Erin Redding, 2019, Woodrow Wilson School
I taught at local conservation clubs in primary and secondary schools throughout Laikipia County, Kenya. As conservation-club interns, we developed interactive curricula for the after-school clubs that aimed to be both fun and informative. In addition, we helped plan Community Conservation Day, a day where all of the schools and surrounding community congregate in celebration of the environment to share what they learned in their conservation clubs. During my experience, I learned a lot about the ecology of Kenya and the effect of human environmental interactions. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my students and learn about the various tribal lifestyles in Kenya. While I may not become a biology teacher, this internship broadened my perspective of global, cultural and economic differences, which I can definitely apply to my major or future career in international policy.
* This internship is connected to the PEI Development Grand Challenges project, “Water, Savannas and Society.”