Kenya is located on the eastern coast of the African continent and is bordered
by Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.
Paul Mathewson, class of '03, spent fall semester of his junior year living
close to wildlife and local Maasai communities in the Kenyan savanna. Through
the School for Field Studies, Paul was able to study wildlife management in
a variety of locations across Kenya. Living both in the Nairobi National Park
Site and at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Paul observed park activities and engaged
in directed research that brought him into contact with park authorities and
the surrounding communities allowing him to tap the indigenous knowledge of
the Kenyans who live in close proximity to wildlife areas. A combination of
lectures and expeditions, blended with real-life applications and research,
the SFS Kenya program offered Paul something new, beautiful and challenging.
Eating meals composed of rice, beans, lentils and fruits and living in bandas
in a compound powered only by the sun was a new experience for Paul who hails
from Plainfield, New Hampshire. Exploring limited-access parks, hiking the countryside
and interacting with elephants, giraffes, monkeys and other indigenous wildlife
gave Paul the opportunity to engage himself academically as well as connect
to the natural beauty of the land. The SFS program's capstone project is a month-long,
in-depth research project that brings students together with on-going research
and real professionals working to improve Kenya's habitat. This project challenged
Paul to make a difference in the wildlife management field and allowed him to
give back to the community by sharing his results and engaging in community
service days at the same time that the community strengthened his academic careers
and life experiences. Unlike tamer programs in Western Europe and the US, the
SFS Kenya program put Paul face to face with an exotic environment and cultural
heritage that positively affected his life forever.
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Giraffes in one Kenya's many wildlife sanctuaries.
A group of local Maasai tribe members, many of which live in close proximity to the National Parks
A pair of zebra's on the Kenyan Serengeti.
Paul and Kenyan Students pose for a group photo on one of several Community Service Days.