Contact Info and Instructions
Trip Start Jun 02, 2003
41Trip End Dec 31, 2006
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Some of you have requested information about how you might write me real, old-fashioned letters. Below, you will find instructions on how to send me mail. If, after reading all of this, you decide it is still worth it to write me, thank you, thank you, thank you. I know that letters will probably be the best therapy I'll be able to get over there.
1. Make a copy of your letters and number them. While the post is fairly reliable, things do sometimes get lost or delayed. Numbering letters lets me know whether or not a letter has been lost.
2. Write "Air Mail" and "Par Avion" on the envelope.
3. As much as I would love to receive it :) , don't send any money, checks, or anything of value. There is a large chance that they will be stolen.
4. If you do decide to mail a package, send it via air mail, not surface mail (surface mail has been known to take longer than two years to arrive). Also, bubble envelopes tend to work better than large boxes because they are less tempting to would-be thieves. Clearly and honestly mark the contents of the package, but a general description is sufficient: "clothing and candy" rather than "Nike sneakers and 2 lbs. of Godiva chocolate."
5. Express mail is an expensive option that may take just as long to get to Benin, so don't bother with it.
6. There is a tax, which I will have to pay on all packages I receive before I am able to pick them up at the post office, so don't send anything unless you think I'll really, really love it or need it.
7. If for some reason you receive something from me that has been mailed from the U.S., don't worry. I have not necessarily been medically evacuated. Oftentimes, volunteers will send letters via other volunteers who may be home visiting their families because they will arrive more quickly. There is a small chance that these letters may be opened by customs officials when they leave Africa or enter the United States.
So, my address for the first three months will be:
(NO LONGER NECESSARY)
This address will change as soon as I get my placement. I will post the new one on here as soon as possible. Try not to sent any letters to this address after the first week in August. Wait till I post the new address and then send them there. Thanks!
Can't wait to hear from you!