Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Thousand Words (Part 2: Pre-Service Training)

The Peace Corps training site was located in a fairly affluent section of Arusha, and had high concrete walls and guards at the gates. They checked every vehicle that came in for bombs, which was more disconcerting than reassuring.
 The main building, with a Peace Corps vehicle parked in front of it.
 A typical Tanzanian toilet.
 Every Volunteer stays with a local family for the first ten weeks to help them adjust to Tanzanian culture. During my time with a truly wonderful family, one of the cousins got married. Notice the white barbie doll on the cake. Weird.
 The wedding itself was pretty cool. I didn't get a picture of it, but at one point a guy came out in Hammer Pants and did the Hammer Dance. That made my whole trip to Africa, right there.


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