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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 March, 2009


After spending two weeks away from site in Njombe, I headed to Dar to see Kit, his father, and my father. The bus ride is ten to twelve hours from Njombe to Dar. The countryside is beautiful but that’s far too long to spend on a bus comfortably. It’s on bus rides that I’m especially […]


This morning was the last session of our training. Tomorrow we all head our separate ways. I’d been hoping to get a ride up to Dar in the PC vehicle but it didn’t work out, so I’ll be catching a bus bright and early (actually dark and early, since it will be before the sun […]


The days are exhausting, the evenings are fun. It is, always, a joy to spend time with other PCVs, particularly those in my own group. We have a great group dynamic and have a lot of fun. Last night was a murder mystery. I was Congressman Andrew’s wife and shot him when he wouldn’t give […]


Friday afternoon, after saying goodbye to a couple friends in Makete, I went home to start preparing to leave. Emptied and cleaned my water filter (it was filtering so slowly because of algae in the top: gross!), dumped almost all the rainwater buckets out, washed all my dishes, got rid of the extra fruit by […]

Kama kawaida

A standard day. I do my morning teaching, cutting the second period short because the power’s out so we can’t do the lab. Skip chai (how un-Tanzanian of me) in favor of heading down to the post office to see if there are any post-birthday packages, but I’m waylaid on the way by Mama Jully, […]

Birthday yangu ya pili

An absolutely wonderful early birthday present yesterday: Every Sunday night (midday there), my family calls to chat. Yesterday, unbeknownst to me, my parents invited three of my good friends over for brunch, and then they all called together, like a long-distance surprise party! It was wonderful to hear their voices and to eavesdrop on their […]