.)
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* One or two pairs of shorts
  
You will participate in an intensive 10-week training program that will begin immediately upon your arrival in Albania. The weekly schedule is Monday through Friday with some Saturday mornings for language training and special events. You and a few other trainees will live with host families in a small town or village. You will participate in many of the training activities with that small group. One or two days each week, you will travel to a central site where you will participate in training activities with the entire group of new trainees. Pre-service training focuses on learning the Albanian language, cross-cultural, community skills development, technical skills development, safety and security, and health. The training period is a time for you to reexamine your commitment to being a Volunteer in Albania. It also gives Peace Corps/Albania the opportunity to get to know you and be assured that your skills and attitudes are a good match for the program here. Throughout the training period, you and Peace Corps staff will measure your progress in meeting the training goals.
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===Shoes ===
  
==Health Care and Safety==
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* Two pairs of nice but comfortable shoes (to wear with professional clothes)
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* Durable walking shoes or hiking boots*
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* Sandals, e.g., Teva* brand or chacos* brand. Strongly recommended (a must for environment Volunteers)
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* One pair of sneakers or running shoes
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* Closed-toe shoes or dressy sandals
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Albania]]''
 
  
The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. Peace Corps/Albania maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Some additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Albania at local clinics and hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States. Peace Corps Medical staff are educated in Albania. They lack the skills, knowledge, and capabilities to be effective with more serious health issues. Being able to contact a doctor outside of Peace Corps all together is advised.
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Note: hiking boots are only necessary if you’re going to be doing a lot of mountain climbing. Even then, fairly high-quality used boots are available in-country. Your best bet may be to buy a decent pair of tennis shoes which will be more than adequate 99 percent of the time. Also, flip-flops are available in abundance; don’t bring any!
  
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
  
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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Most toiletries are readily available in Tanzania, but you may not find your favorite brand. You will not find good-quality hairbrushes or toothbrushes, and certain items will be comparatively expensive. Tampons (Tampax) may not be available near your site, and are no longer being provided by the Peace Corps Medical Office. It is recommended that you bring at least a three month supply of tampons, or a diva cup. Some Volunteers have highly recommended the new anti-bacterial lotion that you can just rub on your hands.
  
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Albania]]''
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===Kitchen ===
  
In Albania, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Albania.
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Most household items are readily available but may not be of the best quality. If you like to cook, consider bringing some of the following items.  
  
Outside of Albania’s capital and a few larger regional towns, residents of smaller towns and rural communities 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. Albanians are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community where you live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
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* Plastic ziploc storage bags of various sizes (a must to keep out unwanted crawling critters)*
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* Multipurpose cookbook* (Fannie Farmer is a favorite of Volunteers, and PCTZ has its own cookbook which you will receive during PST)
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* Good kitchen knife*
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* Measuring cups and spoons
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* Mexican or your favorite, unique spices* (most other spices are available especially Italian and Indian spices)
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* Various powdered mixes (e.g., soft-drink mixes, salad dressings, soups, and sauce packets) 4
  
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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===Entertainment ===
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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Volunteers often have downtime, so bringing some of the items suggested below can make a difference. But remember that most rural areas do not have electricity. Consider bringing a good supply of batteries, including solar-powered batteries or rechargeable batteries and a charger. Please note that in Tanzania the electricity that is used is 210V.
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
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* Possible Issues for Married Volunteers
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==Frequently Asked Questions==
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* Tape player or Walkman with small speakers and tapes (prerecorded and blank); for those without electricity, a Walkman uses fewer batteries than a large tape player
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* Shortwave radio
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* Camera and film
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* Binoculars
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* Musical instruments (plus extra strings, reeds, etc.)
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* Sport, hobby, and art equipment and supplies
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* Games (e.g., cards, dice, hacky sack, yo-yos, Frisbee, juggling balls, dominoes)
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* Camping gear (tent, backpack, sleeping pad, etc.), if you are interested in camping
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* Books
  
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Albania]]''
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* A small current converter (if you bring small appliances like a shaver, etc.)
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* One set of sheets with pillowcase
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* English dictionary and/or thesaurus
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* Multi-purpose knife (e.g., Swiss Army knife, Leatherman or Gerber; a must for environment Volunteers)
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* Flashlight/headlamp and batteries (Note that AAA batteries are hard to come by 5
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* A small amount of seeds to plant, especially herbs for the garden
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* A solar battery charger and rechargeable batteries
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*      Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join
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* Combination padlocks of various sizes (good key locks can be found in-country)
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* Sewing kit
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* Photos of your home and family (your neighbors will love them)
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* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Plastic egg carrier
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* Money belt (critical for traveling on public transport)
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* Travel alarm clock
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* Shoe waterproofing kit
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* Duct or packing tape
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* Day pack
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* Journal or diary
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* U.S. stamps (to send mail with people returning home)
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* Traveler’s checks for vacation travel
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* For education Volunteers, a couple of high-quality secondary-level textbooks (Peace Corps/Tanzania has a resource library, and you will get some books in training for basic needs, but we suggest that you leave some items with friends or family to send you after you have moved to your site.
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Special Considerations for Environmental Volunteers
  
* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Albania?
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Women: Cut back on the number of skirts you bring. And remember that loose-fitting skirts are best because you will be jumping gullies and riding bikes in them. Cut back on blouses, too. Substitute one pair of pants with a pair of Capri pants.
* What is the electric current in Albania?
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* How much money should I bring?
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* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
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* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Albanian friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home from Albania?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
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Men: Cut back on the number of pants. At most, bring three button-down shirts.
  
==Packing List==
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[[Category:Tanzania]]
 
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''Main article: [[Packing list for Albania]]''
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This list is based on the experience of Peace Corps Volunteers generally. You will need an assortment of clothing for work, play, and socializing. Keep in mind that Albanians dress stylishly, even if their clothes are worn. Don’t expect to replace clothing at the same rate that you might in the United States. You also will need your own money for your purchases. Many Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the world end their service with the same clothing (albeit well-worn) that they started with.
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* General Clothing
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* For Women
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* For Men
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* Shoes
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* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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* Kitchen
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* Miscellaneous
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== Transportation ==
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The normal way of getting around Albania for volunteers is by bus or ''furgon''.  A furgon is a van that travels regularly on a particular route, for instance Tirana-Elbasan.  Typical furgon protocol is that the driver will cruise around in the town of origin, looking for passengers, and not leave until the furgon is full.  By contrast, a bus leaves at a specified time regardless of passenger load.  In spite of this, a furgon trip tends to take much less time than the equivalent journey by bus.  It is also more expensive, costing sometimes as much as twice the equivalent bus fare.
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Buses and furgons regularly carry a stash of plastic bags (''qese'') for the use of carsick passengers.
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== Education ==
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Until recently, the Albanian education system divided the grades into 1-8 (''shkollë tetë-vjeçare'', "eight-year school") and 9-12 (''shkollë e mesme'', literally "middle school", but corresponding to high school in the American system).  This changed with the 2008-2009 school year: grade 9 was moved to the elementary division, thus yielding a change in nomenclature from ''shkollë tetë-vjeçare'' to ''nëntë-vjeçare'' ("nine-year").
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Students in Albanian schools typically have all their classes in the same room, while their teachers move from room to room.  There are some exceptions to this, in particular language classes at foreign language high schools, which may have separate rooms designated for specific language classes.
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== Language ==
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Lessons in the Albanian language (''Shqip'', pronounced roughly "shcheep") consume a large part of Pre-Service Training.  This can be both a blessing and a curse, as mastery of the language is a tremendous asset in nearly every aspect of volunteer life, but hours upon hours spent in Albanian class tend to wear on all but the most language-focused trainees.  Every trainee is tested in a language interview near the conclusion of PST, and Peace Corps Albania policy is that every trainee must attain at least the level of Intermediate Low.  In practice, failing to meet this standard only means that the volunteer in question will be officially required to hire a language tutor (reimbursed by Peace Corps) upon arriving at site.
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Some peculiarities of the Albanian language include the existence of both a definite and indefinite form of every noun, including proper nouns (thus both ''Tirana'' and ''Tiranë''); a nominal case system similar to that of Latin; the existence of clitics (pronominal forms that coexist in the same sentence with their antecedents, for example ''Unë '''e''' njoh '''pronarin''''': "I know (him) the owner"); and a few sound contrasts that can be difficult to distinguish reliably for a speaker of English (q/ç, xh/gj, l/ll, y/u).  Of these, the distinctions between q/ç and xh/gj may be safely ignored in speech, as there are very few word pairs distinguished only by the difference between them.  Furthermore, there are regional varieties of Albanian in which these two sound distinctions have disappeared: thus a northern Albanian speaker or a Kosovar may write ''qfar'' for ''çfarë'' ("what"), hearing no difference between the two.
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One fact that is an occasional source of amusement for Albanian learners of English is that the Albanian homophone of the English word ''car'', with the R pronounced as in American speech, is an extremely vulgar word in Albanian.
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It is sometimes incorrectly stated that Albanian is unrelated to any other language.  In reality, it is a cousin of almost every other language of Europe and more distantly even many of the languages of India, forming its own branch of the Indo-European phylum.
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==Peace Corps News==
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Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
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==Country Fund==
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=304-CFD Albania Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Albania. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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==See also==
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* [[List of resources for Albania]]
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* [[Albania sites]]
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* [[Volunteers who served in Albania]]
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* [[Friends of Albania]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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* [[Current Albania volunteers]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/al.html Peace Corps Journals - Albania]
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* [http://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps-albanian-course.php Peace Corps Albanian Language Course (public domain)]
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[[Category:Country]]
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Revision as of 08:31, 23 January 2016

Country Resources

This section has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Tanzania 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 limit on baggage. Luggage should be durable, lockable, and easy to carry. Because you will probably travel a lot by bus, duffel bags or small internal frame backpacks are more practical than suitcases.

There are numerous used clothes markets throughout Tanzania where you can purchase inexpensive clothing. Tailors can also make clothing for you. It is possible in the early weeks of training to buy most clothing you will need or to expand on what you have brought. Think of East Africa as the world’s largest thrift store; the clothing will all be familiar to you. Once at site, you can pick up quality used clothing at markets that are adequate for your service. Clothing found at markets generally range from $1-$5 for an article of clothing. In addition, clothes in Tanzania are hand washed, hung dry and ironed. Therefore, cotton items generally tend to stretch out over time and some materials are not durable enough to endure hand washing.

Market Neutral | Global Funds

General Clothing

Tanzanians generally dress more conservatively than Americans do. During pre-service training and in office or school settings, you will be expected to dress professionally. This means closed-toe shoes or sandals, trousers (not jeans), and shirts with collars for men and below-the-knee dresses or skirts for women. Although you can dress more casually while at home, most Tanzanians do not approve of short shorts, tank tops, or dirty or ripped clothing.

In the following lists, items marked with an asterisk are difficult to find or very expensive to buy in Tanzania or are of poor quality.

  • One or two pairs of comfortable jeans or khakis (especially important for environment Volunteers who should bring three)
  • Sleepwear
  • Two sweaters, fleece tops, or warm jackets and a stocking cap (some places in the southern highlands get cold in June and July)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • One or two long-sleeved T-shirts
  • Windbreaker or rain jacket*

Note: If you have a specific brand you like or a unique piece of clothing or size that is hard to find, bring enough of that item for two years (e.g., size 13 shoes or sports bras are impossible to find).

For Women

  • Three to five cotton or polyester dresses or skirts (below the knee or longer); these are required for training 2 Peace coRPS
  • Two or three blouses or dressy shirts (no bare shoulders)
  • One extra-nice dress for official functions (e.g., swearing-in ceremony)
  • Socks* (Tanzanian women generally do not wear pantyhose)
  • Two-year supply of underwear* (women must wear bras and slips)
  • One pair of lightweight, quick-drying ankle pants for travel and when riding a bike or exercising
  • Five or six short-sleeved T-shirts

For Men

  • Three-to-five cotton or synthetic, dark-colored dress or casual pants
  • Six or seven button-down shirts (mix of short and long sleeved)
  • Two-year supply of underwear* and socks*
  • Three short-sleeved T-shirts
  • Two pairs of lightweight, quick-drying pants for travel, bike riding, and exercise
  • One jacket and tie for official functions (This is not recommended as local kitenge button up shirts can be used in official functions. You will be wasting space on your bag if you bring formal wear.)
  • One or two pairs of shorts

Shoes

  • Two pairs of nice but comfortable shoes (to wear with professional clothes)
  • Durable walking shoes or hiking boots*
  • Sandals, e.g., Teva* brand or chacos* brand. Strongly recommended (a must for environment Volunteers)
  • One pair of sneakers or running shoes
  • Closed-toe shoes or dressy sandals


Note: hiking boots are only necessary if you’re going to be doing a lot of mountain climbing. Even then, fairly high-quality used boots are available in-country. Your best bet may be to buy a decent pair of tennis shoes which will be more than adequate 99 percent of the time. Also, flip-flops are available in abundance; don’t bring any!

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Most toiletries are readily available in Tanzania, but you may not find your favorite brand. You will not find good-quality hairbrushes or toothbrushes, and certain items will be comparatively expensive. Tampons (Tampax) may not be available near your site, and are no longer being provided by the Peace Corps Medical Office. It is recommended that you bring at least a three month supply of tampons, or a diva cup. Some Volunteers have highly recommended the new anti-bacterial lotion that you can just rub on your hands.

Kitchen

Most household items are readily available but may not be of the best quality. If you like to cook, consider bringing some of the following items.

  • Plastic ziploc storage bags of various sizes (a must to keep out unwanted crawling critters)*
  • Multipurpose cookbook* (Fannie Farmer is a favorite of Volunteers, and PCTZ has its own cookbook which you will receive during PST)
  • Good kitchen knife*
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mexican or your favorite, unique spices* (most other spices are available especially Italian and Indian spices)
  • Various powdered mixes (e.g., soft-drink mixes, salad dressings, soups, and sauce packets) 4

Entertainment

Volunteers often have downtime, so bringing some of the items suggested below can make a difference. But remember that most rural areas do not have electricity. Consider bringing a good supply of batteries, including solar-powered batteries or rechargeable batteries and a charger. Please note that in Tanzania the electricity that is used is 210V.

  • Tape player or Walkman with small speakers and tapes (prerecorded and blank); for those without electricity, a Walkman uses fewer batteries than a large tape player
  • Shortwave radio
  • Camera and film
  • Binoculars
  • Musical instruments (plus extra strings, reeds, etc.)
  • Sport, hobby, and art equipment and supplies
  • Games (e.g., cards, dice, hacky sack, yo-yos, Frisbee, juggling balls, dominoes)
  • Camping gear (tent, backpack, sleeping pad, etc.), if you are interested in camping
  • Books

Miscellaneous

  • A small current converter (if you bring small appliances like a shaver, etc.)
  • One set of sheets with pillowcase
  • English dictionary and/or thesaurus
  • Multi-purpose knife (e.g., Swiss Army knife, Leatherman or Gerber; a must for environment Volunteers)
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries (Note that AAA batteries are hard to come by 5
  • A small amount of seeds to plant, especially herbs for the garden
  • A solar battery charger and rechargeable batteries
  • Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join
  • Combination padlocks of various sizes (good key locks can be found in-country)
  • Sewing kit
  • Photos of your home and family (your neighbors will love them)
  • Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Plastic egg carrier
  • Money belt (critical for traveling on public transport)
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Shoe waterproofing kit
  • Duct or packing tape
  • Day pack
  • Journal or diary
  • U.S. stamps (to send mail with people returning home)
  • Traveler’s checks for vacation travel
  • For education Volunteers, a couple of high-quality secondary-level textbooks (Peace Corps/Tanzania has a resource library, and you will get some books in training for basic needs, but we suggest that you leave some items with friends or family to send you after you have moved to your site.

Special Considerations for Environmental Volunteers

Women: Cut back on the number of skirts you bring. And remember that loose-fitting skirts are best because you will be jumping gullies and riding bikes in them. Cut back on blouses, too. Substitute one pair of pants with a pair of Capri pants.

Men: Cut back on the number of pants. At most, bring three button-down shirts.