Teaching in front of a classroom of excited young Kenyans.
Working side by side with a school community in rural Kenya to build a new classroom.
Spending part of your summer making a difference in the lives of young dozens of young students.
Having experiences that will change your view of the world, and possibly, of yourself!
Serve as a volunteer teacher at a public primary school near the town of Naro Moru. Responsibilities include lesson planning, classroom teaching, and assisting with extra curricular activities with the Kenyan students.
Students will spend the bulk of their day interacting with Kenyan teachers and students. Students will also have an opportunity to visit the homes of Kenyans living in a rural area and gain a first hand understanding of their lifestyle. Students will also meet with Kenyan elders who were part of Kenya’s struggle for independence in the 1950s.
Prior to going to Kenya participants will be asked to assist with fund raising efforts for the group’s community service project, which will focus on a need at one of the schools. The Americans will spend at least two days actively assisting in the project. Be prepared for physical labor!
The students will be presented with a variety of evening classes related to Kenya’s history, natural history, and language, Kiswahili.
A three-day safari to Samburu Game Reserve where the group will camp and see the wildlife for which this area is famous.
A day will be spent with intensive leadership and team building activities on the high and low challenge course at Batian’s View. High school aged Kenyans from local schools may also be a part of this activity.
Exhilaration coursed through my veins as I stood in front of fifteen young students waiting patiently for the answer. Never before had I meet children who were so eager to learn. Nor had I ever learned so much about myself through teaching. The experience of teaching these students was like none other. Their love of learning only made my love of teaching stronger.
My advice to a future SLIK student would be to talk with and befriend as many people as possible because everyone is so kind and accepting. And you don’t even need to talk with the little kids, they just love being around you.
I have changed in countless ways due to my time in Kenya. Of great significance was returning to America was looking at my possessions and questioning if I needed them. We are so focused on having ‘things’ in America, that we lose sight of what is important. My time in Kenya gave me a new perspective to focus on things that truly matter in life, and those things don’t come with a price tag.
Go to Kenya with an open mind and heart and to be ready to experience everything you can. The people of Naro Moru are very welcoming and happy people. Take advantage of their hospitality by engaging with them and their culture; you will learn a great deal about life and about yourself as well.
If there is one thing I learned in Kenya, it is to be grateful for what you have and how much you can give to others. Even the most simple acts here don’t go unnoticed. I was forced to step out of my comfort zone at times, but the rewards of reaching out to help others will be with me a lifetime.