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Your first stop after leaving your home will be staging, where you will receive last-minute information about service in Kiribati and have the chance to rethink your commitment to Peace Corps service. Your flight to Kiribati may involve a one-night stopover in Fiji. Don’t unpack; you are not there yet! Once you arrive in Kiribati, you will begin the nine-and-one-half-week pre-service training program. One purpose of this training is to help trainees make an informed commitment before they are sworn-in as Peace Corps Volunteers.
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Week one takes place on South Tarawa, where you may stay in a modest local hotel. The week includes an initial orientation to Kiribati and Peace Corps staff, along with completion of some preliminary medical and administrative paperwork. There will also be language, cross-cultural, and project overview sessions. During week two, you will visit a current Volunteer at his or her site on an outer island to gain a realistic perspective of Volunteer life and work. This will help you take full advantage of the learning opportunities presented during training. The rest of the training occurs on North Tarawa, where you will be dispersed in small groups to villages away from the training center and live with a host family. Language and cross-cultural instructors accompany each small group and will live and work with you in the community. They will be staying with other host families. Your host family will provide you with lodging and food throughout training. You will come to the training center about once a week as a group for technical, medical, and core training (which covers safety and security, administration, and Peace Corps policies).  
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Uganda]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that an essential item to one person is a waste of space and money to another. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything mentioned below, so consider each of the suggestion below and make certain bringing it makes sense to you personally and professionally. If you can’t imagine why you would use an item on this list, you probably never will. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Uganda, including made-to-order clothes. Also note that you will be responsible for carrying all of these items through airports, on crowded buses, and through large cities. Luggage should be lightweight but sturdy, lockable, and easy to carry. As mentioned earlier, Ugandans place great emphasis on being well-groomed and appropriately dressed. When it comes to dress, it is best to err on the conservative side. Tight, torn, revealing, and skimpy clothing is unacceptable. Women’s skirts should be below the knee, and slips are a must. Most Ugandan women do not wear sleeveless garments or trousers in the workplace. For men, button-down shirts are a must for work; T-shirts are not appropriate as professional wear. Do not bring military- or camouflage-style clothing.  
  
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The climate in Uganda is pleasantly moderate, although it can be quite cool at night and in the rainy season, especially in the hilly areas. In choosing clothing, remember that you will be washing clothes by hand, that it can take a long time for items to dry in the rainy season, and that dark clothing is better at hiding mud and dirt.
  
Training will cover language, culture, history, government, preventive health practices, and safety and security.  Although some sessions will be attended by all trainees, technical training sessions generally will be separated by project (primary or junior secondary education or health and community development). There will be changes of instructors during training to expose you to a wider group of I-Kiribati.
 
  
North Tarawa is an ideal setting in which to get a taste of what your life will be like when you become a Volunteer.  Remember that it is only a taste, however, as living on rural North Tarawa with other trainees is very different from living on an island by yourself. Although living with a host family may be awkward at times, such an arrangement is valuable for learning the I-Kiribati language and culture. Your host family will make every effort to see that you are comfortable and have what you need.
 
  
Young female trainees will face a particular challenge that they will have to deal with throughout their service. Villagers will not want you to be alone in the house or to go anywhere alone or with a single male. This practice is meant to preserve your reputation as a “good” woman, since you are considered part of their family, as well as to protect you against the possibility of sexual harassment. Such loss of privacy and independence is one of the hardest adaptations Volunteers—especially young females—have to make.
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===General Clothing ===
  
At the end of pre-service training, there will be a formal ceremony to swear you in as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Special guests including the president of Kiribati and the U.S.  ambassador are usually invited, and sometimes attend.
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* Belt
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* Rain gear
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* Sleepwear
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* Sun hats or caps
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* Sweater, sweatshirt, or windbreaker
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* Sturdy gloves for gardening and other work
  
====Technical Training====
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===For Women ===
  
Technical training prepares you to work in Kiribati by building on the skills you already have and by helping you develop new skills in a manner appropriate to the needs of the country.  The Peace Corps training staff, I-Kiribati guest presenters, and current Volunteers will conduct the training program.  Training places great emphasis on learning how to transfer the skills you have to the community in which you will serve as a Volunteer.
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* Three basic below-the-knee skirts
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* One or two pairs of culottes for bike riding and fieldwork
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* Four short-sleeved (not sleeveless) tops (tank tops can be worn underneath if desired)
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* One below-the-knee dress for special occasions
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* One or two pairs of slacks for gardening and travel (jeans are rarely appropriate for women and are hard to wash and dry)
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* One or two pairs of shorts for sports
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* Two-year supply of cotton underpants, bras, and socks (not available locally)
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* Nylons (not necessary for Uganda but perhaps useful for vacation) -- they are available in country as well
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* Durable sports bra
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* At least one, one-piece swimsuit
  
Technical training will include sessions on the environment, economics, and politics in Kiribati and strategies for working within such a framework. You will review your project’s goals and will meet with the Kiribati ministries and organizations that invited the Peace Corps to assist them. You will be supported and evaluated throughout the training to build the confidence and skills you need to undertake your project activities and be a productive member of your community.
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===For Men ===
  
====Language Training====
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* Four pairs of nice cotton or polyester-blend trousers for work (jeans are okay for casual wear, not for work, but are very hard to wash and dry)
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* One nice dress shirt and tie for special occasions (a sports coat is useful but not a must, and some teacher trainers find they need to wear ties) 
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* Four or five button-down shirts for work, most short-sleeved
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* One or two pairs of shorts (conservative length) for sports and wearing around the house
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* Four or five T-shirts for casual wear and physical labor
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* Two-year supply of cotton underwear and socks
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* Swimsuit
  
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will find that language skills are the key to personal and professional satisfaction during your service. These skills are critical to your job performance, they help you integrate into your community, and they can ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings.  Therefore, language training is the heart of the training program, and you must successfully meet minimum language requirements to complete training and become a Volunteer.  Kiribati language instructors teach formal language classes five days a week in small groups of four to five people.
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===Shoes ===
  
Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. In addition to classroom time, you will be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family. The goal is to get you to a point of basic social communication skills so that you can practice and develop language skills further on your own. Prior to your swearing-in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language studies during your two years of service.
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* One pair of dress shoes
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* One pair of sturdy, comfortable work shoes with closed toes
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* One pair of hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
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* One pair of sturdy sandals (flip-flops and simple canvas shoes are available in Uganda)
  
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
  
====Cross-Cultural Training====
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* Prescription drugs for the first three months
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* Two or three months’ supply of sanitary napkins or other feminine hygiene supplies (ob-brand minipads are available locally but are expensive, and you will not have a chance to buy any during training)
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* Shaving cream (available locally)
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* Deodorant (available locally but expensive)
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* Cotton swabs (also available locally)
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* Shampoo and cream rinse for the first few weeks
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* Toothbrushes and travel case (toothpaste is available locally, but bring an initial supply)
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* Dental floss (though the Peace Corps provides floss, it is handy to have some for other purposes (e.g., hanging pictures))
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* Hair clips, bobby pins, covered elastic bands
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* Razors and blades (some types are available locally); remember not to pack these or other sharp objects in your carry-on bag
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* Brush/comb, some extra ones
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* Lotions and powders (note that scented toiletries can attract insects)
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* Nail clippers and nail files or emery boards
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* Hair-cutting scissors
  
As part of your pre-service training, you will live with an I-Kiribati host family. This experience is designed to ease your transition to life at your site. Host families have gone through an orientation conducted by Peace Corps staff to explain the purpose of the pre-service training program and to assist them in helping you adapt to living in Kiribati. Many Volunteers form strong and lasting friendships with their host families.
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===Kitchen ===
  
Cross-cultural and community development will be covered to help improve your skills of perception, communication, and facilitation. Topics such as community mobilization, conflict resolution, gender and development, and traditional and political structures are also addressed.  
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You will be given a modest settling-in allowance after training to buy household items in Uganda, and pots and pans, dishes, cups, basins, cookers, and lanterns are widely available. You might want to send some food items to yourself before you leave, such as powdered drink mixes, granola bars, chocolate that won’t melt, and your favorite spices (many spices are available here, especially Indian ones).  
  
====Health Training====
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* Two sets of sheets; twin-size flat ones are the most useful (local sheets are of poor quality and expensive, though local blankets are of good quality)
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* French press, if you appreciate good coffee
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* Three to four washcloths for use in bucket baths (also available locally)
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* Several large towels (lightweight beach towels are a good choice-these are available locally as well)
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* Cookbook or recipes
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* Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool
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* Good can opener (available locally, but often of poor quality)
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* Vegetable peeler and other favorite low-tech gadgets (most items available locally)
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* Measuring cup and spoons (also available locallye) 
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* Mess kit for cooking (most items available locally)
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* Plastic food storage containers and bags
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* Spices, herbs, hot sauce (Ugandan food is simple in flavor)
  
During pre-service training, you will be given basic medical training and information. You will be expected to practice preventive healthcare and to take responsibility for your own health by adhering to all medical policies. Trainees are required to attend all medical sessions. The topics include preventive health measures and minor and major medical issues that you might encounter while in Kiribati. Nutrition, mental health, safety and security, setting up a safe living compound, and how to avoid HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also covered.
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===Miscellaneous ===
  
====Safety and Security Training ====
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* At least 15 passport-size photos will be used to obtain a residency permit and for use in obtaining other forms of identification soon after you arrive, so pack them in your carry-on luggage
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* Umbrella (available locally)
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* Sewing kit
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* U.S. stamps, for sending mail with people traveling back home
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* Good dictionary
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* Reference books for your specialty (there are also good materials in Peace Corps/Uganda’s resource center)
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* Duct tape
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* Small stapler and staples (also availabel locally)
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* Travel alarm clock
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* Small mirror
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* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Pocket-size solar calculator
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* Sleeping bag and pad (some Volunteers say these are essential; others say they never use them)
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* Good flashlight and extra bulbs
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* Sunglasses
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* Money belt
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* Basic wristwatch
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* Shortwave radios
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* Binoculars (optional-Uganda is a bird-watcher’s heaven)
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* Camera
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* Bungee cords 
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* Daypack
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* Solar-powered battery charger and batteries (if needed for your gear)
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*      Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join [http://www.marketforchange.com Market for Change] - Peace Corps Uganda in recent years has provided volunteers with a solar lamp
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* Music player and music (consider the power and battery consumption of the different options, also consider the risk of having this stolen)
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* Musical instruments (if you play or plan to learn)
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* A few novels (to read and swap)
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* Hobby materials like sketching pads and pencils
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* Games
  
During the safety and security training sessions, you will learn how to adopt a lifestyle that reduces risk in your home, at work, and during your travels. You will also learn appropriate, effective strategies for coping with unwanted attention and about your individual responsibility for promoting safety and security throughout your service.  
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Note: Do not bring a mosquito net; Peace Corps/Uganda provides these.  
  
Additional Trainings during Volunteer Service
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[[Category:Uganda]]
 
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In its commitment to institutionalize quality training, the Peace Corps has implemented a training system that provides trainees and Volunteers with continuing opportunities to examine their commitment to Peace Corps service while increasing their technical and cross-cultural skills. During your service, there are usually four in-service training (IST) events. The titles and objectives for those events follow.
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* Reconnect/IST: Provides an opportunity for Volunteers to upgrade their technical, language, and project development skills while sharing their experiences and reaffirming their commitment after having served for four months.
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* Technical/IST: Provides Volunteers with an opportunity for dialogue, information sharing, and skills upgrading.  This event is conducted approximately eight months into service.
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* Mid-service conference: Assists Volunteers in reviewing their first year, reassessing their personal and project objectives, and planning for their second year of service.
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* Close-of-service conference: Prepares Volunteers for the future after Peace Corps service and reviews their respective projects and personal experiences. This event is held three to four months prior to the end of your service.
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The number, length, and design of these training events are adapted to country-specific needs and conditions. The key to the training system is that training events are integrated and interrelated, from the pre-departure orientation through the end of your service, and are planned, implemented, and evaluated cooperatively by the training staff, Peace Corps staff, and the Volunteers.
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[[Category:Kiribati]]
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[[Category:Training|Kiribati]]
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Revision as of 12:49, 16 June 2015


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

Packing Lists by Country

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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Uganda and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that an essential item to one person is a waste of space and money to another. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything mentioned below, so consider each of the suggestion below and make certain bringing it makes sense to you personally and professionally. If you can’t imagine why you would use an item on this list, you probably never will. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Uganda, including made-to-order clothes. Also note that you will be responsible for carrying all of these items through airports, on crowded buses, and through large cities. Luggage should be lightweight but sturdy, lockable, and easy to carry. As mentioned earlier, Ugandans place great emphasis on being well-groomed and appropriately dressed. When it comes to dress, it is best to err on the conservative side. Tight, torn, revealing, and skimpy clothing is unacceptable. Women’s skirts should be below the knee, and slips are a must. Most Ugandan women do not wear sleeveless garments or trousers in the workplace. For men, button-down shirts are a must for work; T-shirts are not appropriate as professional wear. Do not bring military- or camouflage-style clothing.

The climate in Uganda is pleasantly moderate, although it can be quite cool at night and in the rainy season, especially in the hilly areas. In choosing clothing, remember that you will be washing clothes by hand, that it can take a long time for items to dry in the rainy season, and that dark clothing is better at hiding mud and dirt.


General Clothing

  • Belt
  • Rain gear
  • Sleepwear
  • Sun hats or caps
  • Sweater, sweatshirt, or windbreaker
  • Sturdy gloves for gardening and other work

For Women

  • Three basic below-the-knee skirts
  • One or two pairs of culottes for bike riding and fieldwork
  • Four short-sleeved (not sleeveless) tops (tank tops can be worn underneath if desired)
  • One below-the-knee dress for special occasions
  • One or two pairs of slacks for gardening and travel (jeans are rarely appropriate for women and are hard to wash and dry)
  • One or two pairs of shorts for sports
  • Two-year supply of cotton underpants, bras, and socks (not available locally)
  • Nylons (not necessary for Uganda but perhaps useful for vacation) -- they are available in country as well
  • Durable sports bra
  • At least one, one-piece swimsuit

For Men

  • Four pairs of nice cotton or polyester-blend trousers for work (jeans are okay for casual wear, not for work, but are very hard to wash and dry)
  • One nice dress shirt and tie for special occasions (a sports coat is useful but not a must, and some teacher trainers find they need to wear ties)
  • Four or five button-down shirts for work, most short-sleeved
  • One or two pairs of shorts (conservative length) for sports and wearing around the house
  • Four or five T-shirts for casual wear and physical labor
  • Two-year supply of cotton underwear and socks
  • Swimsuit

Shoes

  • One pair of dress shoes
  • One pair of sturdy, comfortable work shoes with closed toes
  • One pair of hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • One pair of sturdy sandals (flip-flops and simple canvas shoes are available in Uganda)

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Prescription drugs for the first three months
  • Two or three months’ supply of sanitary napkins or other feminine hygiene supplies (ob-brand minipads are available locally but are expensive, and you will not have a chance to buy any during training)
  • Shaving cream (available locally)
  • Deodorant (available locally but expensive)
  • Cotton swabs (also available locally)
  • Shampoo and cream rinse for the first few weeks
  • Toothbrushes and travel case (toothpaste is available locally, but bring an initial supply)
  • Dental floss (though the Peace Corps provides floss, it is handy to have some for other purposes (e.g., hanging pictures))
  • Hair clips, bobby pins, covered elastic bands
  • Razors and blades (some types are available locally); remember not to pack these or other sharp objects in your carry-on bag
  • Brush/comb, some extra ones
  • Lotions and powders (note that scented toiletries can attract insects)
  • Nail clippers and nail files or emery boards
  • Hair-cutting scissors

Kitchen

You will be given a modest settling-in allowance after training to buy household items in Uganda, and pots and pans, dishes, cups, basins, cookers, and lanterns are widely available. You might want to send some food items to yourself before you leave, such as powdered drink mixes, granola bars, chocolate that won’t melt, and your favorite spices (many spices are available here, especially Indian ones).

  • Two sets of sheets; twin-size flat ones are the most useful (local sheets are of poor quality and expensive, though local blankets are of good quality)
  • French press, if you appreciate good coffee
  • Three to four washcloths for use in bucket baths (also available locally)
  • Several large towels (lightweight beach towels are a good choice-these are available locally as well)
  • Cookbook or recipes
  • Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool
  • Good can opener (available locally, but often of poor quality)
  • Vegetable peeler and other favorite low-tech gadgets (most items available locally)
  • Measuring cup and spoons (also available locallye)
  • Mess kit for cooking (most items available locally)
  • Plastic food storage containers and bags
  • Spices, herbs, hot sauce (Ugandan food is simple in flavor)

Miscellaneous

  • At least 15 passport-size photos will be used to obtain a residency permit and for use in obtaining other forms of identification soon after you arrive, so pack them in your carry-on luggage
  • Umbrella (available locally)
  • Sewing kit
  • U.S. stamps, for sending mail with people traveling back home
  • Good dictionary
  • Reference books for your specialty (there are also good materials in Peace Corps/Uganda’s resource center)
  • Duct tape
  • Small stapler and staples (also availabel locally)
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Small mirror
  • Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Pocket-size solar calculator
  • Sleeping bag and pad (some Volunteers say these are essential; others say they never use them)
  • Good flashlight and extra bulbs
  • Sunglasses
  • Money belt
  • Basic wristwatch
  • Shortwave radios
  • Binoculars (optional-Uganda is a bird-watcher’s heaven)
  • Camera
  • Bungee cords
  • Daypack
  • Solar-powered battery charger and batteries (if needed for your gear)
  • Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join Market for Change - Peace Corps Uganda in recent years has provided volunteers with a solar lamp
  • Music player and music (consider the power and battery consumption of the different options, also consider the risk of having this stolen)
  • Musical instruments (if you play or plan to learn)
  • A few novels (to read and swap)
  • Hobby materials like sketching pads and pencils
  • Games

Note: Do not bring a mosquito net; Peace Corps/Uganda provides these.