Heading home…leaving home…

final group

It’s official.  The Tanzania SST 2014 group has safely launched from the airport in Dar es Salaam heading home. Students spent the day visiting their Dar host families, resting, and doing some last minute shopping. They will arrive in Chicago on Monday April 7th in the early evening after a short stop in Istanbul. There … Keep reading »

Final retreat in Zanzibar


We just returned this Saturday April 5th from our final 3-day retreat in Zanzibar.  We left Musoma on Tuesday morning via bus to the town of Mwanza, also on Lake Victoria. In Mwanza we caught an airplane to Dar es Salaam where we spent one night at the YMCA – the same hostel the students … Keep reading »

Safely back from service!


Today was a day of mixed emotions!  The students all safely arrived back in Musoma from their various service locations and of course were delighted to reconnect and see one another again! However, it is of course also a day of saying goodbye to their host families, friends, and co-workers. All the students arrived without … Keep reading »

Teaching in Magoto


On Tuesday we made our last visit to students on service, visiting Seth Yoder in Tarime Mogoto. We left Tuesday morning, wondering whether we would have trouble getting up the muddy escarpment slopes considering we had a night of incessant rains! We arrived in Tarime Magoto without incident around 10:15 a.m. and met Seth at … Keep reading »

Teaching in Musoma

Kelsey with the school's principal.

On Monday we visited Kelsey McKinnell and Anneliese Baer who are volunteering and living in Musoma. Bri and Melanie joined us for the day to see what their colleagues were up to in their service placements. We met Kelsey at the Lutheran Church compound in downtown Musoma where she teaches at the church’s nursery school … Keep reading »

Teaching and business in Tarime


We left Shirati on Thursday morning for the 90 minute drive to Tarime town where Seth Miller and Rachel Smucker are serving. Tarime is a larger town about 20 minutes from the border of Kenya. Seth has been teaching at Samaritan Technical Secondary School and Rachel has been working with the Tanzania Mennonite Church Tarime … Keep reading »

Accounting, teaching, & church work in Shirati

Lunch at the canteen.

On Tuesday we drove to Shirati to meet Ida Short, Jared Zook, and Daniel Graber who are living and volunteering in Shirati, a town on Lake Victoria in north Mara. We arrived in time for lunch of chipsi mayai (eggs with french fries)at the hospital canteen  and caught up with the students on their recent lives. We stayed … Keep reading »

Working with the deaf community in Musoma

Bri teaching deaf students in Musoma

On Monday we spent the day in Musoma visiting Bri Brubaker and Melanie Hertzler. The morning started with picking up Alicia Hofer at the Bweri bus stand who came from Kiabakari to join Anneliese and Kelsey on our visit. We drove the short 10 minute drive to Musoma town to observe Bri teaching at the … Keep reading »

Teaching in Kemgesi

Kwaherini! (Goodbye!)

On Thursday afternoon we left Mogabiri for the 3 hour drive to Kemgesi, passing through Tarime on our way for a quick lunch. We drove through some intermittent rain storms and arrived in Kemgesi in the midst of a constant rain drizzle at about 5:00 p.m.  David Maganya, Lynelle’s host father, met us at the … Keep reading »

Nyarero Clinic and School

Seth Yoder at his school.

On Wednesday morning we made the short drive further up the escarpment to the small town of Nyarero. We brought Eva and Andre with us so they could spend some time with Evan Grimes and Jess Klink who are living in Nyayero.  We woke early so we could arrive in Nyarero in time to see … Keep reading »