|OPTIONAL ADD-ONS: 1-WEEK SWAHILI LANGUAGE COURSE||
A one week intensive Swahili Course will kick start your project and help you to enhance your Africa experience! (It will also increase your enjoyment of The Lion King - Makuna matata! [No worries!]
JAMBO! You'll hear that all day long in Kenya, so Hello! and Karibu (welcome) to Kenya, the 'Cradle of Humanity'.
After the course, when you try your new-found language skills, you'll find that your Kenyan colleagues will be very keen to give you a helping hand. Every new word is seen as a small triumph! Learning a little Swahili will enrich your time here immeasurably, as you find out things about the culture and the way of life that someone without language skills simply would not have access to.
The cost of the 1-Week Swahili Course is £260 and includes your food, including
accommodation and food (except lunch).
SWAHILI COURSE CONTENT:
The lessons will include:
They'll use visual aids like videos, PowerPoint presentations and also some locals will visit so you can practice the language and have chats with them.
COURSE LENGTH: The one week intensive course runs throughout the year except public holidays.
LEVELS OF STUDY: Classes are available at various levels from beginners to advanced, so no matter what your level of Swahili is, there will be a class to suit you. We can offer beginner, elementary, intermediate or advanced classes.
COURSE MATERIALS: You may be required to purchase some text books for the course. These will be available for you to buy once you are out there.
COURSE CREDITS AND QUALIFICATIONS: At the end of the course, you may have to sit an exam and on completion of the course and exam, if you pass, you will receive a Certificate issued by the Institute stating that you have completed the course, to what level, and the duration in hours of the course you have completed.
It is spoken by tens of millions in two countries, Kenya and Tanzania, where it is an official language. The neighboring nation of Uganda made Swahili a required subject in primary schools in 1992 and declared it an official language in 2005. Swahili or closely related other languages are also used by relatively small numbers of speakers in Burundi, Rwanda, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
THE LION KING!
Also Pumbaa means "careless" and Shenzi (one of the hyenas) means "barbarous". The African American holiday of Kwanzaa derives its name from two Swahili words kwanza which means "first" or "beginning." and zaa which means "bear fruit". Safari (meaning "journey") is another Swahili word that has spread worldwide.
In Disney's 1994 movie, a meerkat and a warthog named Timon and Pumbaa, respectively, teach a lion cub named Simba that he should forget his troubled past and concentrate only on the present. In reference to the two characters, the phrase had the added implication of a complete lack of ambition. Timon and Pumbaa used the song "Hakuna Matata," with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, to teach Simba. It was nominated for Best Song at the 1995 Academy Awards, and was later ranked the 99th (out of 100) best song in movie history by the American Film Institute. The production team that they picked up the term "Hakuna Matata" from a tour guide while on safari in Tanzania.
The "Hakuna Matata" song can be heard briefly in the 1995 Pixar film Toy Story, in which it was played on Andy's car while Molly sees Woody and Buzz Lightyear through one of the sideview mirrors.
The name 'Kiswahili' comes from the plural of the Arabic word sahel ساحل: sawahil سواحل meaning "boundary" or "coast" (used as an adjective to mean "coastal dwellers" or, by adding 'ki-' ["language"] to mean "coastal language").
Swahili time runs from dawn to dusk, rather than midnight to midday. 7am and 7pm are therefore both one o'clock while midnight and midday are six o'clock. Words such as asubuhi 'morning', jioni 'evening' and usiku 'night' can be used to demarcate periods of the day, for example:
More specific time demarcations include adhuhuri 'early afternoon', alasiri 'late afternoon', usiku wa manane 'late night/past midnight', 'sunrise' macheo and sunset machweo.
My family were fantastic and went beyond their duties to make me welcome. Njeri [Travellers' Mombasa Manager] was always helpful should I need anything." Caroline Chadwick, on her placement in Mombasa
Volunteers standing on the Equator!