Closing Date: 06 October 2020

Location: Kiribati

Category: Healthcare & Medical

The Organisation
Established in 1991, the Kiribati School and Centre for Children with Special Needs (KSCCSN) is the main champion for children with disabilities in Kiribati, and  the only school in the country which caters specifically for children with special needs. The school consists of two buildings for classroom and vocational activities in a safe and secure compound and caters for approximately 102 children from pre-school age.  As a Non-Governmental Organisation, the school relies on grants and donations from external agencies and external contribution. 

The Assignment
In this assignment you will work alongside local staff to improve the outcomes for children living with special needs in Kiribati.  Responsibilities will include:
  • Developing a culturally adapted curriculum for staff to deliver physiotherapy to children with special needs;
  • Supporting the delivery of therapeutic physiotherapy to students of the school with special needs; and
  • Developing a training manual to support professional development and best practice for Physiotherapy in Kiribati
We are looking for a volunteer with:
  • Physiotherapy qualification and registration with NZSTA
  • Extensive experience working with children with Special Educational Needs
  • Knowledge of assessment and intervention approaches for children with complex needs
  • The ability to work closely with teachers, support staff and parents
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA’s response to COVID-19
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.