For those that haven’t heard yet, my visa expires on November 15. I have a flight to return to the States on November 14. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone, especially if there’s a charcuterie board and good wine or beer involved (hint, hint)! I’ve definitely been deprived in those areas over the past few months.
The plan is to bounce around between PA, MD, and DC while I scope out opportunities. I’m actually very excited about getting back to work. The batteries are recharged, and I’m looking forward to diving back in. Assuming I’m able to find a new position, I’ll plan to settle down again in the DC area. If not, who knows. Maybe I’ll pick up the second half of the trip after I’m released from nanny duties, which Carrie and Rob have already staked out if I’m not working 🙂
On the school work front, we’ve moved into the actual construction phase. The guard house is almost complete. School closed this morning. There was a bit of a mad rush over the last week to finalize our spelling bee winners and to begin a new project that was thrown in my lap. I was asked to come up with criteria and pick four girls to participate in a Model UN conference in the States in March. I’m busy working on a lesson plan they can use to get the girls prepared, and we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll be able to get passports and visas in time.
Now that schools have closed across the nation, Mama K’s house is full of people. For awhile there were new people arriving daily, but I think everyone is now accounted for.
At this point, I’m really just in a wait and see pattern in regards to the elections scheduled for Thursday. There is a sizable subset of the population who are saying they will not vote because reforms demanded by the opposition were not put into place. Ideally, I’ll go back to Nairobi on Wednesday next week so that I can work with the office there for a few days before returning to the States. We’ll see what comes of the election. Fingers crossed I’ll be in Nairobi when the next post goes up.