Hey, everyone! My name is Ashley Kroyer and I am from Centreville, Newfoundland. I am entering my third year of veterinary medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College. This summer, I am interning with UPEI and Farmers Helping Farmers under the supervision of Dr. John Vanleeuwen here in Kenya, Africa! I am most excited for such a unique opportunity to learn cow management and medicine and to be immersed into this new culture and way of life.
Africa is embracing us, and I personally feel my transition to Kenya so far is going very well. I’ve come eager to observe and interact as much as possible with everything new – people, food, markets, language! I am happy to have already made some dear Kenyan friends in only the first few days being here. We were and continue to be so welcomed by everyone we meet – hearing “Karibuni” (welcome to all) every day! And the food!? As fabulous as the people. Finally, I am pleased to discover our Kenyan friends are most willing (and wonderfully patient!) to help me learn Swahili (Kiswahili – one official language in Kenya) and Kimeru (spoken locally in Meru where we are living). All in all, I am having a lot of fun! I made my first ever farm visits today with our team and am so encouraged and motivated for the adventures coming up! Stay tuned to our stories, they’re sure to be great.