As our Tanzania volunteers prepare to depart, Marisa Ranieri is already getting excited. Her blog,, is updated on a regular basis. In this post she explains why she decided to teach in Tanzania.

 quote on postcard

“We must do what we absolutely love, or we run the risk of doing nothing at all”


I saw this on a postcard while visiting my grandparents in Bradenton, Florida and it hit me. In less than 20 words, a postcard had summarized WHY I want to leave my friends, family and the security of warm, running water to teach in Tanzania. If four years in college taught me anything, it’s that I’m pretty much not sure about everything. The things I am sure of though are these:



  1. I’ve always wanted to give teaching a shot because I think I’d love it.
  2. If I don’t live in East Africa at some point, I’m going to die of a broken heart.
  3. My Swahili needs to improve if I ever want to use it as leverage for a job.
  4. People who truly love you will be there waiting when you return, no matter how long you’re gone.
  5. If I don’t do something crazy with my life now, I probably never will.



With all of that in mind, applying to WorldTeach Tanzania was obviously a no-brainer. And once the acceptance letter arrived, responding with a resilient “YES!” was the obvious next step.


But my personal reasoning doesn’t stop there. After accepting the offer from WorldTeach, I decided it was time to really see what I was getting myself into, and after a few hours of reading through statistics, I was shocked into silence. And then motivated into action.


I urge you to check out my post “Ten Things I Didn’t Know about Education in Tanzania”. It will radically change your understanding of the world, and help you understand the passion driving my initiatives in Tanzania.


Plus, didn’t you see how cute the kids were from my first post? How could I turn down seeing smiling faces like those every single day?!