Empower children with special needs, with knowledge, skills and health care - Mtwapa, Kenya



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    Hey, if you want to experience something different, and make a difference please speak to me :)
    We are based in the outskirts of Mombasa, town called Mtwapa. Its worth the visit ..... it will open your eyes.... lol.
    You will have descent accommodations and quality local food but there is a catch ....we require you to make the special children smile.
    This is the largest disable school in Africa with over 800 kids and we want to bring long term positive changes to the school and society.
    We looking for anyone that has integrity and any skills to come join the positive army and at the end of the day you can chill in the pool.
    So how does that sound!

    From its humble beginnings 12 years ago as a classroom conducted under a tree, the Special School has evolved to become part of a Centre of Excellence in Mtwapa.

    The school consists of a primary school department, a secondary school department as well as a department for vocational training where our students have the opportunity to explore their skills in the fields of arts & craft, tailoring, agriculture amongst others.

    Arguably one of the largest special needs school in Africa, the school is a complex that is also home to dispensaries, book stores and treatment rooms where our students have the benefits of receiving various treatments from our team of specialists including a doctor, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech & language therapists to name but a few.

    The school is now home to over 800 students with various forms of mental and physical disabilities, not only from all over Kenya, but also from as far away as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and also Southern Sudan.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Help with Eco project
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Besides the obvious sharing of knowledge and the opportunity to explore and utilize your skills, our volunteers will also be able to take pride in being part of the team at, arguably, the largest disabled school in Africa.

    The opportunity to experience the gratitude expressed by the children .... Priceless !!!!!

    We are flexible and will work with you to tailor make a role fit for you. Not only so that we can benefit from your time with us and from the skills you have to offer, but also so that you enjoy your time with us and gain from it too.

  • Help


    Given that the children are challenged learners, we try to use different techniques to make learning more practical and fun for the children. Most learning in the classes is done through watching and imitating movements, touching/feeling objects, singing and dancing and drawing.

    Our aim is to empower our students with knowledge and skills for the betterment of their lives. We also consider the health and wellbeing of our children to be important. Therefore, besides teaching, we also look forward to welcoming enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who can help out with all different kinds of activities that can help with the development of our children including:
    Occupational Therapy,
    and any forms of Alternative Therapies.
    Music & Singing,
    Arts & Crafts,
    Physical education

    Want to spend some time away and enrich your life by being part of a project that gives you personal satisfaction in plenty ???
    Think you can make a contribution towards the betterment and empowerment of our students ?
    Then we need you !!
    Come over and we can share experiences, skills, knowledge and also most importantly happiness and fulfilment !!!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Kiswahili

  • Accommodation


    We can arrange self catered accommodation in close proximity to the school. A fully equipped house with all amenities such as kitchen, bathroom, common area and bedrooms is available. This can be shared with other volunteers.

    Volunteers can cater for themselves. There are a number of food outlets not too far from our suggested accommodation.

    Alternatively, accommodation in a guest house nearby can be arranged.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Located in Mtwapa, volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy life living close to the sea whilst also embracing the warm and welcoming Kenyan culture.
    With Mombasa Town also within an hours drive from Mtwapa, our volunteers can explore the sites and enjoy a variety of cuisines at the various restaurants in the town.
    Interested in game drives, spotting the Big 5 in Africa ? Well, Tsavo National Park, one of the largest in Kenya is not too far away either!

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-4 a day, 5 days a week

Helping out with a Hydrotherapy session
Having fun, Sensory Development and therapies whilst on a day out to the beach
Mrs Bhalla having an alternative therapy session with a student
A breath of fresh air is a great thing to take and even better thing to BE !!!!! A teacher uses her creativity and moves a teaching session outdoors
Yoga session with Madam Areefa
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