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Testimonials, Dissertations, & Anecdotes

Testimonials, Dissertations, & Anecdotes

from Kenya

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Porridge and Rice offers four ways for people to engage with the charity in Kenya namely general volunteer, elective volunteer, work experience volunteer, and internship volunteer across a wide range of disciplines from teaching to engineering. Details are available in the Volunteer Handbook.


Summer 2019



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Alana Clary - volunteer from the UK studying nutrition for a career change


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Anik Kanabar - volunteer from the UK wanting to engage with the work of the charity


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Claire Jenkins - volunteer from the US for the second time


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Hannah Griffiths (22), Teacher, England - intern from the UK trainee teacher developing lessons and material on gender equality

"I have wanted to volunteer in Africa since I was a little girl, and have spent the past few years trying to find a way to make my dream a reality, but I had no idea how. I came across the charity Porridge and Rice when Indigo Volunteers matched me with them, as the work I wanted to do matched the work of the charity. Porridge and Rice is a wonderful charity, which supports schools in the Nairobi slums by tackling poverty through education. I felt I made a difference during my time with them."

I have wanted to volunteer in Africa since I was a little girl, and have spent the past few years trying to find a way to make my dream a reality, but I had no idea how. I came across the charity Porridge and Rice when Indigo Volunteers matched me with them, as the work I wanted to do matched the work of the charity. Porridge and Rice is a wonderful charity, which supports schools in the Nairobi slums by tackling poverty through education - I felt I made a difference during my time with them.

I spent some of my time in Kenya supporting the feeding programme by assisting with the serving of breakfast and lunch in the schools with other volunteers, and even had the opportunity to explore the local markets to see where the food came from. I spent the rest of my time working with the older children in the schools delivering workshops on gender equality, personal hygiene, menstruation and consent. It was important for me to be able to deliver these sessions as I really felt as though my work had an impact on the young people; I felt like I was making a difference.

Each of the schools that we visited was warm and welcoming, both the children and staff seemed delighted by our arrival. It is apparent that the work of the charity is making a big difference to the lives of the children and the teachers in the schools, and they are so grateful for this. I have come away from Kenya with many ideas about how to improve my own teaching practice in England. The most notable thing which became apparent to me was the happiness which was shown by all of the people, both children and adults, who I had the pleasure of working with in Nairobi.

Despite Porridge and Rice being a small charity, they made sure that I was safe and informed about everything I needed to know, before, during and after the trip. Porridge and Rice connects people from all around the world. I have made friendships during my visit that will last a lifetime. I have laughed endlessly with the people who I met. I have had the most wonderful experience, being able to achieve one of my dreams with other people who also share the same goals.

I have most definitely learnt some important life lessons during my time volunteering, and I am so thankful for the wonderful opportunity that Porridge and Rice gave me. I would urge anybody who has a desire to volunteer abroad to follow their dreams with Porridge and Rice.

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Volunteering with Porridge and Rice

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Hannah Ruprecht - volunteer from the Germany fifth year medical student from Germany


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According to Olivia Cowell, intern from the UK, compiling videos for the promotion of Porridge and Rice,

"The three and a half weeks I spent in Kenya with Porridge and Rice were undeniably the best weeks of my life. The trip exceeded all my expectations - I had more fun than I ever anticipated, learnt more than I thought I would, gained some lifelong best friends, and developed fantastic relationships with Kenyan teachers and students alike."

The three and a half weeks I spent in Kenya with Porridge and Rice were undeniably the best weeks of my life. The trip exceeded all my expectations - I had more fun than I ever anticipated, learnt more than I thought I would, gained some lifelong best friends, and developed fantastic relationships with teachers and students alike. Without doubt, I will return to Kenya with the charity.

A fantastic aspect of the experience was the ability to modify the tasks based on the skills and interests of the volunteers. I originally came out as a general volunteer, intending on working in the classrooms and serving lunches as part of the feeding programme, however, while in Kenya, I was offered the chance to complete an internship with the charity. I have an interest in filmmaking and video production, and will be developing some videos to promote Porridge and Rice.

My favourite part of the trip was the relationships that developed between the volunteers, as well as the teachers and students of the charity's schools. I connected with teachers such as Teacher Beth and Teacher Mary more than I thought possible in just three weeks. Because of the work I was doing, I grew particularly fond of certain students such as Mercy and Caroline from Excel school, and have exchanged emails with them to maintain a friendship in the future. I didn't expect to develop such wonderful relationships in Kenya but I am over the moon to leave such a wonderful country knowing people I will cherish forever.

Kenya itself is a beautiful country. The people are welcoming, warm hearted and kind. Outside of volunteering at the schools, we were given many opportunities to explore the country. We went on safari to Tsavo National park, visited the elephant and giraffe sanctuaries, and saw the Lion King in a local cinema. Wildebeest Eco Camp, our base, is a wonderful peaceful oasis in busy Nairobi. It was somewhere we all felt comfortable and relaxed, and quickly became home.

The other volunteers who came on the trip were a big part of the reason I was inexplicably happy throughout. The positive energy that arose from the dynamic of the group due to the fact all of us were likeminded people who were there for a variety of reasons yet similar motivations, allowed us to develop deep friendships which will continue into the future. I am so grateful that I was introduced to such an amazing group of people through this trip!

Our team leader is a knowledgeable individual who, after visiting Kenya many times, makes volunteers feel in safe hands and that we are being looked after the entire time we are there. From transport to haggling in markets, I never felt that he didn't know what he was doing therefore I didn't feel stressed in the slightest even though I was in a country very different from home.

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Rachael Fortune - volunteer from the UK, trainee teacher


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Will Austin - intern from the US studying Aedes as an indicator of Dengue Fever in the Nairobi slums

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May 2019



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Emily Sanders - volunteer from the UK


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