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Friends of Tanzania organizes and hosts several events each year, and also points its members to social and educational events being held by others that promote the goals and missions of FOT and/or celebrate Tanzania and its culture. While historically most events were in-person, events now include virtual/Zoom gatherings. The big event each year is the Annual Winter Party, usually in early February, which takes place in the Washington, D.C. area.

Upcoming Events

Connect with Friends of Tanzania and the Peace Corps community at these upcoming events!

Join us for a special Zoom event!

Making a Difference in Rural Tanzania: How FOT Uses Donations to Fund Sustainable Development Projects

Date: Saturday, December 3rd
Time: 2pm - 3pm ET/ 1pm - 2pm CT/ 12pm - 1pm MT/ 11 am - 12pm PT

Clay Batko, Chair of the Friends of Tanzania Projects Committee, will make an informative presentation about how FOT identifies, funds, monitors and evaluates sustainable development projects in rural Tanzania. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. We encourage FOT supporters to come with questions and with suggestions for projects to be considered.

Clay served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania from 2016 – 2019 as a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent. Clay chairs the Peace Corps Tanzania Projects Committee, where he has reviewed 45 volunteer grants and designed, implemented, and evaluated a $250K USAID-funded grant. Clay currently works as a Program Analyst at US Environmental Protection Agency.

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Weekly Swahili Discussions (Zoom Calls)

Date: Sundays

Time: 4:00 PM Eastern Time

If interested, please email!

We will be setting up more virtual/Zoom events soon. Keep tabs of upcoming events by visiting the Website, or even better, by joining FOT. As an FOT member, you will be notified by email as events are scheduled.

Recent Events

Prosperity in Rural Africa? Changes over time in Tanzanian Villages

Do statistics on Tanzania’s growth tell the full story about their urban/rural divide?

If you missed this great event, held on June 25, you can watch in on YouTube here.

FOT's Spring Picnic -- in person!!  Sunday, May 22

Friends of Tanzania held our first in-person get together in over 2 years!! Over 25. FOT members, supporters, friends and family gathered for a picnic at Rock Creek Park in D.C. The potluck affair included several Tanzania and East Africa dishes -- vitumbua, sambusa, chapati and samosas -- as well as fresh avocados – mparachichi and mangos – maembe.  We flew the Tanzania flag, had a great game of corn hole and nail biting giant Jenga match!  Keep an eye out for information about our next in person event!

Friends of Tanzania Speaker Series -- collaboration with Tanzania Development Trust (TDT)

President Samia’s first year in office – a new direction for Tanzania? An informal discussion on the impact of President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s first year in office. Held on March 19, 2022

If you missed this great event, you can watch in on the Tanzania Development YouTube channel here.

2022 Annual Winter Party -- Saturday, February 5, 2022

This virtual celebration was attended by more than 70 members and guests from across the US and multiple international locations.Recordings of the Winter Party can be accessed through these links:

Friends of Tanzania Educational Scholar Series

  • DR. LAWRENCE MBOGONI -- October 16, 2021, Saturday. “The History of the Peace Corps in Tanzania: Progress on a Book in Development” To watch the video of Professor Mbogoni's presentation CLICK HERE
  • ALLEN RUGAMBWA -- October 23, 2021, Saturday. "Development in Tanzania: Where Will It Do the Most Good?” To watch a video of Mr. Rugambwa's presentation CLICK HERE
  • DR. FRANCES VAVRUS -- November 6, Saturday. “Teacher Education in Tanzania” To watch a video of Dr. Vavrus' presentation CLICK HERE

More details about the scholars can be found on HERE.

30th Anniversary Virtual Event -- September 18, 2021

This Celebration was held via Zoom and attended by well over 60 guests! Check out the 30th Anniversary page.

2021 Winter Party - Virtual February 6, 2021

The 2021 Winter Party held via Zoom and attended by over 80 guests! To download the event slideshow, click here.

Swahili Zoom Calls for speakers at various levels June - November 2021

Began in early June 2020 and continuing weekly!! Taught by Melissa Mattwig, RPCV-TZ

Documentary IN THE NAME OF YOUR DAUGHTER! August 25, 2020

In 2014 FOT partnered with the Tanzania Development Trust to help construct a safe house and vocational training center in the Mara Region of Tanzania to offer refuge for young women wishing to avoid female genital mutilation and cutting. This documentary award-winning, inspiring, hopeful documentary tells the story about this safe house.

Zoom Call with Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers - May 2020

A Zoom call in early May 2020 hosted jointly with National Peace Corps Association in which 20 Peace Corps Volunteers that had been evacuated from Tanzania were able to re-connect and learn more about FOT and NPCA.

2020 Winter Party

The 2020 Winter Party held in Bethesda and attended by almost 100 guests.

Happy Hour October 2019

A Happy Hour in October 2019 attended by an number of recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers, several FOT members, and others with connections to and interest in Tanzania.

2022 Spring Picnic

30th Anniversary Event

2020 Winter Party

October 2019 Happy Hour