My DukeEngage Experience

This past summer I traveled to Muhuru Bay, Kenya for a DukeEngage WISER program. 2 months later and with too much time to explore puns, all I can say is African loved it!

2013-12-04 20:04:22


Accepted to be a part of DukeEngage Kenya-WISER program. Beyond stoked.

2014-03-27 13:00:43

First Group Meeting

We met as a group for the first time to introduce ourselves and to learn more about the program. Indian food was included.

2014-04-25 21:28:50

Group Meeting #2

Wait, what do you mean the teachers might leave us to teach on our own?

2014-05-05 09:50:57

DukeEngage Academy

At first it seems like staying two extra days at school is a drag, the information they teach was actually really helpful. Barnga!

2014-06-15 02:27:55

No Turning Back Now?

I'm really excited to throw myself into a new culture and step out of my comfort zone! Wait, that sounds awful.

2014-06-16 02:27:55

Take Off!

Finally on my way to Nairobi!

2014-06-18 02:39:08

Arrive at Nairobi Airport

2 days later and with 16 hours worth of flight time in my pocket, I have never been so happy to touch the ground.

2014-06-19 03:34:35

Hell's Gate

A great place for some blue devil's to visit. **Disclaimer: The puns/jokes will only get worse from here.

2014-06-20 09:29:08

Safari-ven I Can't Stand My Own Puns

Can you guess what we did today?

2014-06-21 08:02:28

Headed to WISER

But will the girls like me? So nervous.

2014-06-21 22:02:28

Arrival at WISER Secondary School

They're even more incredible than I could have imagined.

2014-06-23 19:05:31

Are you smarter than a WISER girl?

After attending the classes the WISER girls take today, the very clear answer to this question was NO.

2014-06-24 16:44:19

Anybody Can Cook

Every tuesdays, two duke students had to cook a meal for the rest of the dukies. Today's meal: Chicken and rice!

2014-06-24 22:36:07

First Day Teaching!

Today was my first day teaching at Senye Primary School.

2014-06-25 12:37:56

Okay, real first day teaching!

Today was the first day I actually got to interact and teach the students.

2014-06-25 12:37:56


My first look at the position the students are at academically.

2014-06-26 12:37:56

Lunch dates with students

Today I had lunch with my lovely student Winnie!

2014-07-04 12:37:56


Celebrating the 4th of July! The Duke students prepared hotdogs for the occasion.

2014-07-05 01:03:27

Water Tower

A few of us duke students and some WISER girls decided to climb up the water tower to take some really artsy photos. From here you can see all of Muhuru Bay and some of Tanzania

2014-07-05 20:04:22

It's Bracelet Time

The Wiser girls get some free time in their busy schedules to play games and relax. I decided to teach them how to make friendship bracelets.

2014-07-06 01:03:27

I'm on a Boat!

We decided to see what it is like to be a Kenyan fishermen. We immediately regretted our decision when the motor stopped working, leaving us stranded in the middle of Lake Victoria, baking in the sun.

2014-07-06 01:03:27

Hiking with Renny

I didn't sign up for this!

2014-07-06 01:03:27


The Houses of Wisdom are pinned against each other in an academic competition. It was really intense, or maybe I was just a tad bit too competitive. House Gorgeous came out as 1st, obviously.

2014-07-07 21:55:16

House Meeting

"How are you?" "I'm Gorgeous!"

2014-07-13 22:50:44

Exploring Muhuru Bay

This time, Sharone invited me to her home where I met her beautiful mother. After eating breakfast, we went to the lake and walked around Muhuru, just enjoying the day and dancing to Rather Be by Clean Bandit.

2014-07-16 01:22:16

How How How

By now, I have already thought about my ways of keeping in contact with my students and WISER girls. I cannot imagine my life without them at this point.

2014-07-18 13:45:02

Goodbye Senye

After spending 4 weeks teaching at Senye and visiting my students' homes, I had to say goodbye for now. The letters they wrote to me were heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

2014-07-21 05:04:06

First Day at Muhuru Jr!

Today marked the day I began my 2 weeks of teaching at the private school Muhuru Jr. This place was all sunshine and lollipops!

2014-07-21 05:04:06


I miss my students at Senye. I really like my students here at Muhuru Jr.

2014-07-26 12:15:15

Mandazis and Soda

Because I missed my students at Senye so much, I invited some of them to eat Mandazis (donut type things) and Soda. Sharone and Renny came. It was great to see their faces.

2014-07-28 12:15:15

Piki Piki

A "Piki-Piki" was a small motorcycle that we would ride with a Piki driver to get from place to place.

2014-07-28 12:15:15

You Teach Me

Every now and then I had my students teach me concepts, rather than just I teaching them. They loved this reversal

2014-07-28 12:15:15


Today was our last chance to take photos with the WISER girls so that we could print some for them to keep. My inner diva came out.

2014-08-02 12:15:15

Live Learn and Be Wiser

Today we finally began recording for our music video project with the WISER girls! We tried to make a video that would show the ambition these girls have as well as their fun personalities.

2014-08-02 12:15:15

Academic Hunger Games

Not anything like the hunger games, but just a friendly competition between each of the primary schools working with WISER Bridge to win some school supplies.

2014-08-02 12:15:15

We're going Fishing

As my time in Muhuru was winding down, I tried to spend as much time with my students as possible.

2014-08-03 12:15:15

Visiting Sharone!

My last time to spend with Sharone and I brought some friends with me! Her family was unbelievably kind to me.

2014-08-04 14:00:31

Adventures with Elvince and Leah

To make our friendship official, Elvince took Leah and I on his piki to explore parts of Muhuru we haven't seen before. One of our stops was the WISER tree you see in the logo.

2014-08-05 01:22:15

Run Like a Girl 5k

One of the Duke students too the incredible initiative to start a 5K that the girls could run called "Run Like a Girl" I participated as the runner to hold up the middle section of runners.

2014-08-05 07:40:20

Real Reflection

Each tuesday, Duke students would cook a meal for the group and gather to reflect on our feelings. But it was not until this day, that I was truly hit was my emotions.

2014-08-07 01:22:15

Last Day with Muhuru Jr Kids

To school for cool? I decided to invite the students to just talk, dance, sing, or just hang out. Here I got to say my goodbyes.

2014-08-08 01:22:15

Goodbye Muhuru, Goodbye WISER.

The morning I dreaded so much. After spending our last night with the WISER girls and after crying enough tears to fill up a WISER kiosk, we had to say goodbye.

2014-08-08 01:22:15

How can I come back?

On the car ride to Masaai Mara, I sat silently and didn't bother to talk to anyone because I just wanted to think of ways in which I can return. Kenya feels like a second home to me now.

2014-08-09 17:14:59

The Big Five

We still hadn't seen the big five animals on a safari, so it was time to give it another go! Elephants? Check. Lions? Check. Water Buffalo? Check. Leopard? Check. Rhino? Check.

2014-08-11 17:14:59

Returning to Old Habits

2014-08-19 17:14:59

Back to Duke

Talk about culture shock.

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