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

4 Pros and 4 Cons of Being a Couple in Peace Corps Tanzania’s Pre-Service Training

We almost killed each other during Pre-Service Training (PST). Seriously. Imagine it’s the end of a 50-hour work week full of cramming a new language into your brain. You’ve gone to school Monday through Saturday, you haven’t had any control over what you’re eating, and you can’t sleep because your new country is full of … More 4 Pros and 4 Cons of Being a Couple in Peace Corps Tanzania’s Pre-Service Training

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

HGTZ: Home Construction Methods in Tanzania

Throughout his service, Christopher will share photos and comments on construction methods in Tanzania. Join him as he discusses huts, skyscrapers, and everything in between during his HGTZ: Homes and Gardens of Tanzania posts.  “Go shit in the woods.” This was the instruction our Baba received at a construction site. But he wasn’t going to listen to the … More HGTZ: Home Construction Methods in Tanzania

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

How We Went from Peace Corps Rejects to Invitees

Today, we’re going to share a painful secret. We didn’t get into Peace Corps the first time we applied. We were devastated. We didn’t have a back-up plan, and we’d been working towards Peace Corps service for years. Combined, we had thousands of hours of volunteer service, three stints in AmeriCorps, and a master’s degree … More How We Went from Peace Corps Rejects to Invitees

How to Write a Fantastic Peace Corps Application Essay

Your best source for help with your Peace Corps essay is your local PC recruiter. They will give you one-on-one feedback that’s directly applicable to your country of service. Before you meet with them, I (Christina) have put together a few tips to help you start thinking about how to write a strong application statement. … More How to Write a Fantastic Peace Corps Application Essay