Join us in Limuru, Kenya where you will provide much-needed humanitarian aid to people living with disabilities in the vulnerable communities of Nairobi’s notorious rural slums. Kenya is located on Africa’s eastern coast along the equator. It offers phenomenal landscapes, wildlife and a diverse and lively culture. As one of Africa’s fastest growing and largest cities, Nairobi, the capital city acts as Kenya’s chief administrative, economic and cultural center.
The project is located in and around Limuru, about 30km north of Nairobi, nestled among the lovely tea plantations of the Kenyan highlands. The communities of Limuru and the surrounding areas operate at a much slower pace than the bustling capital city.
As a volunteer you will provide assistance to the educational facilities of the Limuru area to improve the learning methods for those that are involved. Unfortunately, these establishments are regularly under-resourced, understaffed and overcrowded.
In Kenya, disabilities are often still stigmatized meaning that those with disabilities like Autism or Down Syndrome regularly find themselves marginalized. You will help encourage acceptance, identification, inclusion, equal opportunity and rights for those with disabilities as well as for their families.
The project is tailored to volunteers who are qualified or training in the field of allied health, including but not limited to: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Audiology. Those who are not qualified but have an interest in working on this project are still welcome. Your work will be adapted to your individuallevel of experience.
Volunteers work with children, teens and adults who have learning or physical disabilities to help develop their skills in the areas of personal hygiene, creativity, physical development and general life skills. Volunteers may also assist in training the local staff and help with renovations on the schools, which usually take place during the school breaks in April, August and December.
Volunteers will spend four days each week at one of our schools. In general your day will be divided into assisting with classwork and resource development work. You’ll also spend time facilitating breaks for fun activities like singing and games. Below are three of the schools that you may work with during your stay on the project:
Day School – This school is for children and teens with intellectual impairments ranging from Down Syndrome to Autism. Students are between the ages of 5 and 18.
Boarding School – This school is for children and teens with intellectual impairments ranging from Down Syndrome to Autism. There are 40 students between the ages of 5 and 18. Volunteers help provide life and vocational skills as well as basic education.
Vocational School – This school is for adults with mild to moderate mental disabilities. Students are between the ages of 16 and 50. Classes are divided based upon the ability of the students.
Here’s how a typical day, Monday through Thursday,could look depending on your personal interests, level of experience and number of volunteers during the time of your stay:
7:30AM – Breakfast at the volunteer base
8:30AM – Depart from base for morning activities (the drive takes approximately 20-40 minutes)
9:00AM – Begin work at your placement
12:30PM – Lunch
1:30PM – Afternoon activities
3:30PM – Free time back at the volunteer house
On Fridays volunteers work together to initiate an array of activities within the community. These activities could consist of sports, treasure hunts, cleanups etc. Volunteers are given weekends off.
There are many wonderful travel opportunities that you can partake in at an extra cost during your free time.
- Go to the Masai Mara National Reserve in the north of the Serengeti to experience the abundance of game as the reserve is home to Kenya’s highest density of wildlife! Masai Mara is famous for the migration of about 1.4 million wildebeest that happens annually.
- Take a trip to Tanzania and visit its unmatched sites such as themighty Kilimanjaro where you can challenge yourself to a climb, the tropical island of Zanzibar where you can relax on the white sand beaches and the Ngorongoro Crater which is the biggest inactive, unfilled and intact volcanic caldera in the world.
- Meet Kenyan locals and other like-minded volunteers from across the globe on this once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable opportunity!
2 - 8 weeks
- Ages18 - 70
- Good English
- Immunizations (consult with your doctor – this area is a malaria zone)
- Travel and medical insurance
- Police clearance form
Project Fees Include
- Pre-Departure Kit
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure dates
- Full room and board (shared rooms in fully furnished volunteer housein Brackenhurst and 3 meals daily)
- Internet available at the volunteer house
- Laundry services biweekly
- Orientation and all required training upon arrival
- Local staff and 24 hour emergency support
For more information and to apply visit our Kenya: Disabled and Vulnerable Community Involvement page.