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Volunteer Centre Namibia

Visual Support Assistance

Windhoek, Namibia show on map

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.

Our Mission

Through a network of international volunteers, organizations and services, we aim to supports and serve the interests of visually impaired learners.

Our Objectives

  • Provide relevant services and support to Namibian learners with visual impairments
  • Facilitate collaborative partnerships to serve the interests of visually impaired learners
  • Advocate on behalf of learners with visual impairments
  • Promote the education and rehabilitation relevant to the all-day living skills, orientation and mobility training for learners with visual impairments
  • Initiate and implement programs beneficial to learners with visual impairments
  • Supply assistance service to learners with visual impairments
  • Work together with local and international organizations for the improvement of the quality of life of  learners with visual impairments
  • Ensure that blind and partially sighted learners enjoy the rights promised by the Constitution of Namibia

Social Development

We strive to:

  • Restore the human dignity of visually impaired learners by providing them with coping skills, tools and assistance that will allow them to become self-sufficient, to increase their sense of self-worth and to ultimately become contributors to society.  Blind and partially sighted people are currently locked in a vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy and without assistance they will remain dependent on their families, communities and the state.
  • Equip blind and partially sighted learners with the essential skills they need to become more independent and employable once they successfully finish school. These skills are imparted via orientation and mobility training and training in activities of daily living as well as through information about group formation, self-empowerment and advocacy.
  • Provide assistance in the challenges which face learners in relation to their ability to meet their special needs from the early stages of development within the duration of their schooling career and in preparation for further education and in the workplace.

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 lives. 
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.

You could:

  • Help make our outreach a success
  • Help local visually impaired learners to experience from your pool of knowledge and expertise 
  • Offer your expertise to our organization to supply assistance service to learners with visual impairments

Visual Impairment – Fast Facts

  • The top three causes of blindness worldwide are: cataract – which accounts for 39.1% of global blindness, uncorrected refractive errors - 18.2% of global blindness and glaucoma - 10.1% of global blindness.
  • The prevalence of sight disability in Southern Africa is the highest of all disabilities (32%) followed by physical disability (30%), hearing disability (20%), emotional disability (16%), intellectual disability (12%) and communication disability (7%).
  • Women make up 57% of the total number of blind and partially sighted people, while 23% of visually impaired people fall between the ages of 15 – 36 years.
  • Only between 5 – 10% of the total blind population is braille literate.
  • Approximately 80% of the visually impaired population in Southern Africa lives in rural areas where the unemployment figure can be as high as 100%. 
  • It is estimated that 97% of all blind and partially sighted people in Southern Africa are unemployed.
  • For every one blind person there are three to four people with low vision.
  • Over 45 million people around the world are completely blind.

Typical day

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:

  • Service and assistance to learners
  • Orientation an mobility training (O&M)
  • Assistance in All day living skills
  • Assistance in classroom
  • Assistance in  extra curricular activities e.g. music, choir, dance, sport etc. 
  • Assistance with Resources and technology devices in the VI program
  • Investigate career options and resources to be introduced to learners 
  • Assist  VI learners with study help and coping skills to maximize their results
  • Assist with record keeping system/files on: progress of project and on program and progress of each learner



Free-time activities

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.


Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at Secondary School qualification level
Required Documents
ID and Pasport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Compassion, empathy, dedication
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 14:00

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Services by Volunteer Centre Namibia

  • Food: Rations for three meals per day. (Will be planned and discussed with volunteers according to a pre- set arrangement)
  • Accommodation at ADC: Room/chalet with electricity and water
  • Transport to and from the Centre for volunteering programs (locally)

Airport Pickup at Hosea Kutako International Airport

Volunteers will be picked up at Hosea Kutako Airport or at Cameleon Backpackers Lodge in Windhoek depending on the means of travel.


ADC’s 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.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

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.

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 Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namibia.
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If you are intending to volunteer in Namibia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namibia.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Windhoek/Namibia between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer Centre Namibia will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer Centre Namibia during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Africa Southern Africa Namibia Windhoek, Volunteers will be Based @ Amani Development Centre.

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