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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Mongolia]] 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, remember that you have a 102-pound weight restriction on baggage.
  
===Communications===
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You can find almost anything you need in Ulaanbaatar and many basics can be purchased in aimag centers (provincial capitals). Depending upon your site, you may have limited time to shop in Ulaanbaatar until your first in-service training, which is usually held in December. So think carefully about those essential winter items you will need during your first few months at your site.
  
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Before you move to your site, the Peace Corps will provide you with a space heater, water filter or distiller, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, shortwave radio, good-quality extension cord, many teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) books, sleeping bag (some Volunteers find the sleeping bag bulky and heavy and suggest that trainees bring their own for travel purposes), medical kit (described in an earlier section of this book), and a subscription to Newsweek’s international edition.
  
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Your living allowance should not be considered a source of funding for major clothing purchases, although replacement clothing is factored into the living allowance. The Peace Corps does not provide reimbursement for winter clothing purchased in the United States. However Peace Corps/ Mongolia does provide a settling-in/winterization allowance that covers the purchase of some winter clothing and supplies in-country.
  
====Mail====
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The hard water and strong detergent in Mongolia, not to mention hand-washing, will be harsh on your clothing, so make sure that whatever you bring can stand up to this treatment. Most Volunteers wear their clothes for several days before washing them, so dark colors are a good idea.  While dry cleaning is available in Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, and Erdenet, you may not have regular access to these cities, and the quality of the service is not consistent.
  
Mail from the United States usually takes one to three weeks to arrive, but it has been known to take several months or not arrive at all. Despite the delays, we encourage you to write to your family regularly. Family members often become worried when they do not hear from you, so it is a good idea to advise them that mail service is sporadic and that they should not worry if they do not receive your letters regularly. If a serious problem were to occur, Peace Corps/Jamaica would notify the Office of Special Services at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., which would then contact your family.  Also advise your family that in the case of an emergency, they can contact the Office of Special Services in Washington at 800.424.8580, extension 1470.  
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A wide variety of clothes is available here (many of them made in China), but quality can be lacking. If you have a hard time finding your size in the United States, you won’t find it here, and genuine “high-tech” fibers are not readily available. Very warm, Mongolian-made winter clothes can be purchased in-country. Walking will be your main mode of transportation around town, and the terrain here is rather rugged, so you need footwear that can take a lot of abuse.  
  
During pre-service training, your mail should be sent to the following address:
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==General Clothing ==
  
“Your Name,” PCT
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Note: Many Volunteers suggest packing very light. Basic clothing and toiletries can be bought here. Save room in your suitcase for music, pictures from home, and things that make a big difference when being away from home for two years. Specialty items like quality long underwear and gloves make good sense to bring from home, but heavy jackets can be bought here for under $30. Also pack a separate bag of winter things or things you won’t need during the 11 weeks of summer training. This bag will be stored at the Peace Corps office and you won’t have access to it during summer training.
  
c/o Country Director
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* One pair (tops and bottoms) of mid-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
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* One pair (tops and bottoms) of heavy-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
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* Winter coat or parka (available in Mongolia)
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* Fall and spring coat or parka (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Gloves or mittens (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Scarf (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Stocking cap (readily available in Mongolia)
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* A few (3–4) pairs of woolen socks (readily available in Mongolia)
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* A few (3–4) pairs of cotton socks (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Sun hats (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Two to three “professional” shirts to work in (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Two to three pairs of nice pants for work (readily available in Mongolia)
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* One to two pullover sweaters (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Two pairs of jeans (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Five to six of your favorite T–shirts
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* Sweatpants and sweatshirt (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Two pairs of shorts (essential for summer and playing sports)
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* One formal piece of clothing, such as a suit for males and a dress for women (readily available in Mongolia)
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Note: It is very difficult for tall men and women to find clothing that fits them here. Peace Corps recommends purchasing these items while in the U.S. if you are over 6’ tall.
  
8 Worthington Avenue
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==For Women ==
  
Kingston, 5, Jamaica, West Indies
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* Bras and underwear (larger sizes are difficult to find and the quality may be lacking)
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* Tank tops (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Bathing suit
  
Once you become a Volunteer and are at your site, you may choose to have your letters sent directly to your new address, but packages should always be sent by the U.S. Postal Service to the Peace Corps office at the above address. Packages sent to any other address, or sent through services like UPS, DHL, and Federal Express, will be held at the airport until you make the trip to claim them and pay duty.
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==For Men ==
  
Packages can take from two weeks to four months to arrive. They must be lighter than 22 pounds and are cheaper to mail if they are less than 11 pounds. Note that books and documents that weigh a minimum of 11 pounds can be sent to you in an “M-Bag” through the U.S. Postal Service at a relatively economical rate. Further information is available at U.S. post offices and at www.usps.com.
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* Underwear (the quality of local underwear may be lacking)
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* Swim trunks
  
====Telephones====
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==Shoes ==
  
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* Winter boots (available here)
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* Hiking boots (not necessary, but the hiking is great here)
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* Sneakers (especially if you like basketball or volleyball since there are plenty of opportunities to play these here)
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* Sandals (outdoor “flip-flop” sandals are not available in Mongolia)
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* Dress shoes
  
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Note: Men’s shoes larger than size 10 and women’s shoes larger than size 8 are difficult to find in Mongolia.
  
Land-line telephones are available throughout the island except in very remote areas, and international phone service to and from Jamaica is fairly reliable. AT&T, Sprint, and MCI offer toll-free numbers that directly connect you with an operator to place a collect call. Prepaid calling cards called “World Talk” are available island-wide for local and overseas calls on public and private phones, but they can be expensive for long-distance calls. U.S. calling cards are not accepted.  If calling home collect is not an option, the most economical option is for your loved ones to call you directly. Many cellphones from the United States do not function in Jamaica, but there are four major cellphone companies providing reliable island-wide coverage. You are strongly encouraged to purchase a cellphone in-country rather than bringing one from home.
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==Kitchen ==
  
====Computer, Internet, and E-mail Access ====
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* Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife
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* Sturdy water bottle(s) (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Plastic storage bags 
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* Your favorite cookbook (a Volunteer-compiled cookbook will be given to you at the end of pre-service training) Note: the following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: garlic press, corkscrew, pie tin, French press (electric coffeemakers are available in the capital), vegetable peeler, can opener, spices of all kinds, parmesan cheese, vanilla extract, and gourmet coffee and tea. These are not necessities and will not be needed during training. You don’t need to waste packing space on these since they can be sent to you in a care package once you arrive at your site or purchased in the capital.
  
If you bring a laptop, make certain it is insured and bring a power surge protector. (You might also consider bringing a portable printer.) E-mail access is becoming more available and is an economical way to communicate. Peace Corps/ Jamaica’s resource center is equipped with four computers with Internet access for use by Volunteers. There are also Internet cafes in the larger cities.
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==Personal Hygiene & Toiletry Items ==
  
===Housing and Site Location===
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Hand and foot warmers (i.e., the charcoal kind that are activated when exposed to air). These are best sent in a care package.
  
Your living conditions in Jamaica may not be as rugged as those in many Peace Corps posts. Most Volunteers have indoor plumbing and running water. The water usually is not heated, however, so be prepared for cold showers. Laundry, while usually washed by hand, is usually done in a sink or a washtub. Electricity exists island-wide, except in very remote areas. Very few Volunteers go without a refrigerator and other electrical appliances, and many Volunteers have amenities such as cable television.  
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The following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: Razor, blades (these are hard to find, but cheap ones can be found in aimags and expensive gillette sensor-type blades in the capital), and shaving cream, a towel, contact lens solutions, hair-cutting device, antiperspirant or deodorant, hair fixatives, dental floss and fluoride mouthwash.  
  
Living conditions will vary depending upon whether your site is rural, peri-urban, or urban. Areas with mining, manufacturing, and tourism will have a higher standard of living. The agency to which you are assigned will assist you in identifying suitable housing. All Volunteers must live in the initial housing identified by their agency for at least the first four months of service after which Volunteers may move to different housing if they so desire (with the approval of Peace Corps staff). If accommodations do not meet your needs, it will be your responsibility to locate housing that meets specified budgetary, health, and safety criteria and is approved by Peace Corps staff. The most common living situations are a room with its own entrance, attached to a bathroom and kitchen that you share with a family; an apartment you share with another Volunteer; or your own place. Generally, Volunteers remain in the housing initially identified by their agency.  
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Note: Many products are available in Mongolia (e.g., Nivea hand cream, Pantene shampoo, Colgate toothpaste, nail polish, and ALL kinds of cosmetics), but if you are, for instance, a Clinique or Body Shop junkie, bring your own or have them sent.  
  
During pre-service training, you will be placed with a host family for the community-based portion of training. Here you will receive a firsthand orientation to Jamaican culture and community life.
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==Miscellaneous ==
  
===Living Allowance and Money Management ===
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* A small photo album of family and friends (a must-bring item)
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* 220-volt converter (essential if you bring American appliances)
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* Rechargeable batteries
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* Camera*
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* Flashlight*
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* American board and card games
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* Music*
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* Solar shower
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* Duct tape (highly recommended)
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* Camping gear (if you like to camp)*
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* Fishing gear (if you like to fish)*
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* Backpack (useful for traveling in-country)
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* Reading materials (much cheaper if sent using a postal M-bag; also, Peace Corps has an extensive lending library)
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* MP3 or iPod player
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* Flash disk or thumb drive
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(*Available in the capital)
  
The local currency is the Jamaican dollar, and the exchange rate changes constantly. The Peace Corps will open checking accounts for you in local and U.S. currency at a branch of the National Commercial Bank, which will issue you an ATM card. Your living allowance and leave allowances will be deposited monthly into these accounts. To help facilitate this process, please send a scanned photo ID to jamaica@peacecorps.gov once you accept your invitation.
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==Work Items for English Education Volunteers==
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Chances are good that your school will not be able to provide you with many resources. Below are a few items that cannot be bought in-country but would be useful in the classroom.  
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* Colored construction paper
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* Catalogs (the pictures are useful when teaching)
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* Children’s books, a picture dictionary, songs on tape, and a book about American holidays
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* Erasers for chalkboards
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* Index cards
  
===Food and Diet ===
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==Work Items for Health and Community and Youth Development Volunteers ==
  
Your diet may not need to change drastically while you are in Jamaica. The main source of meat is chicken, and you are likely to become a culinary expert in its preparation.. Beef, goat, and fish are also readily available.  
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What you need will depend on your experience in your field and the specific job you have. It is best to assess your situation when you get here and then have items sent from home.  
  
Vegetarians need not be concerned. Although there may be a smaller variety of foods than you are used to, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as dried beans and rice, are plentiful.  Many rastafarians follow an "ital" diet which is vegetarian and often vegan, and TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) is widely available as a vegetarian protein source..  Note that Jamaicans love hot and spicy foods. For those who crave a taste of home, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Wendy’s, T.G.I.Friday’s, Domino’s, and Pizza Hut can be found in many urban areas. Also available in urban areas are imported food items. Once you move to your site, you will learn to make do with what is available locally—a little creativity does go a long way.
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===Transportation ===
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Within the Kingston Metropolitan Area (Kingston, Portmore, Saint Andrew and Spanish Town), the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) runs a modern and efficient transportation system with hubs similar to those in America. Taxis and Hackney Carriages that operate rural routes are crowded and often do not operate on regular schedules. The JUTC operates three hubs within the Kingston Metropolitan Area; the very modern Half-Way Tree Transport Center, Parade, and The new Downtown Transport Center. Rural travel options range from large buses, minibuses and route taxis to pickup trucks, bicycles, and lots of walking. It may be necessary for you to walk or bike long distances in hot, humid, or rainy weather. The Peace Corps issues bicycles and helmets to those who need them to get to work (supplies permitting). Volunteers are required to wear a helmet while riding bicycles.
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===Geography and Climate===
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Jamaica has a tropical climate. Temperatures vary between 80 degrees and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and are about 10 degrees lower at higher elevations. Both days and nights generally are hot and humid in the summer months, while evenings are noticeably cooler during the winter. At higher elevations, especially between November and March, evenings can be quite chilly, and a light wrap, long-sleeved shirt, or sweatshirt may be necessary. Rain can occur any time throughout the year, though most likely from May through June and from September through October.
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===Social Activities ===
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Activities available for entertainment will depend on where you are assigned and how creative you are. Among the possibilities are reading, walking, writing letters, riding a bicycle, swimming, socializing with friends, taking classes, doing arts and crafts, going to the movies or plays, watching videos or television, listening to music or a shortwave radio, dancing at clubs or DJ parties, snorkeling, scuba diving, playing games (e.g., cards or dominoes, the national pastime), and playing musical instruments.
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===Professionalism, Dress, and Behavior ===
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You will be working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in cooperation with a government ministry or Jamaican organization and will be expected to dress and behave as a professional. Most professional Jamaicans dress well and follow a conservative dress code. If this dress code is not maintained, it is seen as disrespectful. While tourists may wear short shorts and transparent clothing, such attire is not appropriate for Volunteers.
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Peace Corps/Jamaica has guidelines for appropriate professional dress, which you are expected to adhere to when visiting business establishments or the Peace Corps office, especially during working hours. Men should wear long trousers (not jeans), a short- or long-sleeved shirt with a collar, and leather shoes with socks. Women should wear a skirt and blouse, a nice pantsuit, or a dress, with nice closed-toe dress shoes or flats. Jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, casual sandals (e.g., Tevas or Birkenstocks), and other casual wear are inappropriate except during some field-oriented activities.
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Flip-flops should not be worn during pre-service training or during work hours. Any body piercings besides in the ear are inappropriate; please remove these piercings before you have sex. Visible tattoos are also inappropriate and should be kept covered to the extent possible.
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===Personal Safety ===
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More information about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety is contained in the Health Care and Safety chapter, but it is an important issue and cannot be overemphasized. As stated in the Volunteer Handbook, becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer entails certain safety risks. Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment, oftentimes alone, having a limited understanding of local language and culture, and being perceived as well-off are some of the factors that can put a Volunteer at risk. Many Volunteers experience varying degrees of unwanted attention and harassment. Petty thefts and burglaries are not uncommon, and incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur, although most Volunteers complete their two years of service without personal security incidents.  The Peace Corps has established procedures and policies designed to help you reduce your risks and enhance your safety and security. These procedures and policies, in addition to safety training, will be provided once you arrive in Jamaica.  At the same time, you are expected to take responsibility for your own safety and well-being.
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The real sacrifices you will make in the Peace Corps are in the form of the tremendous daily, even hourly, efforts you will make to operate and be effective in another culture and the constant struggle to be self-aware and sensitive. A former Volunteer explains:
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“Most of us agree that although we knew the Peace Corps was going to be hard, it is often hard in a different way than we expected. We all worried about adjusting to the bugs and the heat, but that’s the easy part. It’s more of a challenge to get used to dealing with perplexing bureaucracy, the lack of motivation in some host country counterparts, the lack of technology and education, and cultural barriers.” As with most developing countries, there will be challenges such as irregular transportation, disruptions in electrical and water supplies, and inordinate delays in getting things done.
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Your maturity, openness to change, and commitment to the Peace Corps will greatly enhance your ability to adapt to living and working in Jamaica. Judging by the experience of former Volunteers, the rewards are well worth the difficulties, and most Volunteers leave Jamaica feeling that they have gained much more than they gave during their service.
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Revision as of 20:51, 16 April 2011


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

Packing Lists by Country

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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Mongolia 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, remember that you have a 102-pound weight restriction on baggage.

You can find almost anything you need in Ulaanbaatar and many basics can be purchased in aimag centers (provincial capitals). Depending upon your site, you may have limited time to shop in Ulaanbaatar until your first in-service training, which is usually held in December. So think carefully about those essential winter items you will need during your first few months at your site.

Before you move to your site, the Peace Corps will provide you with a space heater, water filter or distiller, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, shortwave radio, good-quality extension cord, many teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) books, sleeping bag (some Volunteers find the sleeping bag bulky and heavy and suggest that trainees bring their own for travel purposes), medical kit (described in an earlier section of this book), and a subscription to Newsweek’s international edition.

Your living allowance should not be considered a source of funding for major clothing purchases, although replacement clothing is factored into the living allowance. The Peace Corps does not provide reimbursement for winter clothing purchased in the United States. However Peace Corps/ Mongolia does provide a settling-in/winterization allowance that covers the purchase of some winter clothing and supplies in-country.

The hard water and strong detergent in Mongolia, not to mention hand-washing, will be harsh on your clothing, so make sure that whatever you bring can stand up to this treatment. Most Volunteers wear their clothes for several days before washing them, so dark colors are a good idea. While dry cleaning is available in Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, and Erdenet, you may not have regular access to these cities, and the quality of the service is not consistent.

A wide variety of clothes is available here (many of them made in China), but quality can be lacking. If you have a hard time finding your size in the United States, you won’t find it here, and genuine “high-tech” fibers are not readily available. Very warm, Mongolian-made winter clothes can be purchased in-country. Walking will be your main mode of transportation around town, and the terrain here is rather rugged, so you need footwear that can take a lot of abuse.

General Clothing

Note: Many Volunteers suggest packing very light. Basic clothing and toiletries can be bought here. Save room in your suitcase for music, pictures from home, and things that make a big difference when being away from home for two years. Specialty items like quality long underwear and gloves make good sense to bring from home, but heavy jackets can be bought here for under $30. Also pack a separate bag of winter things or things you won’t need during the 11 weeks of summer training. This bag will be stored at the Peace Corps office and you won’t have access to it during summer training.

  • One pair (tops and bottoms) of mid-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
  • One pair (tops and bottoms) of heavy-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
  • Winter coat or parka (available in Mongolia)
  • Fall and spring coat or parka (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Gloves or mittens (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Scarf (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Stocking cap (readily available in Mongolia)
  • A few (3–4) pairs of woolen socks (readily available in Mongolia)
  • A few (3–4) pairs of cotton socks (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Sun hats (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Two to three “professional” shirts to work in (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Two to three pairs of nice pants for work (readily available in Mongolia)
  • One to two pullover sweaters (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Two pairs of jeans (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Five to six of your favorite T–shirts
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirt (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Two pairs of shorts (essential for summer and playing sports)
  • One formal piece of clothing, such as a suit for males and a dress for women (readily available in Mongolia)


Note: It is very difficult for tall men and women to find clothing that fits them here. Peace Corps recommends purchasing these items while in the U.S. if you are over 6’ tall.

For Women

  • Bras and underwear (larger sizes are difficult to find and the quality may be lacking)
  • Tank tops (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Bathing suit

For Men

  • Underwear (the quality of local underwear may be lacking)
  • Swim trunks

Shoes

  • Winter boots (available here)
  • Hiking boots (not necessary, but the hiking is great here)
  • Sneakers (especially if you like basketball or volleyball since there are plenty of opportunities to play these here)
  • Sandals (outdoor “flip-flop” sandals are not available in Mongolia)
  • Dress shoes

Note: Men’s shoes larger than size 10 and women’s shoes larger than size 8 are difficult to find in Mongolia.

Kitchen

  • Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife
  • Sturdy water bottle(s) (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Your favorite cookbook (a Volunteer-compiled cookbook will be given to you at the end of pre-service training) Note: the following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: garlic press, corkscrew, pie tin, French press (electric coffeemakers are available in the capital), vegetable peeler, can opener, spices of all kinds, parmesan cheese, vanilla extract, and gourmet coffee and tea. These are not necessities and will not be needed during training. You don’t need to waste packing space on these since they can be sent to you in a care package once you arrive at your site or purchased in the capital.

Personal Hygiene & Toiletry Items

Hand and foot warmers (i.e., the charcoal kind that are activated when exposed to air). These are best sent in a care package.

The following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: Razor, blades (these are hard to find, but cheap ones can be found in aimags and expensive gillette sensor-type blades in the capital), and shaving cream, a towel, contact lens solutions, hair-cutting device, antiperspirant or deodorant, hair fixatives, dental floss and fluoride mouthwash.

Note: Many products are available in Mongolia (e.g., Nivea hand cream, Pantene shampoo, Colgate toothpaste, nail polish, and ALL kinds of cosmetics), but if you are, for instance, a Clinique or Body Shop junkie, bring your own or have them sent.

Miscellaneous

  • A small photo album of family and friends (a must-bring item)
  • 220-volt converter (essential if you bring American appliances)
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Camera*
  • Flashlight*
  • American board and card games
  • Music*
  • Solar shower
  • Duct tape (highly recommended)
  • Camping gear (if you like to camp)*
  • Fishing gear (if you like to fish)*
  • Backpack (useful for traveling in-country)
  • Reading materials (much cheaper if sent using a postal M-bag; also, Peace Corps has an extensive lending library)
  • MP3 or iPod player
  • Flash disk or thumb drive

(*Available in the capital)

Work Items for English Education Volunteers

Chances are good that your school will not be able to provide you with many resources. Below are a few items that cannot be bought in-country but would be useful in the classroom.

  • Colored construction paper
  • Catalogs (the pictures are useful when teaching)
  • Children’s books, a picture dictionary, songs on tape, and a book about American holidays
  • Erasers for chalkboards
  • Index cards

Work Items for Health and Community and Youth Development Volunteers

What you need will depend on your experience in your field and the specific job you have. It is best to assess your situation when you get here and then have items sent from home.