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Entries in Global Volunteers (8)

Tuesday
Jun252013

Tanzania Mission, soundtrack

We're back, but still in jetlag-la-la-land. I'll post a longer report tomorrow (about poverty) but in the meantime here's a clip of a village choir in Pommern. I attended three different church services, different denominations, and all had amazing choirs. We heard them practicing all week, much to our delight.

Also, musically-speaking, Britt, Madi, and Karissa managed to make the "Cup Song" from Pitch Perfect part of an English lesson. Here's the final result.

Friday
Jun212013

Tanzania Mission, leaving (sadly)

Our last day ended with a school-wide celebration, followed by a special dinner at the mission house.

Sorry for the absence of updates. No, I wasn't been eaten by meerkats nor have I "chucked it all," Apocalypse Now-style to go live in the jungle. Basically, the Gods of the Interwebs were unkind the past several days, which wasn't always a bad thing.

We're back in Dar es Salaam after twelve hours on the road (complete with crossing baboons). I'll post a multi-day recap once I'm back in the US, but for now I have to say that I'm experiencing the first pangs of what can best be described as "re-entry shock".

I'm just not ready for the world of Kardashians, infomercials, Botox, or $4 coffee. I miss the red dirt on my socks, greeting everyone we see (and having that greeting warmly returned), and I miss hearing little kids yell "tee-cha!"

Saturday
Jun152013

Tanzania Mission, weekend off

Despite the weekend off, we still got up at chicken-thirty. The rooster that crows outside our door will become Lucas’ birthday dinner on Monday. I’m looking forward to sleeping past 6:00 AM on Tuesday.

Today we wandered back over to the Italian-run orphanage and chatted with folks for a while. So strange to banter back and forth with Europeans in Swahili. Then we played football with the little kids who all know our names by now and linger on the road and call our names while we’re napping (they know we have a real soccer ball).

The kids know us now and shout our names from the road when they want to play.

The rest of the crew went to Ruaha National Park while Karissa and me stayed behind. We wanted to go check out the churches tomorrow so we’re going to the Katoliki Mass at 8:00 AM and then the Lutheran service on the other side of the village at 10:30 AM. When in Rome…wait, didn’t the Roman’s throw Christians to the lions? I get very confused. Though I’m especially excited for the Lutheran service. I’ve been hearing their choir practice all week and they’re ridiculously amazing.

A previous visitor with Global Volunteers spent a few weeks here and then went home to Boston and raised funds to bring the Pomerini Choir to the US for two months (40 concerts). The concert proceeds paid for the piping to bring water to the village. Before 2008, women and children would walk 5 km each way to fetch water, going back and forth several times throughout the day as needed for cooking, washing, bathing, etc.

Tomorrow get to hear the choir for free. And enjoy water anytime.

Friday
Jun142013

Tanzania Mission, Day 6: Praying to the gods of cell coverage

These posts are coming courtesy of a sliver of cell service that magically appears each evening. But...tonight's it's been slower than usual (busy Friday, perhaps). So this will be brief, but at least I'll get a few photos up.

The highglights of the day were getting lost on the Italian side of Pommern. Yes, there's an Italian side where everyone speaks Hehe, Swahili, and a bit of Italian, so we know we're lost when the children shout "ciao" as we walk by. I also got to play medical practice dummy for Leesha who tested my blood for Malaria, which was negative. I'm also not pregnant, which is a relief.

Meeting with Edward at the Mission House, which has solar lights and a generator in the evening.

BUSTED! Eating protein bars when they didn't want to eat fish.

Madi has made a ton of new friends here in Pommern