Packing for the Peace Corps is quite the undertaking. So what do you need to bring with you for the next 27 months? Here's a list of must-have items for Peace Corps Volunteers, based on feedback from past PCVs. Make sure you're prepared with the items you need, but may not think of before departing. Know someone becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer? Here's where you'll find the perfect gift to help them prepare for their mission.
The village in Madagascar where Tyler Bradford served in 2016 had no electricity, and most night time activities were conducted by candlelight or battery-powered lights. Having a compact and rechargeable light source like LuminAID was invaluable for him, the community health workers, and their families. Not only do they now have a consistent light source, but they also save costs on replacing candles and batteries, which can quickly become expensive.
Hannah Marqusee, a RPCV, was in Nepal when a disastrous earthquake struck. She said, “Even before the earthquake, light was a precious commodity in Nepal. My former village, once on the grid, is now totally dependent on candles or solar after dark. It was a great relief that several Peace Corps volunteers and I were able to distribute 20 donated LuminAID lanterns to our former host families.”
LuminAID provides support by offering Peace Corps Volunteers 10% off their individual purchases. And if buying in bulk -- a dozen or more -- we offer further discounted prices via the LuminAID subsidy program. According to many volunteers, a LuminAID solar lantern was a necessary, and often lifesaving item.
Though each country has its own needs, here are some more tips and unexpected items you should include on your packing list according to former Peace Corps Volunteers.
Enjoy the rest of your time stateside, and best of luck on your travels!
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