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

A Kuku for a Cat

  The other night, we were woken up by a rat scurrying around our house. A disgusting, disease-carrying, fruit-stealing, home-invading rat. After we finished panicking, we vowed to get a cat. This was harder than it sounds. We headed over to our nearest neighbor, Mwalimu Devon. She stops by our house every day to greet … More A Kuku for a Cat

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

HGTZ: Kitchen Remodel, Tanzanian Style

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.  In Tanzania, late-night snacks have a different meaning. Detached kitchens keep the smoke from charcoal jikos away from living areas. You’ll need to … More HGTZ: Kitchen Remodel, Tanzanian Style