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The Life of an Mzungu in Nairobi

It’s June 2 now, and the rest of our Tunaweza Kimuziki team has left, Diana and Kim boarding the plane back to the US about a week ago. It’s been an interesting transition—20 years old, and for the first time in my life, traveling alone. In the next three weeks, my goals are very simple; …..

Nairobi School Grades

We had an illuminating conversation with Mr. Andrew Obaga, assistant director and music teacher at the Nairobi School (a Kenyan national boy’s school). We were sharing that we were surprised to see the grades posted publically with students’ names. He explained that it was in part to bring accountability to the school, but was more …..

Sunday = Field Day!

Sundays in Kenya are just as busy as any other day! Today we got up early to cram in as much sight-seeing as possible. First we went to the Giraffe Center and visited the Rothchild giraffes. Then we went to the Elephant Orphanage in time to see the feeding of the baby elephants. And then …..

Last day at Nairobi School

Here is a video of Sylvester’s group: http://youtu.be/4BHwpU99jjg Today we finished up our three days at the Nairobi School. The kids and the faculty here have been so welcoming and warm. It is lovely to see how much the students are working, and the progress they’ve made since last year.

Nairobi School

Today we went to the beautiful Nairobi School. This is a campus with large trees and British colonial buildings, built in 1929. The school is a Kenyan national boarding school. Students who scored the highest on the national exams at the end of primary school are selected from all over the country to attend this …..

Utawala Academy – May 15, 2013

So today, I am lacking my usual 100+ photos…to be honest, I think I took twenty photos throughout the day.  Now, the only two reasons I will ever do this are as follows—I have either gone through such a crazy day of meeting and greeting and exploring that I haven’t actually found the time to …..

Last Day at Kenyatta University – May 14, 2013

Today was our last day teaching at Kenyatta University.  It has been a wonderful experience, and we’ve made quite a few friends along the road.  The campus here is beautiful and the people are always friendly—I can’t wait to return!  We delivered our parting gifts – donations made by several of our friends and acquaintances …..

Administration Police Training College

Jeff and Lisa are here! Jeff Gershman is a band director from IU and his wife Lisa Wong is a choral director at The College of Wooster. Here they are smiling with Samson after having arrived the evening before and taught all day. They are troopers and we’re impressed! It’s so great to have them …..

Utawala Academy – Day 1

So today, I am lacking my usual 100+ photos…to be honest, I think I took twenty photos throughout the day.  Now, the only two reasons I will ever do this are as follows—I have either gone through such a crazy day of meeting and greeting and exploring that I haven’t actually found the time to …..

Kenyatta University – Day 2

  I’m so happy to be back at Kenyatta University!  My Swahili is a bit rusty after a semester of intensive French, but with the large amounts of encouragement I’ve been receiving from every Kenyan I meet, I imagine it will come back to me in no time.  We’ve already made quite a few good …..