At 04.30 a.m. the alarm went off already. The bus was going to pick us up at 5 a.m. to bring us to the airport. Everyone was tired, and nobody wanted to say goodbye while the last moments together passed. After long goodbyes and hugs we stepped into the airport and eventually onto the plain. At 08.30 our plain took off, and we left Nairobi- for now!
After breakfast our final evaluation of our exchange started. It started with a weird feeling of melancholy because it meant that the time oft he exchange was really coming to an end… We thought about our high and low lights, things we have learned, our challenges that we had mastered or not and we talked about how to continue with our project after the exchange in Nairobi. In the end we had a round in which everyone got a piece of paper on their back and the others could write positive words on it. „Warm shower“ we call this game. Afters this exercise we all went to our rooms to pack our suitcases and prepare for the farewell party. The evening started with us having dinner together, later then we danced outside while a bonfire warmed the people that wanted to have a conversation. At midnight we had a special surprise for two of our participants: It was Miro’s and Yousuf’s birthday! Each of them had a huge bucket of water poured over their heads, a birthday tradition, and a yummy cake afterwards.
Our last evening in Nairobi had become reality…
The big moment of our presentation has arrived today! After breakfast we had our final rehearsel and talked about the last small improvements. After lunch we took a matatu and walked the final steps to Billian Music Family. Our plan was to first show the 360° films and the pictures of the photographers in an exhibition through which the visitors could walk. Later on, we presented the results of the photographers with comments of the group, as well as the film and the music video of the other two groups. Inbetween the program we had some special guests: two dancings crews and a rapping crew which was incredible! Afterwards we danced a lot and everyone was relieved and happy that all worked out so well!
The festival at Billian Music Family continues! Today the scenes that had been filmed on the past day were edited. Last night the film group managed to finish their movie! And if you got up early today you would find an oddly energetic, Coke drinking Miro in the entrance hall, who’s ambition to finish couldn’t be tamed by his need of sleep. The final phase of working has begun …
Today some people from our group went to the Billian Music Family. An organisation where different activities and offers are found. Today there was a Festival taking place there, in which a few of us were able to give workshops in 360° film to children up to the age of 14. Two people from our group were leading a group of 5 participants. First of all the functions of the camera and the glasses were explained, then the children were supposed to produce a short film of about three minutes. In the meantime the other half of our groups stayed in Amani Center, edited their films or pictures, or recorded more music.
Today was family day. Already on the past day we had split up into groups which would go to three different families: to Loreen’s, Rihannah’s and Mercy’s. We were welcomed very friendly and heartwarming and were given some yummy meals. Also Peter invited some guests to his house, some known faces from the last exchange.Later in the evening we had dinner together. A big THANKYOU to the family, who welcomed us so kindly to their homes!
Most groups were out filming today. Only the photographers stayed in the Amani Center to edit their pictures. Everyone else left almost right after breakfast. The film group went to Dandora to film some clips. The music group also filmed and had the aim to finish their music video this day. They also made some music. All groups had a pretty good time, including some laughs and jokes.In the evening everyone met up as usual for dinner in Amani Center.
It’s shopping time! Well, at least after lunch. Until then the groups still had time to work on their Projects and we played a game together. But then we split up into groups, and took matatus to different destinations. Most people went to the Maasai market to buy some souvenirs and took a walk through the city center.
Today a few groups already startet with the second phase of their work. Because the photo group had taken so many pictures, they first of all had to sort out the ones they will be editing then- not so easy with over 1000 pictures! At the end of the day they seemed happy with their choices. Also the music group started recording their songs. Because there are a lot of construction works going on in Amani Center at the moment it wasn’t so easy to find a quiet place to record. So they ended up recording in Ella’s, Luise’s and Sandra’s room and transformed it into their personal studio. Our filmmakers had studio-time again!
A day earlier than planned we drove back to Nairobi today. During the morning the groups had time to work again and after lunch we started the journey back. Because our rooms weren’t ready to move in we played some games outside and split up into new groups for the rooms. Until dinner time everyone had finally moved in, some people were making music, others were relaxing or having conversations. Later, after our group meeting together and safe spaces everyone hung out together.
Our exchange started this morning at 10.00 a.m. with hot coffee, sweet mandazi balls and mango. The german group had arrived late in the night before at the airport in Nairobi and was still a bit exhausted from the journey, but piece by piece the excitement about the coming weeks woke everyone up. The first day was dedicated to the so-called “ice breakers“. Our group got to know each other in first steps by playing games outside, talking and hanging out during the lunch time und breaks. It really didn’t take long for the ice to break though, and our group grew as one quite quickly.
Later on we talked about our agreements on the coming weeks in terms of how we will treat each other and how we want to communicate within the group. We also discussed the program later on, so the whole group was informed about what was to come. As well as, we got together in our country groups to reflect on the day, which will take place every second day. The other days we will be coming together in the whole group during the evening to reflect as one. After having dinner we ended the day with talking, laughter, eating sweets and listening to music.