As an indication of how far behind I still am in blogging, I will now write about the mid-internship retreat, which occurred three weeks into six-week internships. Internships that are now two days from being over. Hmmm....
As part of our program, we wanted to bring the interns all back together in Mumias at the half-way mark so they could commiserate, share their experiences, and possibly learn from each other. In the Peace Corps we had a Mid-Service Training. Basically, you all get together, you bitch a lot, and you feel better about things when you have to go back to your site. In the Peace Corps, it is a sanity check that happens after a year. I had hoped for something similar for the interns, with the understanding that three weeks and one year are vastly different periods of time.
Luckily, in addition to my plan for guided bitch sessions, Dr. T. had actually planned some activities related to the assigned readings and the students' mid-internship reflection essays. So it qualifies for a six-credit, graduate-level course much more than what I had planned, sitting around with Tuskers and sharing stories.
However, the most important part of the mid-internship retreat was probably the salon and kinyozi that ended up happening on Pam's back porch.
All in all, I think it took five of us to successfully cut Dani's hair. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes all of ACCT International to cut Dani's hair.
Though Dani was quite brave. It was clear, at times, she was a little worried.