Special Needs Children

Bahir Dar - Ethiopia

Only 360€ per week!

During the introduction period, you would choose the type of special needs that you are comfortable with, according to your ability. The children are separated into groups as the mode of teaching them would differ. They have various deaf and dumb levels and some have autism. Different approaches and methodologies in which they can be taught are used in teaching these children. A register is maintained to log the progress of each child so that there is a smooth handover to the next participant.

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Program Description

Special needs students need one on one attention and a couple of teachers doing this would not be able to effectively focus on every child’s needs. Thus, you will work along with the staff and help their learning to be more effective by spending time with one or two children only. There are board games that you can play with them to increase their cognizant capabilities. The equally important objective, that is imperative, is to nurture a spirit of fun whilst learning. Activities outside the class have to be inculcated through some physical exercise and joint participation. Each child has to partake in the activities, however challenging it may seem. You would also maintain a register to log in the time spent with each and every child.

Aims & Objectives

Participants will focus on one or two children and work with them in helping with their cognitive and perceptive abilities. There are different kinds of special needs assistance and with each, there will be inherent changes. It is important to bring in a positive attitude with a lot of encouragement, enabling positive outcomes, that will be apparent in the long run.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Plan for their lessons and conduct their learning sessions. Bring in new ideas to make their learning fun and interesting at the same time. Inculcate in the children a thirst for knowledge. Include outdoor games in their schedule so that they are physically fit also.

You will participate in slots from 9 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age: 65

Minimum English level: Advanced

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for all participants arriving in Ethiopia.
  • Due to the active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.

Additional Equipment

There is no specific additional equipment.

Location

Bahir Dar is a bustling city with palm tree and flower lined roads and is located in the Amhara region where Amharic is widely spoken. Lake Tana, a World Heritage Biosphere Reserve and the Blue Nile Falls are located nearby.

Daily flights connect Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa. Bus services from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar entail a very comfortable bus journey of 10 hours rewarded with scenic views along the way.

Your accommodation is on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, about 3 to 4 kilometers from the projects, and is part of a gated community. The house overlooks Lake Tana and the Abyssinian Highlands.

About the Accommodation

Your center is located in the outskirts of the town, where you will be staying in a comfortable dorm-style accommodation for the duration of the project. The house is fully furnished, with laundry and store rooms. The center has a well-equipped kitchen. And there is also a cozy living room where you can hang out with the fellow participants and spend time.

Food Arrangements

Your meals will be mainly Ethiopian dishes. Vegetarian dishes will be available most of the days and non-vegetarian twice a week.

Facilities

Facilities include first aid equipment as well as coordinator support. Supermarkets, cafes, shops, ATMs are available nearby.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Your program will take place from Monday to Friday and weekends will be free for you to explore the city on your own. The places of interest and activities which you can visit during your free time include natural sites, town centers, museums, walking tours and many more. Some of the interesting sites are as follows;

  • Blue Nile Falls
  • The historic city of Gondar
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • Tana Kirkos

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Population: 102 million

Capital: Addis Ababa

Language: Amharic, English

Currency: Birr (ETB)

Time zone: CST (UTC +3)

Country Information

A country with a unique cultural heritage, the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church – one of the oldest Christian denominations – and a monarchy that ended only quite recently. Dating to prehistoric times and also having Biblical references, Ethiopia has a rich and varied history. Ethiopians pride themselves of never being colonized except for a five year period during Mussolini's occupation. Coupled with its beautiful highlands and desert it is a traveler’s delight. Addis Ababa the largest city and capital is like any other city with all its modern trappings. Culture, cuisine, wildlife, welcoming hospitality, these and many other experiences await you in this ancient and modern land. As Ethiopians like to say, "Come and enjoy, 13 months of sunshine!"

Climate

Predominantly of a tropical monsoon weather, but due to the Ethiopian Highlands which cover most of the country, Ethiopia experiences a climate which is generally considerably cooler than other regions at similar proximity to the Equator. Most of the country's major cities are located at elevations of around 6,500 to 8,000 feet above sea level.

Most major cities and tourist sites in Ethiopia lie at a similar elevation to Addis Ababa and have a comparable climate. In less elevated regions, particularly the lower lying Ethiopian xeric grasslands and shrublands in the east of the country, the climate can be significantly hotter and drier. Dallol, in the Danakil Depression in this eastern zone, has the world's highest average annual temperature of 34 °C (93.2 °F).

Culture

From Music and Dance to Attire and Customs, Ethiopia is unique in its own way. The blend of traditional and modern can be seen in its architecture to the way its people dress up and conduct their day to day lives. Steeped in religious roots its culture is as vibrant as any other modern countries’ but its traditions are always visible, never having been hidden or forgotten. The Ethiopian calendar is one of the most unique in the world today that is still being followed. It has 13 months, with 12 months of 30 days each. The last month has 5 days in a common year and 6 days during a leap year.

Gastronomy

Various vegetable and meat side dishes and entrees are the main of staples of Ethiopian cuisine, often prepared as a "Wat" or thick stew. One or more servings of wat are placed upon a piece of Injera, a large sourdough flatbread, which is about 20 inches in diameter and made out of fermented Teff flour. Injera is used, always with the right hand, to scoop up the entrees and side dishes. Pork or seafood, aside from fish, is not used, as most Ethiopians have historically adhered to Islam, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, or Judaism, all of which prohibit the consumption of pork. Orthodox Christians observe numerous fasts, such as Lent, during which food is prepared without any meat or dairy products. Another dish served in Ethiopia is Doro Wat, which is a chicken stew with hard boiled eggs.

Transportation

Air

Air transport is easy and swift in Ethiopia with their national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines which operates across around 30 domestic cities and towns across the country.

Rail

The National Railway Network of Ethiopia owned by the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), which is mostly in planning and construction stage and currently consists of four electrified standard gauge railway lines: the Addis Ababa Light Rail, the Addis Ababa–Djibouti Railway, both of which are operational. The Awash–Weldiya Railway and the Weldiya–Mekelle Railway are under construction.

Road

With around 100,000 kilometers of asphalted roads, Ethiopia is well connected. All of Ethiopia’s cities are served by public transport, including trains and buses. Taxis charge according to the meter.

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