It’s all systems go with the gap year team at Camp Kenya who are working hard to complete all the projects we took on this year (and playing hard too!)… Jambo from Matt in Muhaka! Cannot believe weÛªve been at thisåÊ camp for a week already! ItÛªs going so fast now ÛÒ only one more week and weÛªll have been here for a month! We arrived at Camp Muhaka after an 8hr drive through rural Kenya, feeling really disorientated and tried! The next day, we had our orientation with Eustace the camp manger around the local projects ÛÒ itÛªs really nice here as we are able to walk to the projects to carry out the work, as opposed to driving. Over the next few days our project work consisted of finishing of the kitchen at the Muhaka Secondary School ÛÒ which will now be ready for the kids coming back after the teachers strike. After that we were divided into two teams, each working on a Û÷Grey Water SystemÛª at Camp Kaya and Camp Muhaka. A Û÷Grey Water SystemÛª works by filtering shower water through a reed bed so that the water is clean enough to be used for watering crops. Sarah from the Camps International UK office has been here for the past few days to experience life a Gapper. The Muhaka Camp is worlds apart from Camp Tsavo! Firstly, itÛªs humid making our project work an extremely sweaty process. We also have more freedom to explore the surroundings as weÛªre in the heart of the village ÛÒ many of us have become local faces at the village tailors; whether heÛªs repairing ripped shorts or making a new pair of trousers! Within the camp, weÛªve become accustomed to our chickens and cats (all named after Harry Potter characters, even Harry the lizard in the girlÛªs bedroom). We dread to think of what become of the chickens ÛÒ all we know is that the chicken curry is a favorite! Discussions of ÛÏillnessÛ during breakfast occur daily – we even had minor surgery (performed by Nurse Gladys) during dinner because one of the boys needed a Jigger removing (parasites in the feet). The last two days have been a bit more relaxed; yesterday (Thursday 20th) we visited a local Û÷homesteadÛª where we experienced rural Kenyan life. We stripped maize from the cob, tried the local coconut wine (YUK!), drew water from a well and walked the goats! Today weÛªve had the whole day off project work to celebrate World Peace Day ÛÒ click HERE to read all about itÛ_ Really looking forward to the beach this weekend!