Special School for Mentally Handicapped Aged 5-19 Years Old


Kenya: Rural


Located in central Kenya, it's in a beautiful location only 3 hours drive from Nairobi. Lush topical valleys, tea and coffee plantations, waterfalls and rivers make this an idyllic ( and always overlooked) location to volunteer. The school is in a rural location but next door to a busy school serving the children of the surrounding valleys. The weather in this region can rain and is often cool at night but is often blistering hot during the day when the sun shines.

This institute was started by an Italian priest called Padre Antonio Ceianellic after he saw a need in the community for a school for the mentally challenged. The community was lacking such an institution and the ones available were not effective as they were far off. The school houses 51 children with all kinds of mental handicapped from cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy to dyslexia. disability being a severe ammonic state in a person attributed to mental and physical impairment or in most cases a combination of both, as a results the institution main priority is to teach this children basic activities to lead their lives as normal as possible and physic-therapy to strengthen their limbs as some are very weak.


This school is an ideal placement for those looking for places to initiate projects that would strike a positive and immediate effect to a needy person's life for long period of time. It's a great opportunity to have an impact on children who really have no hope.

One must be prepared to face hash realities of life, with regard to the levels of need and sufferings. In return the children will give you a rewarding and memorable time you will never forget. The area is safe and simply stunning and our host family accommodation is better than any volunteer company can offer. For those willing to be flexible and who really want to make a difference but value your own comforts, this is for you.

The school is situated 30 minutes away from Nyeri town, where it is possible to find all things modern from Internet to pubs and five star safari clubs. This part of the country has a beautiful topography that is well covered by tall and green trees that gives a perfect setting for bird watching, or evening walks. For the adventurous, Mt Kenya is only an hour away, thus an attempt to climb to any of its three peaks would be a fulfilling move. Besides that, most of us would visit Meru reserve that is famous for Joy and George Adamson's hand rearing and releasing of animals. The famous lioness 'Elsa', whom most of us know from the film 'Born Free' The area is rain forested so game spotting is hard and an easier alternative is Aberdare a few hours away, or Samburu where you are likely to spot the elusive Leopard.

Program Duration

2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks


Academic Year

Typical Duration of Program

2-4 weeks


all year


Volunteers with skills or backgrounds handling such children of these types of needs. Regular teachers or trainee teachers are also welcome to participate in class. Other volunteers who are willing to help in the other domestic side of this school are also welcome. If you feel you have any skills or experience that would be relevant we would most like to here from you.

Intern Types

  • Education
  • Physical Therapy


  • English

Cost in US$:

Please contact us for more information.

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support

Program Fees Include:

We can arrange superior accommodation in a luxury house for up to 4 volunteers at a time. You will have en-suite rooms, quality food, private cook and private transport each day to the medical clinic. See pictures below right. The compound has its own gardeners and 24hour security. Volunteers can relax by a lit fire at night before dinner or sit on the patio looking over miles of stunning valleys. Private transport is provided each day for the volunteers. The owner of the host house is a patron of this facility.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Agriculture
  • Aids
  • Childcare/children
  • Gardening
  • Handicapped
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Literacy
  • Music
  • Teaching

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves

  • Resume

Typically The Application Process Time is

1-3 weeks