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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Brendan tackles the challenges of being a community volunteer in Shimoni

I don’t think there is any one word that can sufficiently sum up one’s first teaching experience in Shimoni, Kenya.  If you’re someone who enjoys a challenge and looks for ways to push yourself, a GVI community project is definitely something to consider.  
Brendan practices is chalkboard skills writing up lyrics for Choir
I had no idea what to expect from Shimoni when I arrived.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the excited looks on children’s faces, the friendly greeting from local shop owners and the all-too-familiar ‘Jambo’ (which means hello in Swahili) from just about everyone! 
The first class I taught was a grade 5 English class of 50 students.  I was slightly intimidated by the number of students in one classroom, however, the enthusiasm and respect from students quickly dissolved the fearful challenge.  I was amazed at the warm greeting I received from students and surprised with the overall command of the English language.  The bustling schoolyard was filled with students playing games, climbing trees, dancing and singing.  Needless to say, it’s very easy to feed off the energy level of the students and the vibrant dynamic of the schools.

Choir: 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'
Whether you’re interested in helping with after-school football, choir, wildlife club or a relaxing walk home beside the Indian Ocean, Shimoni offers an unforgettable teaching experience. 

Brendan Simeson