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Day 59: Saying Goodbye

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [276]

I returned home from the orphanage at around 7:30 in the morning because Kelsey and I decided to take Grace out to breakfast as a thank you. The three of us went to Java, and we treated Grace. She is so sad that we are both leaving. The 2 other volunteers ... Read more >

Day 58: Night at the Orphanage

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [1133]

Since Kelsey received so much donation money from home, we spent the day spending it on the kids. She bought a new set of clothes for every child, as well as 9,000 shillings worth of food. It is very true what they tell us in orientation: you can work ... Read more >

Day 57: Flight Dilemma

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [217]

Before I discovered that schools in Kenya are off for all of April due to the rainy season, I was planning on staying for another month and moving out to Maasailand. Doing me a great service, my parents changed my flight details before I confirmed that ... Read more >

Day 56: Returning to School

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [207]

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Day 55: Coming Home

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [207]

The bus ride from Mombasa back to Nairobi was a thousand times better than our horrific ride there. Kelsey and I each got 2 seats to ourselves and the bus even showed movies. Even so, we couldn’t wait to get off and get home at the end of our 10 ... Read more >

Days 46 through 54: 3/30 – 4/6: Mombasa!

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [259]

Mombasa was incredible! The hostel that I stayed in was so beautiful, and since most of us stayed for the week we were a pretty solid group. Because of this, we all got to be like a family. Diani Beach was beautiful. The water was such a light, clear ... Read more >

Day 45: And We're Off!

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [265]

I went into Nairobi early today with the intention of visiting the National Museum. However, the bus that was supposed to take me there never showed up at the bus stop. Since it was a holiday – Good Friday – and the museum closes at 5:30, ... Read more >

Day 44: Games

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [216]

Today was unofficially the first day of Easter break. Due to this, classes in the morning were even shoddier than normal. Kels and I sort of taught for about an hour, but we had no idea what was going on and whether we were even supposed to be teaching ... Read more >

Day 43: Rainstorms and Kind Strangers

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [462]

After teaching today, Kelsey and I went to Bomas. I needed to check in with St. Lawrence about scheduling for classes and make reservations for Mombasa and she needed to upload a bunch of pictures. We had a very nice afternoon for ourselves. I was really ... Read more >

Day 42: Working the Routine

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [254]

Being my third week in Rongai, I am really getting my routine down. It is so good to feel confident in my schedule and what I am doing; it allows me to plan ahead for my lessons as well. Hopefully the brief period of consistency that I hope I am providing ... Read more >

Day 41: Moving On Up

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [249]

For the first time today I worked with students above Class 5. From now until I leave, I will be taking Class 8 English, Class 6 English, and Class 5 Science, as well as my usual combination of Classes 1 – 3. At first, I was very worried about ... Read more >

Day 40: SLU Reunion!

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [265]

St. Lawrence has a study abroad program here in Kenya. As it so happens, the compound where they are staying is about a 40 minute matatu ride from Rongai. And one of my good friends is on the program! I was able to meet up with her today, which was amazing! ... Read more >

Day 39: Hospital Visit

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [240]

Kelsey and I went into Nairobi today. I had every intention of meeting up with my friend Michelle and going to the National Museum, where some of the earliest hominid remains are located, including the Leakey’s “Lucy.” I have been waiting ... Read more >

Day 38: T.G.I.F.

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [349]

I had an amazing time teaching today! Kelsey and I combined Classes 1 and 2 and taught them together. Since Class 2 hasn’t had a teacher, all the students were approximately at the same level. Teaching here is all done out of a book, and oftentimes ... Read more >

Day 37: Alex's Last Day

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [329]

Alex and I spent the whole day together. It was her last day in Rongai before she moves to Mlongo, where she is going to work with a women’s HIV/AIDS program for a month before leaving for Tanzania. We taught in the morning and then went to the ... Read more >

Day 36: HIV Testing!

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [233]

Today all of the boarders at the Light School and Orphanage finally got tested for HIV! The women from the clinic came to the school just for us. As kids in Kenya only get shots and medical treatment right after they are born if birthed in a hospital, ... Read more >

Day 35: Lots of Letters

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [252]

I spent most of today working on letters with class 6. They were so excited to read the letters written by Mrs. Lee’s class. They were even more thrilled, though, to write their own. The class spent over an hour writing letters and then decorating ... Read more >

Day 34: Reading with Class 2

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [208]

I only had 4 kids in Class 2 today. It’s strange, when coming to Kenya I was expected tons of kids in one classroom, but I have gotten very lucky. At Damside, I only had about 24 kids in Class 3, and at the Light School the classes are relatively ... Read more >

Day 33: Laundry Day

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | Views [230]

Sunday was laundry day. I got away with not doing it last week, but as I was completely out of clothes, this weekend it was necessary. Laundry here is a definite chore, as everything has to be done by hand. Worst of all, I managed to get a stain on my ... Read more >

Day 32: Kenya vs. Egypt

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | Views [239]

I have already been in Kenya for a month – it’s crazy! It feels like I have been here forever, while it simultaneously seems as if I arrived just last week. Today was Alex and Ashlyn’s last full day with us. I will be so sad when they ... Read more >

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