Five top tips for working in the world's youngest country
|With female police officers waiting for training to begin|
2. Dress smartly for meetings While you can get away with dresses, smart-ish trousers and shirts at NGO-gatherings or meetings with other expats, meetings with counterparts are more formal. You don't need to cover your hair in South Sudan, but it is advisable to cover your shoulders and knees for formal meetings. Your counterparts are likely to be in suits and will expect you to be suitably attired. Make sure you wear a smart jacket at least – and grin and bear the heat when the air-con fails.
3. Your dirty laundry will be aired in public If you surrender your clothes to the hotel or guesthouse laundry, your clothes will most likely be dried outside on lines. This is an important point to remember as you pack your dainty, lacy knickers (although you don't need to go as far as paper pants).
4. Getting exercise... Certain hotels have
some sort of gym facilities (running machine, rowing machine), but the options
are limited. For those who get bored of these options, or want to avoid the
testosterone, ask around other women for hotels where groups get together to
run their own yoga or aerobics classes – perfect for stretching out joints
after too long spent on pitted roads. Another option is to take out your own yoga
DVD and practice in the comfort and privacy of your room. Central Pub runs
salsa classes once a week for a more fun way to get moving.
|John Garang Memorial Ground, Juba|
5. Hygiene – bring your own supplies Well obviously there isn’t a Boots on every street corner so stock up on feminine hygiene products before you arrive, especially tampons – you'll find them much more easily and cheaper at home.