Basic Health Maintenance
- Bring all medications that would normally be taken in the USA such as like hypertension medications, cholesterol medications, diabetes medications, etc. Be sure to pack these in a separate carry-on bag.
- Be certain to bring regular items such as - skin lotion, toothbrush, mouthwash, vitamins, floss, aspirin, etc.
- Bring medications specific for the country you are traveling to such as - chloroquine, Pepto- Bismol or Lomotil, sun screen (> 30 SPF), natural aloe gel in case of sunburn, insect repellent, clothes treated with Permethrin.
- Pack clothing specific for a countries climate - light shirts and trousers, t-shirts, shorts, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, sandals, swim suits, eye protection (polarized sunglasses), etc.
- Additional information is provided during the six-week orientation prior ro departure.
Each country has different cultural norms. Therefore, clothing expectations will be discussed during the six-week orientation prior to departure. Some items used in all countries may include:
- Swim suits
- Comfortable tennis shoes, deck shoes, sandals, and/or "wet" shoes
- Loose fitting cotton shirt
- Light colored cotton pants (khakis) andlor shorts
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Hat with a wide brim (protection from the tropical sun as well as from a tropical shower)
Leave your jewelry and expensive watches at home because you will not need them. If you must have a watch, bring an inexpensive watch that is suitable for all activities.
- Belize - Dollar (BZ$)
- Botswana - Pula (BWP)
- Philippines - Peso (PHP)
- Trinidad/Tobago - Dollar (TTD)
- South Africa - Rand (ZAR)
- South Korea - Won (KRW)
- Croatia - Kuna (HRK)
How much should I bring?: US$200
Note: All meals and transportation will be provided; however, if you will be purchasing souvenirs or additional food items you may want to bring extra money. As a rule of thumb, an average souvenir will cost approximately US$15. Food items are comparably priced to US food items. It is easy to exchange currency . It is always best to travel with small denominations ( $1's , $5's and $20's). Many ATMs will not accept foreign (US) bank cards; however, they will accept major credit cards. Remember that you represent the US and the University of Louisville, so do not embarrass yourself and your colleagues. Upscale restaurants, bars, and clubs are likely to expect a tip - 10%-15% is the current acceptable rate. Cash or major credit cards are accepted.