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|Countryname = Moldova
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|CountryCode = md
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|status = [[ACTIVE]]
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|Map = Md-map.gif
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|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/mdwb261.pdf
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|Region = [[Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
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|CountryDirector = [[Jeffrey Goveia]]
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|Sectors =
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|ProgramDates = [[1993]] - [[Present]]
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|CurrentlyServing = 140
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|TotalVolunteers = 834
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|Languages =  [[Romanian]], [[Russian]]
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|Flag = Flag_of_Moldova.svg
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|stagingdate= Jun 8 2010
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|stagingcity= Philadelphia
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}}
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In 1993, the government of Moldova invited Peace Corps Volunteers to come to Moldova. The government representatives believed that well-developed English language skills would help Moldovans participate in the international community and global economy by helping them gain access to a wealth of information, resources, and markets. Current English education Volunteers also incorporate environmental issues into the curriculum.
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers
 +
serving in Ethiopia 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 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 Ethiopia.
  
Recently, Peace Corps/Moldova added projects in organizational development, and agriculture and agrobusiness to assist the Moldovan government in addressing the country’s economic and social development needs. Peace Corps Volunteers work in 97 towns and villages throughout the country. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 Volunteers have served in Moldova.
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===General Clothing===
  
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Bring clothing that makes you feel good, but still works with
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Ethiopian dress standards. You will find that clothing you
 +
bring from home will suffer more wear and tear than usual,
 +
so don’t bring anything you will be sad to see ruined. Most
 +
Ethiopians wear the same outfit for several days – you will
 +
probably adopt the same practice. Also, Ethiopians are pretty
 +
thin people so finding clothes in-country can be difficult.
 +
Height is different too.
  
==Peace Corps History==
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Some suggestions:
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Moldova]]''
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* Several pairs of lightwweight trousers (khaki, linen, etc.)
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* Long and short-sleeved shirts
 +
* Sweat shirt/fleece/light jacket
 +
* Jeans
 +
* One or two dressy outfits (do not bother bringing a suit)
 +
* Long skirts or conservative dresses (below the knee)
 +
* Spandex bike shorts (for wearing under skirts in hot weather)
 +
* Rain coat
 +
* Swimsuits/exercise/sports clothing
 +
* Socks and undergarments (bring extra bras – they are hard to find)
  
In 1993, the government of Moldova invited Peace Corps Volunteers to come to Moldova. The Peace Corps’ first assignment was to help expand the English-teaching capacity of Moldovan educators. Government representatives believed that well-developed English language skills would help Moldovans participate in the international community and global economy by helping them gain access to a wealth of information, resources, and markets.
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===Shoes===
  
Several years later, Peace Corps/Moldova added projects in organizational development, agriculture and agrobusiness, and health education to assist the Moldovan government in addressing the country’s economic and social development needs. Currently, Peace Corps Volunteers are working in about 100 towns and villages throughout the country. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,000 Volunteers have served in Moldova.
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Durable shoes are essential. Shoes will wear out more quickly
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in Ethiopia because of all the walking you will do. Sizes run
 +
small so most American sizes are not available.
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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* Walking/hiking shoes or boots (Chacos, keens, etc.)
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* Sneakers or running shoes
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* Comfortable dress shoes for work
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* Comfortable sandals, preferably waterproof (Tevas, Chaco flips)
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* Rain boots – for the rainy season
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Moldova]]''
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
  
You will live with one host family during pre-service training and with another family for the first three months at your site. During training and once you move to your site the family is selected for you. You will have your own room but are likely to share bath and toilet facilities. There is usually running water even in rural areas, however, indoor bath and toilet facilities are less common. After your first three months at your site, you will have the option of finding other housing if it is available, meets the Peace Corps’ safety requirements, and is within the Peace Corps’ housing allowance. Many Volunteers choose to live with a family throughout their two years of service and find the experience a rewarding one. Peace Corps/Moldova will inform you of the trade-offs involved in housing decisions, including matters of safety and security, but the ultimate responsibility for finding housing (if you choose to change housing) after your first three months of service will be yours.
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Most basic hygiene items are available, but selection is limited.
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Peace Corps provides a medical kit with first aid supplies,
 +
insect repellent, sun screen and over-the-counter medications.
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Also consider:
  
Life in Chisinau, the capital, varies considerably from life in villages, where the pace is slower, the atmosphere charmingly rustic, and the people generally more polite. But along with the great appeal of a gentler pace, villages in Moldova offer a somewhat arduous lifestyle. The primary forms of entertainment are socializing with friends and watching television. People live the life of a farm family even if they work in a profession such as teaching. Each household usually has a very large vegetable garden and all kinds of farm animals to care for. There is generally running water, outhouses are the most common toilet facilities, and bathing is usually done once a week in a bathhouse or using buckets of water in a tub. Despite this lack of amenities, however, life in a village will be rich in traditional Moldovan customs and friendships with Moldovans.
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* Deodorant (stick is not available in Ethiopia)
 +
* Contact lenses and solution (not recommended or paid for by Peace Corps)
 +
* Three months supply of any prescription drugs, including birth control pills
 +
* Tampons (bring a lot) or Diva cup
 +
* Aloe or after-sun lotion
 +
* Toothbrush/toothpaste
 +
* Lip balm (with SPF)
 +
* Face wash or scrub/acne medicine (expensive in-country)
 +
* Q-tips/cotton balls
 +
* Nail clippers/tweezers
 +
* Wet wipes (useful during traveling or water shortages)
 +
* Shampoo and conditioner (not the best quality in country)
 +
* Pumice stone/loofah (your skin will get dirtier in Ethiopia)
  
Towns or regional centers may lack the compelling appeal of rural Moldova, but the pace is somewhat faster. There are more local resources and more forms of entertainment. Towns and regional centers also have more regular public transportation.
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===Recreation/Entertainment===
  
Streets and sidewalks are muddy for a large part of the year in towns and villages alike. Heating in winter can be problematic, as many municipalities cannot afford to turn on the heat until long after the weather has turned cold, and even then heating may be minimal or nonexistent for periods of time. For this reason, host families are required to have independent heating sources. Most families in villages rely on ceramic stoves built into the walls, known as sobas, which burn wood, coal, or corncobs. In larger towns or cities, houses may have their own gas boiler.
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You will find yourself with an unprecedented amount of free
 +
time once you are at site, particularly at night. Bring your
 +
favorite hobbies or materials to learn new ones, such as:
  
==Training==
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* Camera and accessories (film and digital printing/ burning is available locally)
 +
* Music - iPod, MP3 player, Discman, charger
 +
* DVDs (even if you don’t bring a laptop or DVD player, DVD players are available in most towns)
 +
* Shortwave radio (three- to seven-band is recommended)
 +
* Portable musical instruments
 +
* Sports equipment (e.g., Frisbee, football or soccer, jump rope, etc.)
 +
* Art supplies
 +
* Knitting/crochet/sewing supplies
 +
* Games and puzzle books (e.g., playing cards, Scrabble, chess, etc.)
 +
* Books (the Peace Corps office in Addis Ababa maintains a Volunteer library, but bring others)
 +
* Camping or hiking gear (including a tent, which is useful for backpacking)
 +
* Sleeping bag/thermarest (if you do not camp)
 +
* Seeds (if you intend to garden)
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* External hard drive with movies and TV shows
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* Laptop
  
''Main article: [[Training in Moldova]]''
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===Kitchen/Household Items===
  
Pre-service training begins the day you arrive in Moldova, lasts for about 8-10 weeks, and ends when you are sworn in as a Volunteer. The days are full with plenty to accomplish, so training is nothing like summer camp.
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Most kitchenware/household items can be found in the capital
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or big cities. However, the first couple of months are not spent
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in these cities. Some useful items include:
  
Peace Corps/Moldova uses a community-based training approach. Trainees live in small villages with five or six other trainees from their project area. Language classes occur daily, and afternoons are usually devoted to self-directed activities and homework assignments. Once a week, trainees in each project area meet together at a cluster site for technical sessions. Also once a week, all trainees come to a central hub for administrative, medical, and other special sessions.
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* Sharp paring knife (chopping vegetables will become a pastime)
 +
* Vegetable peeler and can opener
 +
* Packaged seasonings (herbs, parmesan, pesto, etc.)
 +
* Powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, Crystal Light, etc.)
 +
* Sturdy water bottle (Nalgene)
 +
* Measuring cups/spoons
 +
* Scissors
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* 10 weeks worth of junk food or favorite snacks
  
The structure of Moldova’s pre-service training requires married couples to live apart in different villages during training. While this may seem like an obstacle for some, most married couples have actually found the arrangement to be beneficial because it allows them to focus on their own training needs and to develop a degree of independence they would otherwise not experience. Couples see each other at the central hub and are free to stay together with their respective host families on weekends and other times that work with the schedule of training activities.
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===Miscellaneous===
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* Pens and pencils, stationary, and journals
 +
* Alarm clock
 +
* Rechargeable batteries with two round pin adapters (continental Europe transformer)
 +
* Head lamp and/or flashlight (a small keychain with one is very useful)
 +
* Earplugs
 +
* Sewing kit and scissors
 +
* Sun glasses and bandanas/hat
 +
* Tools such as Leatherman/Swiss Army knife and duct tape
 +
* Solar shower
 +
* Cash
 +
* Pictures from home
 +
* Checks from a U.S. bank account (handy for ordering things from home)
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* Umbrella
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* Good pillow
  
==Health Care and Safety==
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Just as added help and to reiterate: Here is a list of things NOT to bring:
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* Males: Suits (not necessary – nice shirts, ties and dress pants is enough)
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* Solar charger – most Volunteers discovered they were not that useful
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Moldova]]''
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Note: Again, bring things you cannot live without. Items that
 +
make you feel good, should be packed.
  
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. The Peace Corps in Moldova maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and consultations with specialists, are also available in Moldova and will be arranged by the medical officer if they become necessary. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
 
  
 
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[[Category:Ethiopia]]
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Moldova]]''
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In Moldova, 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 Moldova.
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Outside of Moldova’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 Moldova 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 Moldova, 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, and 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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==Frequently Asked Questions==
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{{Volunteersurvey2008
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|H1r=  54
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|H1s=  68.8
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|H2r=  44
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|H2s=  81.3
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|H3r=  50
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|H3s=  81.3
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|H4r=  40
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|H4s=  103.5
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|H5r=  62
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|H5s=  43.8
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|H6r=  55
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|H6s=  72.4
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}}
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Moldova]]''
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Moldova?
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* What is the electric current in Moldova?
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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 Moldovan 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 Moldova?
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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 Moldova]]''
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Moldova 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 a 100pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Moldova.
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* General Clothing
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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+%22moldova%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/md/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=261-CFD Moldova Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Moldova. 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 Moldova]]
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* [[List of resources for Moldova]]
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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.peacecorpsjournals.com/md.html Peace Corps Journals - Moldova]
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[[Category:Moldova]] [[Category:Eastern Europe and Central Asia]]
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[[Category:Country]]
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Latest revision as of 06:55, 21 May 2014


Packing List for [[{{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]]

Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[{{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]] 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!
  • [[Packing list for {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]]
  • [[Training in {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]]
  • [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]]
  • [[Health care and safety in {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]]
  • [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]]
  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Ethiopia| |5}}]]
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

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

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Ethiopia 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 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 Ethiopia.

General Clothing[edit]

Bring clothing that makes you feel good, but still works with Ethiopian dress standards. You will find that clothing you bring from home will suffer more wear and tear than usual, so don’t bring anything you will be sad to see ruined. Most Ethiopians wear the same outfit for several days – you will probably adopt the same practice. Also, Ethiopians are pretty thin people so finding clothes in-country can be difficult. Height is different too.

Some suggestions:

  • Several pairs of lightwweight trousers (khaki, linen, etc.)
  • Long and short-sleeved shirts
  • Sweat shirt/fleece/light jacket
  • Jeans
  • One or two dressy outfits (do not bother bringing a suit)
  • Long skirts or conservative dresses (below the knee)
  • Spandex bike shorts (for wearing under skirts in hot weather)
  • Rain coat
  • Swimsuits/exercise/sports clothing
  • Socks and undergarments (bring extra bras – they are hard to find)

Shoes[edit]

Durable shoes are essential. Shoes will wear out more quickly in Ethiopia because of all the walking you will do. Sizes run small so most American sizes are not available.

  • Walking/hiking shoes or boots (Chacos, keens, etc.)
  • Sneakers or running shoes
  • Comfortable dress shoes for work
  • Comfortable sandals, preferably waterproof (Tevas, Chaco flips)
  • Rain boots – for the rainy season

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items[edit]

Most basic hygiene items are available, but selection is limited. Peace Corps provides a medical kit with first aid supplies, insect repellent, sun screen and over-the-counter medications. Also consider:

  • Deodorant (stick is not available in Ethiopia)
  • Contact lenses and solution (not recommended or paid for by Peace Corps)
  • Three months supply of any prescription drugs, including birth control pills
  • Tampons (bring a lot) or Diva cup
  • Aloe or after-sun lotion
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm (with SPF)
  • Face wash or scrub/acne medicine (expensive in-country)
  • Q-tips/cotton balls
  • Nail clippers/tweezers
  • Wet wipes (useful during traveling or water shortages)
  • Shampoo and conditioner (not the best quality in country)
  • Pumice stone/loofah (your skin will get dirtier in Ethiopia)

Recreation/Entertainment[edit]

You will find yourself with an unprecedented amount of free time once you are at site, particularly at night. Bring your favorite hobbies or materials to learn new ones, such as:

  • Camera and accessories (film and digital printing/ burning is available locally)
  • Music - iPod, MP3 player, Discman, charger
  • DVDs (even if you don’t bring a laptop or DVD player, DVD players are available in most towns)
  • Shortwave radio (three- to seven-band is recommended)
  • Portable musical instruments
  • Sports equipment (e.g., Frisbee, football or soccer, jump rope, etc.)
  • Art supplies
  • Knitting/crochet/sewing supplies
  • Games and puzzle books (e.g., playing cards, Scrabble, chess, etc.)
  • Books (the Peace Corps office in Addis Ababa maintains a Volunteer library, but bring others)
  • Camping or hiking gear (including a tent, which is useful for backpacking)
  • Sleeping bag/thermarest (if you do not camp)
  • Seeds (if you intend to garden)
  • External hard drive with movies and TV shows
  • Laptop

Kitchen/Household Items[edit]

Most kitchenware/household items can be found in the capital or big cities. However, the first couple of months are not spent in these cities. Some useful items include:

  • Sharp paring knife (chopping vegetables will become a pastime)
  • Vegetable peeler and can opener
  • Packaged seasonings (herbs, parmesan, pesto, etc.)
  • Powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, Crystal Light, etc.)
  • Sturdy water bottle (Nalgene)
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Scissors
  • 10 weeks worth of junk food or favorite snacks

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Pens and pencils, stationary, and journals
  • Alarm clock
  • Rechargeable batteries with two round pin adapters (continental Europe transformer)
  • Head lamp and/or flashlight (a small keychain with one is very useful)
  • Earplugs
  • Sewing kit and scissors
  • Sun glasses and bandanas/hat
  • Tools such as Leatherman/Swiss Army knife and duct tape
  • Solar shower
  • Cash
  • Pictures from home
  • Checks from a U.S. bank account (handy for ordering things from home)
  • Umbrella
  • Good pillow

Just as added help and to reiterate: Here is a list of things NOT to bring:

  • Males: Suits (not necessary – nice shirts, ties and dress pants is enough)
  • Solar charger – most Volunteers discovered they were not that useful

Note: Again, bring things you cannot live without. Items that make you feel good, should be packed.