Around 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania. Thursday we visited the open air village museum in Makumbusho, which showcases the variety of house types from around the country. A map from the museum (see below) shows that the Mara region–where students will do their service during the second half of SST–has quite a few different ethnic groups living near each other. (The map shows roughly where different groups are concentrated, but boundaries between groups are not as hard as the map implies. )
Julius Nyerere–first president of the country at independence in 1961–managed to unite Tanzanians around a common language, Swahili, which is still a source of national pride.
A group of musicians and dancers at the museum entertained us, and then had students take a turn at dancing.
At the canteen in the courtyard of Upanga church we can snack between morning language classes, or eat a simple lunch.