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What to bring

We recommend packing as light as possible to make travel easier and to enable you to escape the luxuries of home and better immerse yourself in the experience.


  • PASSPORT and photocopies! Triple check to make sure you have it, and that it is valid for AT LEAST 6 months
  • Cash (small, crisp bills)
  • ATM cards for souvenirs and snacks during the week. ATMs are available in the city, participants are encouraged to bring ATM cards as exchanging cash can sometimes prove a challenge.
  • Sunblock (you may need two bottles of sunscreen and remember that the sun is stronger here so the more spf the better)
  • Bug spray (you may need two bottles worth and many people find that the higher concentrations of deet are necessary)

Worksite Attire 

Note: These are mandatory to work on the worksite.

  • Long pants covering the ankle
  • Shoulder covering t-shirts
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Work gloves


  • Bring 6 days worth of work clothes! There is laundry at the hotel, so pack light.
  • Sneakers and/or work boots
  • Bathing suit
  • Raincoat and rain boots
  • Flip flops for showers and walking
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sweatshirt/light jacket for cool nights (winter only)
  • Semi-dressy outfit (for meetings with officials, going out, etc)
  • Shorts/lightweight pants
  • T-shirts/tank tops – exposure to the sun is actually the biggest problem so consider light materials that cover you up
  • Socks and underwear

Other Items

  • Backpack or something to carry items daily
  • Malaria pills
  • Needed medication
  • Towel
  • Toiletries (Shampoos, soaps, lotions, razors, deodorants, toothbrush, toothpaste, contacts, glasses, etc)
  • Water bottle/Nalgene
  • After burn aloe
  • Camera and batteries
  • Journal and something to write with
  • Flashlight
  • English/Spanish dictionary
  • Snacks that you might want to bring
  • Travel alarm clock
  • First aid kit – (Pepto/Immodium, Tylenol, and other pain killers, Benadryl, Cortizone/anti itch cream, Neosporin, Dayquil, Nyquil)
  • Visine
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes