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TelephonesLong-distance communication via telephone is generally available but is expensive. Cellphone service is available in most of the country. Volunteers often purchase local cellphones for $50-$100 and use the phones to receive phone calls and send text messages. Some U.S. smartphones work in Mozambique. Please check with the phone’s manufacturer to ensure its compatibility with the network in Mozambique. Peace Corps/Mozambique does not issue cellphones to Volunteers but provides some monetary assistance towards its purchase. Many volunteers use low-cost services such as Google Voice and Skype to contact families and friends, as it is generally a better connection than cellular service.
InternetMost Volunteers do not have access to public computers at their sites, so Volunteers are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet. There are several Internet service providers in Mozambique and most providers are accessible via cellular phone with Internet capabilities or USB internet keys almost anywhere in the country.
Housing and Site LocationEducation Volunteers live in provincial capitals, district capitals, or in rural areas where the secondary schools and teacher-training institutes are located. These areas generally have populations that average 10,000-20,000 people. The provincial capitals all have electricity. In the district capitals, most buildings have electricity. Your house will be located within a reasonable distance to a general market/store where you can buy basics such as bread, batteries, rice, soap, spaghetti, beans, and pots and pans. Your host institution will provide your housing. Volunteers may live in a cement house with a tin roof or a reed house with cement walls and floors and tin roof. The toilet, bath, and cooking facilities may be indoors or outdoors. Many Volunteers have electricity and a few have running water. The electric current is 220 volts, 50 cycles. Note that American concepts of privacy and personal space are not necessarily shared by or are realistic for Mozambicans, and adapting to a more communal lifestyle may require considerable flexibility on your part. Also note that sharing a house with another Volunteer requires extra flexibility and open communication, as you both will have your own stressors to contend with.
Living Allowance and Money Management
Volunteers receive a monthly allowance in local currency that is sufficient to live at the level of the local people. The allowance covers food, housing, household supplies, clothing, transportation to and from work, utilities, recreation and entertainment, and incidental expenses. Peace Corps Volunteers are expected to live at a level that is comparable with that of their host country counterparts. The Peace Corps discourages Volunteers from supplementing their living allowance with funds from home. However, Volunteers often wish to bring additional money for vacation travel to other countries. For this, credit cards and traveler’s checks are preferable to cash. If you choose to bring extra money, bring the amount that will suit your own travel plans and needs.