How to Give Yourself a Pedicure Without Running Water or Electricity

One reason we joined the Peace Corps was to experience life the way the majority of the world’s population does – no hot water heaters, no indoor plumbing, and no major appliances. We got our wish. We live in rural Tanzania, 3-4 hours from paved roads. No one in our community has running water. Women … More How to Give Yourself a Pedicure Without Running Water or Electricity

Lying to a Nun

Our first day in Njombe Town, Christina greeted a local nun with “Shikamoo” or “I respect you, elder.” The nun’s face lit up with a beautiful smile when she heard this. She stopped to chat with Christina and introduced herself as Sister Elvera. Tanzanians are generally friendlier towards foreigners than most Americans. It’s not unusual … More Lying to a Nun

Becoming Peace Corps Volunteers in Tanzania

We finally made it. After being rejected from the Peace Corps, receiving our invitations almost a year ago, and surviving three months of 6-days-a-week training, we are now Peace Corps Volunteers. This isn’t a post about our Swearing-In Ceremony. Although we officially became Peace Corps Volunteers when we raised our right hands and repeated the … More Becoming Peace Corps Volunteers in Tanzania

A Tanzanian Birthday

We got to see a Tanzanian birthday party! Traditionally, Tanzanians don’t celebrate birthdays at all, but Western cultural influences (and a love of having fun) means more and more Tanzanians are singing “Happy Birthday” and cutting cakes — with a local twist. Tanzanian celebrities like Diamond Platinum are helping to make birthdays popular with big parties like … More A Tanzanian Birthday

Peace Corps Tanzania’s Pre-Service Training Model

Imagine moving to a developing country. You no longer have a washing machine; now, you’ll wash your clothes in a bucket of soapy water. Ovens are gone. Instead, you light a fire in a charcoal cooker and let food simmer for hours. Microwaves? Nope. Fast food? Adios. Leftovers in the fridge? What fridge? Are you … More Peace Corps Tanzania’s Pre-Service Training Model