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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! 

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

Karibuni kwenye sherehe yetu. Tutakuwa Nje!  

We welcome you to our celebration. We'll be outside!

Join us for an in-person Spring FOT Picnic! The picnic will be 3-7pm on Sunday, May 22 at Rock Creek Park in DC. Picnic Grove #1 is reserved, offering a barbecue, covered seating and a nearby restroom. Get more details and REGISTER here


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?

Saturday, June 25, 2022 4-5:30 pm BST = 11 am, EDT; 8 am PDTTo read more about this event, visit the Changes over Time Events page of TDT’s website.

Weekly Swahili Discussions (Zoom Calls)

Date: Sundays, through April 24, 2022

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


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.


30th Anniversary Event

2021 Winter Party

2020 Winter Party

October 2019 Happy Hour