The Zanzibar Retreat


After a flurry of meetings, celebrations, and project presentations in Dar es Salaam, we left on the ferry Friday morning to head to Zanzibar for a few final days of processing, catching up, and preparing to return home. The ferry ride from Dar es Salaam is about a two hour boat ride and we arrived … Keep reading »

The final farewell… they are all safely off!


We just returned from the airport after dropping off 18 of the 22 students for their journey home.  We stayed in the airport until we heard that they were boarding. Then we waited outside hoping to get a glimpse of the airplane.  Indeed, just 6 minutes after their scheduled departure we saw their Ethiopian Airlines … Keep reading »

Project Presentations & thanking our host families…


This morning (after a very short night!) we gathered at the unit house for a morning of student presentations (and mandazis, fruit, fresh bread, and cheese).  Each student has been working on an interdisciplinary project of  his/her own choosing during the entire semester in Tanzania.  The goal of the project is to emphasize the connections … Keep reading »

Safely in Dar es Salaam


We left Musoma bright and early on Wednesday at 5:00 a.m. without a problem and spent the next 21 hours traveling together by bus to Dar.  Wow!  It was indeed a long trip, but one filled with good conversation, journal writing (and grading!), and a few (many) naps. We arrived in Dar around 1:30 a.m. … Keep reading »

They’re Back!


We are pleased to report that the students all safely returned to Musoma today!  As the students arrived from their various locations, they were shuttled from the bus stand to the Mennonite Center.  With each new group’s arrival, cheers of excitement went up and hugs were abundant!  Small groups shared stories as we awaited the … Keep reading »

Ariel and Kaeli in Nyabange

The corn Kaeli planted

Ariel Ropp and Kaeli Evans are living in the small village of Nyabange, which is about a 15-minute drive from the town of Musoma.  This has also been our home, so we’ve crossed paths with Ariel and Kaeli on the weekends when we were not traveling to visit other students. Nyabange is home to the … Keep reading »

Alison in Mwanza

Meeting with Rinus van Klinken, SNV's director

Alison lives in Mwanza, the second largest city in Tanzania, which is also located on the shores of Lake Victoria about 3 hours south of Musoma.  We left Musoma on Wednesday afternoon and arrived in Mwanza around 4:30 p.m. in time to meet Alison at her workplace.  The drive is a beautiful journey through rolling … Keep reading »

Abby and Mark – two schools in Musoma


Abby Hertzler and Mark Meier are both living and working in the town of Musoma, which is nestled above Lake Victoria.  They are living about 20 minutes from our home in Nyabange, so we have seen them a number of times during the 5 weeks.  However, on Monday we arranged for “formal” visits to their … Keep reading »

Shirati – Karla, Leah, & Lydia

Leah with brother, Nyamusi (GC Grad), and house help

Shirati is a town of historical significance for the Mennonite Church in Tanzania.  It is one of the oldest centers of missionary presence in Tanzania, with the arrival of Mennonites in the early 1930’s.  Today it continues to be a thriving Mennonite community with the Shirati hospital and SHED (Shirati Health Education & Development Foundation). … Keep reading »

Alain & Matt Farming in Mogabiri


Mogabiri is home to the Mogabiri Farm Extension Centre, an organization run by the Anglican Church, devoted to improving the farming practices of local farmers and increasing their livelihoods through farming.  Alain and Matt have been working here and we spent two nights at Mogabiri, staying in the center’s dormitory complex. The center is located … Keep reading »