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Difficult Decisions

Getting rid off house workers was not an easy decision and was not taken lightly. Unfortunately the blog post has led to some negativity from people who have hidden behind pseudonyms. I have not and will not approve such comments which do not reflect the true situation on our part. Trust is an important thing between employer and employee. Our aim in employing local Tanzanians to work for us was always to give something back and provide a good wage for honest work. Our house workers had a good wage at the top of the range locally. Had they asked for extra food we would have been generous. Stealing stuff is not good, especially for workers with experience of working in such environments (Foil is expensive here). Writing in other people’s books is discourteous in the least). I am saddened by both the situation and the response from a small minority. Settings have changed and so comments require an email address from now on.

Living the Ex-Patriate Life

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We left the UK a week ago. It’s amazing to think how much has happened this week. I have yet to start teaching but have had three days of induction and two INSET days.
We have discovered our new home town and enjoyed socialising with our fellow expats. We have enjoyed the view from the top of The Gold Crest Hotel (and the beers too!), we have admired the view from the Isamilo Lodge Hotel, we have relaxed by the lake at Tunza Lodge and watched the sun go down.
After a hard day at school, instead of the long drive home it was a short walk to the swimming pool for a refreshing dip.
IMG_8610.JPGToday we hired house workers these young women (there are two) are employed to clean the house, do the washing and ironing, wash up, boil milk (to pasteurise it), boil water (to sterilise it) and go to market on occasions (they can get a better price than we). All this sounds very colonial, but it provides good employment and spreads our relative wealth.
Anita has enrolled on a language school and will be improving her Kiswahili (she’s already good). The children are making friends and as we speak have gone off with a new friend to a local hotel for a meal and a bit of socialising.
School starts Monday, so maybe things will become more normal, but we’re definitely enjoying the expatriate life so far.



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