VCN’s Volunteer for Visual Support is an outreach initiative that initiates, assists and implements projects beneficial to learners with visual impairments in Namibia.
About the Program
The program is an outreach initiative that initiates, assists and implements programs beneficial to learners with visual impairments in Namibia.
The idea was born from my involvement as a teacher at the school for Visually Impaired Children, where the majority of learners are reliant on social welfare grants while the children have very little contact with their parents, since most of them hail from very remote areas. In Windhoek they stay in the school hostel and the 118 learners from pre-grade up to grade 10 rely on the assistance of a handful of childcare matrons for all their needs. A third of these learners are total blind, while the others are partially sighted.
Based at Amani Development Centre in the Central area of Namibia 24km from Windhoek, volunteers will enjoy the breathtaking vastness typical to the Namibia rural area in our superb Khomas Hochland Mountain Savanna setting after a day’s involvement at the School for visually impaired learners in the Capital City Windhoek.
Through a network of international volunteers, organizations and services, we aim to supports and serve the interests of visually impaired learners.
We strive to:
Volunteering with VCN Community Program:
The driving force behind our organization VCN Community Program: Volunteer for Visual Support, is the selfless giving of resources, skills, time and love by volunteers and at the same time it is a great way to develop your own skills, meet new people and work as part of an enthusiastic team. People come from all walks of life with the common aim of changing the lives of vulnerable children with a Disability into an Abled Person.
We aim to implement our plans by training and engaging the volunteers to participate in a variety of activities. Volunteers will attend an orientation session where they receive introductory training on various skills to support and guide learners with disabilities, and focus will be placed on visual impairments.
The role of the volunteer can be a fulfilling one, and many a volunteer has changed
his or her perspective on persons with disabilities, as well as on their own
Instead of judging people on their outward appearance you may become able to see their talents and gifts and get to know the person inside and realize that people with disabilities are not disabled, they are just differently abled and that we need to give them the same respect we would like to receive.
We believe that through word of mouth, publicity and awareness, the support to Visually Impaired people will grow in numbers and strength and ensure that blind and partially sighted learners enjoy the rights promised by the Constitution of Namibia.
Give your time and help visually impaired learners.
We are looking for helpful and reliable volunteers, no matter how much or how little time you're able to spare. So why not make good use of your skills and get involved in our local community.
Visual Impairment – Fast Facts
Volunteers will be based at Amani Development Centre 24 km outside Windhoek.
Volunteers will travel with Co-coordinator to the School to assist with the program in various fields, including:
Weekend/ 3- 4 day trips to the desert,
Sossusvlei/ Namib Naucluft/ Sesriem/
Solitaire, the coast (Swakopmund Walvisbay) and other areas can be arranged at a fraction of what the tourist industry currently charge because it is
important that our volunteers have a good experience and we try to involve as
much extras as possible into every trip to make it as much fun as possible. More
information is available on request.
Volunteers will be picked up at Hosea Kutako Airport or at Cameleon Backpackers Lodge in Windhoek depending on the means of travel.
boarding rooms and Chalet’s
ADC offer accommodation in 9 boarding rooms and 9 chalets which are located on the premises. The rooms and chalets accommodate 2- 4 people, each with their own shower and toilet.
Volunteers who enroll for an VCN program will stay in the boarding house and chalets since it forms an important extension of the Centre’s educational atmosphere. The Code of Conduct that applies to the boarding houses /chalets creates a platform for the cultivation of social and character that underpin the Centre’s mission and vision. This includes responsibility, graciousness, self-management, respect, self- discipline and inter-personal skills.
Food preparation and arrangements:
Supplies/rations (three meals per day) will be provided according to a set arrangement: If special or extra ingredients are needed it can/should be bought to your own account. Shopping trips will be arranged during weekends.
Volunteers are responsible to cook/prepare their own food - but a schedule for food preparation can be arranged within the group if and how the need arise. Social gatherings and eat together will be arranged to and with the consent of all parties.
Cleanup is the responsibility of each volunteer. Everything must be cleaned directly after use - and the kitchen must be kept well-ordered and neat.