29 September 2009


It's been a hard week in Peace Corps Tanzania this week... PCV Joe Chow was killed in a rock climbing accident on Tuesday. Joe was 23 and less than two months away from being done with his Peace Corps service. He taught advanced level chemistry, physics and math at Ndanda Secondary School.

Joe was my nearest PCV neighbor. We both shared a love of awesomely bad movies. He brought the movie "Plan 9 from Outer Space" to one of our in-service trainings for us to watch, but we never got around to watching it together. I wish we had.

One of the last text messages I got from Joe that will always make me laugh: "The drunk teacher at my school just drooled on me."

If Joe's family stumbles across this blog, I just wanted to send you my condolences. I know there is nothing I can say to make this better. But Joe was my friend and I'm glad I had the chance to get to know him. And I really wish this hadn't happened.


  1. So sorry to read about your friend Joe. It teaches all of us a lesson. Be the very best you can be today. I feel like all of you are making great strides to leave your place in Tanzania. My sympathy to Joe's family and all of his friends.

    Thinking of all of you. Be safe. Carol Glantz

  2. This is Joe's mom. thanks so much for leaving your memories - that was joe. He was a terrific "hero" kid if you just read about him, but you knew him as that quirky funny guy. that was our funny, great, intelligent Joe. Ancient greek scholar, classical pianist and organist, intellectual, fantastic son, nephew, friend, student, teacher. -