AT ST. ANTHONY SPECIAL NEEDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Through Uganda Vision Resource Centre you can get involved with a complete range of teaching and development activities in a school of children with special needs. You can help in taking normal classes, assisting the teaching staff; aid a child with physical or mental impairments, conducting extracurricular activities like clay modeling, painting, drawing, singing, art & drama, dancing, group work, games or other similar activities. Your help and assistance will be greatly appreciated in this rural school and will be a refreshing change to existing curriculum. This school was carefully selected by volunteers as it deserves a long term planned development program. The school is located in a rural community and has limited resources, both infrastructure and staff.
Volunteers can take up projects depending on the needs of the school. The school has need for infrastructure development and/or renovations. The school has limited accommodation space for the increasing number of children. Volunteers can do a combination of both teaching and renovation/building work if they chose to work at this school.
If you’re a native English speaker or with some teaching experience, you can be a valuable resource in these village classrooms. With your English skills you could teach proper English pronunciation and usage. Even if you’ve never formally taught a classroom subject, you can assist the local teachers in their day to day work at the school. You don’t need to know the local language, or the methods of the local school system. All you need is enthusiasm and a desire to share your knowledge and make a difference.
Unfortunately you would like to work with the Teaching placement, teaching computers, but unfortunately the school does not have computers, but sometimes volunteers help by using their own laptops to help the students in groups of 3-5 students per group.
CARING FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
The School supports children with special needs including visual disabilities, physical disabilities, mental disabilities and the deaf. With limited staff, resources and facilities, the school is struggling to provide care, love and support to these children. Being hugely understaffed, we have few learning or extra-curricular activities.
Volunteers support could be in the form of improving the existing facilities, assisting the staff, teaching and helping with the general support and feeding in the children’s hostel. Volunteers can help in refurbishing existing buildings in the children’s hostel, improving health facilities both at the school and in homes, teaching Basic English, drawing, drama, conducting games etc.
At St. Anthony School you are typically greeted with big hugs, toothless smiles and children curious to touch and get your attention. Through Vision 2040 Resource Centre caring for a child with a disability you can make a lasting difference in these young lives. You can care for children in many ways. Often no special skills are required, as volunteers are needed to spend time playing, reading, exercising and share time with the children. Since the host project is short-staffed and the volunteers’ attention gives the children the extra love they need.
The need is expansive and long-term, so your opportunity to make a significant difference through service is likewise immeasurable. You can help expand and maintain residential training and daycare facilities or help host staff conduct recreational activities, teach classes and serve meals.
If you have first-hand experience working with children with disabilities, professionally or personally, your expertise can be especially useful in this project. You can also provide direct services to deaf, visual, physical or mentally challenged children. No matter what your age, background, gender or ability, you can be a valuable resource to demonstrate the universal language of love, compassion and make a difference to the children’s’ lives!
Placement duration is a minimum of 4 weeks. The sky is the limit
Placement Location: Kamwenge Uganda
Placement Booking Fee: USD$ 100 (Paid Upon acceptance in the Program)
Airport Pickup and transport to the location: USD$75
Placement Fee: USD$350 per month (Covering 3 meals a day, Accommodation, Water and Ground Support)