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|Countryname= Namibia
 
|CountryCode = na
 
|status = [[ACTIVE]]
 
|Flag= Flag_of_Namibia.svg
 
|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/nawb697.pdf
 
|Region= [[Africa]]
 
|CountryDirector= [[Gilbert Collins]]
 
|Sectors= [[Education]] <br> [[Health and HIV/AIDS]] <br> [[Information and Communications Technology]] <br> [[Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development]]
 
|ProgramDates= [[1990]] - [[Present]]
 
|CurrentlyServing= 113
 
|TotalVolunteers= 1,007
 
|Languages= [[Afrikaans]], [[Oshikwanyama]], [[Oshindonga]], [[Otjiherero]], [[Rukwangali]] [[English]], [[Oshiwambo]], [[Damara/Nama]], [[Khoekhoegowab]], [[Silozi]], [[Rumanyo]], [[Thimbukushu]], [[Subiya]]
 
|Map= Wa-map.gif
 
|stagingdate= Feb 18 2011
 
|stagingcity= Washington, DC
 
}}
 
  
Less than two decades into its independence, Namibia has emerged as a model by establishing political and economic frameworks that give it one of the freest and most open economies in Africa. Namibians are encouraged to participate fully in shaping laws and government policies. Namibia has set a model for advancing the rule of law and encouraging the growth of civil society.
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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.  
  
The initial planning for the Peace Corps/Namibia program began in 1989, prior to
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===General Clothing===
independence. The first group of 14 Volunteers arrived on September 9, 1990, less than
 
six months after the country achieved independence.
 
  
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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.
  
==Peace Corps History==
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* At least five T-shirts
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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
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Namibia]]''
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===For Men ===
  
The first group of 14 Volunteers arrived in Namibia on September 9, 1990, less than six months after the country became independent. By January 1991, the program was in full operation. The primary role of these early Volunteers was to teach English, in support of the new government’s declaration of English as the country’s official language. Classroom teachers also assisted in the transition from Afrikaans to English as the language of instruction in upper primary and secondary schools. In the early 1990s, Volunteers also provided assistance to drought relief efforts and began to work in youth development offices. The number of Volunteers peaked in the late 1990s, reaching a high of almost 150 people. This spike was largely driven by a collaborative effort with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide school-based teacher training throughout the rural north. In August 2009, the first group of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Volunteers arrived in the country.  The new Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) program was introduced in 2010.
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* Five to eight pairs of pants for work (e.g., denim, cotton, or khaki)
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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===
  
Today, about 140 Volunteers work as primary and secondary school teachers, community health workers, information and communications technology facilitators, and small enterprise development agents.
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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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* 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
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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===Shoes===
  
''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Namibia]]''
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* One or two pairs of sturdy walking or hiking shoes/ boots (some Volunteers suggest Vibram soles) 
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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
  
Housing varies considerably. Your site might be a Western-style cement block house, usually with electricity and running water; an apartment attached to a student boarding facility (hostel); or, in the case of more rural junior secondary schools, a room with a local family. As the government has invited assistance from a variety of sources, you may also be asked to share a two- or three-bedroom house with one or two colleagues (either Namibian or Volunteers from other countries). Our expectation is that you will have a private bedroom, but remember that there is a shortage of housing for government staff in most areas in Namibia. The minstry/ hosting agency to which you are assigned is responsible for paying your montly utilities and providing you with the basic furnishings (e.g., bed, charis, tables, stove, and gas refrigerator).
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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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* 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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*
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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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* Good can opener
 +
* Favorite spices (many are available locally, but are expensive)
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* Favorite cookbook
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* Peeler
  
==Training==
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''Main article: [[Training in Namibia]]''
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===Miscellaneous===
  
The eight-week training will provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and practice them as they apply to Namibia. You will receive training and orientation in language, cross-cultural communication, development issues, health and personal safety, and technical skills pertinent to your specific assignment. The skills you learn will serve as the foundation upon which you build your experience as a Volunteer in Namibia.
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* Sturdy backpack or duffel bag for three- to four-day trips
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* Day pack or small backpack
 +
* Fanny pack or money belt
 +
* Full-size cotton sheets with pillowcases (one to three sets)
 +
* Inexpensive, water-resistant or waterproof watch
 +
* Small travel alarm clock (and extra batteries)
 +
* Two pairs of sunglasses
 +
* 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
 +
* Multiple-utility pocketknife (e.g., Leatherman)
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* Camera, film, and batteries
 +
* Radio, cassette, CD player, or other music player and portable speakers
 +
* Shortwave radio
 +
* Surge protector for electrical appliances
 +
* Light, stuffable (preferably waterproof) sleeping bag
 +
* Sleeping pad (e.g., Therm-a-rest)
 +
* Good-quality water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
 +
* Headlamp or flashlight (and extra batteries)
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* A few U.S. dollars
 +
* Sewing kit 
 +
* Good scissors
 +
* Start-up supply of stationery and pens
 +
* World map
 +
* Photos of family and friends
 +
* Inexpensive jewelry
 +
* Backgammon, cards, and other travel games
 +
* Gardening gloves
 +
* Extra suntan lotion with high SPF
 +
* Rechargeable batteries and recharger
 +
* Digital camera
 +
* 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.  
  
During the first week of training, you will stay at a central training facility. During this first week, Trainees will receive information about the types of projects and sites available and will have individual interviews with APCDs and programming staff in order to determine their tentative site placement and language assignment.  Trainees will begin language instruction in small groups (typically 3-4 students and an instructor) as well as technical, health/safety, and cross-cultural training during this time.
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===Items You Do Not Need to Bring===
  
Trainees will also have the opportunity to meet their host families, with whom they will live for approximately 6 weeks, during the first week of training.  This homestay will help bring to life some of the topics covered in training, giving you a chance to practice your new language skills and directly observe and participate in Namibian culture.
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The following items are either available in-country or provided by the Peace Corps:
  
At the onset of training, the training staff will outline the competencies that you have to master before becoming a Volunteer and the criteria that will be used to assess achievement of those competencies. Evaluation of your performance during training is a continual process based on a dialogue between you and the training staff. The training manager, along with the language, technical, and cross-cultural trainers, will work with you toward the highest possible achievement of training competencies by providing you with feedback throughout training. After successful completion of pre-service training, you will be sworn in as a Volunteer and make the final preparations for departure to your site.
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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) 
  
==Health Care and Safety==
 
  
''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Namibia]]''
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[[Category:Dominican Republic]]
 
 
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/Namibia maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer, who takes care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services are available at a U.S.-standard hospital in Windhoek. If you become seriously ill, you may be transported to South Africa or back the United States for further treatment.
 
 
 
 
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Namibia]]''
 
 
 
In Namibia, 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 Namibia.
 
 
 
Outside of Namibia’s capital, residents of 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. The people of Namibia 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.
 
 
 
* 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
 
 
 
 
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
 
 
{{Volunteersurvey2008
 
|H1r=  44
 
|H1s=  71.3
 
|H2r=  37
 
|H2s=  83.3
 
|H3r=  54
 
|H3s=  80.6
 
|H4r=  9
 
|H4s=  111.5
 
|H5r=  42
 
|H5s=  52
 
|H6r=  38
 
|H6s=  81.7
 
}}
 
 
 
''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Namibia]]''
 
 
 
* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Namibia?
 
* What is the electric current in Namibia?
 
* 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 Namibian 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 Namibia?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
==Packing List==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Packing List for Namibia]]''
 
 
 
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Namibia and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Namibia’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.
 
 
 
* General Clothing
 
* Shoes
 
* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
 
* Kitchen
 
* Miscellaneous
 
* Things we shouldn’t have brought
 
 
 
==Peace Corps News==
 
 
 
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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<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/wa/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
 
 
 
==Country Fund==
 
 
 
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=697-CFD Namibia Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Namibia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
 
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[List of resources for Namibia]]
 
* [[Volunteers who served in Namibia]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
 
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/wa.html Peace Corps Journals - Namibia]
 
 
 
[[Category:Namibia]] [[Category:Africa]]
 
[[Category:Country]]
 

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  • [[Training in {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |5}}]]
  • [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |5}}]]
  • [[Health care and safety in {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |5}}]]
  • [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |5}}]]
  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |5}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |5}}]]
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

[[Category:{{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Dominican Republic| |5}}]]

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.

General Clothing

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.

  • At least five T-shirts
  • At least two casual shirts or polo-type shirts (or sleeveless shirts for women)
  • One or two sweaters, sweatshirts, or windbreakers
  • At least two button-down shirts
  • Appropriate mix of athletic and dress socks (twoweek supply)
  • Two-week supply of underwear (cotton is highly recommended)
  • Two or three swimsuits
  • Rain gear
  • Cap or hat
  • Light jacket
  • Belts

For Men

  • Five to eight pairs of pants for work (e.g., denim, cotton, or khaki)
  • One or two pairs of dress pants
  • One to three pairs of casual pants
  • Four or five pairs of shorts
  • One or two ties (for special occasions)

For Women

  • Three pairs of work pants, more if you are in agroforestry or water (e.g., denim, cotton, or khaki; capris)
  • Two to four pairs of casual pants
  • One or two pairs of shorts (fairly long, e.g., capris)
  • Two or three casual skirts or casual dresses (knee length is recommended) and one or two dressy outfits

Shoes

  • One or two pairs of sturdy walking or hiking shoes/ boots (some Volunteers suggest Vibram soles)
  • One pair of running or athletic shoes
  • One pair of dress shoes
  • One pair of sandals
  • Flip-flops for showering or beach (these are not appropriate to wear in your work setting) Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

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.

  • Start-up supply of shampoo, deodorant, tampons, etc.
  • Two bath towels, one beach towel, one hand towel, and one “quick dry” towel Kitchen

You can easily buy most kitchen supplies (e.g., dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils) locally. There are a few items you might consider bringing:

  • Plastic baggies (freezer style is best)
  • Good can opener
  • Favorite spices (many are available locally, but are expensive)
  • Favorite cookbook
  • Peeler


Miscellaneous

  • Sturdy backpack or duffel bag for three- to four-day trips
  • Day pack or small backpack
  • Fanny pack or money belt
  • Full-size cotton sheets with pillowcases (one to three sets)
  • Inexpensive, water-resistant or waterproof watch
  • Small travel alarm clock (and extra batteries)
  • Two pairs of sunglasses
  • 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)
  • A USB flash drive (for document storage; 256 to 512 is recommended)
  • Umbrella
  • Multiple-utility pocketknife (e.g., Leatherman)
  • Camera, film, and batteries
  • Radio, cassette, CD player, or other music player and portable speakers
  • Shortwave radio
  • Surge protector for electrical appliances
  • Light, stuffable (preferably waterproof) sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad (e.g., Therm-a-rest)
  • Good-quality water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Headlamp or flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • A few U.S. dollars
  • Sewing kit
  • Good scissors
  • Start-up supply of stationery and pens
  • World map
  • Photos of family and friends
  • Inexpensive jewelry
  • Backgammon, cards, and other travel games
  • Gardening gloves
  • Extra suntan lotion with high SPF
  • Rechargeable batteries and recharger
  • Digital camera
  • Yoga mat (if you do yoga)
  • Rain suit (jacket/pants)
  • Small Spanish-English dictionary
  • 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.

Items You Do Not Need to Bring

The following items are either available in-country or provided by the Peace Corps:

  • Large supply of razors, soap, shampoo, conditioner, standard healthcare products, condoms, etc.
  • Camping stove or kerosene burner
  • Iron
  • Mosquito nets and repellent
  • Large Spanish-English dictionary or the 501 Spanish Verbs book, (you get these in training)