Working with special needs children is a rewarding experience and suited to volunteers with a caring and compassionate nature. As an IVHQ Special Needs Care volunteer, you'll have the choice of working in a variety of environments across 12 program locations around the world. Volunteer work varies by location but can include feeding, care, physical therapy, education, recreation and stimulation, as well as help with cleaning and maintaining facilities.
Discover below 5 of the 12 Special Needs Care projects currently available to IVHQ volunteers. You can find the rest of the options on IVHQ's Special Needs Care page.
- Cambodia: Volunteers assist in special needs classes which cater for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, deafness and blindness.
- China: Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project work in community centers alongside a small team of local staff, assisting children and adults with a range of physical and mental disabilities.
- Romania: Volunteers will be expected to assist in the planning of games and educational activities for children and adults in special needs centers, while also caring for them. For those with physical therapy training or experience, your tasks can include assisting with treatment, physiotherapy and rehabilitation for the children and adults.
- Spain: Volunteers work mostly alongside teenagers and adults with special needs to help refurbish bicycles prior to being donated and to also coordinate the clothing donations for distribution. The aim of the Special Needs Support project is to teach vocational skills to the individuals who take part, in order to assist with social integration and employment, while also contributing to wider society.
- Uganda: Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project in Uganda are placed in day schools for individuals with special needs, or in a special needs treatment center, handling both in and out-patients. Volunteers work as teacher aides, assisting with vocational training, providing care and playing games with individuals during their free time.