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Children with Disabilities Project – Additional Information

Children with Disabilities Additional Info

Our Bali volunteers assist in working with children who have disabilities. The home has 37 children in total, 26 are deaf and 11 have severe learning disabilities. Their disabilities come from a range of different reasons. Most of the children were born with their disability. Most of the children have families. However, these families are far from the school that they attend – which is a school for children with disabilities. This school is located outside of Ubud city and in the same compound as the space where these children eat, sleep and spend their time, outside of school. Can a volunteer assist in the school during their project too? Sure, but this would make for a very long, hard day, and we don’t suggest it.

The Project Daily Schedule

When school is in session volunteers will depart for the orphanage around 1:00pm, Monday to Friday. The kids start arriving back from school shortly thereafter (depending on the child’s age). Upon the arrival of the children back to the orphanage, volunteers will spend time with the children, help cook, help clean, try to engage them in different activities – sports, games, arts and crafts, help them with their homework, etc. Volunteers will eat dinner with the children and help clean up. Normally, the volunteers will begin their trip back to town at around 7:30pm. This is the general schedule for Mondays – Fridays. Saturdays, the kids are off from school and volunteers will spend the entire day with the children.

Schools in Bali are out for break, from mid-June and the first half of July and most of December, volunteers go to the home during the middle of the day.

Volunteer Role

Volunteers are asked to help out with whatever they are able to, during their project at the home. The main responsibilities that volunteers normally assist with are: Teaching informal English to the children Cleaning Cooking Help with homework Help with daily chores Conduct fun activities with the kids Play games Give attention and love

Volunteer Transportation

Airport pick up, the organized tour of Ubud, and the transportation to and from the cultural event are covered in the project fee. Friends for Asia staff sends volunteers to seek medical assistance in non-emergency situations. Obviously, in the case of an emergency a proper ambulance would be utilized. A volunteer will have to cover the cost of their own transportation if they make multiple appointments to see a doctor or dentist. Transportation to/from the project site may cost as much as $3 per day.

Special Volunteer Activities

The children do not normally receive opportunities to visit fun and interesting places around Bali. Therefore it is looked upon highly to take some (not all) of the children to a trip outside of the home, if possible. Friends for Asia can assist with the logistics of the trip, along with advice as to what may and may not be suitable.

Volunteers can also arrange for special, fun activities to be conducted there at the Children’s Home for all of the children. Different things that may work well are cultural activities or celebrating holidays and customs from abroad.

Please understand, however, that there is no budget for these special activities, so if a volunteer, or a group, would like to conduct a special activity, the costs of the activity or event, will be on that volunteer.

Volunteer (and the children’s) Health

It is important that volunteers follow universal health rules when working with children at the children’s home. There are so many of these rules that I’m not going to write them all here. For volunteers with little experience in working with children, it is advised to speak with professional day care workers, or individuals who have spent a lot of time around small children for different tips and advice regarding health and safety.

Not only is it important that the volunteers keep in mind the importance of staying healthy, it is also important to keep in mind the health and safety of the children. For this reason, we ask that volunteers do not participate in the project if/when they are sick with communicable colds or other diseases.

Volunteer Appearances and Code of Conduct

Dress code at the Children’s Home Project is casual. However, it’s not considered appropriate to wear clothes that are too revealing around children. Our volunteers are required to wear long pants, capris, or long shorts that come to their knee. Volunteers are also required to wear shirts that are not revealing, covering their shoulders and chests. T-shirts, jeans and other casual clothes should be fine. Volunteers will also be asked to take out any piercings and cover any exposed tattoos. Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited at the project site. During the entire four hours that volunteers are at the children’s home, they are requested to refrain from smoking (even off premises).

As always, it’s important to keep in mind that this is Bali. Please remain flexible and patient. Things often change last minute. Unlike some of our other projects, this one has a lot less structure. The structure here is to be built by the volunteer themselves and the abilities that they bring to the project. If you want to teach English – do it! If you want to play a game with the kids – do it! If you want to help with cooking – do it! Don’t wait for the Children’s Home staff or kids to come to you and ask you to do things. These are things that you’re going to initiate on your own.

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