Field supplies

   For logistical reasons your entire luggage SHOULD NOT WEIGHT MORE THAN 20 KILOS (40 POUNDS). A medium to large rucksack (back pack) and one piece of easy-to-carry hand luggage, such as a small to medium size duffel bag are recommended. When traveling volunteers will have to carry all their own luggage.

- sturdy work clothes. (Volunteers will need to be sensitive to local customs in terms of clothing. Shorts for men and women should only be worn in our living site or in nature. Shorts are not proper either for men or for women in performers' houses, in the villages and in churches. Simple cotton dresses, short-sleeved vests with skirts of reasonable length are fine for women. Short-sleeved shirts and jeans are fine for men. Pants or trousers for women may be worn outside and for traveling.

- comfortable walking shoes (sandals and so on)

- slippers to wear in a house. (Russians leave their street shoes by the door and wear slippers or socks in a house). **Please, keep in mind that we also should take off our shoes and leave them on a porch before entering any village house.)

- sweater; jacket

- warm socks

- sunglasses and sunhat (for women a triangular scarf is preferable)

- bed linens (a pillow-case, two sheets, or a sheet and a blanket cover, and towels)

- camera and film; Polaroid cameras are also useful

- tape recorders, video cameras (optional)

- flashlight and extra batteries if electronic/electric

- regular audio cassettes (not mini format)

- colored pens and pencils (black and red)

- umbrella

- a spoon and a fork, and a knife, unbreakable cup, bowl and plate.

- mosquito repellant

- personal medications and toiletries

- tissues

- toilet paper. (Toilet facilities everywhere in Russia tend to be primitive. Please, remember to carry your toilet roll at all times.)

- photos of home/family to show villagers VERY IMPORTANT!!!

- small gifts to exchange with villagers (colored sewing thread, scarves, flower seeds, caps, small toys for children, etc.).

- foodstuffs to share canned meats or fish, sauces or spices, trail mix, dried fruit, coffee, tea, etc. (Please, see food section of briefing).

- past volunteers have recommended the following items: handy wipes, a dish towel, paper towels, baby wipes, as conditions are not pristine.

**Please, do not bring chewing gum. Russian parents prefer not to give gum their children.

For winter:

  • very warm coat
  • very warm hat
  • warm shoes
  • warm gloves
  • scarf
  • woolen sweater

During the winter time, the temperature inside the houses is warm and comfortable. Every house has a stove, and the villagers usually fire it twice daily (in the morning and in the late evening).

It is very important to remember that a Russian village preserves its traditions, and any eccentric and extravagant clothes worn by volunteers or researchers can provoke people's bewilderment at the best.

Summer and winter storms can be expected. The climate of the research area is temperate continental. Summer teams will have warm days and cooler nights. Volunteers on the winter team should be prepared for cold but clear weather.