Sorry for the delay in blogs, the time before we left for a trip this weekend was a little crazy – but more on that later.
Friday was another interesting day of observation. Just like the day before, we got about half of the number of signups we wanted, but the density of information still made it productive. Of course, there was some improvising to be done: the people who were supposed to show up at 8:30 didn’t get there until about 10:30, and there were some people who even showed up at 10:45/11:00. We just played things by ear – we shortened the normal building time from one hour to a half hour, and we let people hop in and build as soon as they arrived. While definitely not kosher when it comes to the IRB, it gave us our first religious symbol, and it was the first time we attempted to pass around our recording mic.
Then, Peter hooked us up with some of his friends for an unplanned second session, our first all boys, all girls even-numbered competition. We still have a lot of data to dig through with that session in particular, but one of the things we have to determine is what correlation there is between gender, values, and creativity in Nyeri – this is something that I believe we will at least catch a glimpse of before our time here. After all of our last group failed to show, met up wiith a local school called Temple Primary to set up an event next weekend for younger students to go to.
Almost immediately after that, we had to start preparing for our trip to Samburu National Park. “What for,” you ask? To go on safari! The trip was excellent, we spent the days going on what are called “game trips” whose sole purpose is to enjoy the landscape and spot animals, which we saw quite a bit of: giraffes, elephants, lion and even a cheetah. The single night we stayed there was spent eating, drinking, singing and generally having a good time. It was the perfect break from our first week of stressful observation, and I’d say that we feel ready to tackle whatever we have ahead now.
So, what’s next? We’ll have more people ready for tomorrow, it’ll be pretty much the same old, same old, except we’ll be trying to be more stringent with regards to our IRB protocol. That means: only two groups at a time, no late entrants after the activity has started, and more stringent following of the consent form procedure.