Project Blog Week two: After returning from our Marsabit service trip, we started our work at the Partners For Care House located in Nairobi. At the end of the week, we had three main accomplishments: sewing the first packs, a model to determine government health expenses and an analysis of the current health system. And, we set the goals for our third and final week of our GAP project.
Let’s talk about the Tube! Coming from Ohio, the group had various levels of familiarity with public transportation and trains. Some of us have experienced subways in the US, others experienced trains in India and further abroad, but London has a fantastic transportation system that we have been happy to learn and embrace. It has made it very easy for us to get around, and in turn quickly learn about the city that has been our home for the last week. We are glad to present a few pointers from an outsiders perspective on how to use the London Underground.
We have learned a lot in our first week doing marketing research in the UK. We knew going into our project that consumer preferences would be different from what we are used to in the US, but the amount of nuance has been surprising. We are doing our best to understand not only what UK consumers are saying about their buying preferences, but also how they are saying it. The expression “two countries separated by a common language” makes a lot more sense on this side of the pond.
Football While "football" has a different meaning in the United States than it does in the United Kingdom, both countries are just as passionate about their sports. The people we chat with in the UK will often point out that we call "football" soccer and don’t know much about the real football. They will, however, speak positively of Tim Howard, who played in the Premier League and was one of the best goalkeepers from the United States.