Annelies Paine, 2016, Woodrow Wilson School

During my PEI internship I worked as a teacher for the Northern Kenyan Conservation Clubs, an after-school program that promotes conservation and sustainability through experiential learning. My colleagues and I prepared and taught lessons for primary and secondary school students on a variety of topics from evolution to endangered species that utilized hands-on experiences such as games, scavenger hunts, and outdoor activities. We also helped to organize the annual Community Conservation Day, which brought together students, teachers, parents, and community members to share conservation projects such as alternative cooking methods, tree planting, and approaches to soil erosion. The highlight of my summer was our Indigenous Knowledge Project, where we invited community elders to share their memories of the wildlife and the landscape in the area, and how it has changed over time. This project showed me, as well as my students, how Kenya has been affected by poaching, population growth, climate change, and invasive species at a local level. My experience working with the Northern Conservation Clubs will be invaluable as I study development and politics at Princeton.