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Term Three Begins!

Today was the first day of the third and final term of the school year.  Out of 160 students, not many were here yet.  To be precise, I think 5 kids showed up.  This is relatively normal, as first week is really the “ramp up” week. We had a teachers’ meeting (which I rustily interpreted for the two deaf teachers) and then I ran some errands around town.

As I walked around I reflected on what I want to do differently this term.  Most significantly, I want to make a real effort to de-prioritize my own projects in favor of putting my weight behind other people’s ideas.  I’ve been here long enough to get a sense of which people I respect, so instead of working in my cave (AKA my house) on projects that I’ve concocted in isolation, I want to be an enabler for other people’s projects: people who have been here much longer than me, and whose ideas I trust.  The person I want to help the most is my counterpart.  He’s the youngest teacher on staff, and he’s Deaf—a product of the school he’s now teaching at.  He’s also a volunteer’s success story—a previous volunteer tutored him heavily here when he was a child.  He’s proven himself to be smart and reliable, and he has ideas for the community here.  We’re going to start small, and I’m going to help with the filming of the school’s video/print yearbook once more kids return from break, maybe next week.

I also want to put as much time as possible into the Nairobi project.  I’m in research mode right now, trying to get my hands on all previous similar efforts.  Anyone know where I can get a copy of this?

Anyhow, by changing my approach I think I can not only do some good for others, but I can help myself out a bit, too.  Developing workbooks for the class and picking software for after school computer time is fun, but because my peers (the other teachers, etc.) aren’t a part of that process, I think it makes them wonder what I do all day.  Working on more visible projects would improve my standing and, as a result, probably my own morale.

On an unrelated note, last weekend I got together with some other volunteers in Malindi and Watamu, which is an area about two hours up the coast.  Here we are bickering over the bill at the fancy Italian restaurant, where I has prosciutto and melon and olives as an appetizer!


And here’s the Malindi airport.


And, in no particular order, here are some random pictures that you may enjoy.  I figured you should catch up before classes start again.

Busted socket in my house (second one I’ve had to replace— why does this happen?!?!)


Another Nairobi slum view from the train:


Mombasa views from the bus: 



I know monkey pictures are always a hit, so I’ll finish this post with one.  I took this picture from my front door.  There were four of these in my tree the other morning! 


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  • hi paul!
    well i already love reading your blog, i am totally gonna follow your adventures. it already seems amazing..

    i myself am heading off again in 3 weeks. this time i dont have a return date, so we’ll see what happens.

  • Hi Paul,
    Thanks for keeping us informed and letting us follow you on your fantastic adventure. Be safe! Have fun!
    Uncle joe

  • jean j. blair

    hi! this is grandma sending love and best wishes to you. neat hair cut! is this a new game? uncle joe called and explained the blog world to me and this pm i will read the blog – so glad you are ok. grandpa says good luck and may the Lord be with you. Love from both of us

  • Hey Paul! Cool to see your blog! 🙂
    ErinRose came up today and we’re having a great Thanksgiving–too bad you’re not here to play games with us. The necklace is absolutely beautiful–I kept watching the diamonds sparkle at dinner. 🙂 Be well and enjoy!!! xoxo Alejandra

  • Hey buddy, great blog! We all miss you at Thanksgiving. Hope o hear more on your blog about your super keen adventures. Stay safe and be well.

  • Great Blog. I hope all works well. If you need any techno help I am only an e-mail or call away. My mobile is 614.361.6475 and you got my e-mail address if not call. Sounds like a great adventure, best of luck and may the Lord be with you. Stay safe. PS The CEO’s advise is write on and I would add the following: Do NOT eat any fruit or vegetable that is pre-cut or washed with water. Only drink from a bottle or can, NO ice. Keep your finger nails short and clean. Don’t rub your eyes or lips with your fingers, use the corner of your wrist.

  • Hi Paul,

    I am enjoying your blog. Please give my regards to my nephew Jon McLean if you see him.


  • Jeff i will pass on the regards. You may be interested to know that jon was the first non-deaf-ed trainee to receive a sign name: hand under chin (die) followed by two fists (hard). Its one of our favorites. Im not sure he even knows. Johns a real problem solver so i can see him doing good things here.

  • Amber your turtle blog was one of the main reasons i wanted to have my own. I hope you contine to visit. . . Ill try to keep it interesting. Greg thank you and i hope things are well it the new house. Uncle chuck im trying to take all the advice but its hard to dodge all the vegetables. Grandma i have no idea what game is in the picture but we are playing a lot of hearts and in still trying to figure out pinochle. Whew! I didnt realize i had fallen so far behind with the comments.

  • Hi Paul,

    Got your website from my brother-in-law Jeff Briggs. You are in Kenya with my son Jon McLean. Hope you are all doing well and i know you are getting ready for the swearing in and assignments. Good Luck and stay safe.

    Kim McLean

    • Kim: As it turns out, out of the entire training group, Jon is actually the closest to me. I haven’t seen his place yet, but I have seen the ferry that I’d need to take to visit him. On the Mombasa side it’s right next to Nakumatt, the big Target-style store here.