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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. 

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


Friends of Tanzania’s exciting annual Winter Party will be in person in Bethesda, Maryland (for those fully vaccinated). It will be a great time to reconnect with old friends, meet others who share your interest and love for Tanzania, and learn more about what FOT has been doing and our plans for 2022 and beyond.  We will also be having a short VIRTUAL party, on a date yet to be determined.  More details to come. Keep an eye on our website for further updates! 

Weekly Swahili Discussions (Zoom Calls)

Date: Sundays, August 15 - December 12, 2021

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.

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

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?”

DR. FRANCES VAVRUS -- November 6, Saturday. “Teacher Education in Tanzania”

More details about the scholars can be found on HERE.  Links to the videos of these presentation will be coming soon.


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