Armchair Traveler visits East Africa Feb. 26

Published 10:25 am Friday, February 17, 2012

Kristy Burja with her students in Kenya. (photo submitted by Kristy Burja)

Kristy Burja will discuss her two-year journey through East Africa in a FENCE Armchair Traveler presentation on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.
Burja was born and raised in Florida, the youngest of six children. She has recently relocated to North Carolina to pursue the opportunity of being an AmeriCorps Project Conserve member working at FENCE. She attended Florida Gulf Coast University and received a bachelor of science degree in biology in 2007.
After graduating, she was accepted into the Peace Corps as a science teacher in Kenya. She successfully completed two years of service and returned home in December 2009. She continues her commitment to education and conservation at FENCE as the current nature education assistant.
“As I stepped out of the Ken-yatta International Airport in Nairobi, I could feel a thick layer of humidity encase my body and wrap around me like a warm blanket,” Burja said. “In that moment, as my body got used to the heat of the night air, my mind reeled with anticipation. I had no idea what the next two years would bring, but I knew it would be an adventure.”
The FENCE Armchair Traveler series is offered free of charge with the support of the Kirby Endowment Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation. For more information contact FENCE at: 828-859-9021 or
– article submitted by Kristy Burja

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