The trip to Kenya involves American students volunteering with the teaching responsibilities at a primary school near Batian’s View in Naro Moru, Kenya. To help begin the process, the students will have classes about Kenya’s education system from the headmasters of the schools they will be volunteering. Kenyan teachers will assist the students in lesson planning, teaching techniques, and classroom management strategies. The students will eventually prepare their own lessons and teach in the classroom as well.
The school day begins at 7:45 and ends at 3:00 PM. The Kenyan students are then required to remain at school until 5:00 PM fortutoring, club meetings, attending athletic or drama practices, or assisting with school maintenance projects. The American students will be involved in this part of the school day too. This will be an opportunity for the students to focus on an area that interests them most. This will be the best opportunity for the Americans to work with the Kenyan students in small groups or in one on one tutoring sessions. At the end of the school day the students will either walk back to Batian’s View or be picked up by vehicle.
While at Batian’s View the students will assist with meal preparation and clean up. The evenings will be reserved for informal classes in Kiswahili, Kenyan history, or to hear a local elder speak of Kenya’s past. Other speakers may include the chief of the Naro Moru area, the Head Warden of Mt. Kenya National Park, and local elders who lived in the area during the colonial era.