That’s right! I guess I should have worded the question a bit differently! Lol
Generally speaking, I think Tanzanians are quite welcoming in nature. There are a large number of different ethnic groups who have immigrated to Tanzania over the years. The largest of these are East Indians, Arabs, and more recently Chinese. There are also many Expats from all other parts of Africa, Europe, North America, and the rest of the World. The Caucasian population is also quite high. (For example on my flight to TZ this July, the majority of the people on the plane were European—safaris/and mt Kilimanjaro climbers I would guess, based on their gear and clothing. My DH, who was visiting TZ for the first time thought we were on the wrong plane, lol).The tourism industry is huge in TZ so generally people are accustomed to seeing travellers and immigrants from different parts of the world.
My favorite part about my country is that despite our diversity and differences (immigrant population, plus more than 120 tribal groups) we have been able to maintain peace. We have had no civil uprisings or war due to ethnic differences that are sometimes common in other countries . I believe our culture is very open and welcoming. We are collectivistic by nature, and so sometimes visitors and immigrants who come from a more individualistic society are sometimes surprised at the level of hospitality of some groups in TZ. Of course that varies between regions, people, and groups, and so like a PP mentioned, be careful not to readily trust everyone you meet. (But really, this is the same all over the world)
My least favorite thing would have to be the effects of having huge disparity gaps. The gap between the rich/affluent and the poor is HUUUGE. So security can be a huge concern. This creates more crime, and therefore more measures to prevent crime rather then addressing the issue of poverty. Visiting TZ and staying in the more affluent areas is quite restrictive. There are huge electric fences outside every private and public residence. Bars on all the doors and windows of every private residence and public residence.. etc.. Corruption is still a huge concern, but again all of this is the same in all countries and continents where such a disparity gap exists. (India, Jamaica, Brazil, etc.)
If the location of the job will be in Lindi, it is a coastal town about 5-6 hours from Dar. I believe Islam is the dominant religion of that area, if I remember correctly. There is a large number of Arab and east indian population in that area, so I can’t speak to the culture of that area because that is not the culture I am from.
However, with that said, if the company is a big UK corporation, typically they will connect you with an expat community, and provide housing and services that is similar to what you are accustomed to. In terms of internet, and indoor plumbing I would imagine they would set you up with reliable providers, and provide accommodation that fits your needs. Sometimes water and electricity can be inconsistent in TZ, but many people have their own back up generators and huge storage units of water where they store backup supplies, so you should be okay in this area if they provide backup resources. All of the times I’ve visited, I’ve never been without running water, electricity, or plumbing in the cities. Only when we visited rural villages– but even in some places in the villages there was access to running water, electricity, and plumbing. (Just don’t drink the water straight from the tap anywhere in TZ)
In terms of the general view of females, I am not sure about how that would look like in Lindi, however if it is anything like Dar (for example) women have come a long way, especially in the workforce. It is not uncommon to see female directors of large companies, females in government positions, etc. But like all other places in the world, you always need to be aware of which areas to avoid, and which areas are safer.
No McDonalds in TZ, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t find a good burger 😉 There are many other fast food places in TZ that go by various names. I’d also encourage you to try local cuisine. Our food is so flavorful and aromatic—but of course I may just be biased.
Feel free to message me if you have any other questions!