For one week you are asked to give up some of the everyday conveniences we do without. The levels
are arranged from more common to less common living conditions of PCVs in Kenya while also taking
into account the difficulty of completing the challenge in the US. So while none of us here have a car it
ranks quite high in the challenge as it is much more difficult to do without one in the states. Kenya is
known for it's beautiful safaris in which you can spot the “The Big Five” animals, for which we’ve
named our levels (they are in order of rareness in the Mara.)
•First decide which month you want to participate. The first week of the month you choose (the 1st-
7th) will be when you need to give up your items.
•Next, look through the list below and decide which one of the five levels of difficulty you want to take
on, and which items you will give up. (although your items may come from multiple difficulty levels
you are only trying to complete one level, the most difficult you think you can manage)
•Finally, let us know that you’ve taken up the challenge by completing the Accept the Challenge section
of the general “Live Like a PCV” document. (This document is to accompany another if you did not receive
that other document which outlines the general nature of this Challenge please visit LiveLikeaPCV.org)
Lion-Difficulty Level I.
• You can’t use any microwave
• No checks, no debit cards or credit cards, cash only all week.
• No expensive sweets! Instead limit yourself to locally available fruits.
• No washing machine or dish washers. You must attempt laundry by hand once.
• Cook dinner by candlelight every night
• Keep a journal or write a handwritten letter to a friend about your experiences this week
Buffalo-Difficulty Level II.
(choose two plus one item from Level I.)
• No television (this includes Hulu and Adult Swim online, they are not available outside the US). You can listen to the radio and read local newspapers
• Baths or showers allowed only every other day. You can wash yourself at the sink each day
• Cook dinner at home each night. That means no fast food, no restaurants, no delivery.
• Internet only every other day. You can use the internet for your job but you're on the honor system here.
• Start and finish a book this week
• Smile at five children a day
• Buy your fruits and vegetables for the week locally
• Wild Animals! You can't leave your yard between 7:30 PM and 6:30 AM unless accompanied by three or
Elephant-Difficulty Level III.
(choose two plus one item from Level II or two items from Level I)
• You can use your toilet but you must manually fill the tank or do a bucket flush. Turn off the water to the toilet
• Lack of temperature control. No heater or air conditioner in your car.
• Greet everyone you know with a handshake and genuine questions about their family, home, and health
• You can only use one burner on your stove and no oven.
• Ration your water to only 10 gallons a day. This includes cooking, drinking, bathing, and washing clothes.
Cheetah-Difficulty Level IV.• Bathe only once this week. You may wash yourself at the sink each day
• No driving cars. You can use public transport, bike, and walk.
• Go to your neighbors house and have a genuine conversation for at least half an hour
• Internet one day this week. (Again, you can use it for your work only.)
• Power outage: Throw a dice (6 sides) every day for how many hours you will be without power sometime
Rhino-Difficulty Level V.
(choose one item from each Level)
• No running water from your house, you must go fetch it from somewhere else. (a neighbors house is fine)
• No English for the entire week. (You can speak English at work only.)
• You can’t use any toilet in your house, you must go somewhere else or improvise
• No refrigerator
• Food restriction: For one meal a day you only have access to these foods: flour, spaghetti, local vegetables,
milk, eggs, and bread
• Solitary confinement: Spend the whole weekend in one room of your house. Using no electricity, you are allowed 3 books, the battery life of your computer (no recharging), a bucket to go to the toilet in.
When you’ve successfully completed your Challenge check out our “Show Support” page at LiveLikeaPCV.org for gear to let others know of your triumph and help us spread the word
This document is to accompany another if you did not receive that other document which outlines
the general nature of this Challenge please visit LiveLikeaPCV.org