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Useful Acronyms

PC Peace Corps
ICT Information & Communications Technology
PCT Peace Corps Trainee (pre-swearing-in)
PCV Peace Corps Volunteer (post-swearing-in)
PST Pre-Service Training
CBT Community-Based Training

Archive for February, 2009


Reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Diet for a Small Planet, I have the strange sensation, probably very unusual for people reading such books, that I am already living by the principles espoused. The food I eat here is, almost without exception, extremely local (I could walk to the garden where it was farmed) and organic. […]


Yesterday I tried baking the Times no-knead bread again. It looked beautiful but, like the first time, wasn’t quite baked enough. My impromptu oven just can’t get up to the temperature you need for artisan-style bread. Still, it was good with the last of the chili I made a few days ago. When I finished […]


It’s been a week of Getting Things: I finally received a big package my parents sent to the Peace Corps address before we got site announcements (and now I have to send off a package of my own with gifts for my host family in it); I also got a box of miscellanea that my […]


So some background on the Tanzanian educational system, for context’s sake. To begin with, each year of students is split up into streams, sometimes by skill level but generally randomly (it’s random at my school). Each stream has its own classroom; the teachers enter, teach, and then leave. If there is no teacher teaching at […]