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I am looking forward to meeting my teammates on the upcoming excursion. We had brief communications via email a few weeks ago introducing ourselves. All 6 are teachers like me, which will make it very cool! They are from Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Mississippi. As most relate that they have taught about 2-3 years, I’ll probably be the ‘mother’ of the group with my 30+ years of teaching! I just hope I can keep up with them. One of our tasks after the trip is to write at least one lesson plan using our experiences in the field, for our classroom back home. I look forward to sharing ideas with my teammates.

Five of them are women and teach science in middle or high school, one is a librarian. Only one teaches in an elementary classroom and that is the lone male. We have decided that since we’ll all be on the same plane from Nairobi to the port town of Malindi (there’s only one flight a day), we’ll recognize each other from the blue Earthwatch T-shirts we’ve all said we’ll wear in the Airport.

I am deep in the midst of making sure I’m completely ready to leave my 18-year-old son alone and in charge of the household. That’s a pretty scary thought! I’ve written all sorts of lists and instructions. This weekend I’ll ‘teach’ him how to clean the house, keep the pool in running order, take care of the two cats, and water the outside gardens and house plants. Yesterday I went to one of the make-your-own-dinners places put 12 meals in the freezer. He chose the dinners and they have pretty easy directions so I don’t think he’ll starve. Besides, he practically lives at his girlfriend’s these days, so I’m sure he’ll beg a few dinners from her family during the two weeks I’ll be gone!

It takes a certain personality to go on an excursion like this. You have to not be afraid to travel off the beaten path. I have lived in Greece for a year long ago, traveled throughout Europe with EurailPass and backpacks (again, a very long time ago!) I wouldn’t think of without a good institution behind me these days. I find this site hilarious, but a little scary as I head out next week! Try it out: You Might Be an Earthwatch Volunteer IF… We’ll see if I have some experiences to add to this list when I return.


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I would love to participate in something like this but I am not the traveler that you are. I did not do that well on a trip to Europe 2 years ago with students but the trip you are taking really intrigues me. Good luck in your venture.

I am a Kenyan,a Kenyan high school teacher and a doctoral student.I dont know a better country and people to go to. A lot of social and scientific work is done in Kenya, but the rest of the world amy not really know how much. I hope when you are there you will be a ble to shere some of the knowledge gained with the Kenyans so that they may also get to learn something they may ahve just previously been taking for granted.It is humid at the coast but that will be a good sauna for your skin too!!The coastal people like the rest of Kenya are the best, and watch out-the fodd is delicious. Get ready to jog off a few pounds!!Enjoy!

Sorry for my typos Barbara.I hit the "post" button before I edited my comments.But I guess you got the gist of the message.

I am an educator in TN. My daughter and her family are in Mwanza, Tanzania. It will be interesting following your experiences and theirs too. Best of luck.

Hi Barabara - Well, it's July 8th, and you must be well under way by now. How was the flight? Are you settled in? What surprised you? And, how are the monkeys?

My sister & her family are stationed in Nirobi,Kenya with the CDC out of Atlanta.They have been there 4+ years and I hope to get together some grants+etc. to go for a visit next Spring/Summer. I am an elementary art teacher & we study African Art from a different country in Africa for a month+ each year...My students & I really enjoy the "Artistic Tour of Africa"..I hope to get me students involved with the preparations,planning and maybe even some penpals and art exchanges before and after I go...let me know if you have any ideas about this....Have a ball and make sure you take your walking shoes!

Pls. get me involved
regards,

Percy.

Pls. get me involved
regards,

Percy.

I hope u enjoyed your stay in kenya.I'd like to be involved.wish you safe travels.liz

I hope u enjoyed your stay in kenya.I'd like to be involved.wish you safe travels.liz

I hope u enjoyed your stay in kenya.I'd like to be involved.wish you safe travels.liz

I hope u enjoyed your stay in kenya.I'd like to be involved.wish you safe travels.liz

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