A Tour of Our House

Welcome to our Peace Corps Tanzania home! We hope you enjoy this video tour of our house and courtyard. Part One (Inside): Part Two (Outside): Questions What is your neighborhood like? We live between the primary and nursery schools alongside five teachers. In Tanzania, most teachers are assigned from outside communities, so the local government … More A Tour of Our House

Copies without Kinko’s

by Christina There are no Wal-Marts in Tanzania. No Publix, Target, or Kroger either. Large cities have a handful of supermarkets, but not our banking town, Njombe. Instead, we have hundreds of small stores scattered across the hilly streets. This means every shopping trip is an adventure of greetings, Swanglish, and “try that store up … More Copies without Kinko’s

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