Weekend at Bagamoyo

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  We spent this weekend in Bagamoyo, a town about an hour north of Dar es Salaam also directly on the Indian Ocean.  The town is much smaller than Dar, but was the setting of some major historical events in Tanzania’s history. On Saturday morning we met at the Mwenge bus stand in Dar, then … Keep reading »

Unit House and Music Festival

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On Wednesday we gathered at ‘nyumbani kwetu‘ (our house) for the weekly unit house meeting. We celebrated two birthdays (Alia’s and Jenna’s) with ice cream! Students shared how their weeks have been going, we sang hymns from the Tenzi za Rohoni (the KMT swahili songbook), and we discussed the curricular themes we’ve been exploring this … Keep reading »

“Carpooling” in Tanzania video

The Tanzania SST group went to the beach over the weekend as we reported in a previous post.  We thought you might enjoy a taste of the transportation we used. These are our solutions to global climate change – planting trees like in the pic to the right and carpooling as in the video clip … Keep reading »

Sunday Church & Lectures at UDSM

Worshipping at Sinza Mennonite Church

Sunday students spent the day with their host families – most attending church at various locations.  A few of us attended Sinza Mennonite church in Sinza, where we were very warmly welcomed! Both Monday and Tuesday started with Swahili class in the morning, then visits to the University again for history lectures.  On Monday Dr. … Keep reading »

Lecture at UDSM & Kipepeo Beach

Andre and Isaac building a sand castle

Friday marked our first week of Swahili classes completed – time seems to be flying by.  After Swahili class students took their first weekly quiz on the history readings that were assigned. After our quiz, we walked to the bus stand to get our first daladala to the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). We ate … Keep reading »

RESEWO: Regent Estate Senior Women’s Group

The Village Musuem

Today we visited the Makumbusho Vijijini (Village Museum) and toured various houses constructed according to various tribal traditions.  Tanzania has 121 tribal groups, we were able to get a taste 10 or so traditional dwellings. The highlight of the visit was a pre-arranged meeting with RESEWO: Regent Estate Senior Women’s Group.  RESEWO works to educate … Keep reading »

Unit House, U.S. Embassy, & Tinga Tinga gallery

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We are getting into our routine!  The last three days students have arrived at the church for Swahili class without a hitch.  Yesterday afternoon the students walked to Unit House for our weekly discussion and time of sharing and processing. Of course these events are always filled with wonderful fresh fruit and good food – … Keep reading »

First day of Swahili class

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Today marked an important milestone. Students traveled to the church on their own this morning, using daladalas to navigate the various roads to the right bus stops.  Remarkably everyone arrived on time! (However today is Maulid Day – so the traffic was light…. other days it may be a bigger challenge!). As students arrived they … Keep reading »

Students warmly welcomed by their host families.

orientation at unit house

This morning the students were picked up by daladala at the YMCA and we spent the morning at the unit house doing orientation activities. Since we checked out of the YMCA we hauled all our bags to the unit house and this enabled the students to unload the items they brought for the children at … Keep reading »

Safe arrival!

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The 2014 Tanzania SST group arrived safely at the airport this morning and all were in good spirits!  We dropped them at the YMCA for a brief rest (they arrived at 4:00 a.m.) after which we met for breakfast and orientation.  After a breakfast of eggs, bread, and tea, we met under the shade tree at … Keep reading »