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Kenya Children with Disabilities

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Kenya Children with Disabilities

Visit this unforgettable land and help physically challenged children with the care and support they need. Give them motivation whilst you have an incredible experience.

Prices from US$1,195

Kenya is a land of intense beauty, epic landscapes, fascinating tribes and exuberant communities. Magnificent wildlife roams across vast Rift Valley plains, white sand beaches fringe the turquoise Indian Ocean and ancient tribal communities practise traditional customs little changed since the dawn of time. All these combine to provide a destination of unparalleled appeal and fascination.

Travel to this spectacular land and immerse yourself in a community and culture in which you will be made to feel incredibly welcome. The people are positively inspiring and the landscape, national parks, beaches and surrounding islands are stunningly beautiful.

Once you’ve learnt to do things the Kenyan way you’ll never want to leave this unique travel destination.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Bring care and affection to the children

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Kenya, Mombasa
Activities Caring for children who are physically and mentally challenged
Feeding and food preparation
Arranging playtime & extracurricular activities
Assisting specialist staff with physiotherapy and rehabilitation
Assisting staff with medical procedures
  Arts & crafts, sports and reading
  Cleaning
  Teaching basic English, maths or other subjects
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 2 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This rehabilitation centre for disabled children aims to provide corrective surgery, rehabilitation and support. Children coming to the centre suffer from various illnesses, diseases and disorders and considerable time is required from all staff to care for them. Club foot and bow legs are one of the most common issues and there are a number of departments set up to correct and rehabilitate children, making an enormous impact on their lives.

The centre runs day care for about 12 severely handicapped children whose parents have to work and cannot care for them. They also care for a small number of mentally challenged children, although limited resources and staff mean that they cannot take more than a few children with mental difficulties as they need specialist attention and long term care.

There is also a small ‘school’, which does not follow the standard syllabus but gives these children the opportunity to keep up with their education to some extent. Classes are totally mixed as children’s levels vary considerably.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your work programme will be tiring and challenging but deeply fulfilling. You will help in the day-to-day care of the children within the centre as well as assisting with procedures and rehabilitation. You will provide vital support to specialist staff and be able to give the children the attention and care they need.

If you come from a specialised field, such as occupational therapy or special needs teaching, you will be able to work in a relevant department. Otherwise, you will be able to gain experience working throughout the centre, interacting with the children, possibly teaching, arranging games and activities and helping out with day to day duties.

Having volunteers at the centre also enables children to get more one to one attention, which can be truly amazing for them, as staff frequently see quiet or withdrawn children totally open up in the course of a couple of weeks.

Volunteers also usually have the opportunity to take part in the mobile clinic which conducts visits and outreach work in the local community.

The centre managers are keen to have more volunteer support and one said that "if volunteers are focused and use their initiative they will find themselves with their hands completely full here, as there is much to be done. We have a programme that will keep them on their toes!"
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Nairobi airport by a friendly local staff member. You will usually spend a night in the Kenyan capital to recover from your international flight before taking the comfortable coach ride to the coast and Mombasa.  If you prefer, you can fly directly to Mombasa and we will arrange an airport pick up for you accordingly.

In Mombasa the local staff will meet you and introduce you to your host and the local area. Both your host and local coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and laid back community.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying with a friendly host in a homestay, which will allow you truly to experience Kenyan culture. We choose our hosts carefully to ensure that they are able to provide the support and security needed to make your stay comfortable – and fun! The homestay will usually have a bathroom, living room with TV and kitchen with a fridge and will be close to transport and local shops. You will be made to feel part of the family from the moment you arrive and you will soon find yourself immersed in home and community life.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will eat with your host and will be provided with two meals a day, enabling you to get a true feel for the Kenyan lifestyle and sample some authentic African home cooking. For lunch, volunteers usually eat out with colleagues or at the projects themselves, as they are away from the homestay.

Kenyan cuisine offers a variety of dishes based on meat and vegetable stews. Most dishes are served with either rice or ugali, the staple food for most of sub-Saharan Africa made from maize flour. You may also have the chance to sample such delicacies as "oysters Mombasa", fish or chicken in coconut, groundnut soup or beef and potato stew and for pudding, bananas cooked in banana leaves.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

Hanging out and just getting to know the kids was the best part!  | 17 Jun 2018
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It is often said that a visit to Kenya without a stop at Mombasa is no visit to Kenya. The city is awash with activities ranging from swimming and snorkelling to basking on the brilliant white beaches. Mombasa is surrounded by a number of wildlife parks, including Tsavo National Park just three hours away and the Shimba hills game reserve, where just a couple of kilometres away some of the biggest elephants in the world can be found. Mombasa has a good selection of bars, cafés and clubs for you to enjoy on your free evenings.

There is a diverse and beautiful array of wildlife and breathtaking scenery to marvel at. The lagoons of the southern coast provide an ideal location for snorkelling or you can try bird watching or, for the seriously adventurous, crocodile spotting whilst canoeing in the mangrove swamps.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,195

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

From 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Apt (NBO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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