VISUALLY-IMPAIRED CHILDREN OF 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.

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.
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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.
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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 assistive service to learners with visual impairments

Services

What’s included?
  • 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)
What’s NOT included?

Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.

Airport Pickup

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

Accommodation

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 included?

Food

Accommodation

Transport

Internet

What’s NOT included?

Visa

Flights

Travel insurance

Vaccinations

Program Fees

Weeks Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay) $772.00
5 weeks $950.00
6 weeks $1,128.00
7 weeks $1,306.00
8 weeks $1,484.00
9 weeks $1,662.00
12 weeks (max. stay) $2,196.00

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).
You need to speak English (basic level)
at Secondary School qualification level
ID and Pasport
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome
Compassion, empathy, dedication
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 – 14:00
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