Written by Millie Weke
We are awaiting the return of our teacher training assistants and participants from their retreat in Amboseli and ready to celebrate their completion of this exciting program. While many participants will begin both long and short journeys home to their families, all scholars will remain with us in Nairobi for another week of training and preparation to teach free classes in their communities, and one day, join the AYP Academy!
We call this the STAY Program and a key element of it is that teachers from outside of Nairobi are hosted in the homes of AYP teachers.
Excitement is usually high and they are all imagining the great things they will learn from each other. From a new language to different types of cooking, but we also share our similarities and find that we have a lot in common. AYP teachers from Nairobi always get the person they are hosting to try the local foods and street food. They will take them to their outreach classes (free classes in their local communities) so the new scholars can know what to do when they go back and start teaching their own outreaches. Even someone who only took this training the previous year already has a chance to practice leadership within the Africa Yoga Project organization as they will be a guide for the few days that they will be hosting the new teacher. They will show their guest their favorite places in the city and even introduce them to their family, friends and neighbours.
“Do you miss your family or home?” is the common question our teachers ask the scholars they are hosting – because two weeks is a long period of time to stay away from their loved ones. Their answers are usually quite simple, no, we don’t. Thanks to technology we can whatsapp them selfies, or yoga emojis to let them know all is well. When STAY week is over, and the scholars return to their countries, we depend on the same technology - sometimes across timezones - to stay in touch with our new friends!
Pictured here 2018 scholars and an adventure during STAY week to Paradise Lost in Nairobi.