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Volunteer Jake finds an interesting place to rest while waiting to fly out at Gatwick Airport. Volunteers all "travel heavy" on the way out, taking donated supplies, gifts and clothing for the schools. The usual rule is one suitcase for the volunteer and one for the charity.


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UK volunteers Taylor, Rachel, Dhruv, and Ned have dinner at a roof-top restaurant in Instanbul with a view of the Bosphorous. There is usually a stop-over on the way to Nairobi to keep flight costs as low as possible. Porridge and Rice usually fly Turkish Airlines as they do the best prices.


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Volunteers Jude. Jake, and Vish try Turkish tea and coffee at a tea-house in the grand bazaar in Istanbul. Reaction was mixed.


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UK volunteer, Vish, feeds the endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Centre in Lang'ata, approximately 5 kilometres from the centre of Nairobi.


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The giraffes are friendly and gentle. The Rothschild giraffe is an endangered sub-species of giraffe which the the Giraffe Centre breeds to reintroduce to the wild.


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At Giraffe Centre there are trained rangers on hand at all times to answer questions and ensure people treat the giraffes with respect and kindly.


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Emma, a UK volunteer and charity deputy chair, enjoys feeding the giraffes. Giraffes have long blue tongues and their saliva has anti-bacterial properties to protect them when they eat there natural food - thorn trees.


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These majestic creatures visit the feeding station where visitors can enjoy a unique experience, supporting an organisation that is doing wonderful work fighting the extinction of the Rothschild giraffe.


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Martin and Sharon, volunteers from the UK, are amused by a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre using its long tongue to take food from them.


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Jude, a UK volunteer, feeds a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre. The centre provides food for volunteers and shows them how to feed the giraffes.


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A baby elephant at the David Sheldrick wildlife Trust gulps down its bottle of milk provided by its keeper.


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Keepers feed the rescued baby elephants at the David Sheldrick wildlife Trust, a home for injured or orphaned baby elephants, in front of visitors.


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Each baby elephant has a story which the keepers tell the audience as the baby elephants are fed and play. They come close to the audience, and people are allowed to touch and stroke them.


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The young elephants seem to love water, not just for drinking but also to spray over themselves and other young elephants.


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The young elephants are raised by dedicated keepers. David Sheldrick wildlife Trust limits their contact with other humans to make it easier for them to return to the wild when they are old enough.


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Despite their size, rescued baby elephants play like all children from rolling in the dust to shaking branches about.


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The Vervet monkeys of City Park in Nairobi are happy to interact with people offering them peanuts which can be bought at a low price from sellers in the park. Vish, Seb, and Ned, all volunteers from the UK, enjoy interacting with the monkeys.


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Kuljit, a UK volunteer, is entertained by a friendly monkey who hopes to get peanuts from her.


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Leonie, a UK volunteer, enjoys feeding a monkey which sits entertainingly on her shoulder.


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Volunteers are taken on a tour of Lake Naivasha, the Rift Valley's highest lake at 1884m above sea level, to see the pink flamingoes, pelicans, and hippopotamus.


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The pink flamingoes of East Africa have to be seen to be appreciated. These beautiful birds can be found at Lake Naivashi, in the Rift Valley in Kenya.


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Volunteers are given the opportunity to visit a traditional Maasai people and join in when they sing and dance. Ramy, Vish, Luan and Taylor, all UK volunteers, found that it was harder than it seemed.


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Vish, a UK volunteer, joina traditional Maasai warriors to perform the dance for a wife - he might just get lucky.


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Leonie, an A-level volunteer from the UK, talks to a Masaai woman about life in a Masaai village.


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Many of the women in the slums make a living out of making and selling handicrafts using a mixture of traditional and modern materials and techniques. Rachel and Taylor, UK volunteers, look over the goods a lady is selling.


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Volunteers waiting for the sun to rise over the Kakamega rainforest in Western Kenya after trekking for two hours in the very early hours through the dark forest.


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The remaining portion of Kakamega rainforest is a stunning sight in early hours of the morning as the sun rises.


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Volunteers from the UK, Taylor, Rachel, and Dhruv, hold chameleons on a visit to a breeding centre. Chameleons are released into the rainforest to reverse their declining numbers due to the shrinking size of the forest.


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Volunteers join Excel school on a trip to Lake Magadi, the southernmost lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, to see the soda ash collection and processing.


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The pupils of Excel school walk out over the layer of soda ash of Lake Magadi with teachers and volunteers from the UK.


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The pupils of Excel school wade in the warm springs of Lake Elementaita near the Kariandusi Prehistoric Site, joined by UK volunteers.


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Ned,a UK volunteer, examines life in the warm springs of Lake Elementaita with pupils from Excel school on a school trip to Kariandusi in Nakuru County to see the Diatomite Mining Site.


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Rachel, a UK volunteer, wades through the hot and cold patches of water of the warm springs of Lake Elementaita with girls from Excel school on a school trip.


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Volunteers, Rachel, Dhruv and Taylor, all from the UK, enjoy the warmth of the springs of Lake Elementaita on a school trip to Kariandusi with Excel school.


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Volunteers, Rachel, Dhruv, Ned and Taylor, discover that the water runs hot and cold because of hot springs of Lake Elementaita in Kariandusi.


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Beth, head teacher of of Lizpal school, and Ken, a UK volunteer, pose for a photo at the hot springs of Lake Elementaita in Kariandusi on a school trip with Excel school.


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Volunteers climb into the van that will take them to the start of the journey down the Tana River riding the rapids.


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Before white water rafting on the Tana river, volunteers Taylor, Luan, Leonie, and Vish, from the UK, are taught the commands that the leader of the boat will use to tell them how to react on a rapid.


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Safety rules are explained to volunteers, Jude, Vish, Emma, and Ken, before launching on their journey riding the rapids of the Tana river.


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Riding the rapids of the Tana river is a thrilling experience as the grinning faces of volunteers in the boat shows.


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It takes teamwork for volunteers to negotiate a rapid successfully. A highly experienced leader at the head of the raft will shout commands like lean left or paddle right.


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There are several challenging rapids on the Tana river making it an exciting experience for volunteers in a beautiful, wild setting.


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Negotiating channels through the rapids takes focus and teamwork achieved by responding promptly to the instructions of the team leader.


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The goal is to break through the waterfall into the cave behind it. Only a few teams succeed.


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Rafters have to row fast and hard to overcome the force of the water pushing the raft back away from the waterfall.


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'Surfing' involves taking the raft as close to the rapids as possible and holding it there against the force of the water which seems intent on trying to capsize it.


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At times, the rapids win overturning the raft. All rafters are required to wear helmets and life jackets to ensure there is no chance of anything going wrong. The charity takes the safety of volunteers seriously, and will not compromise. Please do not ask to be allowed to participate without a life jacket or helmet. No matter how strong a swimmer you are, this is simply not an option.


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The day riding the rapids of the Tana river finishes with a meal and a chance to chat about the day's events.


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Vendors and crafters set up stalls at the Maasai market to sell their goods. Rachel, a UK volunteer, searches through the beaded bracelets and arm bands.


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Dhruv, a volunteer from the UK, inspects one of the wooden sculptures on sale at the Maasai market at The Juntion, in search of gifts and souvenirs.


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Ken and Brigitte, Porridge and Rice trustees volunteering in Kenya, stop for a well earned coffee with banana bread and a slice of gateau at Java House on the way back from a day in the Nairobi slums at Porridge and Rice schools.


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Galleria is a 15 to 20 minute walk from Eco Wildebeest camp. It is a large shopping mall with everything from a supermarket to a chemist and cash machines.


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The shopping mall Galleria has a wide range of restaurants and fast food outlets should volunteers wish to eat out. Jude, a software engineer from the UK, tucks into a hearty meal for lunch one weekend.


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Planet Youghurt at Galleria is a favourite among volunteers with its wide range of local frozen yoghurt flavours like guava, mango and passion fruit.


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At Carnivore, an open-air restaurant in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, the waiters keep serving until diners put the flag down on their table. Vish, a volunteer in the UK, is offered turkey while the other UK volunteers, Ned and Leonie, tuck into their food.


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Dhruv, a volunteer from the UK, enjoys Carnivore's specialty, a wide variety of meat including meats like ostrich and crocodile. The restaurant also has a good vegetarian menu.


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Emma, Jude, Vish, and Jake, all volunteers from the UK, take on the Carnivore all-you-can-eat menu with relish and a little bit of wine to wash it down.


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After a hard day working at Porridge and Rice schools in the Nairobi, dinner at Carnivore is a welcome treat for volunteers Taylor, Dhruv, Ned, and Rachel.


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Luan, Kuljit, Ramy, Ned, Vish, Leonie, Taylor and Emma, volunteers from the Uk ranging from A level to working, spend an evening at Carnivore, a restaurant in the Nairobi suburbs.


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Dinner at Carnivore starts with soup, freshly baked bread, and salad. Volunteers Emma and Luan will soon discover that it is wise not to eat too much of the starter but to keep space for the main course.


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Cheesecake, as chosen by UK volunteer Vish, is a popular choice for desert at Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi at the end of a meal of meats from crocodile to ostrich.


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The Carnivore staff sing Happy Birthday and Jambo Bwana to Kuljit, a first year medical student volunteering for four weeks with Porridge and Rice.


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Dawa, which means medicine in Kiswahili, is a popular cocktail at Carnivore, Nairobi's famous restaurant for good reason as Kuljit and Ramy, both volunteers from London, find out.


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A group of volunteers reach the summit of Mount Kenya after 4 days of climbing. According to Kuljit, Leonie, Luan, Vish, and Ned, it was much colder than they expected.


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Luan, a classics graduate and Porridge and Rice volunteer from the UK, was delighted to have reached the summit of Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa.


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Volunteers join Excel School on their trip to see the Diatomite mines of Kariandusi. The Kariandusi Prehistoric Site disccovered by Louis Leakey lies nearby. Located on the southeastern edge of the Great Rift Valley and on Lake Elmenteita, Kariandusi is an Early Stone Age site dating to approximately 1 million years ago.


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Volunteers, Vish, Ned, Taylor, Kuljit and Luan, listen to a talk from a guide from the diatomite mining company in Baringo County in the Kenyan Rift Valley.


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Kuljit, UK volunteer, watches the children of Excel School, a Porridge and Rice school, as they enjoy the unusual feel of the substance having been told that they are free to explore.


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Volunteers Vish, Luan and Leonie enjoy exploring the diatomite mines as much as the children with the fine powder on the floor and the tunnels into the cliff face.


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Taylor, Vish, Ned, and Luan, pose for a photograph in one of the tunnels out of the cliff at the diatomite mine in the Rift Valley in Kenya.


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With the tour of the diatomite mine complete, the children break for lunch and Kuljit, a first year medical student, shares her photographs with pupils from Edexcel school.


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Luan and Kuljit, volunteers from the UK, enjoy wading in Lake Elementaita with the pupils of Excel school, after a dusty visit to the diatomite mine of Kariandusi.


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Going on safari is one of Kenya's outstanding game reserves is the most popular activity among volunteers. Kibo is the preferred accomodation for volunteers visiting Amboseli National Park.


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UK volunteers Jude, Vish, Jake, and Emma, relax outside the restaurant at Kibo on a visit to Amboseli National Park.


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The bar at Kibo is a popular place for volunteers to gather on the evening at Kibo after a day of game watching in Amboseli National Park.


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Going on safari is one of Kenya's outstanding game reserves is the most popular activity among volunteers. Kibo is the preferred accomodation for volunteers visiting Amboseli National Park.


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UK volunteers Jude, Vish, Jake, and Emma, relax outside the restaurant at Kibo on a visit to Amboseli National Park.


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The bar at Kibo is a popular place for volunteers to gather on the evening at Kibo after a day of game watching in Amboseli National Park.


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Jake and Vish in the bar at Amoboseli


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Amboseli bar with Martyn and Sharon


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Entrance to Masai Mara with Kuljit, Ken and Vish


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Africa Flash McTours at Amboseli entrance


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Observation Hill, Amboseli, Emma and Jake


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Observation Hill, Amboseli, Jake, Vish, Ken and Jude


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Elephant, Vish


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Elephant, Vish and Jake


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Giraffe


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Lion


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Wildebeest and Zebra


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Zebra


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Baboon


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The African buffalo is a member of the African big five weighing between 500 and 1,000 kg. They are temperamental, powerful, dangerous animals which gore and kill over 200 people every year. They can drive away even kill lions trying to attack them.


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The wildebeest, also called a gnu, is an antelope. Wildebeest often graze in mixed herds with zebra which gives heightened awareness of potential predators. They are also alert to the warning signals emitted by other animals such as baboons.


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The common hippopotamus can be seen submerged during the day. This large, herbivorous mammal emerges in the morning and the night to graze. The closest living relatives of the hippopotamus are cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises, etc.) from which they diverged about 55 million years ago. The adults average 1,500 kg and 1,300 kg for males and females respectively.


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