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Special Needs Teaching

Teach special needs kids with IVI in Kenya for a truly rewarding experience. Help and assist local teachers in a rural school for children with special needs and contribute to their confidence, knowledge and social interaction. You will be working with kids from different age groups and different levels of ability, teaching and engaging in fun and educational activities.


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Program Description

You will be volunteering in Gatanga village, in schools with children in special needs classes. Bring along your energy, enthusiasm, effort and skills to assist the local teachers and help to educate these students and increase their confidence.

You will have the chance to engage with children of different ages and levels of ability, who will touch your heart with their genuine kindness and big smiles! This is a truly rewarding and unforgettable experience.

As the school’s resources are limited, please feel free to bring anything you like that can enhance the children’s learning experience. This will be much appreciated by the grateful teachers and staff.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

  • Ensure a fun and engaging learning experience for children with special needs
  • Assist local teachers and help to meet the educational needs of students
  • Interact with the children to expand their social interaction skills and confidence


Monday to Friday

The school is open from 8am to 3pm and you will be volunteering for around 4-6 hours each day. You will be placed in classes that are according to your skills and knowledge. You will be preparing daily lesson plans, interacting with and engaging the children in various activities and assisting teachers with educational methods to improve the quality of education. You can bring along your creative side, and think of fun, educational games to play with the children.

Additional Equipment


  • Casual but conservative dress is required. Please note that no see-through clothing, bare shoulders, low cut tops or shorts/skirts/dresses above the knee are permitted.


  • Clothing/ Books/ Toys you may want to donate to the community
  • Teaching resources or materials (stationary, writing books, paper, picture cards, etc)
  • Balls, games or other fun things for the kids to enjoy
  • Posters, pictures, music tapes and so on can really brighten up lessons


Gatanga Village will be your new home and allows an incredible opportunity to experience an authentic, rural Kenya. Close by is the industrial town of Thika, where you will be able to find any supplies you need. Nairobi is just over an hour away by car so can easily be visited for weekend nights out and sightseeing. You can also explore many of the natural areas nearby Gatanga, for example, Fourteen Falls, a set of powerful waterfalls.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation

Your accommodation will be at our volunteer house in Gatanga Village.  All volunteers are asked to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint, particularly water, paper and electricity. There are occasional power and water cuts during the day (this will just add to your experience of living like a local!). The accommodation is very simple but comfortable and with all of the necessities you will need while here.

You will have all meals provided and rooms cleaned on the weekends. You will be expected to clean up after yourself and play your role in keeping the accommodation neat and tidy. The volunteer house is not far from the local Police station and a short walk to markets and shops. Please be aware that smoking is not accepted in public areas or even within the sight of local children and officials. Please refrain from smoking in these public places. The local dress is quite conservative. Small shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops are not considered appropriate to wear in the village. Women in particular should cover shoulders and knees.

*Please be advised that in the event of an excess number of volunteers, we may use other accommodation houses in the area that will meet a similar standard to the main accommodation.

Available Room Types

Standard Room
All meals included Yes *
Free beverages Yes **
Persons per room 2-4
Wifi in public areas Yes
Laundry facilities Yes ***
Safety box No
Lockable rooms Yes
Hot shower Yes
Private bathroom No
Bed linen Yes
Towels No

*   3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
**  Drinking Water is provided
*** Limited – expect to hand wash or pay for launder services

Food Arrangements

Your daily meals will consist of mainly Kenyan cuisine, which will be of vegetables, potatoes, eggs, bread, pancakes (commonly known as “chapati”) and fruits such as oranges, bananas and avocados.


Thika town is located a 30-minute drive away from the volunteer house and is packed with supermarkets, shops, ATMs, local markets and good restaurants. You have a choice of local transport available in Thika, such as bicycle and motorbike taxis, van taxis and buses. The local minibuses called “matatus” are very tightly packed but a great way to experience local culture. They can be found near the local market during the day and can drop you off in Thika town. The bus station in Thika is the base for many tour companies, departing on tours and day trips to various parts of Kenya.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On your first Monday in Gatanga, you will join our orientation day. This is an important day to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs. Your program will continue like usual from Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week.


  • Introduction meeting, General/ house rules, Setting Expectations, Advice on Health and Safety and handling of documents.
  • Kenyan Do’s and Don’ts, Introduction to Kenyan culture & history and Swahili Language Lessons.
  • You will be shown around the house, local area and where you can find nearby shops. This is where you can buy a local SIM card if required.
  • Lunch
  • Tour to a Coffee Factory
  • Hike to a local Waterfall

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the project.

Sights & Surroundings

During your free time, there are many places to explore in the surrounding areas. For example, you can visit the Fourteen Falls in Thika, go trekking up to Mount Kenya (a stunning snow-capped peak), visit the gorgeous Mombasa beach or head out on a weekend of sightseeing in Nakuru or Nairobi and explore the national parks.

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