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Lessons from Shimoni: Part One

It’s been 4 days since I’ve returned home now. In those days I’ve consumed more than enough calories to make up for feeling hungry for 2 weeks. I’ve almost scrubbed the top layer of dirt off my feet. I’ve managed to brush through my hair at least once (tricky after not bringing a brush with me to Africa), and I’ve

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Teaching with nothing

I expected modest living conditions in Shimoni, knowing that it is a small village with extreme poverty. What I didn’t anticipate was that the schools would be so basic as well. There are three schools in Shimoni. A public primary/secondary school, a private Christian primary, and a private Muslim primary. We teach classes in all the schools, which adds wonderful

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And this is how I die…

I tried to come to Kenya with the most open mind possible. I wanted to experience all parts of this beautiful country, and I didn’t want my sheltered American biases to get in the way. Up to this point I think I’ve done a fairly good job of jumping right in. I came to Africa without a single beauty product.

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Into the forest

Yesterday we did an amazing 3 ½ hour trek into the rainforest. Now, before you start thinking that every day I get to have some fabulous experience here in Africa, let me assure you that I spent the last two days bed ridden by some awful stomach bug. I literally slept for 24 hours straight, and at times I was

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Reading under the tree

Probably my favorite day so far in Shimoni. We got to read to the children of the village who are too young to attend school. We brought books and blankets and sat under a large Bilbao tree. The children came running from all around. It was wonderful to see their excitement over books. This young girl with the flowers on

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First Night

I made it to the hotel which is amazingly beautiful. I just finished anamazing dinner with three other volunteers I’ve found who I will be teaching with. We are quite the diverse group so far. Two from the States, one from Sweeden and one from London. Excited to meet the others tomorrow and head out to the island. Definitely enjoyed

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