We welcome volunteers of all sorts from professionals to backpackers. We have such a wide range of different activities that we can always find something each person can do to make a difference in the lives of children in the Kenyan slums regardless of background or age.
If you are under 16 years old, you need to be part of a group and provide a letter from your parents giving permission for you to travel and volunteer with Porridge and Rice (PaR). If you are 16 or 17 years old, you only need a letter from your parents to travel and volunteer with PaR, and if you are 18 or older, you can volunteer directly.
We welcome professionals or students in the areas of nursing, medicine, and teaching to participate in our programs. In addition, we welcome students who plan to study in these areas and wish to do work experience abroad.
Kenya is a very safe country with a warm and friendly population. However, foreigners stand out and can attract unscrupulous people with questionable motives. The safety of our volunteers is extremely important to us so we make provision to safeguard volunteers and expect volunteers to respect the rules and guidelines we have in place.
We stay at Eco Wildebeest Lodge with its permanent tented camp. The facilities are excellent and include a simple restaurant and bar, a large TV and pool table, wifi, plenty of plugs to recharge telephones and batteries, hot water in the showers, and comfortable beds.It is completely fenced in with an entrance that is guarded 24 hours a day so volunteers can wander safely around the camp day or night.
We ensure that volunteers are accompanied by someone who is familiar with the area and understands local customers. Each group will be led by someone who will have travelled to Kenya before and knows his or her way around. The leader is responsible for ensuring the team's safety.
John is PaR's local representative. He will accompany volunteers when they are not with the group leader. He is trustworthy and as a residence of Ngando knows Nairobi and the slums well. He understands what and where is safe.
It is required by law to be vaccinated against Yellow fever to enter the country. Because volunteers are working in the slums where disease is easily spread, we require our volunteers to also be vaccinated against cholera, diptheria, hepatitus, A and B, rabies, tetanus, and TB. The chances of infection are low, but it is not worth risking spoiling such a wonderful experience. Malaria tablets are also required.
Volunteers can travel to Kenya at any time of year and for any length of time to work in PaR schools on any of the PaR programs. We can help with or make arrangements for volunteers.
If volunteers would prefer to be part of a group, there are three organised trips a year namely January/February, July/August, October/November. These groups usually travel to and from Kenya together although this is not required.
The Volunteer Handbook is available. Feel free to download and read it but please remember that it is subject to change without notice.
Kenya is a beautiful country and we encourage volunteers to spend time exploring it. PaR has identified a number of affordable providers for some very enjoyable activities and will incorporate those that time permits into volunteers' schedules.
There are many activities that can be enjoyed in Nairobi and its surroundings that are great fun. PaR will try to build these into the time that volunteers spend in Kenya.
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The Jack Petchy Foundation provides grants to people who volunteer.