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|Countryname= Guinea
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|CountryCode = gv
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|status= [[ACTIVE]]
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|Flag= Flag_of_Guinea.svg
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|Welcomebooklink = http://www.peacecorps.gov/welcomebooks/gnwb675.pdf
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|Region= [[Africa]]
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|CountryDirector=
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|Sectors= [[Education]]<br> ([[APCD]]: [[Dioulde Barry]])<br> [[Environment]] <br>([[APCD]]: [[Abdoul Diallo]])<br> [[Health and HIV/AIDS]] <br>([[APCD]]: [[Yvonne McCarthy]])<br>[[Small Enterprise Development]] <br>([[APCD]]: [[Kristine Shantz]])
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|ProgramDates= [[1962]] - [[1966]]<br>[[1969]] - [[1971]]<br>[[1985]] - [[Present]]
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|CurrentlyServing= 28
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|TotalVolunteers= 1298
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|Languages= [[French]], [[Malinke]], [[Pular]], [[Soussou]]
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|Map= Gv-map.gif
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|stagingdate= July 7 2011, November 2011
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|stagingcity= Philadelphia
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}}
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From the initial group in 1962 to the present, a total of more than 1,000 Volunteers have served in Guinea. After the program was suspended in 2009, response volunteers returned in December of 2010, and 22 secondary education (math, physics, chemistry, and English) volunteers arrived in July 2011 to restart the program. In December, approximately 30 extension volunteers (public health, agroforestry, and small enterprise development) will arrive. Guinea is in the process of rebuilding the program.
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the [[Kyrgyz Republic]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each Volunteer’s experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. The most important things to bring are yourself, a sense of humor, and a sense of adventure!
  
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Dress is very important in the Kyrgyz Republic. The popular image of a Peace Corps Volunteer in sandals and a T-shirt with a university logo is not appropriate in this country (nor is military-style clothing or accessories). Fair or not, people are judged by the way they dress in the Kyrgyz Republic, more so than in the United States. Your colleagues will dress as professionals and for you to do otherwise will be considered disrespectful. If you come to work inappropriately dressed, your colleagues, students, and others in the community will probably not say anything to you directly but may talk unfavorably about you to others. Following the lead of your co-workers will help you gain acceptance and respect in your community. This does not mean that you need to spend a lot of money on new clothing. Rather, be selective in what you bring, and consider buying some of your professional clothing in Bishkek. The quality and style may not be equal to that found in American brands, but they are the same clothes your local colleagues will be wearing.
  
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Luggage should be lightweight, durable, lockable, and easy to carry. Duffel bags and backpacks without frames are best because you will be hauling your luggage around on foot— there are no redcaps or luggage carts in this part of the world.
  
==Peace Corps History==
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===General Clothing===
  
''Main article: [[History of the Peace Corps in Guinea]]''
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* Warm winter jacket (with down or Hollofil)
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* Lightweight jacket
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* Mix-or-match clothes for layering, such as solid-color turtlenecks
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* Cold weather gloves and hat
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* Long underwear—silk is lightweight, easy to clean, and warm
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* T-shirts (without wording or pictures about controversial issues such as politics, drugs, and sex)
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* One or two pairs of jeans
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* Sports and fitness clothing, such as jogging pants (shorts are inappropriate in most places but can be worn in a gym or when running in a stadium)
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* Hat or baseball cap for protection from the sun
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* Underwear and socks for two years (locally available products tend to be of poor quality)
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* Bandannas or handkerchiefs
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* stocking cap/ski cap
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* wool socks (at least six pairs)
  
Peace Corps signed a cooperation agreement with the government of Guinea in 1962, which forms the basis for our current country program. The first Volunteers arrived in Guinea in 1963. However, in 1966, relations between the United States government and the government of Guinea soured, and the Guinean government asked Volunteers to leave. Peace Corps was invited back in 1969, but again relations between the two governments deteriorated, and Volunteers left in 1971. Soon after President Sekou Touré’s death in 1984, Peace Corps was asked to return once again to Guinea.  Because of demonstrations in early 2007, the program was suspended for a number of months.  It was reopened later that year.  In 2009, the program was again suspended until December of 2010. The program is in the process of being rebuilt with education and extension volunteers (public health, agroforestry, and small enterprise development)
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Note: Avoid bringing white or light-colored clothing, as dust
  
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and mud are ubiquitous. Additionally, the largest size of
  
==Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles==
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clothing available typically is Large. Extra-Large or larger is not to be found here
  
''Main article: [[Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Guinea]]''
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===For Men ===
  
Before Volunteers arrive, Peace Corps/Guinea staff, in collaboration with local partners, identify safe and secure Volunteer housing. Volunteers have their own lodging, which varies depending on the region of the country, during service. Your housing might be a two-room house made from cement with a corrugated tin roof or a mud hut with a thatch roof. Volunteers are located anywhere from seven miles (12 km) to 62 miles (100 km) from the nearest Volunteer or regional capital.
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* Sport jacket or suit
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* Several pairs of nice slacks
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* Several shirts with collars
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* A few nice sweaters
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* Ties
  
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===For Women===
  
==Training==
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* Several skirts or dresses with hems below the knee, for summer and winter
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* Several nice blouses and shirts (short-sleeved tops are fine if modest)
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* A couple of pairs of nice slacks (which can be worn as professional clothing in some places)
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* A shorter skirt or dress for evenings out in Bishkek
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* Nylons or tights (thicker ones are great for cold weather) Shoes
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* Dress shoes—for men, loafers are practical because they can be slipped off easily when entering a home; for women, comfortable, low-heeled pumps are recommended; Volunteers who will be on their feet a lot might consider black sneakers that look like shoes
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* Sneakers
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* Sandals and/or flip-flops (for both dress and use as shower shoes)
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* Hiking boots or warm boots (either/or because they are heavy)
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* One or two pairs of warm, waterproof winter boots, which both men and women often wear to work in the winter (great boots in smaller sizes are available locally for around $20)
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* Extra shoelaces
  
''Main article: [[Training in Guinea]]''
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Note: Shoes smaller than size 10 (men) or size 9 (women) are available locally, but larger shoes are not.
  
The goal of pre-service training (PST) is to provide Volunteers the skills needed to be successful and solve most problems at their post on their own. You should be able to rely on Guinean counterparts, friends, and your community, rather than fellow Americans, as your primary support group. By the end of training, you will have the skills to integrate rapidly into your community and a clear understanding of your role as a Peace Corps Volunteer in your project and in the overall development of Guinea.
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
  
The PST program has four major components: language, technical, cross-cultural, and medical (which includes personal safety and security). In language training, you will learn French and local language skills, and explore ways to communicate across cultural barriers. From technical training sessions, you will acquire the skills needed to accomplish project objectives. Cross-cultural training sessions will help you adapt to Guinea’s culture. Medical sessions will teach you how to stay healthy and identify illnesses, and safety sessions will help you identify safety risks and prepare you to take responsibility for your own safety. The overall training program is designed to integrate as many of these components as possible into simultaneous training sessions.  
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* Enough deodorant, soap, and other toiletries to last you through pre-service training (many of the brands available in Bishkek will be familiar to you, but if you require specific brands, you may want to bring more); feminine hygiene supplies are available in local markets
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* Soap carrier
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* Makeup
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* Fragrant powders, body lotions, or perfume (for when showers are scarce)
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* Contact lens solutions, which the Peace Corps does not provide (if you wear contact lenses)
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* Lip balm—although this is an item in the medical kit, you might want to bring your own brand
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* A three-month supply of any medications you take, to last you until the Peace Corps can order refills for you Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take a long time to arrive from the United States); consider bringing a repair kit
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* Hand sanitizer—a large bottle and a smaller one to refill
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* Antibacterial gel or baby wipes
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* Spot remover or Woolite (for clothes that need special care)
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* Fabric refreshener or odor remover (e.g., Febreeze)
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* Favorite vitamins or nutrition supplements
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* Tweezers, items for nail care, pumice stone, callus removers, etc.  
  
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===Kitchen ===
  
==Your Health Care and Safety==
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You can buy most kitchen supplies in-country, but there are a few items that Volunteers recommend bringing:
  
''Main article: [[Health Care and Safety in Guinea]]''
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* Lots of sealable plastic storage bags (you can pack stuff in them for the trip to the Kyrgyz Republic)
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* Aluminum foil
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* Basic cookbook such as The Joy of Cooking
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* French coffee press
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* Packaged mixes for sauces, salad dressings, and soft drinks
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* Your favorite spices
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* Artificial sweetener, if you use it
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* Peanut butter
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* Popcorn
  
The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps’ medical programs emphasize a preventive approach to disease. Peace Corps/ Guinea maintains a clinic with two full-time medical officers who take care of Volunteers’ primary health concerns. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Guinea at local hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to medical facilities in a third country (usually South Africa, Senegal or England) or the United States.
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===Miscellaneous ===
  
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*      External Hard Disk Drive(ESSENTIAL!) - Filled with all your music pictures, and favorite movies/tv shows
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* Four passport-size photographs, which will be used by the Peace Corps and the Kyrgyz government for ID cards and visas
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* Internal frame backpack or small overnight bag(usually more important for most volunteers than a frame backpack)
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* Luggage straps
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* Bungee cords
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* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Small tool kit (wire strippers and phone repair tools are also useful)
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* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
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* Watch (durable, water resistant, and inexpensive) with extra batteries(...but you'll have a cell)
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* Battery-operated alarm clock(...again cell phone)
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* Your favorite music (inexpensive cassette tapes of many popular recording artists are available locally) 
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* Laptop
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* Your favorite DVDs (including workout videos) if you are bringing a laptop.
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* Camcorder
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* Camera—35&nbsp;mm compacts are best because they are more inconspicuous during travel (note that Advantix film processing and replacement batteries are not available locally)
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* Batteries or rechargeable batteries and a re-charger with a converter for electronics (local batteries are expensive and not always of good quality)
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* Key chain with flashlight
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* A money holder that looks like a household item (such as a shaving cream can)
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* Small, reliable flashlight
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* Sewing kit
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* Sleeping bag with stuff sack for traveling in cold weather
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* Fleece throw/lap blanket for cold nights
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* One bath towel and two washcloths
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* Pillowcase (sheets and wool blankets are available locally)
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* Laundry bag
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* Duct tape
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* American gifts
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* Photos from home (picture sharing is important in the Kyrgyz Republic)
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* Maps of the world and the United States
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* Games such as playing cards, Uno, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, chess, and Frisbee
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* Envelopes of various sizes, including padded ones (American-style envelopes are not available), stationary and pens 
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* U.S. postage stamps for mail carried by people traveling back home
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* A two-year planner
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* Musical instruments (if you play)
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* MP3 or other portable music player
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* Subscriptions to your favorite magazines
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* A few books by your favorite authors
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* Appliances—buying them locally may eliminate the need to bring a voltage converter; items such as irons, blow dryers, and boomboxes are available at reasonable prices
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* Teaching materials (for education Volunteers), such as markers, chalk, erasers, magazines, simple children’s books and American music; you can also pack items for someone to ship to you later
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* Interesting wall decorations (maps, posters, etc.)
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* If you have a laptop, bring it (great for pictures, movies, entertainment)
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* Bring copies of all financial and personal documents such as a Power of Attorney, birth certificates, passport and credit cards
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* Graduate study materials (e.g., GRE, LSAT)
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* A copy of the Peace Corps Handbook (provided in your Invitation Kit)
  
==Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues==
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[[Category:Kyrgyzstan]]
 
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''Main article: [[Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Guinea]]''
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In Guinea, as in other Peace Corps host countries, Volunteers’ behavior, lifestyle, background, and beliefs are judged in a cultural context very different from their own. Certain personal perspectives or characteristics commonly accepted in the United States may be quite uncommon, unacceptable, or even repressed in Guinea.
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Outside of Guinea’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 Guinea are justly known for their generous hospitality to foreigners; however, members of the community in which you will live may display a range of reactions to cultural differences that you present.
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* Possible Issues for Female Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers of Color
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* Possible Issues for Senior Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Volunteers=
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* Possible Religious Issues for Volunteers
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* Possible Issues for Volunteers with Disabilities
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==Frequently Asked questions==
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{{Volunteersurvey2008
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|H1r=  19
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|H1s=  76
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|H2r=  21
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|H2s=  86.3
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|H3r=  20
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|H3s=  87.5
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|H4r=  25
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|H4s=  107
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|H5r=  2
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|H5s=  63.8
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|H6r=  1
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|H6s=  115
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}}
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''Main article: [[FAQs about Peace Corps in Guinea]]''
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* How much luggage am I allowed to bring to Guinea?
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* What is the electric current in Guinea?
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* How much money should I bring?
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* When can I take vacation and have people visit me?
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* Will my belongings be covered by insurance?
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* Do I need an international driver’s license?
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* What should I bring as gifts for Guinean friends and my host family?
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* Where will my site assignment be when I finish training and how isolated will I be?
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* How can my family contact me in an emergency?
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* Can I call home from Guinea?
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* Should I bring a cellular phone with me?
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* Will there be e-mail and Internet access? Should I bring my computer?
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==Packing List==
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''Main article: [[Packing List for Guinea]]''
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Guinea and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that everyone has their own priorities. 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 also have things sent to you later (although mail is unreliable, and postage from the U.S. to Guinea is expensive). As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that Peace Corps has an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Guinea.
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In general, you should pack enough clothes to get you comfortably through the three months of pre-service training and use the rest of the space to pack the things that are most important to you. You can have clothes custom-made in Guinea at a very reasonable cost, and there are markets in Guinea with used clothing from other countries.
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* General Clothing
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* For Men
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* For Women
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* Shoes
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* Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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* Kitchen
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* Food
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* Packing It All
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* A Few Notes
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==Peace Corps News==
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Current events relating to Peace Corps are also available by [[News | country of service]] or [[News by state|your home state]]
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''The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.''<br><rss title=on desc=off>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&scoring=n&q=%22peace+corps%22+%22guinea%22&output=rss|charset=UTF-8|short|date=M d</rss>
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<br>'''[http://peacecorpsjournals.com PEACE CORPS JOURNALS]'''<br>''( As of {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}} )''<rss title=off desc=off>http://peacecorpsjournals.com/rss/gv/blog/50.xml|charset=UTF-8|short|max=10</rss>
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==Country Fund==
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Contributions to the [https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.donors.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=675-CFD Guinea Country Fund] will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Guinea. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
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==See also==
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* [[Volunteers who served in Guinea]]
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* [[Friends of Guinea]]
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* [[List of resources for Guinea]]
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* [[Pre-Departure Checklist]]
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* [[Inspector General Reports]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.peacecorpsjournals.com/gv.html Peace Corps Journals - Guinea]
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[[Category:Guinea| ]] [[Category:Africa]]
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[[Category:Country]]
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Revision as of 16:17, 6 December 2011


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

Packing Lists by Country

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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the Kyrgyz Republic and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each Volunteer’s experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. The most important things to bring are yourself, a sense of humor, and a sense of adventure!

Dress is very important in the Kyrgyz Republic. The popular image of a Peace Corps Volunteer in sandals and a T-shirt with a university logo is not appropriate in this country (nor is military-style clothing or accessories). Fair or not, people are judged by the way they dress in the Kyrgyz Republic, more so than in the United States. Your colleagues will dress as professionals and for you to do otherwise will be considered disrespectful. If you come to work inappropriately dressed, your colleagues, students, and others in the community will probably not say anything to you directly but may talk unfavorably about you to others. Following the lead of your co-workers will help you gain acceptance and respect in your community. This does not mean that you need to spend a lot of money on new clothing. Rather, be selective in what you bring, and consider buying some of your professional clothing in Bishkek. The quality and style may not be equal to that found in American brands, but they are the same clothes your local colleagues will be wearing.

Luggage should be lightweight, durable, lockable, and easy to carry. Duffel bags and backpacks without frames are best because you will be hauling your luggage around on foot— there are no redcaps or luggage carts in this part of the world.

General Clothing

  • Warm winter jacket (with down or Hollofil)
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Mix-or-match clothes for layering, such as solid-color turtlenecks
  • Cold weather gloves and hat
  • Long underwear—silk is lightweight, easy to clean, and warm
  • T-shirts (without wording or pictures about controversial issues such as politics, drugs, and sex)
  • One or two pairs of jeans
  • Sports and fitness clothing, such as jogging pants (shorts are inappropriate in most places but can be worn in a gym or when running in a stadium)
  • Hat or baseball cap for protection from the sun
  • Underwear and socks for two years (locally available products tend to be of poor quality)
  • Bandannas or handkerchiefs
  • stocking cap/ski cap
  • wool socks (at least six pairs)

Note: Avoid bringing white or light-colored clothing, as dust

and mud are ubiquitous. Additionally, the largest size of

clothing available typically is Large. Extra-Large or larger is not to be found here

For Men

  • Sport jacket or suit
  • Several pairs of nice slacks
  • Several shirts with collars
  • A few nice sweaters
  • Ties

For Women

  • Several skirts or dresses with hems below the knee, for summer and winter
  • Several nice blouses and shirts (short-sleeved tops are fine if modest)
  • A couple of pairs of nice slacks (which can be worn as professional clothing in some places)
  • A shorter skirt or dress for evenings out in Bishkek
  • Nylons or tights (thicker ones are great for cold weather) Shoes
  • Dress shoes—for men, loafers are practical because they can be slipped off easily when entering a home; for women, comfortable, low-heeled pumps are recommended; Volunteers who will be on their feet a lot might consider black sneakers that look like shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals and/or flip-flops (for both dress and use as shower shoes)
  • Hiking boots or warm boots (either/or because they are heavy)
  • One or two pairs of warm, waterproof winter boots, which both men and women often wear to work in the winter (great boots in smaller sizes are available locally for around $20)
  • Extra shoelaces


Note: Shoes smaller than size 10 (men) or size 9 (women) are available locally, but larger shoes are not.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Enough deodorant, soap, and other toiletries to last you through pre-service training (many of the brands available in Bishkek will be familiar to you, but if you require specific brands, you may want to bring more); feminine hygiene supplies are available in local markets
  • Soap carrier
  • Makeup
  • Fragrant powders, body lotions, or perfume (for when showers are scarce)
  • Contact lens solutions, which the Peace Corps does not provide (if you wear contact lenses)
  • Lip balm—although this is an item in the medical kit, you might want to bring your own brand
  • A three-month supply of any medications you take, to last you until the Peace Corps can order refills for you Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take a long time to arrive from the United States); consider bringing a repair kit
  • Hand sanitizer—a large bottle and a smaller one to refill
  • Antibacterial gel or baby wipes
  • Spot remover or Woolite (for clothes that need special care)
  • Fabric refreshener or odor remover (e.g., Febreeze)
  • Favorite vitamins or nutrition supplements
  • Tweezers, items for nail care, pumice stone, callus removers, etc.

Kitchen

You can buy most kitchen supplies in-country, but there are a few items that Volunteers recommend bringing:

  • Lots of sealable plastic storage bags (you can pack stuff in them for the trip to the Kyrgyz Republic)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Basic cookbook such as The Joy of Cooking
  • French coffee press
  • Packaged mixes for sauces, salad dressings, and soft drinks
  • Your favorite spices
  • Artificial sweetener, if you use it
  • Peanut butter
  • Popcorn

Miscellaneous

  • External Hard Disk Drive(ESSENTIAL!) - Filled with all your music pictures, and favorite movies/tv shows
  • Four passport-size photographs, which will be used by the Peace Corps and the Kyrgyz government for ID cards and visas
  • Internal frame backpack or small overnight bag(usually more important for most volunteers than a frame backpack)
  • Luggage straps
  • Bungee cords
  • Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Small tool kit (wire strippers and phone repair tools are also useful)
  • Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
  • Watch (durable, water resistant, and inexpensive) with extra batteries(...but you'll have a cell)
  • Battery-operated alarm clock(...again cell phone)
  • Your favorite music (inexpensive cassette tapes of many popular recording artists are available locally)
  • Laptop
  • Your favorite DVDs (including workout videos) if you are bringing a laptop.
  • Camcorder
  • Camera—35 mm compacts are best because they are more inconspicuous during travel (note that Advantix film processing and replacement batteries are not available locally)
  • Batteries or rechargeable batteries and a re-charger with a converter for electronics (local batteries are expensive and not always of good quality)
  • Key chain with flashlight
  • A money holder that looks like a household item (such as a shaving cream can)
  • Small, reliable flashlight
  • Sewing kit
  • Sleeping bag with stuff sack for traveling in cold weather
  • Fleece throw/lap blanket for cold nights
  • One bath towel and two washcloths
  • Pillowcase (sheets and wool blankets are available locally)
  • Laundry bag
  • Duct tape
  • American gifts
  • Photos from home (picture sharing is important in the Kyrgyz Republic)
  • Maps of the world and the United States
  • Games such as playing cards, Uno, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, chess, and Frisbee
  • Envelopes of various sizes, including padded ones (American-style envelopes are not available), stationary and pens
  • U.S. postage stamps for mail carried by people traveling back home
  • A two-year planner
  • Musical instruments (if you play)
  • MP3 or other portable music player
  • Subscriptions to your favorite magazines
  • A few books by your favorite authors
  • Appliances—buying them locally may eliminate the need to bring a voltage converter; items such as irons, blow dryers, and boomboxes are available at reasonable prices
  • Teaching materials (for education Volunteers), such as markers, chalk, erasers, magazines, simple children’s books and American music; you can also pack items for someone to ship to you later
  • Interesting wall decorations (maps, posters, etc.)
  • If you have a laptop, bring it (great for pictures, movies, entertainment)
  • Bring copies of all financial and personal documents such as a Power of Attorney, birth certificates, passport and credit cards
  • Graduate study materials (e.g., GRE, LSAT)
  • A copy of the Peace Corps Handbook (provided in your Invitation Kit)