Sunday, August 15, 2010

Culture shock in Nakuru

Photos have been uploaded from the volunteers assisting LLK in Nakuru currently.

We were all very grateful for the peaceful referendum period around August 4 but unfortunately the common problems with money and jealousy (due to poverty) have cropped up again. Its very commonplace for some Kenyans to attempt to "rip us off", mainly due to the blatant lack of money they have compared to us. Previous volunteers have written about this topic many times, it is simply part of the "culture shock" and something we have to be tolerant and open-minded about. "No" is a perfectly acceptable answer to prices offered in Kenya and bartering, sometimes ruthlessly, is a way of life. Raised prices for muzungu are also a fact of life in Kenya, apparent at the entrance gates to any wildlife park!
Please ensure this facet of "developing world" life doesn't ruin the experience for you and talk to us and especially to previous volunteers about it via the Facebook group.