Special education teachers

Disabled children in many countries face discrimination. They’re excluded from family and community life. Inclusive education can change that, by transforming attitudes and supporting disabled people in exercising their rights.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll be a qualified teacher with at least two years’ experience of working with children who have special education needs (five years’ for short-term roles). In some placements it would be helpful to know braille or sign language.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be advising teachers in mainstream schools on how to identify, assess and include children with special needs. You’ll also train teachers in producing effective teaching materials. You could work in countries such as Guyana, Uganda or Tanzania.

  • Example role

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Sign Language trainer

You’ll be working with Women for Justice in Africa (WOJA) addressing violence against deaf women. WOJA aims to provide legal aid and support to deaf women. Traditionally they have been unable to communicate with service providers (police, medical personnel, etc) and WOJA will provide Sign Language interpretation on selected days at community legal aid centers. In addition WOJA provide education for deaf women through Sign Language and raise funds to advance the rights of deaf women.

Your role at WOJA is critical; as you’ll train staff in Sign Language in order to better integrate deaf women into the organisation’s activities. You’ll develop means of informing deaf women in the local communities, local government and other NGOs of WOJA’s work. The outcome of your placement will be an increase in the number of deaf women who are able to demand their rights from police, the legal or healthcare systems.

What you'll be doing

  • Training WOJA staff in Sign Language communication
  • Developing materials and methods of informing deaf women of WOJA’s activities and support
  • Networking with like-minded organisations to increase the opportunities for deaf women to become integrated into local communities at all levels.

What you'll need

You are an experienced Sign Language interpreter and you’ll have at least three years’ work experience with a development organisation. The job centres round training and developing the skills of others, so evidence of this in your professional life is essential.

You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable and comfortable with setting up and managing projects with little professional support. You’ll be willing to adapt to Kenyan Sign Language and training will be provided in this.

And the rest...

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and one of the largest cities in Africa, with a population of around three million. The high population is a result of rural-urban migration, as people search for employment. Nairobi is a very cosmopolitan city, diverse, stimulating and ranging from the highest income earners in the country to some of the poorest. Kenya is an ethnically diverse country, with 50 different tribes, all with different cultures and customs.

We'll ask you to commit to 12 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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