Daraja Internship FAQ’s (Part 1)

Daraja Interns

The Daraja Internship application deadline is approaching fast! Applications need to be postmarked by January 3rd, 2011. If you’re ready to apply you can click here! If you’ve still got some questions, then you’ve come to the right blog. Below are some Daraja Internship Frequently Asked Questions, answered by actual Daraja interns!

Do the kids have families?
Intern Pip says, “In previous choirs, some of the children have lived in orphanages. The children in the 2010 Choir live in 410 Bridge communities with their families.”

Will being an intern cost me a lot of money on tour?
Intern Bishop says, “You can spend as little money as you want. Your food will be provided as delicious sack lunches from host homes. The only money you would need is spending money if you have the opportunity to shop on your day off.”

I am worried about getting homesick while on the road. Does that happen?
Intern Logan says, “Honestly, it just depends on the person and the situation. Usually you won’t. You may miss your family at home, but your Daraja family is always with you. And for that reason, it is very difficult to get homesick. You always have someone to lean on and someone to love you.”

Is a Daraja Intern basically a babysitter?
Intern CJ says, “No! A Daraja Intern is much more than a babysitter. Sure you have to help out with things like homework and evening showers, but it’s not like any American babysitting you’ve ever done. To be honest, I hate babysitting. But these are Kenyan kids and you’re not just filling a “babysitter” role, you’re a parent for these children while they’re here. It’s hard to explain, but become an intern and you’ll see what I mean.”

How much money do I need to bring with me to Kenya?
Intern Pip says, “The only expenses you may need are for snacks and souvenirs you wish to purchase. Meals are provided. You may also need to purchase gum boots while in Kenya if it’s during a wet season. I would recommend $50 (or more).”

It says there will be school… What if I don’t know how to teach children?
Intern Meg says, “No teaching experience is necessary. School is really fun! Some interns are assigned to a class that is led by a Kenyan adult. They will help teach you what you will do as an assistant. Depending on the lead Kenyan teacher, you could be teaching some subjects or simply be an encourager.”

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