Parents in TZ!

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On the 11th of June, my parents and Andrew’s mom ARRIVED IN TANZANIA! It was a whirlwind trip consisting of a 3 day safari, a trip to our village, and a few days… Continue reading

First Taste of Pizza and Burgers

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Today we decided to have a little cultural exchange with my counterpart, Monica, her daughter, Happy, and her grandson, Junior. We all happened to be going in to Moshi at the same time,… Continue reading

A Tour of Our House

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We’ve lived in our house in our village for over a year now, and it has really started to feel like home. Our house is nicer than most houses in our village, but… Continue reading

The 3 Best and Worst Things About Being a PCV

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Living in Tanzania has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, joys and frustrations. Sometimes I feel like I never want to go back to my old way of life, and then… Continue reading

Thank You!

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Our project is fully funded!! The money has arrived and implementation is about to begin! I can’t thank you all enough for your enormous generosity and support. The number of donors we had… Continue reading

How to Build a Water Tank (In Pictures)

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And we did it! These people volunteered to help build this tank so that they could learn how to do it themselves. We did not pay anyone to build it- these community members… Continue reading

New Project at the Primary School

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The primary school in our village has a distinct feel of incompleteness… probably because of the lack of doors, floors, ceilings, paint, and other such details. Back in September, we sat down with… Continue reading

One Year in Tanzania

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In February 2014, we left our lives in the United States to come live in Tanzania. That was one year ago now, and although my impulse is to say ‘I can’t believe how… Continue reading

Pictures from a Week of Parties

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We decided to spend the week of Christmas in our village, namely because we were invited to so many parties. We thought that these were Christmas parties that we’d been invited to, but… Continue reading

First Successful Project…Complete!

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Huru International is a really incredible organization that was started in Kenya and has recently spread to Tanzania. They provide reusable sanitary pads for in-school and out-of-school girls who don’t have the means… Continue reading

Always the Guests of Honor

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A couple of weeks ago we attended our first High School graduation in Tanzania. We had been invited several weeks before and several girls had stopped by our house to ask if I… Continue reading

Community Theater and Our First Safari

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I have spent this past week participating in a Community Theater Training in the southern part of Tanzania. The purpose of the training is to learn how to use community theater as a… Continue reading

Projects Underway

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You all may be curious to know what sort of projects we plan on doing in our village. Here are a few that we are currently planning: 1. Write a grant to provide… Continue reading

Early Service Training

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Throughout our Peace Corps service we will go to an Early Service Training, a Mid-Service Training and a Close of Service Conference where all of the volunteers from our class get back together… Continue reading

What We’ve Been Doing

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What have we actually been doing here in Tanzania, you ask? Well I will tell you. For the first 3 months of being at our site, our job is to listen and learn.… Continue reading

Cultural Differences: Delights and Frustrations

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There are of course an endless amount of cultural differences between here and the States, but there are some that make their appearance more often than others. Delight: Tanzanians like to fill your… Continue reading

A Full and Fulfilling Day

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On some days, we don’t have a single thing on our agenda to do (which is a very strange and foreign sensation) and therefore experience alternating feelings of restlessness and laziness and guilt.… Continue reading

Day in the Life of a Tanzanian Woman

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Meet Monika. She is the wife of the Pastor of the Baptist Church in our village and has 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy, all over the age of 13. She has… Continue reading

Adjusting Our Expectations

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We have now spent several weeks in our village. We don’t have a schedule of any kind (which is wonderful), but a typical day is generally spent cooking, walking aimlessly around in hopes… Continue reading

Piga stori!

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Our first 10 days at site were liberating. We woke up when we wanted, cooked what we wanted, and pretty much did whatever we wanted to all day. We have already met so… Continue reading

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