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This list has been compiled by Volunteers who have served in [[Swaziland]] 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. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Swaziland.
 
  
===General Clothing ===
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The climate in Swaziland varies according to both the altitude and the season. You should be prepared for temperatures ranging from 40 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. You will be expected to dress professionally for your job. You will wash clothes by hand in cold water, in a basin or bucket, and hang them to dry on a line or the nearest fence. White clothes soil easily, so neutral colors are best for hiding dirt. Clothes made of rayon or nylon are good because they dry quickly and do not need to be ironed, but lightweight cotton fabrics are best for the hot climate. It does get cold in winter, so bring some warm clothes too.  
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Peace Corps service can be a rewarding, enriching experience for married couples. Married couples make up about nine percent of Peace Corps Volunteers. In fact, some Peace Corps countries have couples-only programs. In all cases, both spouses must serve as Volunteers and live and work in the same community.
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[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pc_couples/ Yahoo Group: Peace Corps for Couples]<br>
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whovol.married Peace Corps: Who Volunteers? Married Couples]
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''Note: Not all countries have a section listed for possible issues for married couples. You are welcome to add it.''
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* Warm coat or jacket (fleece works well and can be layered)
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* Waterproof rain jacket
 
* Jeans (for weekends and travel)
 
* Two or three sweaters (lightweight cotton and wool)
 
* T-shirts (in neutral colors) 
 
* Baseball cap or sun hat
 
* One-piece swimsuit
 
* Sportswear
 
* Good socks (four to six pairs)
 
  
===For Men ===
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* Three or four pairs of dress slacks or khakis
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* Three or four cotton dress shirts (both long- and short-sleeved)
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* Several casual collared shirts, such as polo or golf shirts
 
* One sports coat for special events
 
* One or two ties
 
* Underwear and socks
 
  
===For Women ===
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Benin#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Benin]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Botswana#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Botswana]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Burkina Faso#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Burkina Faso]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Cameroon#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Cameroon]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Cape Verde#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Cape Verde]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Ethiopia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Ethiopia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_The Gambia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in The Gambia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Ghana#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Ghana]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Guinea#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Guinea]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Kenya#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Kenya]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Lesotho#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Lesotho]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Madagascar#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Madagascar]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Malawi#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Malawi]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mali#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mali]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mauritania#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mauritania]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mozambique#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mozambique]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Namibia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Namibia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Niger#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Niger]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Rwanda#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Rwanda]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Senegal#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Senegal]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_South Africa#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in South Africa]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Swaziland#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Swaziland]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Tanzania#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Tanzania]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Togo#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Togo]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Uganda#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Uganda]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Zambia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Zambia]]<br>
  
* Three to five dresses or skirts (knee length or longer)
 
* Two or three pairs of trousers or dressy slacks
 
* Five to seven blouses and other tops (short- or long-sleeved)
 
* Tights to wear with skirts in colder weather
 
* Plenty of cotton underwear and bras, including a sports bra
 
* Two slips (knee- and ankle-length)
 
  
===Shoes ===
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People who wear larger sizes (12-plus for men and 10-plus for women) should bring an extra pair or two of shoes and sandals, as larger sizes are difficult to find in Swaziland.
 
  
* Comfortable dress shoes for work
 
* Athletic shoes
 
* Waterproof hiking boots
 
* Sandals (e.g., Tevas or Birkenstocks)
 
 
  
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
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All the little things you need to keep your life running smoothly are available locally at reasonable prices, albeit in a limited selection. You should bring enough toiletries to get you through pre-service training at least (including feminine hygiene products). Remember to bring a three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take, to cover you until the Peace Corps medical unit can order them.
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===Kitchen ===
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Cambodia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Cambodia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_China#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in China]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mongolia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mongolia]] <br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Philippines#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Philippines]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Thailand#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Thailand]]<br>
  
You can buy most kitchen supplies in Swaziland (e.g., dishes, pots, glasses and utensils). However, you might consider bringing the following items:
 
  
* Plastic storage bags and containers (these can be purchased locally in larger towns)
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* Can opener and vegetable peeler
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* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Cookbook or recipes
 
* Small packages of your favorite condiments, spices, sauce mixes, soft-drink mixes, etc.  Miscellaneous
 
* Watch (durable, water-resistant, and inexpensive)
 
* Reliable alarm clock
 
* Small sewing kit
 
* Solar shower (much easier than “bucket bathing” with a cup and washbasin)
 
* Radio (FM/AM and shortwave), iPod, CD player, and favorite music
 
* Camera and film
 
* Binoculars 
 
* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
 
* lightweight sleeping bag (often needed when visiting other Volunteers or staying at back-packer lodges)
 
* backpack,
 
* small tent (if you enjoy camping)
 
* Pictures of your hometown, U.S. historical sites, family and friends
 
* Small flashlight and extra bulbs and/or headlamp
 
* Guidebooks on the region
 
* Hobby materials like journals, sketching pads, pencils, etc.
 
* Musical instruments
 
* Craft supplies for projects with schoolchildren
 
* Games (Scrabble, cards, chess, Frisbee, etc.)
 
  
  
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Belize#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Belize]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Costa Rica#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Costa Rica]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_El Salvador#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in El Salvador]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Guatemala#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Guatemala]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Honduras#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Honduras]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Mexico#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mexico]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Nicaragua#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Nicaragua]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Panama#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Panama]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Albania#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Albania]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Armenia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Armenia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Azerbaijan#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Azerbaijan]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Bulgaria#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Bulgaria]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Georgia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Georgia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Kazakhstan#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Kazakhstan]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Kyrgyzstan#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Macedonia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Macedonia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Moldova#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Moldova]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Romania#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Romania]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Turkmenistan#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Turkmenistan]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Ukraine#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Ukraine]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Jordan#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Jordan]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Morocco#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Morocco]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Bolivia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Bolivia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Ecuador#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Ecuador]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Guyana#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Guyana]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Paraguay#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Paraguay]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Peru#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Peru]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Suriname#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Suriname]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Dominican Republic#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Dominican Republic]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_the Eastern Caribbean#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in the Eastern Caribbean]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Guyana#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Guyana]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Jamaica#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Jamaica]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Suriname#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Suriname]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Kiribati#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Kiribati]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Micronesia#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Micronesia]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Samoa#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Samoa]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Tonga#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Tonga]]<br>
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[[Diversity_and_cross-cultural_issues_in_Vanuatu#Possible_Issues_for_Married_Volunteers | Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Vanuatu]]<br>
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Revision as of 22:08, 24 November 2008


Peace Corps service can be a rewarding, enriching experience for married couples. Married couples make up about nine percent of Peace Corps Volunteers. In fact, some Peace Corps countries have couples-only programs. In all cases, both spouses must serve as Volunteers and live and work in the same community.

Just think of the stories you'll be able to tell your grandchildren someday.

See also:
Yahoo Group: Peace Corps for Couples
Peace Corps: Who Volunteers? Married Couples

Main article: Diversity and cross-cultural issues by country


Note: Not all countries have a section listed for possible issues for married couples. You are welcome to add it.



Africa

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Benin
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Botswana
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Burkina Faso
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Cameroon
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Cape Verde
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Ethiopia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in The Gambia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Ghana
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Guinea
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Kenya
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Lesotho
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Madagascar
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Malawi
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mali
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mauritania
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mozambique
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Namibia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Niger
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Rwanda
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Senegal
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in South Africa
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Swaziland
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Tanzania
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Togo
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Uganda
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Zambia



Asia

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Cambodia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in China
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mongolia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Philippines
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Thailand



Central America and Mexico

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Belize
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Costa Rica
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in El Salvador
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Guatemala
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Honduras
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Mexico
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Nicaragua
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Panama



Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Albania
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Armenia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Azerbaijan
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Bulgaria
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Georgia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Kazakhstan
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Macedonia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Moldova
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Romania
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Turkmenistan
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Ukraine


North Africa and the Middle East

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Jordan
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Morocco



South America

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Bolivia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Ecuador
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Guyana
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Paraguay
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Peru
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Suriname


The Caribbean

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Dominican Republic
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in the Eastern Caribbean
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Guyana
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Jamaica
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Suriname

The Pacific Islands

Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Fiji
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Kiribati
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Micronesia
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Samoa
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Tonga
Possible Issues for Married Volunteers in Vanuatu