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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 July, 2009

Shule imeanza tena

This week has actually been pretty great. Moderately monotonous work requiring small amounts of thinking, just like I like it, setting up the lab; minimal teaching (handed back last term’s exams, gave out candy to those who did well, went over answers). The only real teaching I’ve done is of my fellow teachers, who requested […]

Kuhusu Christmas

Quick question for those of you [non-family] who want to see me while I’m home this winter: would New Year’s in Philly or its environs work well? I was thinking I’d be here in Tanzania for New Year’s but it turns out my training doesn’t start until the 11th, and going back to site and […]

Najaribu kufanya

I get home to frantic cats, desperate for food and attention, in that order. I attend to the food right away and they’re occupied for a good two minutes before they start following me around as I settle into the house, rubbing up against my legs and mewing plaintively. Unpacking toiletries, I notice that they’ve […]


Annie has been on nine types of transportation in this country (plane, taxi, boat, Land Rover/Landcruiser, lumber lorry, pick-up, bus, coaster, dala-dala), the last six of them modes of transportation locals used. “You travel a lot,” she told me, clarifying that she meant that we travel for a long time rather than frequently. And it’s […]

Kumkamata paka

We woke at 4.15 so we could get good seats on the 5 A.M. bus. We were out the door by 4.30, but unfortunately so was Ting, slipping out while we were distracted, so we spent the next half hour chasing her around the outside of the house with flashlights, thankful that it wasn’t the […]