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Frequently Asked Questions About Friends of Tanzania

Is membership open only to Peace Corps Volunteers?
The small group who started FOT in 1991 were mostly – but not all - Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Now our members come from many different backgrounds: volunteers not only from Peace Corps, but from American Friends Service Committee, Maryknoll or other church groups, Habitat for Humanity, and many other volunteer organizations, educators and students who taught and/or studied in Tanzania, tourists and other visitors who were impressed by Tanzania, business people and government employees who have worked in Tanzania, and Tanzanians living or studying in the United States. Our Board of Directors and members of other committees often include Tanzanians and non-RPCV members.

I don't live in Washington, D.C. Can I join? How can I help?
Most of our members are from outside of the DC area, including several who live outside of the U.S. Although many of our in-person meetings are held in the D.C. area, there are some informal groups and meetings around the U.S. as well. Keep an eye on the newsletter, e-blasts, and website for those events. Board members living outside Washington, D.C., attend meetings by conference call, including video calls. There are many ways you can volunteer no matter where you live - website work, social media, membership activities, social event planning, fundraising, project review, etc. Click HERE to learn more.

I'm a Tanzanian living in the U.S. Can I join and help?
Absolutely! Please join and come to our events. We need your help in many ways including advising our Board on project applications, translating applications and other documents, serving on our Board or one of our committees. We welcome you - karibuni.

Both my spouse or partner and I want to join. Do we need to pay $40 dues?
In order to meet our administrative costs and our budget, we ask each person to pay dues of $20. However, for a couple, we are only charging $30. We thank you for understanding.

Why are the dues $20 and what is that money used for?
The Board and all other committee members are volunteers and so we keep FOT's operational costs very low. Because you continue to support FOT year after year with membership dues, we have been able to pay for the newsletter, website, and administrative expenses almost solely out of those dues. To cover these costs, we recently increased our dues from $15 (which they had been since 1991) to $20. Please help FOT going by joining and continuing to be a member - and urging your friends to join as well (Friends of Friends of Tanzania).

I'm a full time student and/or recently returned from serving in Tanzania. Is there a special dues rate?
Yes, dues for full time students are only $5. If you have returned from service in Tanzania within the last year, your membership is free. Just let us know!

I'm a volunteer working in Tanzania with the Peace Corps (or with a similar organization/Tanzanian NGO). What are my dues?
FOT offers free membership to all volunteers while they are working in Tanzania and for a period of one year after they return.  

Can I contribute through Network for Good if I live outside the U.S.?
No. You need to send U.S. dollars either by cash, check, or money order. You could consider paying dues and donations for two years to reduce your costs. And you can consider using PayPal on our online pages for dues and for donations.

I live outside the U.S. Can I use PayPal to pay my dues and donate?
Yes, PayPal can be used as an online payment thus allowing you to pay FOT with U.S. dollars which are converted to your own home currency and billed to you at your home currency rate.

How much of my project donations actually go to projects?
FOT strives to ensure that 100% of donations goes directly to the projects FOT funds in Tanzania. Historically, FOT is at or very close to that goal. As an all volunteer group, we keep our other expenses low and pay for operational costs through membership dues. So please be generous when donating! 

If I only pay my dues, am I contributing to projects?
Most years all of our dues are used to support our newsletter, website, and administrative expenses like post office box, governmental filings, etc. However, those expenses must be paid in order for us to do our project work, so your dues are really important in all of FOT's work. Without covering these costs, we would not be able to raise the donations to fund our projects and manage the necessary operational tasks. Both dues and donations make a difference!

How else can I help FOT besides paying dues and contributing to the projects fund?
We are always looking for NGOs and other organizations who are working in Tanzania for partnership on projects and sharing information - please give us any suggestions. We also need volunteers with skills in finance, project review, website work, social media, etc. to support ongoing FOT responsibilities. Additionally, we are always looking for members who are willing to be considered for our Board. Click HERE to learn more about these opportunities.