Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Cross-Cultural Solutions Compound

Okay, so the nap was a bad idea. It is 3:30 AM and we're pretty much wide awake. It's 7 PM in Austin right now, so I'm sure we'll get exhausted right as we're supposed to be getting up for breakfast. I was smart enough to bring some sleeping pills, but I wasn't smart enough to take them last night. If I make it to tonight, I'm taking a full dose.

The moon was out for a little while, and it was nearly full, so I grabbed a picture of our house.

Our house is really more of a compound and it is shared by other volunteers. There is a full time staff of native Tanzanians who are amazing. We are behind walls with an alarm system and a full-time guard who patrols the perimeter. The people are so friendly here though, I have a feeling that none of this is really necessary and is just a precaution. Part of me wants to be more integrated with the community, but part of me really enjoys feeling safe and secure, having somewhere to leave my valuable belongings, and I think it really helps to ease the transition and at least somewhat mitigate the culture shock.

2 comments:

brie said...

those pics, where do those people live?

Amanda said...

I would love to talk to you more about your CCS experience. I am really considering doing it as well. Email me: acabral@mail.stmarytx.edu.

Thanks
Amanda