And we’re off…

20 09 2010

So I’ve been telling just about everyone that knows I’m going to Tanzania that I’ll have a blog, so I kinda feel obligated to create one.  This will definitely be a work-in-progress.  This is my first time using a blog or writing a journal of any kind, but I figured that doing something as unique as going into the Peace Corps warranted at least an attempt by me to document my experience.  Even though it will be a lot of work (since I’m probably one of the least gifted writers I know), I feel like I’ll appreciate the time and effort that I put into it many years down the road.  I’ll also be trying to post any pictures I take on this website too, or if nothing else provide ya’ll with the link to the site that I do post them at.

Background:  For those of you who I haven’t gotten to talk to in person, I’ve accepted a nomination for a position in the Education program in Tanzania.  My official job title is “Secondary School Mathematics Teacher” but from what I’ve heard I could also be teaching computers, chemistry, and/or biology?? so we’ll see.  I leave on September 23rd and will arrive in Dar es Salaam September 25th.  Several people have asked if Dar es Salaam was the capital of Tanzania, and I told every single person “of course it is!”  For those of you I told this to, I lied.  Unintentionally.  The capital is actually Dodoma, located in central Tanzania.  Dar es Salaam is not the capital, but it IS the largest city in Tanzania, and lies on the eastern coast of the country, right on the Indian Ocean.  The first 2-3 months that I’m in Tanzania will be dedicated to training.  Language training (Kiswahili), technical training (how to teach), and health/safety (how to not get sick/how not get mugged *again*).  During this 2-3 month period, I will be living with a Tanzanian family.  From other volunteers tell me, the families that you are paired with are extremely helpful and friendly, so I’m looking forward to that.  My family is responsible for helping me learn Kiswahili, cook like a Tanzanian, attend cultural events, and basically how to NOT be an ignorant foreigner.

This is all I have for now.  If anyone is interested in anything related to Africa or Tanzania (i.e. what types of food are eaten?) please let me know!  I’ll try to dedicate a blog post to questions you may have!  This will take some of the pressure off of me to think about topics to write about!




10 responses

21 09 2010

I have a question, where is Africa?

21 09 2010

ha, ha, ha.

21 09 2010
Eileen Hengel

Good luck, Glenn!

21 09 2010
Debbie Eason

Hi Glenn, just wanted to wish you best of luck and to wear lots of sunscreen! LOL If someone doesn’t tell you, I’ll keep you posted on the outcomes of the U of M football games as well 🙂

21 09 2010

Thanks so much! I can’t wait to see how we end up doing this season, definitely keep me posted!

21 09 2010
Nancy Legacki

Glenn, Love this idea and it will be great to keep track of your everyday happenings! Hopefully we will get to see you at the Phillies games before you take off, if not, we wish you much luck and happiness!

Love ya!
Uncle Greg, Aunt Nancy, Gregory & Kailyn

21 09 2010

Thanks! I figured it’d be good for me and it was a good way to keep everyone in the loop. I will definitely give Aunt Lynn a call tomorrow during the day to let her know if i’ll be able to join you guys. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

20 09 2010
Aunt Lynn

I am so proud of you! You have my love, prayers and support.
Once you get settled maybe we can have Chatt’n with Chuch (? spelling)

20 09 2010
Karen Podges

I received your blog address from your dad and I’m so excited to read it! I want to hear all about your host family. I would also like to hear what kind of dwelling you will be living in and what kind of food you are eating. What an incredible experience you will be having! I am looking forward to reading about what you are doing.
Best of luck,
Karen Podges

21 09 2010

Hey! Definitely, I’ll try to do at least a couple posts about my family that I live with, what we are cooking, and what type of housing we are in.

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