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PEACE CORPS | MALAWI WELCOME BOOK | February 2014

PEACE CORPS | MALAWI WELCOME BOOK | February 2014

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PEACE CORPS | MALAWI WELCOME BOOK
PEACE CORPS | MALAWI WELCOME BOOK

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Published by: Accessible Journal Media Peace Corps Docs on Apr 06, 2014
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Volunteers receive a monthly allowance in Malawi kwacha 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.

The amount for this allowance is based on regular surveys of Volunteers and costs of living in Malawi.
The living allowance is paid monthly into Volunteer bank accounts, so the ability to manage funds wisely
is important.
Included in the monthly allowance is a travel and accommodation allowance, which should be sufficient
for necessary trips to and from Lilongwe and from your site for official workshops, medical
appointments, and so forth. You may find that you will be receiving more remuneration than your
counterpart or supervisor.

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You will also receive a leave allowance (standard in all Peace Corps countries) each month. This
allowance is paid in local currency, along with your living allowance.

Volunteers suggest you bring traveler’s checks, cash, and credit cards for vacation travel. Note that it is

possible to access a U.S. bank account with a major debit card at most ATMs in major urban areas (you

may withdraw only kwacha, not dollars). The amount of cash or traveler’s checks you will need will

depends on the amount of traveling you plan to do while serving in Malawi. Only a few local
establishments accept credit cards, so they are mainly useful for travel to other countries.

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