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While all of my friends were headed off to college this past fall, I was packing my bags for Kenya to teach conflict resolution at St. Andrews. I can safely say that I got much more out of my semester in Kenya then I could have gotten from my first semester of college. St. Andrews isn’t your typical school. First of all, it is full of students who genuinely want to be there, and want to learn. Being 18 years old and teaching classes of 40 students who were as old as 25 was incredibly daunting at first. I soon realized there was nothing to be scared of. The student’s desire to learn empowered my teaching. My students became so much more than students to me. They became my friends and my family. I was invited to their homes, and their churches. The same goes for the teachers. The teachers at St. Andrews have a genuine interest in teaching and their students. Being a teacher at St. Andrews is not an easy job. The daily commute is strenuous, and due to the schools budget, their salaries are very low. This doesn’t stop them from showing up every day ready to teach. My first day at St. Andrews I was terrified of the teachers. I very quickly realized how friendly and welcoming they were. I was given my own desk and I became part of their lunchtime conversations. We talked, we laughed, we joked and we
danced. Personally, I learned just as much as I taught. I learned what it was like to live in a different culture, what I am capable of doing and most importantly how good it feels to make a difference in someone’s life. 
            
During my time in Kenya I made many friends that I will have forever. The people who live in Kasarani and go to St. Andrews were ome of the friendliest people I have ever met. It is for these reasons that I will be going back this summer. I am so excited to be back with my friends and family and see how much St. Andrews has changed and progressed in less than a year. Peter Ngugi has big dreams for the school, and with your help his dreams will become a reality. St. Andrews has the potential to become one of the best secondary schools in Kenya, and I am a firm believer that they will succeed. 


David Andris-Pohl
11/8/2012 07:47:01 pm

Hi Molly,

I`m teacher at a school in Germany, that supplies St. Andrews.
If your like, contact me. I´m very interested in your experieces in Kenya.

cincerely
David

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Molly
11/10/2012 09:44:12 am

Hi David!

That is so great, I would love to talk to you! My email address is mcs621@gmail.com, please send me an email!

Thanks,
Molly

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11/10/2012 01:24:48 pm

Hi David,

I am the creator of this website and very actively involved in the school here as a Board of Governors member living in the community. I am also Molly Snell's "aunt".

The students at St. Andrews are passionate about learning and see it as a way to pull themselves out of extreme poverty and be contributing members of the Kenyan society as well as finding a better life. The Board, teachers and Principal are equally as dedicated to this goal.

Because the students come from very poor families, they can barely afford to pay the relatively small school fees (less than $150 US) a year. Because the fees are basically what support the school it makes it extremely diffiicult to pay quality teachers. The two biggest needs are student subsidies and volunteer teachers.

Your connecting with Molly will give you even more insight into the school and teaching opportunities. I encourage you to do that.

To be a volunteer teacher here for a term (3 months) or even better one year, would be a huge blessing - not just for the students, but for the teachers - most of whom are not trained.

If you or others in your school would like to explore this option I will be happy to connect you with Peter (the principal) and I will answer your questions as well. You would need to purchase you ticket and pay for rent (small amount - you could stay at our guest cottage which is close to the school), and since it is self-catering, pay for your food.

If you are interested, please contact me as well as Molly! My e-mail is snelldeb@gmail.com By the way, are you connected to the school that is currently supporting St. Andrews?

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