Erin Redding ’19
Woodrow Wilson School
Teaching Assistant for Conservation Clubs
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.”
Biodiversity and Conservation
Mpala Research Centre, Kenya
Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology