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First Student Exchange from Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

SSCA welcomed its first student delegation from Uasin Gishu County Kenya in November.

Kenyan Students with their host siblings
Kenyan Students with their host “siblings”

After many weeks of uncertainty due to issues with fundraising efforts and visa in Kenya, eight students and one chaperone arrived on November 19th for a 10 day visit. The student delegation consisted of four girls from Moi Girls’ School, one boy and two girls from Uasin Gishu High School, and one girl from Gulab Lochab Academy and chaperone, Mrs Rosemary Wanaswa, the principal of Moi Girls’ School. A second chaperone, Stephen Kemoi, the Director of Youth Affairs for Uasin Gishu County was delayed but was able to join the group a few days later.

The students’ visit included a wide spectrum activities, including experiencing one of the USA’s most cherished holidays – Thanksgiving with their host families. Activities included visits to several Scottsdale high schools, several universities and colleges, and a meeting with Mayor Lane. They were introduced to our local culture and history through a walking tour of Scottsdale, and museum visits. And, of course, there was a day trip to the Grand Canyon with a stop at Montezuma’s Castle. The visit to the castle was mentioned by several students as one of their most amazing experiences.

The students were interviewed by Scottsdale’s Government TV Channel staff, and a video of their visit and impressions is currently in final phases of editing. The video will be premiered at the SSCA Annual Meeting Feb 27th, but will also be posted for viewing on YouTube. Watch SSCA website for a link to the video once it becomes available for viewing.


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