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Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle
Healthcare & Safety
Peace Corps provides all PCVs with adequate healthcare during training and throughout service. Upon arrival in Indonesia, the Peace Corps Medical Officer will equip you with a medical kit (a list will be posted soon) that can be refilled with anything you need at any time. There is no need to bring basic medicine from the States.
During training and throughout service you will participate in a number of detailed medical and safety sessions that will prepare you a variety of situations.
Diversity and Cross-Cultural Challenges
Advice (will expand in the coming months!): Pack minimally. Don't be too surprised as you will be able to find most things you need in Surabaya. If you need items from a special brand or company, you may have a little trouble but getting items shipped over is not too difficult, though fairly expensive. It is suggested that you buy high quality and durable items in the States as foreign brands can be more expensive overseas.
Before you purchase some major items, be sure to check out discounts that are offered to Peace Corps Volunteers, this can save you a lot of money!
Keep in mind, you have an 80lb weight limit and you will be charged at the airport if you exceed this.
Clothes: Many of you, male and female, will be given a uniform by your school. Knowing this may reduce the amount of “teaching” clothes you feel you need to bring.
• Tailoring is very cheap here, so don’t be afraid to pack lightly for service and plan on having some things made once you arrive. • Indonesian teachers dress very well; don’t expect to wear t-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops to school. • Higher-quality clothes which can withstand two years of hand-washing are preferred. You’ll also appreciate clothes made of lightweight and/or fast-drying cloth. • You can find most clothing you need here, though average (or above) sized Americans may have difficulty and will need to get things made, especially shoes. • Leather bags or jackets may mold quickly here. It's true. • Female volunteers comment that women shouldn’t bother bringing anything low cut as you’re unlikely to wear it within your communities.