I have arrived safely in Kisumu, which is in western Kenya near Lake
Victoria. The secondary school I am volunteering at is about 45
minutes from Kisumu by car. So far this week I have been observing classes
and other schools. The students here are absolute angels, similar to India and other
countries outside the US.
There are ~50 students in each class, but the respect is amazing!! I am excited
to start teaching next week, probably a couple math and/or science
While at EsalwaSecondary School, I am living at the
school with another teacher from CVHS. We live together in very simple
quarters....ie a mat on the floor with a mosquito net, a hole in the floor for
a toilet, and rainwater collected outside for bathing and cooking/drinking once
boiled...even less than India.
All you really need for survival is food, water and love/affection, right?!?!
One funny thing happened this morning when I was observing a math class.
Students in another room across the courtyard started screaming and running out
of their classroom. Some were even jumping out of the windows. Soon we
realized there was a snake in their classroom. :-) A boy beat it to death with
a stick and eventually one of the male teachers took the dead snake away. It
was so funny seeing all the students jumping out of the window to get away from
the snake. (Hopefully it wasn't a green mamba) You definitely had to be there,
but I wanted to share anyway. :-)
The internet here is very slow and I'm not sure when I will be back in Kisumu
to access it. However, I will be flying to Mombasa on 7/27 to visit family of a CVHS
teacher, so I might be able to have better access there. I'm excited to
see the Kenyan coastline and to go snorkeling. Until then, keep me and my
students in your prayers.
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