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                         Prepare for your trip                    

Congratulations! If you're viewing this page it means you are probably visiting Botswana, and you've come to the right place!


              **  ALL TRAVELERS MUST COMPLETE the Pre-Departure Form **

All intended travellers should have received an email including a link to their personal Pre-Departure Form. The email is from Botswana-UPenn Partnership <> and the subject reads "Botwana: Travel Arrangements DO NOT DELETE". Please check your email inbox, deleted and spam folder for this email. If not there please email


BUP Travelling Resources


The location is: 501 Johnson Pavilion (map). Can't make it? Check out our Pre-Departure Orientation Video!                                                                 

Make sure you get started on your Pre-Departure Checklist ASAP! Some things (such as passports, visas, and immunizations) may take weeks to process.                                  Passport                                     

Tips on weather, how to dress, and what to bring.                                                                           

Includes answers to ALL your travel questions.                                                                                                                                 

Greetings are VERY important in Botswana. You should ALWAYS greet people, especially anyone who is older than you. Impress your colleagues, be culturally¬†knowledgeable, and communicate effectively simply by learning appropriate Setswana greetings.                                                       

    ~ Landing Gear                                                                                                                     Printable instructions for when you first arrive in Botswana.








Travel Reimbursement Form - for Penn-funded travel



FOR PENN AFFILIATES: General travel info can be found on the Penn Global website

Booklist - good books about Botswana (PDF 8/12)

BUP Brochure - a short fold-able brochure about what we do (PDF 10/13)

Frequently Asked Questions - all the questions we get asked most often, and the answers! (10/12)

Handbook - Contact our office for the latest copy of the Handbook! (PDF 12/13)

Hotels in Gaborone & Other Non-Penn Accomodations - (PDF 10/12)

NGOs and Other Volunteer Organizations

Orientation Tip List - quick tips for staying safe and polite (PDF 7/12)

Orientation Videos - videos prepared by BUP or Penn-affiliated faculty that provide background on pertinent issues in (PDF 9/12)

Packing Checklist - You are allowed to check 2 bags on international flights. Here is a list of what you might want to put in them. (PDF 7/12)

Research Tips - Hint - you need more time than you think! - (PDF 11/12)

Setswana Language - pronunciation tips, basic phrases, clinical terms, & Tswana names

Vacations & Side Trips - we are not a travel agency! Travelers are encouraged (and in some cases required) to do any vacation travel either before of after program dates. (PDF 7/11)

Volunteering with Us - for clinical faculty who can donate a minimum of 6 weeks

2012 Botswana National HIV & AIDS Treatment Guidelines - Useful for people working in the clinical setting.

View our intro slideshow.