Botswana

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Botswana, one of Africa most stable countries, it is located just north of South Africa. It is relatively free of corruption and has a good human rights record. Sparsely populated, Botswana protects some of Africa's largest areas of wilderness. Safari-based tourism is an important source of income. We are excited to have you coming to help with the work in Botswana! Thank you for stepping up and being a part of Bible translation with the MAST process.

 

 

Quick Jump

MAST

Visa:

  • If you are traveling with a US passport a Visa is not required.
  • Passport with at least 6 months before expiration.
  • Provide a copy of your return tickets.
  • At least one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.


Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead.


Medical:

  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler’s diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Botswana for the most up to date travel info.
  • The government of Botswana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are passing through yellow fever belt area before entering Botswana.


Clothes:

  • For Men:

    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.

  • For Women: 

    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).

  • What is socially acceptable and expected footwear?

    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Recommend good walking soles. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."

  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.


Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • Small flashlight.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when traveling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.


Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Botswana so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.