Megan Carothers – Internship: July 2011

I had wanted to go to Africa since I was in High School and when I was told I needed to do an internship for my Sociology Major at Principia College, I jumped at the opportunity of working at Petals. I’m still in awe how it all worked out so harmoniously. As Petals first Intern, I came in and was excited to teach. I taught English, math, science, creative arts, and P.E. to first through third graders every day for four weeks. I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter group of students. These children express so much energy and love it is contagious. It’s difficult to put into words how much this experience changed my life. I know that I learned much more from my students than they learned from me. I was reminded how important it is to be grateful for the littlest things. They all treasure Christian Science so much and their sense of faith is truly remarkable.

I will never forget my times spent on the soccer fields with the girls, laughing with my home stay family, tickling the little ones, and connecting on a deep level with the older students. I miss all of the wonderful people I met during my time at Petals. My Kenyan family and students will always be in my heart.