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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Paraguay and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything on the list, 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. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Paraguay.
 
  
The standard for work attire in Paraguay is neat and professional, but not fancy. This "business casual" applies during pre-service training, as well as Volunteer service. Volunteers working in different professional capacities will need different sets of clothing, although, in general, Volunteers should be prepared to have a couple of good business casual-type outfits. For example, community economic development Volunteers and Volunteers working within the school system will need more clothes for an office setting than a Volunteer placed in a rural setting. Think in terms of comfort, versatility, and, most important, durability. Since there are extremes in weather, separates that coordinate well and that can be layered on or off as needed are useful. Remember that it gets really hot in the summer and, although it does not freeze in the winter, homes in Paraguay are not insulated and are drafty—imagine going camping in 40 F weather. It is a very good idea to bring a mummy-type sleeping bag for the cold (comes with a stuff sack, is lightweight, and easy to pack). Thick-soled shoes are best purchased in the United States because of price and quality, and men‘s sizes over 10 1/2 and women‘s sizes over 9 are difficult to find in Paraguay.
 
  
It is also important to consider the color of your clothing. Volunteers generally recommend darker colors because they are less likely to show dirt. However, Volunteers working in beekeeping will need light-colored work clothes, and education Volunteers working with teachers should bring navy blue pants or skirts and white shirts or blouses. Red and royal blue are the colors of the main political parties. Wearing these colors inside a municipality may have political implications. Business casual is recommended for community economic development and education and youth development Volunteers. For both men and women, simple, non-flashy clothing will open more doors and minds. Everything on the general clothing list applies to both women and men. Also, Paraguayans wear typical embroidered clothing called ''ao’poi'' for formal occasions, as well as business casual, which is very popular with Volunteers in Paraguay. Most Volunteers buy at least one ''ao’poi'' item of clothing during training.  
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Honduras offers natural scenic beauty and variety as well as a favorable climate in a semitropical setting. The Peace Corps has enjoyed a long and proud history in Honduras. More than 5,000 Volunteers have served as since the inception of the program in 1963.
  
Do not pack anything precious or expensive that you could not reasonably part from.  
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Peace Corps/Honduras works in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and child survival, business, protected area management, water and sanitation, municipal development, and youth development. Volunteers in these six projects work in an integrated community development framework, meeting the expressed needs of the communities where they serve.  
  
===General Clothing ===
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* [http://www.grosir-kosmetik.com/63-been-pink-beauty-series.html Been pink]
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* [http://www.grosir-kosmetik.com/62-glutera.html Glutera]
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* [http://digiadvertise.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/jasa-seo-di-jakarta/ Jasa SEO Jakarta]
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* [http://adrian-fh98.web.unair.ac.id Informasi]
  
* Two to four pairs of durable, dark-colored pants or jeans
 
* Long underwear for the winter (a necessity)
 
* Six or more T-shirts
 
* One or two long-sleeved shirts or flannel shirts for layering with sweaters and sweatshirts
 
* Two winter sweaters/sweatshirts/fleece shirts
 
* One medium jacket (fleece generally works great, but other lined, windbreaker jackets will work as well)
 
* Hooded raincoat
 
* Two or three pairs of shorts to wear around the house or for sleeping or exercising, etc. (shorts are not to be worn during training events or in the Peace Corps office)
 
* Six to eight pairs of socks—include cotton and wool (at least one pair of Smart Wool socks is recommended)
 
* Your favorite hat for sun protection (baseball hats work well, but wide-brimmed are best to keep the sun off your neck)
 
* Warm hat and gloves and scarves for winter—a necessity!
 
  
===For Women ===
 
  
* Ten to 15 pairs of cotton underpants and five to 10 bras (including sports bras)
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==Peace Corps History==
* Four or five nice shirts (this may include blouses, some sleeveless, nice long-sleeve or short-sleeve)
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* Three or four lightweight, loose-fitting, knee-length skirts or lightweight pants (you should have at least one for nice occasions)
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* 1-2 lightweight sun dresses
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* Something nice for swearing in and special occasions (this can include nice pants, a skirt and blouse or dress)
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* Three or four thick-strapped tank tops (tank tops should not be worn for training or professional activities)
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* Swimsuit (you will wear them at Volunteers events; Paraguayan women usually wear shorts and T-shirts to swim)
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===For Men ===
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''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Honduras]]''
  
* Dress shirt and tie for swearing in and other special occasions
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Times have changed since the first lady of Honduras, Doña Alejandra Bermudez de Villeda Morales, accompanied the first training class of Peace Corps Volunteers to Honduras in 1962. Over the past 43 years, more than 5,000 Volunteers have served in Honduras in a wide range of project areas, including health, fisheries, beekeeping, animal husbandry, special education, vocational education, small business, and agriculture. Project areas and numbers of Volunteers have changed in response to the changing needs of the country. Projects such as fisheries, beekeeping, and education were phased out as Honduran people and institutions developed the capacity to continue the work on their own. Other projects, such as municipal development, HIV/AIDS prevention, and business development, have been initiated or have evolved with technological advances, increased globalization of world markets, and other developments.
* Cotton underwear (boxers are difficult to find in Paraguay)
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* Three or four short-sleeved, button-down shirts with collars for work settings (they are cooler in the summer than T-shirts or polo shirts)
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* Three pairs of khaki-style pants
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* Two pairs of durable, dark-colored pants or jeans
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* Three to four short-sleeved, button-down shirts—if Volunteers don‘t have these, ao’poi shirts are a great substitution!
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* Swim trunks
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===Shoes ===
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In response to the crisis caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the number of Volunteers in Honduras increased dramatically. Today an average of 200 Volunteers work in the western, eastern, and southern regions of Honduras. In 2003 Peace Corps/Honduras expanded its program to the north coast of Honduras.
  
* For women, one pair of flat shoes (in a basic color like black and with thick soles)
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There are two published Peace Corps Experience books in print. "Triumph and Hope; Golden Years With the Peace Corps Honduras," by Barbara E. Joe describes service between 2000 and 2002 (Barbara Joe, 2008). "South of the Frontera; A Peace Corps Memoir" by Lawrence F. Lihosit describes service between 1975 and 1977 (iUniverse, NY, 2010).
* At least one pair of sandals for summer (sandals are not normally worn by men at work)
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* One pair of tennis shoes or all-terrain shoes, preferably in a dark color to hide the red dirt (good ones are expensive locally)
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* Flip-flops (available locally)
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* One pair of durable hiking or other boots (preferably waterproof) (optional)
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* For men, one pair of informal, closed-toe dress shoes
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For men, the largest shoes most stores in Paraguay reliably carry are size 11.  
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
 
  
* Contact lens solutions (available in Paraguay but very expensive)
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==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
* Makeup (if you are picky about brands)
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* Good supply of tampons (only applicator-free tampons, pads, and panty liners are available locally)
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* Sunscreen (only if you have a favorite brand; the Peace Corps provides some)
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* Three-month supply of any prescription drugs you use (to last you until the Peace Corps orders refills)
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* Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them
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* Two or three bandannas or handkerchiefs (available locally)
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* Shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash (one-month supply, three- to four-month supply if you are brand picky); while many brands are available locally, bring enough for pre-service training (three months) as time and money will be limited to allow for you to buy replacements
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===Kitchen===
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''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Honduras]]''
  
* Travel bag or small daypack
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Volunteer housing varies according to the area of the country and its climate. In much of the southern region, houses are open and airy to provide ventilation. Houses tend to be more closed in mountainous areas. Some Volunteers live in houses made of adobe, while others live in houses made of wood or cinder blocks or in apartments. Roofing generally consists of clay tiles or corrugated metal. Most Volunteer houses have electricity and running water, though the source of water is often outside the house and water may flow only sporadically. Housing in rural sites may have outdoor latrines instead of indoor plumbing.
* Large backpack for longer trips (one with an internal frame is recommended)
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* Flashlight or headlamp, LED for longer battery life
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* Sunglasses with UV protection
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* Set of sheets to fit a double-sized bed (can also be purchased locally)
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* Washcloths and bath towels, preferably lightweight (extra-large quick dry recommended) Ponytail holders (available locally but of very poor quality)
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* Warm sleeping bag—considered essential by Volunteers, especially in winter
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* Portable CD player or MP3 and traveling speakers, (inexpensive, good-quality radios and tape players can be purchased locally)
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* 220-volt adapter, preferably with a surge protector (small ones cost about $20 in Paraguay)
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* Camera and replacement batteries (an expensive camera is not recommended without insurance)
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* Portable games such as cards, Uno, checkers, chess, etc.
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* Tent (optional)
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* Travel alarm clock
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* Multi-purpose tool/pocket knife
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* Water bottle
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* Photos of your family, friends, and home (a good conversation starter)
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* Duct tape (considered a must by many)
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* Frisbee, baseball glove, and other recreational or sports equipment
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* Prepaid phone card for calling home
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* Permanent markers (available locally, but expensive and of poor quality)
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* Camping sleeping pad (great for visitors) or yoga mat (some Volunteers swear by these)
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* Rechargeable batteries (regular batteries are available in Paraguay)
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* USB flash drive (necessary for transferring files)
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* Small, basic cookbook and/or favorite recipes
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* Dietary supplements you take other than multivitamins
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* Sealable baggies (they are essential for keeping out bugs, ants, etc.)
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===Sector-specific packing list===
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Peace Corps/Honduras will provide Volunteers with one secure housing option upon site assignment where Volunteers must live for at least the first two months. Peace Corps/Honduras may also suggest other housing options that can be explored by Volunteers after the initial two-month period. Volunteers will not be assigned to communities where adequate housing is not available.
  
====Community Economic Development====
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The Peace Corps expects Volunteers to use good judgment in deciding where and with whom to live after the initial time period. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to live with a family and to take the necessary time to choose a living situation that considers community norms, language acquisition, and personal safety.
  
* Computer (if brought, also bring an external hard drive)
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During the site-selection process, project teams will determine the availability of adequate housing. If no options are available, the site will not host a Volunteer. Safe and secure housing is a priority, and Peace Corps/Honduras will help you work with the landlord to make any necessary modifications to improve the safety and security of your home, such as adding deadbolt locks and bars on windows. Additionally, the Peace Corps makes an effort to select sites that offer reasonable and safe transportation. Keep in mind that rural areas of Honduras are more rustic than rural areas of the United States.
* Nicer clothes for meetings
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* Nice but comfortable shoes for meetings
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* Old clothes for working outdoors
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* Small calendar to stay organized
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====Rural Health & Sanitation====
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Peace Corps Volunteer sites are located throughout Honduras with the exception of the departments of Gracias a Dios and the Bay Islands. The site in which you eventually serve will be selected based upon the local needs of the community, your skills and interests, and the overall goals and objectives of the Peace Corps/Honduras project in which you will work.
  
* Please bring enough professional clothing (business casual) for pre-service training (six days a week), in-service trainings (3-4 days at a time) and one to two days a week in the school or health post.
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==Training==
* 1 pair of shoes you can work in, such as Chacos, good tennis shoes, or work boots
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====Agriculture====
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''Main article: [[Training in Honduras]]''
  
* 1 pair of pants you don‘t mind ruining
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Prior to becoming a Volunteer, you will participate in an 11week training program in Honduras. Pre-service training (PST) incorporates experiential learning and adult learning methodology that is meant to challenge you while preparing you to begin your work as a Volunteer. Though pre-service training can be taxing at times, Peace Corps/Honduras works to ensure that it is challenging and fun.
* 1 long-sleeved white button-up collared shirt (for beekeeping activities, doesn‘t have to be nice)
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* 1 pair very light-colored pants (for beekeeping activities, don‘t have to be nice)
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* 1 pair of work/gardening gloves
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====Environmental Education and Conservations====
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Upon arrival in Honduras, trainees move in with host families after a brief introductory session. The first four weeks of training take place in a large group and include trainees from various projects. In the fifth week, most trainees will move to other communities for field-based training, which focuses on the practical application of project technical skills.
  
* Professional clothes for training, working in the schools, and working at the Peace Corps office (lightweight dark pants with a light-colored top will generally work)
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Although you were recruited for a particular project and your training will be tailored to the requirements of that project, all Volunteers are considered to be community development facilitators. You will receive theoretical and hands-on training in community analysis, participatory analysis, gender analysis, community development, and integrated community development and become familiar with current development efforts in Honduras. As the weeks pass, you may find that you need to adapt both existing skills and new skills to the work environment in Honduras.
* Pair of clothes that you don‘t mind getting dirty for working in gardens or on tree planting projects
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* Garden or other work gloves
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* Markers, paints, stickers, and other art supplies to use with the kids at the schools or camps
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* Calendar or planner to keep yourself organized (can be purchased locally)
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====Education and Youth Development====
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==Health Care and Safety==
  
* Games (playing card games, puzzles, board games) in Spanish
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''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Honduras]]''
* Kids‘ books/chapter books in Spanish
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* Materials–markers, crayons, coloring books
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[[Category:Paraguay]]
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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/Honduras maintains a clinic with four full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and treatment, are also available at regional medical facilities. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to a major hospital in the capital and then, if necessary, medically evacuated to the United States.
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==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Honduras]]''
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In Honduras, 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 Honduras.
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Outside of Honduras’ capital and other large cities, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is viewed as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Honduras are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
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To ease the transition and adapt to life in Honduras, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.
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* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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* 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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{{Volunteersurvey2008
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|H1r=  48
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|H1s=  70.3
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|H2r=  38
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|H2s=  83
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|H3r=  46
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|H3s=  82.4
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|H4r=  26
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|H4s=  106.6
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|H5r=  35
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|H5s=  53.2
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|H6r=  50
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|H6s=  75.4
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}}
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Honduras]]''
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Honduras?
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* What is the electric current in Honduras?
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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 Honduran 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 Honduras?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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==Packing List==
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''Main article: [[Packing list for Honduras]]''
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Honduras 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 80pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Honduras.
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Your clothes should be sturdy enough to hold up under rough wear and laundry techniques and free of the need for ironing. The amount of professional versus casual clothing you bring should be based on personal preference and on the type of work you will be doing. For example, a water and sanitation Volunteer probably needs more casual clothes for work than does a small business Volunteer. Shorts are acceptable in limited circumstances, but especially in larger towns and for athletic activities. Women, however, should also bring sweatpants that are comfortable to work out in. Note that big and tall sizes are often difficult to find in Honduras, as are women’s shoes larger than size 8 and men’s shoes larger than size 10-1/2. Because there are many good tailors and seamstresses in Honduras who can make many styles at a reasonable price, you may want to bring patterns or pictures of clothing that they can copy or adapt for you.
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* General Clothing
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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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==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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''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22honduras%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
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<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/ho/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
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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=522-CFD Honduras Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Honduras. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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==See also==
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* [[Volunteers who served in Honduras]]
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* [[Amigos de Honduras]]
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* [[List of resources for Honduras]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.doxapest.co.id/alpha/service/pest-control/ Pest Control]
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* [http://www.doxapest.co.id/alpha/service/anti-rayap Anti Rayap]
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* [http://www.pccatrachos.com/ Honduras Homepage]
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/ho.html Peace Corps Journals - Honduras]
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* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/volscatrachos/ Volscatrachos Yahoo Group]
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[[Category:Honduras]] [[Category:Central America and Mexico]]
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[[Category:Country]]

Revision as of 01:51, 27 January 2015


Honduras offers natural scenic beauty and variety as well as a favorable climate in a semitropical setting. The Peace Corps has enjoyed a long and proud history in Honduras. More than 5,000 Volunteers have served as since the inception of the program in 1963.

Peace Corps/Honduras works in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and child survival, business, protected area management, water and sanitation, municipal development, and youth development. Volunteers in these six projects work in an integrated community development framework, meeting the expressed needs of the communities where they serve.


Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Honduras

Times have changed since the first lady of Honduras, Doña Alejandra Bermudez de Villeda Morales, accompanied the first training class of Peace Corps Volunteers to Honduras in 1962. Over the past 43 years, more than 5,000 Volunteers have served in Honduras in a wide range of project areas, including health, fisheries, beekeeping, animal husbandry, special education, vocational education, small business, and agriculture. Project areas and numbers of Volunteers have changed in response to the changing needs of the country. Projects such as fisheries, beekeeping, and education were phased out as Honduran people and institutions developed the capacity to continue the work on their own. Other projects, such as municipal development, HIV/AIDS prevention, and business development, have been initiated or have evolved with technological advances, increased globalization of world markets, and other developments.

In response to the crisis caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the number of Volunteers in Honduras increased dramatically. Today an average of 200 Volunteers work in the western, eastern, and southern regions of Honduras. In 2003 Peace Corps/Honduras expanded its program to the north coast of Honduras.

There are two published Peace Corps Experience books in print. "Triumph and Hope; Golden Years With the Peace Corps Honduras," by Barbara E. Joe describes service between 2000 and 2002 (Barbara Joe, 2008). "South of the Frontera; A Peace Corps Memoir" by Lawrence F. Lihosit describes service between 1975 and 1977 (iUniverse, NY, 2010).


Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Main article: Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Honduras

Volunteer housing varies according to the area of the country and its climate. In much of the southern region, houses are open and airy to provide ventilation. Houses tend to be more closed in mountainous areas. Some Volunteers live in houses made of adobe, while others live in houses made of wood or cinder blocks or in apartments. Roofing generally consists of clay tiles or corrugated metal. Most Volunteer houses have electricity and running water, though the source of water is often outside the house and water may flow only sporadically. Housing in rural sites may have outdoor latrines instead of indoor plumbing.

Peace Corps/Honduras will provide Volunteers with one secure housing option upon site assignment where Volunteers must live for at least the first two months. Peace Corps/Honduras may also suggest other housing options that can be explored by Volunteers after the initial two-month period. Volunteers will not be assigned to communities where adequate housing is not available.

The Peace Corps expects Volunteers to use good judgment in deciding where and with whom to live after the initial time period. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to live with a family and to take the necessary time to choose a living situation that considers community norms, language acquisition, and personal safety.

During the site-selection process, project teams will determine the availability of adequate housing. If no options are available, the site will not host a Volunteer. Safe and secure housing is a priority, and Peace Corps/Honduras will help you work with the landlord to make any necessary modifications to improve the safety and security of your home, such as adding deadbolt locks and bars on windows. Additionally, the Peace Corps makes an effort to select sites that offer reasonable and safe transportation. Keep in mind that rural areas of Honduras are more rustic than rural areas of the United States.

Peace Corps Volunteer sites are located throughout Honduras with the exception of the departments of Gracias a Dios and the Bay Islands. The site in which you eventually serve will be selected based upon the local needs of the community, your skills and interests, and the overall goals and objectives of the Peace Corps/Honduras project in which you will work.

Training

Main article: Training in Honduras

Prior to becoming a Volunteer, you will participate in an 11week training program in Honduras. Pre-service training (PST) incorporates experiential learning and adult learning methodology that is meant to challenge you while preparing you to begin your work as a Volunteer. Though pre-service training can be taxing at times, Peace Corps/Honduras works to ensure that it is challenging and fun.

Upon arrival in Honduras, trainees move in with host families after a brief introductory session. The first four weeks of training take place in a large group and include trainees from various projects. In the fifth week, most trainees will move to other communities for field-based training, which focuses on the practical application of project technical skills.

Although you were recruited for a particular project and your training will be tailored to the requirements of that project, all Volunteers are considered to be community development facilitators. You will receive theoretical and hands-on training in community analysis, participatory analysis, gender analysis, community development, and integrated community development and become familiar with current development efforts in Honduras. As the weeks pass, you may find that you need to adapt both existing skills and new skills to the work environment in Honduras.

Health Care and Safety

Main article: Health care and safety in Honduras

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/Honduras maintains a clinic with four full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary health-care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and treatment, are also available at regional medical facilities. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported to a major hospital in the capital and then, if necessary, medically evacuated to the United States.


Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues

Main article: Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Honduras

In Honduras, 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 Honduras.

Outside of Honduras’ capital and other large cities, residents of rural communities have had relatively little direct exposure to other cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles. What is viewed as typical American behavior or norms may be a misconception, such as the belief in some countries that all Americans are rich and have blond hair and blue eyes. The people of Honduras are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.

To ease the transition and adapt to life in Honduras, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female trainees and Volunteers may not be able to exercise the independence available to them in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may best remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations. The Peace Corps staff will lead diversity and sensitivity discussions during pre-service training and will be on call to provide support, but the challenge ultimately will be your own.

  • Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
  • Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
  • Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
  • Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
  • Possible Issues for Married Volunteers


Frequently Asked Questions

Honduras
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2008 H2r::38|}}
Score:
2008 H2s::83|}}
Would you recommend Peace Corps service to others you think are qualified?|}} Rank:
2008 H3r::46|}}
Score:
2008 H3s::82.4|}}
Do you intend to complete your Peace Corps service?|}} Rank:
2008 H4r::26|}}
Score:
2008 H4s::106.6|}}
How well do your Peace Corps experiences match the expectations you had before you became a Volunteer?|}} Rank:
2008 H5r::35|}}
Score:
2008 H5s::53.2|}}
Would your host country benefit the most if the Peace Corps program were---?|}} Rank:
2008 H6r::50|}}
Score:
2008 H6s::75.4|}}
2008BVS::Honduras


Main article: FAQs about Peace Corps in Honduras

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Honduras?
  • What is the electric current in Honduras?
  • How much money should I bring?
  • When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
  • Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
  • Do I need an international driver’s license?
  • What should I bring as gifts for Honduran friends and my host family?
  • Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
  • How can my family contact me in an emergency?
  • Can I call home from Honduras?
  • Should I bring a cellular phone with me?


Packing List

Main article: Packing list for Honduras

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Honduras 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 80pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Honduras.

Your clothes should be sturdy enough to hold up under rough wear and laundry techniques and free of the need for ironing. The amount of professional versus casual clothing you bring should be based on personal preference and on the type of work you will be doing. For example, a water and sanitation Volunteer probably needs more casual clothes for work than does a small business Volunteer. Shorts are acceptable in limited circumstances, but especially in larger towns and for athletic activities. Women, however, should also bring sweatpants that are comfortable to work out in. Note that big and tall sizes are often difficult to find in Honduras, as are women’s shoes larger than size 8 and men’s shoes larger than size 10-1/2. Because there are many good tailors and seamstresses in Honduras who can make many styles at a reasonable price, you may want to bring patterns or pictures of clothing that they can copy or adapt for you.

  • General Clothing
  • For Men
  • Shoes
  • Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
  • Kitchen
  • Miscellaneous


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Country Fund

Contributions to the Honduras Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Honduras. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.

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