The rural homestays enable you to live with Kenyan families and offer the opportunity to understand something of their traditions as well as the modern issues they face. They begin after a weeklong intensive orientation at the St. Lawrence University Study center in Karen. This is an opportunity to learn something about rural village life in Kenya. Your week in this small agricultural community will expose you to many issues and topics that will recur throughout the semester. Each student lives as a member of a family, shares in household duties, and gathers insights into questions that you will explore and discuss in a seminar at the end of the week. Given that almost 65% of Kenya's population lives in the rural areas, this component gives a window through which to see and start understanding much of Kenya's population and its livelihood.