Volunteer with ICS on D/deaf Programme in Nandi, Kenya – June 2019

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 18-25 year olds. ICS gives you the chance to work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, to make a meaningful contribution to fighting poverty, and to gain valuable skills that will stay with you long after your placement is complete.

ICS are currently recruiting volunteers to take part in an Inclusive Education and Advocacy Programme, to support the integration and empowerment of D/deaf Children and Youth, in Nandi, Kenya. A national survey carried out by VSO Kenya on Community Empowerment for Deaf Children Initiative (CEDI) revealed that children and youth were greatly discriminated against both in and out of the workforce and day to day life in their communities.

Due to a lack of understanding, large parts of the community socially exclude people who are D/deaf because of a lack of education, awareness and integration. The Nandi ICS programme in Nandi will promote the inclusion and integration of D/deaf children and youth by influencing government and stakeholders to create polices and forums where D/deaf people can equally participate and engage both in the community and within the workforce

As a D/deaf volunteer you will be volunteering alongside other D/deaf volunteers from Kenya where you will:

  • Support the long term strategic work of VSO Kenya on deafness as part of the VSO Kenya
    Deaf-Child Worldwide 3 year project
  • Be based in Nandi, rural Kenya, working with the local deaf school. VSO Kenya are aiming to better integrate the deaf school into the community, which most of the local people have very limited interaction with.
  • As a volunteer you will help to increase the use of Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) and support the integration of children into the community
  • The ICS programme provides the community with deaf role models, which is important for building understanding in the wider community

About ICS
International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 18-25 year olds, backed by the UK government.

ICS is demanding but hugely rewarding – both in its own right and as a stepping stone to future job opportunities and to help you play a part in making your world a better place.

ICS is led by VSO in partnership with a hand-picked group of respected development organisations. They each offer structured support and training to help and guide you – before, during and after your overseas placement.

All UK-based 18 to 25-year-olds are welcome to apply, regardless of background, qualifications, disability and work history. So if you’re up for a challenge and willing to work hard, find out if you can take part.

ICS will cover all of your costs including travel to selection days and training, transport to and from the airport, flights, visa’s, insurance, vaccinations and anti-malarials, DBS and medical clearance as well as all overseas costs.

Application Criteria

Aged between 18-25 for a volunteer role
Aged 23-35 for a Team Leader role
Must be a EU Citizen
Motivated to help others
Committed to Fundraising and Action at Home
Proficient use of British Sign Language
Available to go overseas in June 2019 for 12 weeks

How do you apply?

Via the ICS website online application form here
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, just add the link into this section. This way we will make sure that your application will be processed correctly to be included in this programme

BSL Translations of the online form are available, please contact applications@volunteerics.org, if you would prefer to use this method to apply. Please include please BDP NANDI in the subject line to ensure that your email is processed correctly.

For the Team Leader application — Section Seven, you can write down your skills and experiences in English or record yourself and upload this video onto YouTube or Vimeo then add the link onto the online form.

The deadline for this application is Thursday 31st January 2019