Dancing with the Ants

Experience a young expatriate family’s miracles as their car’s engine comes apart in the midst of a pride of lions. Follow a tribal war as it erupts at the doorstep of their university campus and spreads to the surrounding villages. Hunker down with the family as they survive a student riot. And laugh with the author as he finds himself Dancing with the Ants. These and other adventures chronicle six years of teaching and living in Kenya, East Africa.

At the age of 29, the author took his wife and two young girls to Kenya, East Africa, to help build a brand new university just outside Eldoret, the third largest city in Kenya after Nairobi and Mombasa.  He taught English while his wife served as a nurse at the university’s health clinic.

Kenya, during the 1980’s, was still in its relatively beginning stages of independence from Great Britain. The author’s  family encountered tribal unrest, national turmoil and even student unrest at the rapidly growing University of East Africa located in Baraton, Kenya.

The book follows the family from 1980-1986 as they adapt to a different culture, learn the language, and attempt to make a positive impact on students from more than 13 countries.