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What to bring[edit]

Here is an incomplete list of items to pack for the HSU Chiapas Program.

  1. travel umbrella, light
  2. swimsuit
  3. beach towel
  4. Work gloves
  5. Work clothes
  6. lightweight raincoat (it can rain a lot in San Cristobal)
  7. Waterproof shoes
  8. antibacterial tissues
  9. sunscreen
  10. cotton socks
  11. comfortable clothes for heat
  12. very comfortable walking shoes
  13. formal summer outfit (for formal occasions)
  14. sunglasses
  15. hat for the sun
  16. backpack
  17. moneybelt (optional - serves to bring some money and save things for personal use)
  18. sandals (optional)
  19. a small flashlight (optional)
  20. pocket money ($300 USD) [ATM card is safer]
  21. a small gift for your family (e.g. something from Humboldt)
  22. a dictionary (English / Spanish etc.)
  23. pens, pencil, eraser, notebook
  24. a calculator
  25. mosquito repellent (There are not many mosquitoes in San Cristobal, but may be needed in case of travel to Palenque)
  26. a shirt that read: "Humboldt State University” (optional)
  27. Memory Stick for use with computer.
  28. A jacket (it can be cold in the morning and evening)
  29. Books to donate to the library - These should be on Appropriate Technology, Science, the Environment, Social Justice, etc... and in English or Spanish.
  30. Any small equipment you would like to use/donate (e.g. hammer, multimeter, etc.)

Optional: At Your Own Risk[edit]

  1. Camera (This will help with assignments. Make sure to attend the cultural orientation before taking photos, as photo taking is prohibited in many ares, such as churches.)
  2. Laptop Computer (This will help a lot with assignments. The school facilities have wifi, but no computers. Alternatively you can use cybercafes.)
  3. Music player
  4. Musical Instruments

Additional notes[edit]

  1. In San Cristobal, Chiapas there are well stocked drug stores, but it is recommended to bring creams, sunscreen, and deodorant of your choice.
  2. In San Cristobal, Chiapas it can be cold in the morning and evening, so bring a sweater and jacket.

Money[edit]

The exchange rate as of April 21st, 2010 is about 12 pesos per dollar. See http://www.google.com/search?q=dollars+in+pesos for more current information.