When I first came to GVI I didn't know much about primates, dolphins, birds, community development, capacity building or sustainable livelihood in Tsavo west community. I joined GVI Kenya on the National scholarship programme and I extended my time and became forest field staff, where I learned a range of skills, responsibilities, leadership and was contributing to globally important scientific research. People change, I am sure I am better than I was before GVI.
I went through all this programmes but I was so excited by the forest, every time I go out into the field I see new things: Green mambas, Snouted night adders, Zanj elephant shrews and many species of birds, these things make me feel alive. I love nature and I will always be a part of GVI.
Days fly, it feels like a month but actually it’s been over a year, the whole time I spent in GVI Kenya has been the best time of my life. It has been an incredible time. Mission accomplished. With that, I have to bid farewell. I am the happiest person in the world right now. It’s better than I ever thought it could be.
Benja- From Kenya
|First days as forest staff|
|Taking a group of Volunteers out to the forest|
|Our impersonations of water birds|
|Spending some time on the marine project|
|My family back home|
|Water bird surveys|
|Playing twister with the kids at wildlife club|
|Reading with the Shimoni kids|
|Just finished a survey in the forest|
|Baby white browed sparrow weaver|