Every other summer, a delegation from Brebeuf travels to Kenya for a two-week experience of cultural learning. The trip has two significant components.
- The opportunity for the group to meet, interact with, and learn from the students, faculty, and staff of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Preparatory School, located just outside of Kibera slum, Nairobi. St. Aloysuis is a Jesuit-style school established to provide a college preparatory education to youth who come from families impacted by HIV/AIDS and co-founded by one of Brebeuf’s earliest alumni, Fr. Terry Charlton, SJ ’66.
- An extended stay in the medical compound that the staff of the I.U.-Kenya Partnership uses as its base of operations for its innovative and comprehensive program that addresses the public health issues that AIDS and other persistent issues that have exacerbated life for the people of Kenya. From that base, Brebeuf students and staff engage with doctors, public health workers, farmers, social workers and others who are—each in his or her own way—responding to social and medical crises that have devastated the country.
Participants spend regular time in reflection about their experiences in these places and in their general travels in Kenya. They return with much-broadened perspectives about life in the developing world and their own places in the global community, and they seek out opportunities to share their experiences with fellow students, colleagues, and others within the local community.
Bethany Driggers ’14 (2014 Captain): “I realized [at the Sally Test Center] that the basic necessities for children are common to everyone, everywhere. The children in Kenya wanted love and attention, to laugh and play and learn, and it didn’t matter where they were or even if they were sick. They had needs, so we sang and played with them.”