I am typing this as we are all watching THE LION KING!!! Tonight is our last night in Dar es Salaam, we are staying in a quite fancy Catholic Sanatarium which has running water, electricity and fantastic food. Because PC set up the lecture hall for presentations, we have a projector that they generously allowed us to use to watch a movie on our last night here!
So this week was quite fantastic! We found out our Community Based Training (CBT) groups! I will be in a village with 5 other volunteer and our village is about 5 km away from the Teachers Training College (TTC). Most days I will be meeting with just the 5 other volunteers who live in my village and our LCF (Language and Culture Facilitator). However at least once a week all 61 of us will be meeting at TTC to do things like: build a water filter, get vaccines, learn how to grow a garden etc.
I absolutely love PC experience so far! We are learning so many things like “Can you smell your food?”, “Don’t eat with your left hand”, “What is appropriate wear to wear at home?”, demos on how to use a “kanga” and just sooooo many cool things!!!!!
Tomorrow morning I will be heading out to the Tanga region. We will be loading a huge bus after breakfast and once arrive have lunch there. After lunch we will find out who our trainers are and with them go to our host families. We will be doing pretty much everything with our families, eat breakfast and dinner, go to church, learn to cook TZ food, learn how to do laundry and get integrated into the community.
Cool aspect of culture here is that we have to greet everyone: if you don’t, you get named “the one who does not greet”. Standard greeting here would be like this.
Habari gani? (What’s new?)
-Nzuri, habari za nyombani? (Nothing new, what’s new at home?)
Nzuri, habari za watoto? (Nothing new, what’s new with kids?)
-Njema, habari za chakula cha asubuhi? (Nothing, how was food of the morning?)
Nzuri. (Nothing new).
Basically, anything that starred with “Habari za …” you just answer “Nzuri/Njema” and only that. Quite awesome! Basically now I can say all greetings and there are seriously like eight ways to say “hello”. Also, now I can introduce myself: Jina lango ni Alina, ninatoka marekani, jimbo la Washington, mji wa Longview, Mimi ni walimu wa hisabati, ninakaa Dar es Salaam, ninafanya kazi Peace Corps. (my name is Alina, I am American, I’m from Washington, town longview, I will be teaching math (math=hisabati), right now I’m in Dar and I work for PC.
Anyways, just a little bragging but I love all the language learning!!!!
I will try to find a way to post about my host family soon, but Korogwe is a lot small than Dar. I guess I will never know the “next” time I have Internet. But now I’m gonna go back to watch the movie!
I love you all (speaking to my family and friends).
July 14, 2014 ~ 9:20 pm