Packing list for Mauritania

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Packing List for Mauritania

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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Mauritania based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list!
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Mauritania and is based on their experience (The asterisked items in particular were recommended by Volunteers as “sanity savers” during training). Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each 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 Mauritania.


[edit] General Clothing

Note: There are a lot of talented tailors and a wide variety of fabric in Mauritania. You will be able to have clothes made here. Bring things that you can have copied. Do not worry about bringing enough clothes for two years. NOTE: Bring enough clothes to get through your first 3 months of training. You will be asked to divide your belongings when you arrive in country, and anything you don't need for your 1st 3 months will be stored in a locked room at the training center. If you are having trouble fitting that 5th cotton shirt in your bag, keep in mind that each regional capital usually has a pile of clothes left by other volunteers, and many trainees pick up new clothes during their site visits, after the first 6 weeks of training. And since the end of training usually coincides with the close of service for the 2nd year volunteers, there is another influx of clothing left behind to pick from. For Men:

For Women:

[edit] Kitchen

[edit] Miscellaneous

[edit] Electronic Gadgets

[edit] Community health/water and sanitation Volunteers might consider bringing:

[edit] Small enterprise development, ICT, and education Volunteers should note:

As it is highly unlikely that you will be working in the fields or digging a well, you should be prepared to look professional. You will be working with Mauritanian educators and businesspeople in a small city or the capital. At some point, you will also be meeting with local officials, and since everything is unpredictable here, it is best to start the day looking professional. This means nice pants/khakis (for men), ankle-length dresses or skirts (for women), and shirts with collars and sleeves. Women need to make sure the outline of their legs cannot be seen through the skirt. This can be a disaster for classroom management. Bring a cotton slip. Remember that short sleeves (as long as your shoulders are covered) are acceptable, but tank tops are not. Also, you will be happy to have a few pairs of nice sandals (which are easy to take on and off). A cotton blazer or lightweight big shirt that you could wear over a nice shell or tank top will also get a lot of use.

A suit is almost never necessary for male Volunteers. Bring khaki-type pants that are lightweight but nice-looking. You should also have a tie and at least one belt and a few short-sleeved button-down cotton shirts with collars. Rubber or plastic shower-type shoes are not appropriate at work. Bring a nicer pair of sandals.

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