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. In 2021, the party will be on Saturday, February 6. You can mark your calendars now!

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

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

Weekly Swahili Discussions (Zoom Calls)

Date: Sundays

Time: 3:00PM Eastern Time

If interested, please email!

Weekly Swahili Lessons (Zoom Calls)

Date: Thursdays, with breakout rooms

Time: 6:30PM Eastern Time

If interested, please email!

2021 Winter Party  SAVE THE DATE!!

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Winter Party will still be held -- albeit in an exciting virtual format which will allow participants to join from anywhere in the US, and, indeed, around the world!.  Our Events Committee is working on a number of great ideas and we welcome your input as well, just Contact Us.  This is an event you don't want to miss! More information and RSVP will come as the date gets closer!

Recent Events


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.


Swahili Zoom Calls for speakers at various levels  June - July 2020

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

Zoom Call - 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.

2019 Winter Party

The 2019 Winter Party also held in Bethesda.

2020 Winter Party

October 2019 Happy Hour