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BUP Travel Resources


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                                     

Passport? Phone? Bedsheets? Find out what to bring to Botswana                                                


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.                                                       



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!

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

You can access the full list of videos on the Global Health Programs Media Site.

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)

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 and staff who can donate a minimum of 6 weeks.

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