Shaun's Kenya Blog

First days in Nairobi | May 8, 2010

I have had my first two days in the school in Nairobi, and it is like night and day comparing it to the school in Mombasa. This school (with an orphanage attached) is well established and has had volunteers coming for a while, so it is well equipped and well structured, with full time teachers, a curriculum and decent resources. The kids themselves are poor though, and about a third are orphans. The first two days have been great, I have been made to feel very welcome and the children, though more used to white people than at the other school, are very sweet and unbelievably respectful compared to what we are used to at home. I look forward to working with them for the next two weeks.

For my first weekend in Nairobi, I will go and see the town centre today, as I haven’t seen it yet, and tomorrow I intend to look at some animal sanctuaries – they have sanctuaries for monkeys, giraffes and baby elephants in Nairobi. That will be a good warm-up for my safari, which I intend to go on starting May 21st.

On an unrelated note, yesterday I wore a jumper in Kenya for the first time. The temperatures are much lower here than in Mombasa! Nevertheless, I have enjoyed my first few days in Nairobi, although I still miss everyone in Mombasa.

Best,

Shaun

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I am going to Kenya for nearly three months to volunteer as a teacher for underprivileged children. This blog will be about my experiences and thoughts while I am there. Happy reading!

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