• Application Deadline

    June 10 2017

What’s awaiting you

Have you ever read “Out of Africa” or “The White Massai”? Those books that promise us a wild and beautiful but foreign continent? Let’s take a closer look at this continent made up of 54 different countries that are so often perceived as one. Let us not only talk or read about it but actually see it with our own eyes. Surely, we cannott travel the whole continent within such a short time frame. But we can experience how fascinating and diverse just one of its many countries can be. We chose Kenya as our destination, a country at the coast of east Africa. There, we want you to get in touch with local people from different parts of society. Talking to youths, politicians, journalists, human rights activists and students will teach us about the different ways of life in Kenya, the struggles and achievements, the system and its protagonists.

Why is Kenya the right destination for you? You could go almost anywhere else, right? But not many other countries offer such a broad diversity like Kenya does. Kenya has yellow deserts, lush green rain forest, steep valleys and beautiful coastlines. In Kenya, the majority of people living there are Christians. However, people living along the coast are mainly Muslim. Thanks to that, the coast is Muslim coined with Islamic influenced architecture, mosques and typical Swahili food. Beside those two major religions, there are over 40 different tribes living in this country with many other forms of belief. This diversity depicts an interesting picture alongside several cultural influences throughout history. But it also influences politics and everyday life. There are numerous things to discover, discuss and think about. We will try our very best to create two weeks full of impressions you will never forget or regret.

Goals

  • discover the cultural and scenic diversity of Kenya
  • get in touch with local people from different parts of society and age
  • learn more about specific topics of for example politics, society and culture
  • give space for questions and discussions with experts
  • initiate a process of reflection about our views of and assumptions about Kenya and Africa

As already mentioned, we would like to initiate a process of critical reflection of our views of Kenya and Africa. For this reason, we will get in touch with local people in Nairobi, visit a youth empowerment project and interview people at the Gikomba market. You will get the opportunity to participate in a lecture at the University of Nairobi and get an overview of the current political and economic situation. Additionally, you will meet members of environmental and human rights organisations to discuss different views on the rather young nation and its challenges. A bus ride to the ‘Kericho Tea Plantations’, the ‘Hell’s Gate Nationalpark’ and Mombasa will give us worthwhile memorable impressions of the scenic countryside and nature.

Meet the Organizers

Jasna Becker

Jasna is a student of Cultural Studies in Koblenz, a small town close to Cologne in Germany. In 2013, after finishing secondary school, she lived in Kenya for eleven months and worked in different social projects as an intern. She first lived in the capital, Nairobi, for nine months and then spent the remaining two months on the to the countryside,It was an amazing and inspiring experience that made her rethink her own perspectives on life. In 2015 she went back for five more weeks and still hasn’t gotten get enough of it. There is so much more to discover! She is eager to learn, experience and see more of Kenya and the different topics that influence the everyday life of its people.

jasna.becker@ifil.ch

Caroline Wienen

Caroline is a student of Culture Science at the University of Koblenz. She is a good friend of Jasna. Besides her studies she gained intercultural knowledge and experience in organizational matters by organising a cultural festival called the ‘Kulturweitblick’ in Koblenz to support the cultural exchange between multicultural citizens of Koblenz and the local people. Caroline has never been to Kenya before but she aims to put a still ‘foreign’ culture into the center of the students’ perception by meeting the local citizens and to get a closer look at the diversity of Kenya. She is also really looking forward to getting to know Kenya better with a wonderful group of people.

caroline.wienen@ifil.ch

Detailed Programme

  • 03.09.2017

    • Arrival of all participants in Nairobi
    • Welcome dinner with the group.
    • Introduction to the trip, space to settle in and to get to know each other.
  • 04.09.2017

    • Official start of the programme of our trip with a city tour of Nairobi.
    • Introduction and learning of Swahili, the second language besides English in Kenya.
  • 05.09.2016

    • Visit of the Gikomba market to give an insight into daily life situations and the overwhelming atmosphere.
    • Overcome the fear of getting in touch with the citizens of Nairobi through street interviews.
    • Intercultural programme at Goethe-Institute with local youth.
  • 06.09.2017

    • Visit of the UN of Nairobi which includes a guided tour and special briefing.
    • Visit of a local women`s rights organisation which includes a presentation and discussion.
  • 07.09.2017

    • Meeting with a member of a human rights organization and discussion about the political pluralism in Kenya.
    • Spending the afternoon with the youth of the empowerment project Usanii lab
  • 08.09.2017

    • Day at the University: visiting the campus, listening to a lecture and spending time with students for a lively exchange.
  • 09.09.2017

    • Meeting a journalist who will tell us more about the work and use of media in Kenya.
    • Time to reflect the past week and to record our impressions.
  • 10.09.2017

    • Journey to Mai Mahiu, a town close to the Great Rift Valley of Kenya.
    • Stop by the view point of the Valley to stop by the view point and enjoy the beautiful view
    • Visit of a secondary school to learn more about the educational system in Kenya
    • Travel to Lake Naivasha—our place for spending the next two nights right by the lake.
  • 11.09.2017

    • Enjoying the Hell’s Gate National Park including a mountain bike adventure and guided-tour through the gouged-gorges.
  • 12.09.2017

    • Visiting a tea garden in Kenya`s capital for tea – Kericho.
    • Taking time to reflect on what we saw and learned.
    • Night trip to the coast of Mombasa
  • 13.09.2017

    • City tour in Mombasa
    • Visiting the fortress `Fort Jesus`: In the second-largest city after the capital Nairobi we will deal with the topic of cultural influences through colonialism in the past.
  • 14.09.2017

    • Meeting with a local social initiative
    • Enjoying the beach
  • 15.09.2017

    • Journey back to Nairobi with the organisers or opportunity to stay in Mombasa
    • Last day we spend together so we will take the evening to share and reflect memories of our trip.
  • 16.09.2017

    • Our last breakfast together — it’s time to say goodbye.
    • Flights back home or continuation of trip by yourself.

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