David Herbling (26) comes from Kenya, where he’s currently a student at Kenyatta University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Herbling studied for a year in Japan as part of a research program and loves Germany.
As a Kenyan, Herbling is especially excited that this year’s World Cup has come to African soil. He, like nearly every Kenyan, has loved football since as long as he can remember. He’s an avid follower of the European football leagues, the UEFA European Football Championship and of course, the biggest football event of all, the World Cup.
He’s currently in Nairobi, but he’s been able to interact with the many Germans who come to the coastal city of Mombasa, from whom he’s learned a little German. Herbling has blogged for Young Germany before, and is looking forward to being part of the Young Germany 2010 World Cup team where he hopes to bring his view from East Africa - capturing the vuvuzelas, the chants and most of all, the celebrations.
Herbling’s experience as a 2006 Young Germany World Cup Blogger inspired him to becom a volunteer radio news anchor at his university-run radio station for a semester in 2008.
In addition to sports, Herbling is a keen observor of current affairs and issues related to development. He’s hoping Africa’s hosting of the World Cup will invigorate the continent’s work towards social development in education and health care. Herbling is also a Remote Intern for Our Task Inc, a US-based NGO which addresses environmental and global sustainable development issues. He also supports the initiative 1Goal.
For the 2010 World Cup, he’s supporting the national teams from Germany, Japan and Argentina, hoping one of them makes it to the final match!