JB Buys a Car

That’s right. I did it.  I bought me a car.  Now I just need to figure out how to get a license to drive here. I bought an old beat up Land Rover from a guy from South Carolina.  I actually knew the guy because I saw him in pictures from a friend I met here.… Continue reading JB Buys a Car


I am currently on holiday and decided to join a fellow volunteer on a trip to the Mukuru slums in south eastern Nairobi.  The organization is Hope Worldwide and is actually an organization based in Philadelphia.  The day was designed to do a clean up of the neighborhood as well as providing some food for… Continue reading Mukuru

New Videos

Just wanted to alert you of some new videos that I have uploaded to my website. https://www.jbwoodruff.com/videos.php

Name that Matatu

An interesting phenomena that I have come across is the ritual of naming one’s matatu (mini-bus).  The owners have christened their vehicles with such fine names such as Casanova, Cold as Ice, Crunk Juice, Ludicrous, Nucleur and Gangsta…just to name a few.  As you can see in the picture it has moved beyond a simple… Continue reading Name that Matatu

UN International Volunteer Day

Ah…the UN International Volunteer Day. Sun shining, grass growing, wind blowing, dead rats and piles of poop. The day has a great idea in place. Clean up an area of Nairobi river and plant some trees. Execution and planning and purpose not so great. No. 1 – Things get started an hour later than originally… Continue reading UN International Volunteer Day

Categorized as General


Meetings are often painful and pointless when an agenda is not clear and followed.  That’s all I have to say about that.

Categorized as General


We set off on Friday (Nov 30) to go visit a volunteer couple (Alan and Sara) who are located at a school in Tala. It’s about 1 1/2 hours outside of Nairobi. It was great to see the eastern side of Nairobi…definitely a poorer area of town, highly populated and was really amazing to see… Continue reading Tala