Volunteering at Al Noor School, Dubai, for children with special needs.
At Al Noor they greatly appreciates volunteers, who donate their time and skills to help. If you have time to spend with the students, share your talents (such as for music or art) or simply help them in their daily tasks, Al Noor would love to hear from you. Their ideal is to offer the children one on one care. Each volunteer at the centre brings them a step closer to that goal. Alternatively, if you would like to bring your skills to one of Al Noor's administrative departments, they would value your help.
Al Noor's Volunteer Interaction Programme is open to anyone over the age of 16. No specific qualifications are required – just commitment. All prospective volunteers must attend an orientation session at the centre. This includes a presentation to give information about the school, followed by a guided tour, where you will see our classrooms and other units in action and meet some of our staff and students. The orientation tours take place every other Monday during term time.
Al Noor's Student Interaction Programme brings students from mainstream educational institutions to Al Noor. Under their supervision, they get to know Al Noor's students, learn about their disabilities and how to help them overcome their difficulties. It is a great way of increasing awareness about the determined ones amongst young people.
Al Noor's unique curriculum, developed within the centre, is structured to improve students’ with special need's learning experience and help them towards greater independence in all walks of life. Their ‘life span approach’ gives each student a series of developmentally sequenced goals, which cover all areas of learning. Programme's for each student are continually reviewed and revised to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. Al Noor keeps abreast of technology upgrades and incorporates the latest approaches to intervention and skills training. The centre places great emphasis on the use of technology to maximise the potential of all their students. Their curriculum is aligned to the United Nations Conventions on Rights for Persons with Disabilities.
All children with disabilities need professional help to thrive and develop but fnancial restrictions mean that not all of them are able to get that support. At Al Noor, thy believe that all children, irrespective of their background and financial means, should be able to attend school and so Al Noor subsidises the fees of their students by paying a percentage for them. Other students are unable to pay even the subsidised fees and depend upon the Child Sponsorship scheme to cover the total cost of their training.
Al Noor relies on its Fundraising Team to organise sponsorship schemes and special events to raise the money they need to help these children and to cover operational costs for the centre.
Al Noor's Child Sponsorship scheme, a schedule of sponsored events throughout the year, and their ‘Smiles n Stuff’ gift shop, where they sell the quality goods made by students in their Vocational Training department, are just some of the ways Al Noor raises funds. Al Noor also rents our excellent facilities to different groups and clubs. The Al Noor Indoor Sports Auditorium (ANISA) is a popular venue for sports organisers.
Al Noor is always looking for individuals and companies to support and sponsor their initiatives.
Can I volunteer?
Anyone who is a legal resident of the UAE and it at least 16 years of age can volunteer.
How do I register to volunteer?
Please call us on 04-3404844 or email email@example.com and we will advise you how to proceed.
Do I need to attend an orientation briefing?
It’s mandatory for all volunteers who will be working directly with the children. We hold the briefings every other Monday at 10.30am. When you receive our volunteer documentation, Form 01 will give details of the dates.
What will the orientation briefing include?
You will see a short video presentation of the work we do at Al Noor and then you will be given a tour of the centre, which lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
Do you require any documentation?
We will ask you for a copy of your passport, a copy of your UAE visa and a No Objection Certificate from your sponsor.
How soon can I start as a volunteer?
You may start as soon as you have attended an orientation briefing, completed the Volunteer Interaction Programme (VIP) registration form and returned it to us.
What are the timings?
Timings vary according to the work you volunteer to do. If you work in the classrooms with the students, you can volunteer anytime between 8am – 1pm. Work in our Fundraising Department can take place anytime between 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. The school is open Sundays to Thursdays. You let us know when you are available and we will work out a programme to suit you.
To volunteer during weekend events, please email us to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where in the centre will I volunteer?
When you complete the Volunteer Interaction Programme Form 02, please let us know where in the centre you would prefer to work and what you would like to do. Depending on the needs of our different units, we will do our best to accommodate your wishes and, if we can’t, we’ll try to find another role you will enjoy.
What should I wear?
We advise you to wear cool and comfortable clothes. We recommend you don’t wear very loose clothing or large jewellery items as some of the children may be distracted by them.
Where do I report to when I arrive at Al Noor?
Please report to the reception each day. On the first day you will received an ID card and this should be worn at all times when you are in the centre.
Where to I put my belongings when I am volunteering?
You can take them with you into the classrooms so that you are able to look after them. All volunteers are responsible for their own belongings when they are at the centre.
Are meals provided during my volunteering hours?
We are unable to provide meals but there are 2 outlets within the school where you can buy food. Our Smiles n Stuff shop is open from 8am – 2pm and from 3pm – 6pm and sells coffee and cookies. We also have a tuck shop, open from 10am – 10.30am which sells limited snacks.
Does Al Noor provide transportation for volunteers?
We do have a bus service from Bur Dubai and Karama every day. We pick up our volunteers in the morning at 9am and drop them off at 11.30am. Our reception will provide you with more details. We regret we don’t have the resources to organise transportation for volunteers to and from other areas or at other times.
What should I do if there is a crisis or an emergency?
Please refer to an Evacuation Plan. These are placed around the centre for your information. If you are in a classroom, please follow the teacher’s evacuation instructions.
Are certificates or any other forms of recognition given to volunteers?
We ask you to complete a minimum of 40 volunteer hours before we issue you with a certificate. As a thank you, we invite all our volunteers to join us at an end of year party which takes place towards the end of the school year in June.