This is a post about the best day I ever had as a Peace Corps Volunteer: the day my students graduated from Grassroots Soccer (GRS). We’d spent months together having fun and learning about HIV/AIDS, and graduation was the day we celebrated all the students’ hard work. It started with a big umbrella grant from … More Grassroots Graduation!
This week’s blogging challenge is “Details.” I wanted to zoom in on something that’s fascinated me since arrival: Childhood in Tanzania. Pre-birth: In SoHi, pregnancy is a secret. Whenever I’ve brought it up to neighbors or counterparts, they laugh at me and change the subject. Birth: According to Mama Deo, the next village over has … More Childhood in Tanzania
Peace Corps Volunteers in Tanzania don’t make a lot of money. We get less than $75 a week to pay for all our expenses — groceries, cell phone usage, clothes, transport, and everything else. Yet we’re some of the highest earners in our communities. How so? Most of our neighbors are subsistence farmers earning less … More What Can You Buy for $1 in Tanzania?
by Christina Before joining Peace Corps, I worried about how I was going to find a counterpart. We only had three months between heading to site and regathering for our first training. How could I meet a new person, determine if we’d get along, assess their motivation levels, test their availability, and decide to spend … More How to Find a Counterpart in the Peace Corps (plus a Counterpart Spotlight)
by Christina Coming into Peace Corps Tanzania, I had some pre-conceived notions about my service, and so did my family: I’d live somewhere hot. I’d see elephants through the window of my mud hut. I wouldn’t have running water or electricity. My students would run six miles to school every day and go on to win … More 9 Things I Didn’t Expect About Tanzania
By Christina I don’t have a great relationship with the buses in this country. I doubt there’s a volunteer who does. But rather than write a post (or ten) about all the things I hate about bus rides, I want to write about how to get from our site to Dar es Salaam, the biggest … More Traveling from Home to Dar es Salaam
For this week’s blogging challenge, we were supposed to talk about a day in our lives as Peace Corps Volunteers, but our lives are boring. We spend a lot of time faking our way through Swahili conversations, wandering aimlessly through our village, and showing our neighbors pictures of American food. So instead, we decided to … More A Day in the Life of a Tanzanian Farmer
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
We’ve already shared our Peace Corps essays, but those are sanitized stories written for an audience of one Peace Corps recruiter. Today, we want to share the messy, honest reasons we joined the Peace Corps. And we want to reflect on how the reality of PC service has lined up with our goals. Christina: To … More Why We Joined the Peace Corps