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Volunteer to Travel with Us

Submitted by adminhammo on Fri, 01/04/2019 - 22:03

Nothing Beats First-Hand Experience

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

Come to work alongside and mentor Kenya 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. BethanyKids in Kenya has 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 in partnership with Bethany Kids. 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. All work on site will be done in close collaboration with the BethanyKids therapy team.

Where

We will be in Kenya, at Kijabe and at the Joytown school for students with disabilities in Thika.

When

This opportunity will be annual, during the last half of April and first half of May. Volunteers may come from one to three weeks depending on their schedules, priorities and skill sets. If another date works better for you, please contact Karen at karen.rispin@ideasworld.org as there may be opportunities for other dates.

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 BethanyKids.

Safety and security

The locations where we will be in Kenya have not had a history of security difficulties. Our drivers know Kenya very well and are committed to staying out of risky situations.

Qualifications

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 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. 

We 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.

For each adult or teen, the in-country cost is $600 USD per week, to be paid to BethanyKids 2 months before the trip. 

Expenses not included in the in-country travel costs include airfare, Immunizations recommended for Kenya by your country’s 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 in Kenya 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.

Please submit funds to BethanyKids using this website: www.bethanykids.org/give. Select the country for which you will be providing the costs, and in the designation line, indicate that the funds are for your costs to participate in the Assistive Technology Catalyst trip and the correct trip dates.

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.