Nassau, London, Entebbe, Mombasa a 3 day trip of over 19 hours in the air as opposed to the unimaginable trip by boat that my ancestors took hundreds of years ago headed in the opposite direction. I was in Kenya for no more than 15 minutes when I saw a monkey running around outside the airport, not to mention the ones screaming outside my tent as I am writing- this is a wild place! Our first official day began with an introduction to Makongeni Village, the community where Camp Kenya (the host location for our EDGE training course) is located.
As we walked through the community’s dirt roads we passed goats, chickens and homes constructed from mud and palm frawns. Camp Kenya is located close to a primary school that the organization has been influential in constructing. According to Gladys our camp Kenya Coordinator, when Camp Kenya moved into the area four years ago the students did not have a classroom, but rather would conduct lessons underneath the trees.
It has been fantastic getting to know the other members in the group, learning about their EDGE species of focus and what life is like in their home nations. An experience like this is something that will truly impact all of our future careers, and hopefully conservation in general. Tomorrow we begin statistics, if I said I was not worried I would be lying, but at the same time I am prepared to take on the adventures and the challenges of this conservation biology journey in the motherland.