Swahili Teaching Fellow, Dennis Simiyu, was joined by five students from his Elementary Swahili I course in Kenya as part of a summer short-term travel component. During this experience, the students learned about the development and history of Swahili language and utilized their Swahili language skills on day trips to Haki Africa (a human rights organization based in Mombasa), Istiqama High School, and the Swahili Culture Center, as well as the Gedi Ruins, Fort Jesus, and Arabuko Forest. Throughout the program, they also met with Rajab Pilau (a Swahili poet), Julius Burgoret (a Diplomat at the Kenyan Embassy), Professor Khalid Kitito (a Research Scientist at the National Museums of Kenya and former Swahili Teaching Fellow at St. Lawrence University), as well as our colleagues at the Kenya Semester Program compound.
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