Getting ready to leave

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By Andrew koehler ( - on Sunday, August 07, 2005 - 6:12 pm: Edit Post

I am getting ready to leave for Zambia on Sept 6 and will be working in aquaculture... I am wondering if anyone has any advice on what to bring, what not to bring. I have been a little bit overwhelmed with trying to "figuare out" the whole leaving process and am really just looking for imput on what it is like to volunteer in Zambia and any advice from people there or returned volunteers would be so helpful! thanks! andrew

By Heather Barron ( on Monday, October 10, 2005 - 1:22 pm: Edit Post

Hello RPCVs! I was hoping to get a little help with what I actually do/don't need to bring to Zambia. I will be leaving in January and am hoping to start getting stuff together early. Thanks so much!!

By Josh Gallion ( - on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 12:48 pm: Edit Post

Hello everyone. I am leaving to go to Zambia shortly and I was wondering how most volunteers in-country manage their money. Mainly I was wondering how much money most volunteers bring and how they kept it safe. Did you use cash or travelers checks? If anyone could help me with this, I would greatly appreciate. Thanks.

Josh Gallion

By Angela Glenn ( - on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 2:08 am: Edit Post

I am leaving for Zambia January 2007 and have the same questions as the others. What should I bring/ leave home? How much US cash to bring? How did you communicate with home? Did you feel safe???

By Samuel Biehl ( - on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 8:21 pm: Edit Post

I was in Zambia from 2002 to 2004.

My advice on what to bring.

A head lamp. Or two.
A good pair of sandals
You can buy clothes all over Zambia used from the US. Bring enough for your training.
Travelers checks are fine and you can have them secured in the main office in Lusaka. And cash them in the city. For the Bush Bring some cash. For vacations and the like.
Hide Hide Hide money
You write a bunch of letters.
Also bring some AT&T calling cards because they are the only ones that work in ZAMBIA to my knowledge.

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