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Volunteer to Travel with Us

Nothing Beats First-Hand Experience

Once you see HOPE flood someone's face, you'll know.

Come to work alongside and mentor local teams, lighten the load, and encourage the families of those with disabilities.

The Big Picture

Our goal is to demonstrate God's love by bringing people with disabilities from isolation to true hope. We do this by enabling long-term, appropriate assistive technology services through faith-based hospitals. Several have committed to developing a wheelchair provision program. They have asked that we bring a team annually to facilitate and encourage excellence. The trip will be arranged by the Assistive Technology Catalyst Project Those interested in coming on repeated trips over a period of several years are especially valued. Repeat participation allows for relationship building and much more. You become familiar with the culture and able to work with collaborate with the local team much more effectively. Lasting friendships are built. All work on site will be done in close collaboration with the mission hospital therapy team.

Where and When

Plans were in place for three trips: to work with CEML Hospital in Angola, Soddo Hospital in Ethiopia and BethanyKids in Kenya. Because of the pandemic, dates are uncertain, though trips are tentatively planned for May and June 2021, and perhaps October 2021. Volunteers may come from one to three weeks depending on their schedules, priorities and skill sets. Please contact Karen at karen.rispin@ideasworld.org to discuss dates that may work for you.

Preparation

Get ready to serve and have a lovely time with those who are making a difference to kids with disabilities. Before you go, there will be some reading material to go through. You'll interact directly with team leaders, and you ll want to make sure you have funds in place (see costs below).

Housing

Apply to travel with usTeam members will stay in local housing arranged by the organization we will be mentoring.

Safety and security

The locations have not had a history of security difficulties. We will be with local people who know the regions well and are committed to staying out of risky situations.

Qualifications

We are seeking those with experience working with children with disabilities and/or with assistive technology. This includes physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation engineers and physiatrists. A willingness and capability to teach seminars is valued. Experience in providing wheelchairs to those with complex seating needs is also valued. Volunteers should be in good health, willing to work well in a team, and should be flexible enough to live and work cheerfully in a different cultural environment.

Work alongside Kenyan teams to help children with disabilitiesWe are also seeking volunteers who are willing and able to spend time with children with disabilities and their families while they wait for wheelchair and assistive technology services. Those who could help with a daily program for the children and their families are needed.

Cost

For each adult or teen, the in-country cost is $600 USD per week, to be paid two months before the trip.

Expenses not included in the in-country travel costs include airfare, Immunizations recommended by travel immunization guidelines, travel insurance, visa costs (purchased online before travel or in the airport upon arrival) and spending money.

Please consider raising additional funds to help cover some of the costs for wheelchairs and care for children with disabilities. The average wage for many people is less than $80 USD per month. The cost of a wheelchair, shipping, modifications, and the work of the Kenyan clinicians is about $600 USD. In addition, many the families need to travel to our location and stay several nights.

Traveling with us and being part of what we do can be a life-changing experience for you too!

If you'd like to volunteer to travel with us, we'd love to talk with you and discuss the possibilities.

Apply now to travel with us. 

Questions? Please contact us.