Sunday, May 24, 2015

Letters from S.F. Price

I don't know when I will be able to be in contact, and I don't know if I will have access to the internet or electricity, or what capacity my African phone will have over the next couple of months, much less next two years, SO please write me letters!
My mailing address will be:

Sarah Price
Corps de la Paix
B.P. 979
Bafoussam, Cameroon

This is my new and updated address!  If you send packages they should be well padded, and the peace corps recommends that you draw religious symbols on them as they are less likely to be stolen that way.

On letters, the Peace Corps Cameroon office says:
The mail service in Cameroon is neither as efficient nor as predictable as the U.S. Postal Service; thus, it is important to be patient. It can take anywhere from two weeks to well over a month for mail coming from Cameroon to arrive in the United States via the Cameroonian postal system. We suggest that in the first few letters sent, the Volunteer family member give an estimate of how long it takes to receive the letters and then try to establish a predictable pattern of how often the Volunteer will write. Keep in mind that written correspondence sometimes wanes as the Volunteer’s service progresses. Also, try numbering your letters so that the Volunteer knows if one has been missed. Postcards should be sent in envelopes, otherwise they may be found on the wall of the local post office!

On packages, the Peace Corps Cameroon office says:
Family members often like to send care packages through the mail. Volunteers do obtain local post office boxes. Unfortunately, sending packages can be a frustrating experience for all involved due to the high incidence of theft and heavy customs taxes. You may want to try to send inexpensive items through the mail, but there is no guarantee that these items will arrive. We do not recommend, however, that costly items be sent through the mail. in this case, it is highly recommended to use international expedited mail (ex: DHL or UPS). It is recommended that packages be sent in padded envelopes if possible, as boxes tend to be taxed and opened more frequently. Be aware that it may take some time for your family member to receive the package as it will depend on when a Peace Corps staff person is in the area where your family member is located, or when he or she is at a Peace Corps meeting, or when in Yaounde for other reasons.We hope this information is helpful to you during the time your family member is serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. We understand that communication with a family member overseas can be a challenge, and we appreciate your using this information as a guideline.

And of course if for some reason you can't contact me via phone, email, snail mail, etc. then you should just fly out and come visit me.  Simplest way to ensure that your message doesn't get lost.

This is a link to the "Family and Friends" page as well if you would like more specific details.
Friends and Family