I arrived in Shimoni one week ago today and it already feels like home. I came here to partake in the Kenya Community Development Internship, and in the short space of seven days the meaning of the word community, for me, has expanded and evolved in this wonderful village. The welcome I have received here has surpassed any other, and us Irish are known for our ‘Cead Mile Failte’ (A Million Welcomes).
As an intern, there is a lot to digest in the first few days, but the GVI staff are great in addressing concerns and questions, regardless of how simple or mundane they may seem. Our training will be extensive and covers many aspects, from marine conservation to a BETC Leadership Qualification. We will spend this weekend on our EFR (Emergency First Responder) training, and, for some of us, the weekend will also involve a move to the Island of Wasini, where we will take up residence close to the village of Mkwiro to continue our training in community development.
Text: Caroline Reld