Praktikum in Kenia - ein Erfahrungsbericht


Teachers from the Desturi School at the farewell party

Lena and Claudia in Marafa

Mehrere Studierende der Gesundheitswissenschaften (Bachelor) haben auch in diesem Sommersemester wieder die Möglichkeit genutzt, ein Praktikum in Kenia zu absolvieren und in der TUM-Forschungsstation zu wohnen. Hier berichten Lena Kramheller und Claudia Seidl von ihrem Aufenthalt - viel Spaß bei der Lektüre! Wenn Sie Fragen und/oder Interesse an einem Praktikum bzw. Forschungsaufenthalt in Kenia haben, melden Sie sich bitte bei Dr. Isabella Bertmann-Merz.

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Mambo – Poa!

These small and simple Suaheli words, that people use for greeting each other, were one of the first things that we were being taught when we arrived in Kenya in March 2019.

Due to our studies of health sciences at TUM, we had the opportunity to use a full semester for internships. After we heard about the TUM field station in Malindi/Kenya, our decision where we want to spent our internship at was quickly made. Any TUM student (or employee) interested in doing an internship or conducting research in Kenya gets to stay in a place in the middle of a Kenyan town on the east coast surrounded by welcoming people.

With the help of Prof. Dr. Wacker and Dr. Bertmann, we got in contact with the Desturi Junior School in Kakuyuni, where we spent eleven weeks working with the kids and teachers. The school takes care of kids from the “babycare class” up to the eighth grade. Most of the time we were helping the teachers in the younger classes by correcting the homework of the students, preparing exams and lessons as well as creating our own programs for PE lessons (physical education).

In addition, we had the opportunity to do some scientific research in a totally different culture. Claudia created PE lessons and a math test to analyze the correlation between concentration in school and physical activity. Lena conducted interviews about the view of Kenyan students on gender equality in different settings.

The projects really helped us to be a part of the school and also to get to know the students better.

Regarding our work at Desturi, we had the support of all the teachers, especially Mr. Raymond, the headteacher of the school.

After eleven weeks of working in Kakuyuni, we had to say good-bye to delicious lunch-breaks, excited students and kind teachers that became our friends. We then used the time of our semester break to get to know the country. We did not only visit Masai Mara, Tsavo East and Mount Kenya, but also spent some time in Nairobi, Kisumu and even flew to Sansibar.

All things considered, we can say that we are very thankful for this experience and hope to visit our friends soon.

Asante sana na kuaheri,

Claudia Seidl und Lena Kramheller