Habari! (Swahili for “Hello”)
We are the 2018 STRIVE Trips team of college interns. We arrived this week at the High Altitude Training Center in Iten, Kenya for six weeks of service, leadership development, and training. We are excited to spend the next month and a half immersed in the Kenyan running culture, and bring our diverse perspectives and backgrounds to a great team. Look below for who we are, where we’re from, and what we have done in our first few days.
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
School: Berry College in Rome, Georgia
Major: Secondary Education and History
Favorite Race: Kiawah Island Half Marathon
Fun Fact: I have a twin sister who attends a college in the states. And according to my mandatory personality test that Nic is making us do, I scored 68/100 on anger. The highest in the group by about 30. I’m not sure why.
What I’m most excited for in Kenya: Meeting, working, and training with the group of STRIVE high schoolers for the last three weeks of the program.
Hometown: Princeton Junction, New Jersey
School: Pomona College (Claremont, California)
Major: Economics, minor in Mathematics
Favorite Race: 8000m Cross Country
Fun Fact: My favorite video game is Super Smash Bros. Melee
What I’m most excited for in Kenya: Safari!
Hometown: Balfron, Stirlingshire Scotland
School: Durham University, England (Bachelors) > Bristol University, England (Masters)
Major: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health
Favorite Race: Cross Country
Fun Fact: I like porridge #outrageousoats Please follow me on Instagram.
What I’m most excited for in Kenya:
Training with new people and working with the local community/ learning from them.
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
School: Edinburgh University
Favorite Race: The OMM- Original mountain marathon and cross country.
Fun Fact: The last blockbuster, in the UK, and the best film ever is Paddington 2
What I’m most excited for in Kenya: Safari and working with the primary school kids.
Quick recap of the first few days:
We arrived at the H.A.T.C. (High Altitude Training Center) on Monday. We have spent the majority of the time getting to know each other, adjusting to the higher altitude, eating Ugali (a dense, corn-based Kenyan staple), and exploring Iten. We have also visited two local primary schools, meeting administrators and brainstorming meaningful service projects.
We are excited to meet the STRIVE high school team and we are preparing for your arrival! Until then, tuonane tena (read: “see you soon!”)!
-Cam, Colin, Fran, Cat #KenyaKrew