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|Countryname=Burkina Faso
 
|CountryCode= uv
 
|status = [[ACTIVE]]
 
|Map = Uv-map.gif
 
|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/bfwb686.pdf
 
|Region = [[Africa]]
 
|CountryDirector = [[Shannon Meehan]]
 
|Sectors = [[Business|Small Economic Development]]<br> ([[APCD]]: [[Daniel Rooney]])<br> [[Education|Secondary Education]] <br>([[APCD]]: [[Sebraogo Kiendrebeogo]])<br> [[Education|Girls Education]] <br>([[APCD]]: [[Zallia Mantoro]]) <br> [[Health]] <br>([[APCD]]: [[Claude Millogo]])
 
|ProgramDates = [[1966]] - [[1987]]<br>[[1995]] - [[Present]]
 
|CurrentlyServing = 97
 
|TotalVolunteers = 1521
 
|Languages = [[Bissa]], [[Dioula]], [[French]], [[Fulfude]], [[Gourounssi]], [[Gulmancema]], [[Jula]], [[Kurunfe]], [[Lobiri]], [[Lyele]], [[Mòoré]]
 
|Flag = Flag_of_Burkina_Faso.svg
 
|stagingdate= Jun 9 2010
 
|stagingcity= Washington, DC
 
}}
 
  
Peace Corps resumed work in Burkina Faso in 1995 after an eight-year absence. Upon request of the government, Volunteers arrived to work in primary healthcare in rural communities.
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers who currently serve in [[Fiji]] 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 can always have things sent to you later.  You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Fiji.  
  
Two years later, the Ministry <span class="plainlinks">[http://goo.gl/LRCVw<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;  background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia</span>] of Secondary Education requested Volunteers to work with middle schools, high schools, a teacher-training college, and a university to make up for large shortfalls in qualified teachers.
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===General Clothing===
  
In 2003, the government and Peace Corps collaborated to start a small enterprise development project in microfinance and agribusiness. The girls' education and empowerment program began in 2005 in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic Education.
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Avoid bringing clothing that requires dry cleaning. Also suede gets ruined here due to the high humidity.  
  
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===For Women:===
  
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* Long dresses with sleeves. These should be loose and well below the knees (ankle length is best). Latest casual fashions are fine. One or two “nicer” dresses are good to have for swearing-in ceremonies and other important occasions, such as weddings and attending church services. ''You really only need one of these to wear to church.  Any other time, Fijians never wear dresses or skirts to their ankles.  Just below the knee is fine.''
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* Black dress and/or skirt. In the unfortunate event that there is a funeral in your community, you will need to have a properly conservative long black skirt or dress.''You will go to at least one funeral so definately bring a black dress or skirt.  The dress doesn't have to be ankle length because you can buy a black sulu to wear underneath it.''
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* Long, loose skirts. These should below the knees and full enough for you to be able to sit on the floor with your legs to the side and your knees covered. ''These are what Fijian women wear everyday they're in town and some wear them in the village too, so bring plenty.''
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* Tops and shirts. At least one or two long-sleeved tops to wear when you’ve had enough sun. Also, plenty of loose-fitting, comfortable, short-sleeved cotton shirts. Tight-fitting and/or low-cut shirts or sleeveless tank tops are not appropriate. Loose tailored T-shirts are fine (check Eddie Bauer, Lands End, L.L. Bean, etc.). You may also want to consider one or two sleeveless tops for when you are traveling (on vacation/at resorts). ''If you can afford them, bring a few REI/Patagonia style fancy "quick-dry" whatever tee-shirts because cotton takes a long time to dry in humid Fiji and your cotton shirts will quickly get holes and become worn from all the hand washing.  The REI shirts last forever and dry well in Fiji.''
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* Blouses. Depending upon your site and your assignment, you may find yourself dressing more formally/professionally than you are used to at home.  Bring a few nice, lightweight tailored blouses. Short sleeves are best for the hotter weather. ''Italic text''
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* Jacket and sweatshirt. It does (occasionally) get cool here, so bring something that is sturdy and cotton.  Long-sleeved T-shirts work well, too. You will not need anything like fleece unless you are planning to travel to a colder area during your stay. ''Italic text''
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* Undergarments. There is only one kind to consider: cotton. Bring as many as you will need for your full two years as they are very expensive to replace here and they tend to wear out with repeated scrubbing. You may need to wear a slip with your lightweight dresses and skirts. On hot days, cotton slips will be more comfortable than nylon. Some Volunteers wear non-see-through medium-weight cotton skirts to avoid the double layers that slips produce. Leave your panty-hose and stockings at home as women do not wear them here (they are too hot in this climate).
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* Jeans and long pants. Usually they will not be appropriate to wear at your site and in general are just too heavy to wear in the heat anyway. Pants and jeans are acceptable for home wear and some urban activities, but almost never in a village or settlement. Bring a couple along for travel and/or visits to Suva. Lightweight cottons and capris-type pants are most appropriate.
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* Shorts. One or two pair(s) of long, knee-length shorts are advisable. Though they cannot be worn in the villages in public, they can be worn at the beach or for playing sports. Some women also wear shorts under their sulus, so consider a pair or two for this purpose.  Nylon running shorts or tight biking shorts are not acceptable. For exercising outdoors, longer running shorts or capris-length shorts are acceptable.
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*      ''You will want to go to Suva (the capital) occasionally and go out to dinner and go dancing and whatnot.  So bring the same clothes you wear in the US when you want to dress up a little and look nice (jeans, spaghetti straps, short dresses, etc.).  The Fijians do it too, it's fine.''
  
==Peace Corps History==
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===For Men:===
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso]]''
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* Slacks and long pants. Permanent press cotton-poly blends are a good bet and always acceptable in professional situations and at your site. Medium-weight, drab colors will last and hide stains and can usually go a bit longer between washings. Blue jeans are not acceptable in professional situations and are usually too heavy to wear anyway, but are fine to wear around the house and in some urban activities.
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* Shirts. Permanent press, collared, button-down cotton shirts are suggested for work. Long sleeves rolled up for comfort are perfectly acceptable, but short sleeves are cooler and more commonly worn. Golf shirts are fine to wear to work. T-shirts and rugby shirts are for recreation only. One or two dressier shirts are needed for special occasions or church.
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* Shorts. These are usually worn only in casual, non-jobrelated activities and in some rural-based assignments (e.g., fisheries). Cut-offs and gym shorts are for recreation only. Otherwise, stick to packing permanent press, medium-weight, drab-colored cotton shorts that come just to or below mid-thigh.
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* Jacket, sweater, sweatshirt. It’s not always warm in the tropics, so you will find it handy to have an extra layer to wear. Washable cotton is suggested. It is not necessary to bring a sports jacket, but there are events when it will be nice to have one (swearing-in ceremonies, local celebrations, etc.). A tie with a short-sleeved dress shirt is also acceptable without a jacket for dressier occasions.
  
The Peace Corps entered Burkina Faso, then called Upper Volta, in 1967 and operated there uninterrupted for 20 years. Major projects included forestry extension, young farmer education, small enterprise development, secondary education (math, science, and English language), water well construction, agricultural and environmental extension, arts and crafts, basketball coaching, and parks development. In June 1986, the government of Burkina Faso asked the Peace Corps to cease sending Volunteers because the Peace Corps’ programs no longer <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Jerry_Shey<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;  background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia</span>] coincided with Burkina Faso’s development goals. The 30 Volunteers in the country completed their service in 1987. In 1995, 19 trainees arrived in Burkina Faso as part of a newly established health project. One year later, the Peace Corps established a secondary education project in response to the government’s urgent request for teachers. In 2003, in response to government initiatives and articulated local needs, a small enterprise development project began with 15 trainees. A girls’ education project started in 2005. Currently, nearly 170 Volunteers work throughout the country, primarily in rural areas. Approximately 1,500 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Burkina Faso to date.
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Undergarments. Bring a good number of cotton briefs. Underclothes are very expensive in Fiji and wear out quickly due to hand-scrubbing and humidity. Cotton boxer shorts are not available here.  
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle==
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* Swimsuits. Local men just wear their walking shorts for swimming. Trunk styles are more acceptable than bikini Speedo styles.
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* Neckties. One will come in handy for special occasions and for church. Most men do not wear ties to work as they are too hot.
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* Socks. Cotton socks are expensive and hard to find here; however, you probably won’t need more than a few pair.
  
''Main article: [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Burkina Faso]]''
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===All Volunteers===
  
The government ministry to which you are assigned or your community will provide you with safe and adequate housing in accordance with the Peace Corps’ site selection criteria. The majority of health Volunteers live in small rural villages, while education Volunteers tend to live in larger villages and towns. Volunteer housing is typically a small house made of mud or cement bricks with a thatch or tin roof. Many Volunteers do not have running water or electricity; they draw their water from a well and obtain light through kerosene lanterns. Nearly all Volunteers are within one hour of a neighboring Volunteer and eight hours of the Peace Corps office in Ouagadougou by public transport.
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Shoes and Accessories
  
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* Athletic shoes. Fiji offers many different sporting activities, especially walking. If you plan to do a lot of running, hiking, or playing squash, bring the appropriate shoes for it. Brand-name shoes are often available, but expensive and styles are limited. Be aware that expensive athletic shoes are among the items most often stolen from Volunteers. Leather hiking shoes are usually too hot and mold before you get much use out of them. ''I've been in Fiji for almost a year and I've worn my sneakers once.  I live in flip-flops.''
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* Sandals/walking shoes. A good sturdy, waterproof style (like Teva or Chaco) that can be worn both in the water and out are a good investment; you will find yourself living in them. You may also want to bring along a “nice” pair of sandals for more formal occasions (swearing-in, celebrations, etc.)''Fijians don't wear nice sandals even on nice occasions.  Flip-flops are always appropriate''. Plastic flip-flops are widely available here and are great for showers. You will probably not need dress shoes, heels, rain boots or the like.
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* Sunglasses. The sun in the tropics is very strong, so be kind to your eyes. If you wear prescription glasses, you may want to invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses. Cheap, non-polarized sunglasses are available in urban areas; duty-free shops carry quality brands, but be ready to pay a premium for them.
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* Hats. Hats are taboo in the villages, but there will be plenty of times when you are away from the village when you will be glad for some protection from the sun.  A collapsible, washable type that is easily packed is best. Note: never wear a hat inside a building or house.
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* Waterproof windbreaker. A lightweight, waterproof jacket is a good thing to have. Make sure it isn’t too heavy and that it’s breathable. You will not need a full raincoat, as a cool, afternoon shower will be a welcome change from the heat! Plastic raincoats tend to be cumbersome and very hot in this weather.
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* Umbrella. It rains a lot here! Inexpensive folding umbrellas are available, but tend to be poorly made. Consider bringing one from home (Eddie Bauer makes a great travel umbrella that is well-made and very small). Better quality, full-size umbrellas are available everywhere. ''Definitely bring a travel-sized, rust-proof umbrella from home.  You will use it all the time.''
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* Waterproof watch. Even if you don’t get the watch wet, if it isn’t waterproof, it will rust from the humidity.  Watches can be purchased here at reasonable costs.
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* Personal hygiene and toiletry items. Just about anything you need can be purchased here; however, imported items often cost roughly the same as they would in the U.S. If you have a favorite brand or product, you might consider bringing a supply with you. If you are on any special medication, bring a three-month supply with you as it may take that long for a replacement to be ordered from the U.S. Anyone with glasses, hearing aid, etc. should bring at least one replacement. In most cases, the Peace Corps will not replace lost or damaged contact lenses nor more than one pair of eyeglasses.''After you swear-in (at the end of training) the peace corps doctors provide you with any kind of medication you can think of, including sunscreen, face-wash, lotion, bug-spray, pain killers, baby powder, etc.  So don't bring too much of this kind of stuff, just a little to get you through training.  Oh wait.  They did give us sunscreen and bug-spray during training so don't bring any of that.''
  
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===Kitchen and Home===
  
==Training==
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* Clock. Bring a small one with an alarm, either wind-up or battery-powered.
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* Good, sharp kitchen knife. Needs no explanation and will make your hours in the kitchen much fewer and less painful! Remember to pack this in your luggage and not in your carry-on bag. ''For sure bring this''
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* Battery-operated (or solar-powered) tape recorder, radio cassette/CD player and/or shortwave radio. Also bring along some of your favorite music as pre-recorded tapes and CDs are very expensive here. ''You will be very happy if you bring your iPod and portable speakers (battery powered in case you don't have electricity).''
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* Portable tool kit. Screwdriver, pliers, etc. can be bought here, but you may want to bring a small portable kit anyway. ''Kind of a good idea, but if you don't already have it, don't go buy one just for Fiji.''
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* Towels. Two towels and face cloths. Lightweight towels dry faster in the humidity.
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* Flashlight. Also known as a “torch” here in Fiji, these come in very handy. Consider a waterproof flashlight.  Mini-Mag-lights are great, too.
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* Pocket knife or all-purpose tool. A Swiss Army knife or Leatherman is something you will find yourself using daily.
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* Duct Tape. A roll or two will come in handy throughout your two years.
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* Luggage locks. A few small locks for your bags when they are in storage. Note: Most airlines are discouraging their use in flight, so you may want to just pack them in your suitcase rather than actually using them on your trip over. ''Italic text''
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* Plastic drip coffeemaker. Bring it if you really love coffee. The non-electrical kind that fits on top of a glass decanter or the type that you can brew an individual cup is best.  Instant coffee is available all over Fiji and drip coffee can be found in Suva, if you’re willing to pay the price.
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* Silica gel. This is to protect your electronics (camera, etc.) from moisture damage. It also comes in handy with leather items, tapes, shoes, your medical kit, etc. You can get packets at your local craft store (used to dry flowers), at some discount chains (Target), some home stores and on the Internet. The kind that you can bake and re-use is best. ''Yes, bring this if you love your iPod.''
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* Basic cookbook. The Joy of Cooking comes in a compact paperback version and is very useful. ''You will get Peace Corps Fiji cookbook with all the info you need for cooking in Fiji, so you don't need to bring your own.''
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* Vegetable steamer. Non-electric, basket kind that fits inside a pot. ''I guess if you really like steamed vegetables.''
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* Zip-loc bags. These have so many uses! They keep the bugs out of your food; they can be used to store items (with a little silica packet to capture the moisture), for travel, wet clothing, cosmetics, etc.
  
''Main article: [[Training in Burkina Faso]]''
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===Miscellaneous and Personal Items===
  
During the first several days of training, you will stay at a training center or hotel in the capital. After this orientation period, you will move to Ouahigouya, a regional capital north of Ouagadougou. Trainees will be placed in clusters of four to five people along with a language and cross-culture facilitator. Health and girls’ education clusters will be located in villages a short distance from Ouahigouya. Clusters of small enterprise development and secondary education trainees will most likely be based in Ouahigouya.
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Bring along small, but replaceable, parts of your life you don’t want to live without for the next two years. Make sure they are light enough to carry, sturdy enough to last and dispensable enough so that losing them wouldn’t be serious problem. Here are some suggestions:
  
Trainees will be assigned to a host family where they will live for the duration of pre-service training. The host family experience, which Volunteers in Burkina Faso consider one of the most critical elements of training, allows you to gain hands-on experience in some of the new skills you are expected to acquire. Most Volunteers remain in close contact with their host families throughout their service.
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* Checks. It’s a good idea to keep a checking account at home so that you can write checks for things like tax returns, magazine subscriptions, graduate school applications, etc.
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* Camera supplies. Film is available, but lens tissue, cleaning fluid, etc. are very expensive. There is also a one-day developing service, but expensive as you might expect.
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* Paperback books. Very expensive in Fiji. Peace Corps is developing a limited lending library and there is a public library in Suva. Books can be shipped surface mail or “M-bag” (ask the post office for information), but will take several months to arrive.  ''Bring as many as possible, you'll love yourself if you do.''
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* Day pack/backpack. Waterproof is best. You will use it often. ''Yes.''
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* Games, Cards, UNO, Scrabble, Frisbees, etc.
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* Sturdy luggage/travel bags. Waterproof and collapsible.  
  
At the beginning of training, the training staff will outline the goals that each trainee has to achieve before becoming a Volunteer and the criteria that will be used to assess progress toward those goals. The training director, along with the language, technical, and cross-cultural trainers, will work with you toward the highest possible achievement of training goals by providing you with feedback throughout training. After successful completion of pre-service training, you will be sworn-in as a Volunteer and make final preparations to depart for your site.  
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Hard luggage tends to be cumbersome here as you will not have much room for storage. Collapsible cloth bags or backpacks tend to be more durable than leather goods, which can mold quickly. Once you are in Fiji, you will be asked to travel during training for extended periods of time with only your necessities in one suitcase, so bring one average-sized lightweight piece of luggage so that you can travel light when necessary. You might consider a few waterproof bags—also known as sea bags—for when you travel by boat. ''You don't big sea bags, just small ones to fit your wallet, cell phone, ipod, etc. for when your traveling by boat.''
  
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* Inflatable globe or lightweight atlas. Great for explaining where you come from to local children. ''Adults too.''
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* Musical instrument(s) (if you play any).
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* Photos of home. Photos of winter/snow scenes will be especially fascinating. ''Fijians love to see photos of your family from America.''
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* Simple song book of American songs. ''If you don't know any American songs...''
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* American pocket dictionary (British versions available here). ''Why would you want this?''
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* Backpacker’s sleeping bag. You will not need a full-size sleeping bag, but a “dream sack,” cotton “mummy” sleeping bag liner or other lightweight travel sheet will come in handy. ''Completely unnecessary.''
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* Surface mail subscriptions of your favorite magazines. Takes about six to eight weeks to arrive. ''Wait until you get your site assignment, then have your subscriptions sent there.  You'll definitely enjoy getting magazines in your mailbox.  Some good ones are Time, the Economist, and National Geographic.''
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* Cheap baseball logo hats for gifts.
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* U.S. symbols (such as pins, flags, etc.) for gifts. Bottle openers, nail clippers, bumper stickers, ashtrays, ballpoint pens, etc. ''It's a good idea to bring gifts for you host family during training.  After that, you don't need any gifts for anybody.''
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* Comic books, cheap wind-up toys, posters, magazines, logo T-shirts for gifts.
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* Water sport equipment. If you plan on SCUBA diving or snorkeling during your downtime you might consider bringing some gear—especially light-gauge wetsuits or dive skins to protect you from water lice. Snorkeling equipment might also be very handy for environmental education Volunteers. We do not recommend that you bring a SCUBA tank, regulator or buoyancy compensating device, as they can be rented and/or supplied by our partners for professional use. ''Definitely bring a mask, snorkel, and fins.  Nobody goes SCUBA diving as part of their assignment, and when you go diving on your own, the equipment is always included.''
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* U.S. postage stamps. A good idea for sending mail home with staff or other Volunteers who are going to the States.
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*      ''Bring a can-opener from America cause the ones here suck.''
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*      ''If you're addicted to chewing gum, the gum here is kinda lame too so bring your own.  But only bring the kind that you pop out of the plastic thing cause all other kinds melt.''
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*      ''Hand sanitizer if you're into that.''
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*      ''Women:  Battery-operated body massager...trust me.''
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*      ''Italic text''
  
==Health Care and Safety==
 
  
''Main article: [[Health care and safety in Burkina Faso]]''
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[[Category:Fiji]]
 
 
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 Burkina Faso maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers, who take care of Volunteers’ primary healthcare needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Burkina Faso at local, American-standard hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to a medical facility in the region or to the United States.
 
 
 
 
 
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Burkina Faso]]''
 
 
 
In Burkina Faso, 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 considered familiar and commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Burkina Faso.
 
 
 
Outside of Burkina Faso’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 Burkina Faso are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
 
 
 
* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
 
* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers
 
* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
 
* Possible Issues for Volunteers With Disabilities
 
 
 
 
 
==Frequently Asked Questions==
 
 
 
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|H1s=  75.3
 
|H2r=  25
 
|H2s=  85.3
 
|H3r=  32
 
|H3s=  84.9
 
|H4r=  50
 
|H4s=  102.5
 
|H5r=  9
 
|H5s=  59.6
 
|H6r=  11
 
|H6s=  97
 
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Burkina Faso]]''
 
 
 
* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Burkina Faso?
 
* What is the electric current in Burkina Faso?
 
* How much money should I bring?
 
* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
 
* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
 
* Do I need an international driver’s license?
 
* What should I bring as gifts for Burkina Faso friends and my host family?
 
* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
 
* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
 
* Can I call home from Burkina Faso?
 
* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
 
* Should I bring my computer?
 
 
 
 
 
==Packing List==
 
 
 
''Main article: [[Packing list for Burkina Faso]]''
 
 
 
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Burkina Faso 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. 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 Burkina Faso.
 
 
 
* Clothes
 
* Women
 
* Toiletries
 
* General
 
* Books
 
* Food
 
* You also might want...
 
* And if you really like to bike...
 
 
 
==Peace Corps News==
 
 
 
Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
 
 
 
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<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/uv/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
 
 
 
==Country Fund==
 
 
 
Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=686-CFD Burkina Faso Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Burkina Faso. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
 
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[Volunteers who served in Burkina Faso]]
 
* [[Burkina Faso sites|Sites where volunteers have served in Burkina Faso]]
 
* [[The Friends of Burkina Faso]]
 
* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
 
* [[List of resources for Burkina Faso]]
 
* [[Inspector General Reports]]
 
 
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/uv.html Peace Corps Journals - Burkina Faso]
 
 
 
[[Category:Burkina Faso]] [[Category:Africa]]
 
[[Category:Country]]
 

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Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers who currently serve in Fiji 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 can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Fiji.

General Clothing

Avoid bringing clothing that requires dry cleaning. Also suede gets ruined here due to the high humidity.

For Women:

  • Long dresses with sleeves. These should be loose and well below the knees (ankle length is best). Latest casual fashions are fine. One or two “nicer” dresses are good to have for swearing-in ceremonies and other important occasions, such as weddings and attending church services. You really only need one of these to wear to church. Any other time, Fijians never wear dresses or skirts to their ankles. Just below the knee is fine.
  • Black dress and/or skirt. In the unfortunate event that there is a funeral in your community, you will need to have a properly conservative long black skirt or dress.You will go to at least one funeral so definately bring a black dress or skirt. The dress doesn't have to be ankle length because you can buy a black sulu to wear underneath it.
  • Long, loose skirts. These should below the knees and full enough for you to be able to sit on the floor with your legs to the side and your knees covered. These are what Fijian women wear everyday they're in town and some wear them in the village too, so bring plenty.
  • Tops and shirts. At least one or two long-sleeved tops to wear when you’ve had enough sun. Also, plenty of loose-fitting, comfortable, short-sleeved cotton shirts. Tight-fitting and/or low-cut shirts or sleeveless tank tops are not appropriate. Loose tailored T-shirts are fine (check Eddie Bauer, Lands End, L.L. Bean, etc.). You may also want to consider one or two sleeveless tops for when you are traveling (on vacation/at resorts). If you can afford them, bring a few REI/Patagonia style fancy "quick-dry" whatever tee-shirts because cotton takes a long time to dry in humid Fiji and your cotton shirts will quickly get holes and become worn from all the hand washing. The REI shirts last forever and dry well in Fiji.
  • Blouses. Depending upon your site and your assignment, you may find yourself dressing more formally/professionally than you are used to at home. Bring a few nice, lightweight tailored blouses. Short sleeves are best for the hotter weather. Italic text
  • Jacket and sweatshirt. It does (occasionally) get cool here, so bring something that is sturdy and cotton. Long-sleeved T-shirts work well, too. You will not need anything like fleece unless you are planning to travel to a colder area during your stay. Italic text
  • Undergarments. There is only one kind to consider: cotton. Bring as many as you will need for your full two years as they are very expensive to replace here and they tend to wear out with repeated scrubbing. You may need to wear a slip with your lightweight dresses and skirts. On hot days, cotton slips will be more comfortable than nylon. Some Volunteers wear non-see-through medium-weight cotton skirts to avoid the double layers that slips produce. Leave your panty-hose and stockings at home as women do not wear them here (they are too hot in this climate).
  • Jeans and long pants. Usually they will not be appropriate to wear at your site and in general are just too heavy to wear in the heat anyway. Pants and jeans are acceptable for home wear and some urban activities, but almost never in a village or settlement. Bring a couple along for travel and/or visits to Suva. Lightweight cottons and capris-type pants are most appropriate.
  • Shorts. One or two pair(s) of long, knee-length shorts are advisable. Though they cannot be worn in the villages in public, they can be worn at the beach or for playing sports. Some women also wear shorts under their sulus, so consider a pair or two for this purpose. Nylon running shorts or tight biking shorts are not acceptable. For exercising outdoors, longer running shorts or capris-length shorts are acceptable.
  • You will want to go to Suva (the capital) occasionally and go out to dinner and go dancing and whatnot. So bring the same clothes you wear in the US when you want to dress up a little and look nice (jeans, spaghetti straps, short dresses, etc.). The Fijians do it too, it's fine.

For Men:

  • Slacks and long pants. Permanent press cotton-poly blends are a good bet and always acceptable in professional situations and at your site. Medium-weight, drab colors will last and hide stains and can usually go a bit longer between washings. Blue jeans are not acceptable in professional situations and are usually too heavy to wear anyway, but are fine to wear around the house and in some urban activities.
  • Shirts. Permanent press, collared, button-down cotton shirts are suggested for work. Long sleeves rolled up for comfort are perfectly acceptable, but short sleeves are cooler and more commonly worn. Golf shirts are fine to wear to work. T-shirts and rugby shirts are for recreation only. One or two dressier shirts are needed for special occasions or church.
  • Shorts. These are usually worn only in casual, non-jobrelated activities and in some rural-based assignments (e.g., fisheries). Cut-offs and gym shorts are for recreation only. Otherwise, stick to packing permanent press, medium-weight, drab-colored cotton shorts that come just to or below mid-thigh.
  • Jacket, sweater, sweatshirt. It’s not always warm in the tropics, so you will find it handy to have an extra layer to wear. Washable cotton is suggested. It is not necessary to bring a sports jacket, but there are events when it will be nice to have one (swearing-in ceremonies, local celebrations, etc.). A tie with a short-sleeved dress shirt is also acceptable without a jacket for dressier occasions.

Undergarments. Bring a good number of cotton briefs. Underclothes are very expensive in Fiji and wear out quickly due to hand-scrubbing and humidity. Cotton boxer shorts are not available here.

  • Swimsuits. Local men just wear their walking shorts for swimming. Trunk styles are more acceptable than bikini Speedo styles.
  • Neckties. One will come in handy for special occasions and for church. Most men do not wear ties to work as they are too hot.
  • Socks. Cotton socks are expensive and hard to find here; however, you probably won’t need more than a few pair.

All Volunteers

Shoes and Accessories

  • Athletic shoes. Fiji offers many different sporting activities, especially walking. If you plan to do a lot of running, hiking, or playing squash, bring the appropriate shoes for it. Brand-name shoes are often available, but expensive and styles are limited. Be aware that expensive athletic shoes are among the items most often stolen from Volunteers. Leather hiking shoes are usually too hot and mold before you get much use out of them. I've been in Fiji for almost a year and I've worn my sneakers once. I live in flip-flops.
  • Sandals/walking shoes. A good sturdy, waterproof style (like Teva or Chaco) that can be worn both in the water and out are a good investment; you will find yourself living in them. You may also want to bring along a “nice” pair of sandals for more formal occasions (swearing-in, celebrations, etc.)Fijians don't wear nice sandals even on nice occasions. Flip-flops are always appropriate. Plastic flip-flops are widely available here and are great for showers. You will probably not need dress shoes, heels, rain boots or the like.
  • Sunglasses. The sun in the tropics is very strong, so be kind to your eyes. If you wear prescription glasses, you may want to invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses. Cheap, non-polarized sunglasses are available in urban areas; duty-free shops carry quality brands, but be ready to pay a premium for them.
  • Hats. Hats are taboo in the villages, but there will be plenty of times when you are away from the village when you will be glad for some protection from the sun. A collapsible, washable type that is easily packed is best. Note: never wear a hat inside a building or house.
  • Waterproof windbreaker. A lightweight, waterproof jacket is a good thing to have. Make sure it isn’t too heavy and that it’s breathable. You will not need a full raincoat, as a cool, afternoon shower will be a welcome change from the heat! Plastic raincoats tend to be cumbersome and very hot in this weather.
  • Umbrella. It rains a lot here! Inexpensive folding umbrellas are available, but tend to be poorly made. Consider bringing one from home (Eddie Bauer makes a great travel umbrella that is well-made and very small). Better quality, full-size umbrellas are available everywhere. Definitely bring a travel-sized, rust-proof umbrella from home. You will use it all the time.
  • Waterproof watch. Even if you don’t get the watch wet, if it isn’t waterproof, it will rust from the humidity. Watches can be purchased here at reasonable costs.
  • Personal hygiene and toiletry items. Just about anything you need can be purchased here; however, imported items often cost roughly the same as they would in the U.S. If you have a favorite brand or product, you might consider bringing a supply with you. If you are on any special medication, bring a three-month supply with you as it may take that long for a replacement to be ordered from the U.S. Anyone with glasses, hearing aid, etc. should bring at least one replacement. In most cases, the Peace Corps will not replace lost or damaged contact lenses nor more than one pair of eyeglasses.After you swear-in (at the end of training) the peace corps doctors provide you with any kind of medication you can think of, including sunscreen, face-wash, lotion, bug-spray, pain killers, baby powder, etc. So don't bring too much of this kind of stuff, just a little to get you through training. Oh wait. They did give us sunscreen and bug-spray during training so don't bring any of that.

Kitchen and Home

  • Clock. Bring a small one with an alarm, either wind-up or battery-powered.
  • Good, sharp kitchen knife. Needs no explanation and will make your hours in the kitchen much fewer and less painful! Remember to pack this in your luggage and not in your carry-on bag. For sure bring this
  • Battery-operated (or solar-powered) tape recorder, radio cassette/CD player and/or shortwave radio. Also bring along some of your favorite music as pre-recorded tapes and CDs are very expensive here. You will be very happy if you bring your iPod and portable speakers (battery powered in case you don't have electricity).
  • Portable tool kit. Screwdriver, pliers, etc. can be bought here, but you may want to bring a small portable kit anyway. Kind of a good idea, but if you don't already have it, don't go buy one just for Fiji.
  • Towels. Two towels and face cloths. Lightweight towels dry faster in the humidity.
  • Flashlight. Also known as a “torch” here in Fiji, these come in very handy. Consider a waterproof flashlight. Mini-Mag-lights are great, too.
  • Pocket knife or all-purpose tool. A Swiss Army knife or Leatherman is something you will find yourself using daily.
  • Duct Tape. A roll or two will come in handy throughout your two years.
  • Luggage locks. A few small locks for your bags when they are in storage. Note: Most airlines are discouraging their use in flight, so you may want to just pack them in your suitcase rather than actually using them on your trip over. Italic text
  • Plastic drip coffeemaker. Bring it if you really love coffee. The non-electrical kind that fits on top of a glass decanter or the type that you can brew an individual cup is best. Instant coffee is available all over Fiji and drip coffee can be found in Suva, if you’re willing to pay the price.
  • Silica gel. This is to protect your electronics (camera, etc.) from moisture damage. It also comes in handy with leather items, tapes, shoes, your medical kit, etc. You can get packets at your local craft store (used to dry flowers), at some discount chains (Target), some home stores and on the Internet. The kind that you can bake and re-use is best. Yes, bring this if you love your iPod.
  • Basic cookbook. The Joy of Cooking comes in a compact paperback version and is very useful. You will get Peace Corps Fiji cookbook with all the info you need for cooking in Fiji, so you don't need to bring your own.
  • Vegetable steamer. Non-electric, basket kind that fits inside a pot. I guess if you really like steamed vegetables.
  • Zip-loc bags. These have so many uses! They keep the bugs out of your food; they can be used to store items (with a little silica packet to capture the moisture), for travel, wet clothing, cosmetics, etc.

Miscellaneous and Personal Items

Bring along small, but replaceable, parts of your life you don’t want to live without for the next two years. Make sure they are light enough to carry, sturdy enough to last and dispensable enough so that losing them wouldn’t be serious problem. Here are some suggestions:

  • Checks. It’s a good idea to keep a checking account at home so that you can write checks for things like tax returns, magazine subscriptions, graduate school applications, etc.
  • Camera supplies. Film is available, but lens tissue, cleaning fluid, etc. are very expensive. There is also a one-day developing service, but expensive as you might expect.
  • Paperback books. Very expensive in Fiji. Peace Corps is developing a limited lending library and there is a public library in Suva. Books can be shipped surface mail or “M-bag” (ask the post office for information), but will take several months to arrive. Bring as many as possible, you'll love yourself if you do.
  • Day pack/backpack. Waterproof is best. You will use it often. Yes.
  • Games, Cards, UNO, Scrabble, Frisbees, etc.
  • Sturdy luggage/travel bags. Waterproof and collapsible.

Hard luggage tends to be cumbersome here as you will not have much room for storage. Collapsible cloth bags or backpacks tend to be more durable than leather goods, which can mold quickly. Once you are in Fiji, you will be asked to travel during training for extended periods of time with only your necessities in one suitcase, so bring one average-sized lightweight piece of luggage so that you can travel light when necessary. You might consider a few waterproof bags—also known as sea bags—for when you travel by boat. You don't big sea bags, just small ones to fit your wallet, cell phone, ipod, etc. for when your traveling by boat.

  • Inflatable globe or lightweight atlas. Great for explaining where you come from to local children. Adults too.
  • Musical instrument(s) (if you play any).
  • Photos of home. Photos of winter/snow scenes will be especially fascinating. Fijians love to see photos of your family from America.
  • Simple song book of American songs. If you don't know any American songs...
  • American pocket dictionary (British versions available here). Why would you want this?
  • Backpacker’s sleeping bag. You will not need a full-size sleeping bag, but a “dream sack,” cotton “mummy” sleeping bag liner or other lightweight travel sheet will come in handy. Completely unnecessary.
  • Surface mail subscriptions of your favorite magazines. Takes about six to eight weeks to arrive. Wait until you get your site assignment, then have your subscriptions sent there. You'll definitely enjoy getting magazines in your mailbox. Some good ones are Time, the Economist, and National Geographic.
  • Cheap baseball logo hats for gifts.
  • U.S. symbols (such as pins, flags, etc.) for gifts. Bottle openers, nail clippers, bumper stickers, ashtrays, ballpoint pens, etc. It's a good idea to bring gifts for you host family during training. After that, you don't need any gifts for anybody.
  • Comic books, cheap wind-up toys, posters, magazines, logo T-shirts for gifts.
  • Water sport equipment. If you plan on SCUBA diving or snorkeling during your downtime you might consider bringing some gear—especially light-gauge wetsuits or dive skins to protect you from water lice. Snorkeling equipment might also be very handy for environmental education Volunteers. We do not recommend that you bring a SCUBA tank, regulator or buoyancy compensating device, as they can be rented and/or supplied by our partners for professional use. Definitely bring a mask, snorkel, and fins. Nobody goes SCUBA diving as part of their assignment, and when you go diving on your own, the equipment is always included.
  • U.S. postage stamps. A good idea for sending mail home with staff or other Volunteers who are going to the States.
  • Bring a can-opener from America cause the ones here suck.
  • If you're addicted to chewing gum, the gum here is kinda lame too so bring your own. But only bring the kind that you pop out of the plastic thing cause all other kinds melt.
  • Hand sanitizer if you're into that.
  • Women: Battery-operated body massager...trust me.
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