Children's Special Needs Assistant

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founded in 2013
VACK jitolee Africa
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Coordinator | Fanuel
Coordinator | Fanuel
Building the ability of children with mental disability to become self reliant through skills based training. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the Program

Education specialists, professional counselors, psychotherapists, and general volunteers are needed to assist with a special needs school, provide career support and counseling for disabled individuals, and more with our special needs projects.

Special Needs Education

This program invites you to help in Special Education centres, with their work within the local community in Kenya. The centres are the only school in the communities that provides special needs education for children with mental disabilities.

Teaching Assistance

The classrooms are organized by age rather than by disability. If you have experience with special needs education, then your help is needed in the classroom to work with teachers, many of whom don’t have specialized training for working with and responding to the needs of students with a variety of mental disabilities.

Kitchen Assistance

If you don’t have experience with special needs education and support, then you’re invited to assist in the school’s kitchen, which provides a daily, free lunch for the students. Project staff and volunteers have planted and currently maintain a garden that adds to the nutritional value of the school’s lunches, which traditionally consist of rice and beans.


You are also invited to work in the school’s garden, which provides additional nutritional supplements to the students’ and teachers’ meals each day. You can plant new fruits and vegetables, and maintain and harvest ones already in the garden.

Typical day

Usual working days are Monday - Saturday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM including the following tasks.

  • Special needs education
  • Working with teachers
  • Help in the kitchen
  • Gardening
There’s no such thing as a typical day! That’s part of the excitement of volunteering. Your life will become personally and professionally very different to what you know now. What is certain though is that you will be enjoying an all-new culture, mixing in a different community and challenging yourself professionally, in all new ways.

Free-time activities

  • Family outings
  • Community events
  • Community awareness



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and Motivation letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Motivation towards developing the skills of children with special needs.
Willingness to live in much lower contitions
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by VACK jitolee Africa
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Donation to the project in support of project activities
  • Accommodation in a local house (bath shelters, pit latrine/toilet available)
  • 3 meals daily - from what is locally available
  • Administrative costs
  • Project Placement
  • Visitations and calls (checkups)
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Orientation and in country introduction
  • Certification 
Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
We will pick you up from the airport.  Before you start your journey to Kenya, please confirm with us, that we have received your correct flight details. The costs for two airport transports (1x Pick up after arrival & 1x Drop off before departure) are included.

Volunteers will be provided with a room and beddings. You may be expected to share a room with either other volunteers or a member of the project. The rooms are secure and lockable to provide the privacy needed by the volunteer. Bath shelters and toilets (or pit latrines) are available.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Volunteers will be provided with three meals a day from what is locally available (African dishes/continental meals).
Alcoholic and soft drinks are not provided.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Kenya provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.

Dates & Fees

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 580
5 weeks
$ 680
6 weeks
$ 780
7 weeks
$ 880
9 weeks
$ 1,080
11 weeks
$ 1,280
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,580
Average fees
$ 126 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. VACK jitolee Africa will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with VACK jitolee Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Children's Special Needs Assistant

Building the ability of children with mental disability to become self reliant through skills based training.


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