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The first day at Kipevu was amazing!!. Before I went, I surely did expect some sort of welcoming ceremony, but I was truly surprised and amazed by what they’ve done for us: as our bus enters the main road to the school, about 400 students from Kipevu stand on two sides of the road welcoming our arrival. I was shocked. We were shocked. The spirit was so strong; everyone was waving at us, smile at us, and expecting us to wave back. What and how we felt like was indescribable.

Kipevu Primary School 4th day

Kenya is warm and humid, however, today it was rainging and it was cold. WE got to teach the kids and participate during class time. We did not get to organize the Library much, only for a couple of minutes. Today was mainly focused on interacting with the students, it was fun, i got to know who my pen pal is and Alison's as well. I can't wait for tomorrow. =)

Alina

KIPEVU TRIP 2010

So after a very long day of travelling, switching airplanes, losing luggage, we finally arrived where we've been wanting to for the past 5 months. Coming out of the Mombasa airport was a group of children, teachers and parents who are all apart of Kipevu Primary School. That alone struck all of us. It was something none of us had even expected! We all just stood there with great big smiles on our faces, looking at the children and the people of Mombasa, not knowing anything about them but yet knowing everything.

AFRICA!

So, first couple of days here = Success! With many warm welcomings, plenty of overdone and duplicated speeches and more importantly a very friendly people we have made it!

First Day!

Wow! I can't believe it has only been two days. All in one day we have done so much and seen so much it feels like a lifetime.
 
The whole process of getting here was an adventure in and of itself. 9 hours x 2 with the first two legs, and then a hop to Mombasa, where we saw monkeys as we got off the plane.
 
There is so much to say and remark about culture differences, but I think those are best explained with personal experience, as they are verbalised in a very unique manner depending on the individual.
 

Day 1.5

Hey everyone!

Hope school/ exams/ camp went well for you students and if you are a teacher I hope marking and report cards went well :)

Two days ago we landed in Amsterdam and spent a few amazing hours wandering and exploring the magical city. Yesterday we landed in Nairobi then made our way to Mombasa by a smaller plane.

Countdown

3 days left!
 
As packing wraps up and forms are coming in, conceptualizing the trip has become harder and harder. I look forward to the 6 hr layover in Amsterdam when things will truly set in perhaps. Until then, I focus on IAs, Labs, Projects, Papers, and school-- because when we are there the project will be our life.
 
People have started to ask about summer plans-- I honestly haven't thought about it past June 4th... maybe I'll have a better idea when I get back!
 

Books!

I bought some nice looking used books today on Main street from the used book store near my apartment.  Many are hard-covers and small, so they should withstand use in a primary school of 900 students--I hope!

30 Days until take-off

Meeran knocked on my office door today to ask some questions about the upcoming sleep-over and as she was leaving she had to add, with a huge grin, that there are only 30 days left until we leave.

So exciting!

Mr. Campanella, Ms. Jenkins, Meeran, Sebastian, Alina, Sophia, Geneva, Fion, Bhanesha, Megan and I will actually get to meet the staff and students at Kipevu Primary School.  We will see the wall first-hand and participate in an amazing IB experience.

Language...

 We speak the languages of the western world. In school, more and more, students learn not only their first language, but also a second, and sometimes a third. In primary school and secondary school, however, generally we only learn Romantic or Germanic languages.... and sometimes Asian languages like Mandarin, Cantonese, or Japanese. How often do you hear of a student taking Swahili as a second language? Or Zulu? Or Afrikaans? Or Amharic?