Saturday, September 17, 2005

Links to other PCV blogs:
I am not for sure how to add a links section onto this blogspot so this will have to do.
(Aaron is in my training group)
(Tanzania PCV that started training this summer)
(Jen has a really awesome blog with lots of stories and pictures. She started serving this past summer too.)
(Kevin has a really interesting blog. He is serving in Zambia and has been there for more than a year)

Friday, September 16, 2005

Information about sending packages...
You may use the following address to send letters or packages at any time during my service:

Peace Corps Director
P.O. Box 9123
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Below is some valueable information that I have taken from a book that a previous PCV wrrote. "There are a few things you cn do to help hasten and secure thepassage and delivery of your mail. Have anyone sending you a card package scribble religious symbols and biblical quotes all over the outside of the box. This sounds silly, but it works. Though many of the countries in which the Peace Corps serves are largely animist in religion, superstitution runs high and even corrupt postal workers are wary of intercepting religious parcels. Along every step of the way, your mail will be subject to the whims of postal officals, customs officers, and delivery personnel who often take the liberty of rummaging through care packages in search of goodies from the U.S. If you mail is embellished with religious symbols, the odds of keeping it intact are improved. You may even want to ask the sender to write "Sister" or "Brother" before your name, the heighten the effect.
Another trick is to have your mail addressed to you in red ink. I've been told red ink is somewhat sacrosant in many third world societies and is reserved for only the most official of letters and correspondances. Though I'm unsure about this explaination's validity I can vouch for the trick's effectiveness, having seen serveral packages addressed in red ink delivered safely and expeditiously."

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Greetings! or Jambo (my first of many Kiswahili words)
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! I am going to try and write something at least once a month to keep everyone updated. I am also going to try and email at least once a month but I am not for sure if that will be possible.
I want to thank my family and friends for all of your love and support. Know that I love each one of you more than I could ever express in words! Over the past month I have been extremely suprised and blessed by all of the cards, gifts, phone calls and visits from you guys! It really means a lot to me!
I know that some of you have no clue why I would ever want to live in Tanzania or even in another country for two years. My wish is that you will discover why through the stories and experiences that I share with you.
I look forward to writing and keep in touch!
With love,