Monthly Archive July 2017

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Peter Campbell, from U.K., brought 20 football kits

Peter Campbell, from U.K., brought 20 football kits to promote a tournament at his sports project.
Thank you very much Peter!!

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Football Coaching Volunteering Abroad

Football coaching is great opportunity for volunteers to motivate young boys (and sometimes, girls). As a volunteer, you will help them creating team spirit, developing discipline and creativity. A basic quality of football is its simplicity: in many coutries in the world you can see children kicking the ball. Therefore, the project can easily be implemented in many countries: Argentina, Brazil, Uganda, Tanzania and more.

Football Coaching: A Dream of Equal Chances for Erveryone Becoming True

In Brazil, for some children from a favela a dream becam true, when they finally made part of the national team. It is the dream of social mobility, that boys born in a Rio favela once can compete on a world cup. On the football field, erverybody has equal chances to win.

With the words of Afonso from London, a football coaching volunteer in Brazil:

Football Coahcing - Sports Develpment Programme in Rio

Alfonso Sports Develpment Programme in Rio

My favourite memories are the smiles on people’s faces when I bought football equipment and stationary with money raised by friends and work colleagues. I was able to raise £530 in two weeks and would highly recommend raising some money through a donation website, so you can go the extra mile with supporting the locals. – Afonso, Kingsto University, London

Reveal Hidden Qualities, Unite a Team – Volunteering Can be Good Fun

Football is an excellent way to reveal the hidden talents of the young boys, unite them in a team, and creating motivation. Find below some examples, of how the volunteers are hepling to coach the team of students at school.

Football Coaching in Brazil, Argentina, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda…

Ephrat bought new training jackets

Ephrat from Ethiopia bought training jackets and a new ball for the football school

Ephrat Fisseha, from Ethiopia, bought training jackets and a new ball for the football school at her Child Development project ...
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Football Coaching in Ghana

Volunteer with Football Coaching in Ghana

Go for a very special volunteer trip and volunteer with football coaching in Ghana. These boys  in Ghana kicking football ...
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Peter Campbell, from U.K., brought 20 football kits

Peter Campbell, from U.K., brought 20 football kits to promote a tournament at his sports project. Thank you very much ...
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Sports Coaching in Uganda

Volunteer on Sports Coaching in Uganda

Volunteer in Uganda in our football coaching. Sports have the powerful ability to draw people together, even beyond international borders, ...
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Buenos Aires Sports Program

Buenos Aires: No better way to start your travels

As an 18 year old exploring the continent for the first time this was a great way to acclimatise to ...
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Women Empowerment in India

Volunteer with Women Empowerment in India with IKPVA providing sustainable development opportunities to girls and women.

In this project you will be placed in one of the local NGOs operating in the urban, semi-urban & rural areas of Jaipur. There, you will be working as avolunteer in the fields of awareness, counseling and empowerment of females.

Sustainable Development Perspectives for Women

All the projects provide sustainable development opportunities to girls and women – mothers, grandmothers and daughters – through education and motivation. There are regular rallies and marches to help raise awareness among women about their rights & justice. Seminars are organized to raise voices against domestic violence, eve-teasing (cat-calling) & harassment. Counseling surveys can be done to serve the purpose of the programs. There are regular classes to educate these women to make them self-independent. In India most of the women bear violence and harassment because of dependence on their husbands and fear for their families. So becoming self-dependent is the first step to stop all violence and harassment.

Women Empowerment Volunteers working with:

  • Assisting the instructor in special activities organized for women like sewing, stitching
  • Teaching the women general math & English
  • Teaching them about culinary hygiene & educating them about women rights
  • Helping the local staff in documentation
  • Helping the women in exploring the new ways of earning money & becoming financially independent
  • Teaching them about preparing a Home Budget
  • Educating them about how to obtain a loan to start their own small ventures
  • Preparing SHG (Self Help Groups), with the help of local banking institutions
  • Supporting them in promoting and selling their hand-made products
  • Being a confidante and providing emotional support

This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside strong and effective women, helping in the process of improving the social position of the women and raising awareness of the importance of feminism in a country where many women are still very much treated as inferior. At the same time you will get to explore this beautiful country and the Indian way of life. This is your chance to make an impact in someone’s life. This project is perfect for anyone who believes in equality. Whoever you are you help will be very much appreciated!

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Childcare Volunteering in Thailand – Surin

Have a unique experience with childcare volunteering in Thailand at beautiful Surin.

You will start your volunteer work at a local temple childcare centre in Surin that provides support to a poor, rural community, by allowing parents and family members to go to work during the day to earn a living. By giving your time and affection you will be offering increased assistance for the children and support the local staff at the childcare centre which is often overworked, and you will also be helping the children in their care.

Volunteer with Childcare in Thailand

Volunteer with Childcare in Thailand

Volunteering in Thailand at a Temple Childcare Centre in Surin

Whilst childcare volunteering in Thailand you will gain awareness and a deeper understanding of the local community and rural life. This is a great opportunity for cultural exchange. We believe, you will have a lot of fun with the children and eventually meet some incredible people.


Please budget US$ 10-15 per day for simple meals whilst in Surin and more for socializing / trips away.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

Want to Volunteer in Thailand?

Find the complete information about volunteering in Thailand here, and proceed with your application.

On the IKPVA Homepage, you can find the full catalogue of Thailand volunteer programs.

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Volunteer Work at an Artisan Shop in Ecuador

Work as a volunteer at an artisan shop in Ecuador. A catalyst for change in the community the “taller” was the first group to consciously create an environmentally sustainable source of income in the community, more than 10 years ago. Mariana and Renee now sell modern and traditional jewellery and crafts made from seeds and other materials that they sustainably grow and harvest in the cloud forest.

Volunteer at the Artisan Shop and Learn to Make Jewellry from Seeds an Natural Materials

As volunteer in Ecuador you will work in their shop and learn to make crafts and jewellery. You will be introduced to the history of reforestation efforts in the community, and the indigenous story of the Yumbo people.

With your Artistic Talents  you can help the People Generating Income in a Creative and Sustainable Way

If you are an artsy, want to help a low-income community and be close to their culture, this is a perfect match for you to do all of this and be immersed in a new culture and language!

Feel Inspired to Volunteer in Ecuador?

Find the complete information about volunteer work in Ecuador here, and proceed with your application.

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Volunteer on the Rehabilitation of Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Volunteer in South Africa holding, caring for and living with African wildlife is beyond most people’s wildest dreams.

Rehabilitation of Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Protecting endeangered wildlife

Take part in essential conservation efforts in South Africa nursing animals in need back to health. In this once in a lifetime opportunity you will be working in a unique sanctuary filled with the most amazing species of birds and animals that Africa has to offer.

You will be doing incredible and meaningful work, giving your time and love to the rehabilitation of creatures big and small. You will wake up every morning to the chorus of the African dawn, living in a nearby lodge, and spend your days working hands on with the animals.

Staying only a few miles from the beach and the bush and other tourist attractions, this placement in South Africa has it all.

This experience will develop your insight into the wildlife of South Africa and really touch your heart.

Qualifications and requirements for animal conservation volunteers:

  • You must be 16+ years old.
  • You will have a key role helping to prepare food and feed the birds and animals twice a day – This is really important work and you must be willing to get stuck in.
  • You must love animals and birds and be committed to their recovery and wellbeing.
  • You will be expected to work hard and get your hands dirty – your responsibilities may include cleaning enclosures and aviaries, constructing new enclosures and checking for damage to fences in order to prevent anything getting in or out.

Location close to Port Elizabeth

Location of project:  Animal sanctuary on South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route next to Port Elizabeth

Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth (code PLZ)

Shared dormitory style room in wooden lodge at project (2-8 persons per room)

Food: All meals are included

Available from 2 to 8 weeks

Want to volunteer in South Africa?

Find the full information about volunteering in South Africa here, and proceed to the application form.

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Volunteer on Sports Coaching in Uganda

Volunteer in Uganda in our football coaching. Sports have the powerful ability to draw people together, even beyond international borders, help to build strong communities, and contribute to the creation of healthier, happier individuals. Sports also can offer a route out of poverty and a path of excitement and promise to many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sports Activities are a Great Opportunity for the Children to Come Together and Grow Personally

However, for children in deprived communities, opportunities to participate in creative games are rare, due to lack of resources to provide specialized sports and physical education teachers.  As a sports development volunteer, you can give these disadvantaged teenagers the chance to discover new sports and enjoy getting fit, encouraging them to uncover their potential.  IKPVA Uganda’s sports coaching projects offer participants with both valuable life-changing experience and an opportunity to make a difference.

Volunteers on sports development in Uganda interact daily with local students, children, young adults, and their leaders in schools, sports clubs and youth organizations. They design and organize various sports activities like:

  • track and field
  • conduct physical education lessons
  • coach local games such as volleyball, football, basketball, netball, athletics
  • organize sports tournaments among different schools or local clubs
  • bring fresh ideas and introduce new sports and games
  • promote healthy sports habits and serve as positive role models for young, impressionable individuals

Please note: volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced to participate on these projects, however volunteers with special expertise are highly preferred.

Want to volunteer on Sports Coaching in Uganda?

Find the complete information about volunteering in Uganda here, and how to proceed with you application.

Visit also our page with all the football coaching volunteer programs.

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Volunteer Teaching English in Thailand

Volunteer teaching English in Thailand, at Surin in a rural Thai school. With the support of a bilingual coordinator you will plan and teach English classes to children aged 5-16, though the majority of your time will be spent working in primary schools with students aged 5-12.

English is an Important Subject at Thai Schools

Teaching English in Thailand, Surin

Teaching English in Surin

Forming part of the core curriculum, English is an important subject in Thai schools and can allow access to a wide range of further opportunities. Students who advance well with their English language skills are at a great advantage when moving on to higher education or finding employment.

Native Speakers Teaching English in Thailand

In recent years the emphasis has changed in relation to teaching English within the Thai School System, moving away from an often unfeasible focus on advanced grammar towards the incorporation of native English speakers into classes and a focus on communication.

Volunteers Teach English as Native Speaker in Rural Schools

Many rural schools do not have sufficient funding to employ a full-time native English speaker. That’s where you as a volunteer will fill in the gap and give the children the opportunity to learn from a native speaker. The aim of your stay will be improving the communication skills of the children and encouraging a fun learning environment in the language classes.

You will be expected to plan your own lessons upon a range of topics provided, you will be given plenty of preparation time and will have advice and lesson materials available to help you. In exchange for this amazing work you will have the opportunity to learn about rural Thai culture and experience an amazing and unique side to this fascinating country.

Budget for Meals and Local Trips

Please budget US$ 10-15 per day for simple meals whilst in Surin and more for socializing / trips away.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

Many Volunteers tend to Extend their Stay well beyond the Original Plans – Be Prepared

The joyful lifestyle, rich culture and natural beauty inspire many visitors to extend their stay well beyond the original plans – so keep this in mind, when traveling as a volunteer to Thailand!

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Teaching English in Ghana

Volunteer teaching English in Ghana and support the local teachers at the schools run by the children’s homes. The volunteer work teaching English to the children, is best fun and will give the bes result, when the volunteers are paired with local teachers. Once accepted into our program, we will work with you to choose the subjects that you are best suited to teach. Additionally, we will match you to appropriate grade levels based on your interest and the needs of the school. The schools serve students from nursery to junior high school levels.

Volunteer Work during the Week, leaving the Weekends Free

Teaching Enlgihs in Ghana - Young Teacher at School

Young Teacher at School

As a teacher, your working schedule will be Monday thru Friday, leaving the weekends free to travel. In addition to teaching, you will support the tutoring efforts of youth at the children’s home in the evenings on weekdays. It is very common for volunteers to combine programs, and do both childcare and teaching during their service to make the most of their time, as your afternoons and evenings will be free after teaching.

Want to Volunteer Teaching English in Ghana?

Find out everything about volunteer work in Ghana here.  You will find all the detailed information, what is provided with the program, requirements and costs. From there, you may proceed with your application as a Ghana volunteer.

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South Africa: Big Five & Game Reserve Volunteer Program

South Africa Big Five - Leopard

South Africa Big Five – Leopard

Working as a volunteer on Big Five Conservation, you will hel protecting lions, leopards, elephants, buffolos and rhinoceroses in the African Bush.

Volunteering at the Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa

At the game reserve in South Africa you will carry out a spectrum of important tasks, including caring for the animals and monitoring in the African Bush. The nature of the volunteer work will vary according to the weather and season.

Tasks on the Schedule for an Animal Volunteer

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • lion tracking
  • game counts & capture,
  • environmental work
  • planting trees
  • managing vegetation
  • patrolling fences

There will also be tasks in the petting farm and stables, caring for the horses.

Big Five Conservation – Game Drives & Wilderness Walks

You will get to go out on game drives & wilderness walks, and work hands on helping with the care of animals in the rehabilitation and education centre. The volunteers on Big Five Conservation visit and work in different parts of the reserve. You will be given the opportunity to try a hand at all the different tasks and activities whilst you are staying in South Africa.

Qualifications and Requirements for South Africa Big Five Conservation:

  • You must be over 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit.
  • A good  state of good physical and mental health is pre-requisite.

South African Big Five: Origins of the Name

Even though you know that Africa and South Africa are so much more than the Big Five, the familiar images soon begin playing in your mind: lions roaring; elephants trumpeting; buffalos lurking in long grass; rhinos standing stately under a thorn tree; leopards prowling in the gathering darkness.

How did these five animals – the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard – come to be called the Big Five?

It was originally a hunting term used by the so-called ‘great white hunters’ in the hunting heyday of the 19th and early 20thcenturies, when professional hunters bagged as many trophies as possible in as short a time as possible.

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