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Inclusive education for Deaf children and youth in Kenya

International Citizens Service charity (ICS) are looking for a team of Deaf volunteers to support Deaf children and young people in Nandi.

Deaf Children in Kenya face a lot of challenges. They’re often excluded from education and employment opportunities, and in extreme cases, families hide away their Deaf children.

Most hearing people in Kenya have little interaction with Deaf people, meaning they have little deaf awareness.

As a volunteer working with a local Deaf school, you’ll break down barriers by:  

  • Integrating pupils into the community
  • Supporting Deaf children and their families to learn Kenyan Sign Language (KSL)
  • Becoming a Deaf role model in the wider community
A volunteer working with a child to improve reading skills
A volunteer working with a child to improve reading skills

What you need to know

This programme is designed for Deaf volunteers.
The team will be made up of 10 volunteers and 1 Team Leader
You don’t need any special skills to volunteer, but you must be: 

  • Fluent in British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Aged between 18-25 for the volunteer role
  • Aged 23-35 for the Team Leader role 
  • An EU Citizen
  • Motivated to help others
  • Committed to fundraising and supporting your community when you return
  • Available from June to September 2019 (three months) 

You don't have to pay anything to be a volunteer, but you do need to fundraise. 

You will receive support with your fundraising from the ICS team.

Before you go you will have training and support will be provided throughout the programme, with input from returned Deaf volunteers and VSO ICS staff with BSL interpreters.

You will also receive support with:

  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Medication
  • Vaccines
  • Food and accommodation
  • A small allowance during your placement

If you have need additional support or adjustments, ICS is an inclusive programme and we’ll do our best to ensure that your placement is as productive and enjoyable as possible. 

It’s important that you’re open and honest in your application about any support you may need.

two children play in Nandi, Kenya

How to apply?

There are two ways to apply:

1. Fill in the online form

Please make sure you include BDP NANDI in the 'Motivations' question at the end of Section Four. If you prefer you can send us a video answer in section four, just add the link into this section.

2. Download the Word document application form

There is a BSL translation of this form below.

Once you have completed this form, please save as an attachment and email to Or you can post this form back to:

ICS Applications,100 London Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 6QJ

Application form in BSL

Notes for Team Leader applicants

Team leaders will support and manage a team of volunteers from the UK and Kenya during their placement.

Team leaders must be aged 23-35.

To apply as a team leader, please use the same application methods as above and select the ‘team leader’ option.

When applying as a team leader please also provide examples of how you have supported or led a group of young people.  

  • Applications for Team Leaders close on Thursday 7th February 2019
  • Applications for Volunteers close on Thursday 14th February 2019

What next?

If you are selected, you will be invited to an assessment day by e-mail. This will be held in London at the end of February, beginning of March. 

We can reimburse the cost of your travel to and from London and we can also provide accommodation if you live far from London.

The assessment day is casual and will be a mixture of group activities and interviews. There will be interpreters throughout the day. More information about working with interpreters will be sent to you before the assessment day.

After you have attended the Assessment Day, we will be in touch by e-mail to let you know if you have been selected.

If you are successful, you will spend 3 months preparing for your placement. This will include fundraising, preparing visa documents, getting your vaccinations and it will also involve a residential training that will last about 4 days.

You will be supported by a member of staff throughout your whole time being a volunteer.

For additional support with your application email the team

We hope to see you soon!

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ICS is funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which projects the UK as a force for good in the world, including reducing poverty and tackling global challenges.

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