Today, we had a very typical day in school. We were there by nine, just in time for our daily Kiswahili class. We learned the names of various body parts, proper nouns, greetings and numbers. An hour later, our guest speaker, Teacher James, came in to teach us some Kenyan history. After an hour of his frantic scrawling on the board, we had lunch. The time between classes when we get to spend time with the kids is always the best. All of them are shy, and the little English they know is hardly enough to communicate with us, creating a confusing ball of energy, the two groups trying to communicate with one another. Fortunately we can make do. Lunch was followed by an hour of work time. We are still in the beginning stages of our planning, arguing about which projects to do and how to do them. The best part of the day, however, was the last hour and a half. From 3:30 to 5:00, we went to the soccer field behind the school to play with the kids. I taught them how to play badminton, and they caught on incredibly quickly.
So far, this trip has been a huge experience for everyone, all participants pushing their comfort zones further than they ever have before. We are all in a new environment, and we are relieved to have our fellow students to comfort us when we feel overwhelmed.
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