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

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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

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Buenos Aires Sports Program

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Football Coaching: Volunteering in Argentina

Travel for sports volunteering in Argentina: in our football coaching project, you may help us discover the new Messi!!

Teach Soccer, Hockey and Handball to 400 Children from La Cava, San Isidro

This project offers sport activities (soccer, hockey, handball) to 400 children (boys and girls) from La Cava, a very poor neighbourhood in San Isidro, Buenos Aires.

The idea is to keep them away from the danger of drug through sports.

Everyday the coordinators highlight the importance of the respect for rules, teamwork and perseverance to become a better person physically, intellectually and socially.

Volunteer are invited to help on all the spots activities, organize their own workshop if they want and also teach English. You might get tired but it will be well worth it!

Want to be a Sports Volunteer in Argentina?

Find out everyghing about the volunteer programs in Argentina, and proceed with your application. You may also visit our page with all the sports volunteer opportunities, in several countries!

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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

Childcare 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.

Meals:

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

In the Artisan Shop of Renée and Mariana you can work as a volunteer in the arts and crafts, and thereby develop your artistic skills. Working in the shop, you can learn the techniques of Ecuadorian arts and crafts and create your own jewelry!

Mariana and Renee have opened the Artisan Shop as a Sustainable Project

Together with the group “Taller” Mariana and Renée have opened the craft shop to create a new source of income for the village population. The Taller group began work ten years ago and acted as a catalyst in the community. In doing so, Mariana and Renée also adopt an ecological approach: they create the handicrafts of seeds and materials, which they sustainably grow and harvest in the cloud forest. As a volunteer, you will not only learn how to make modern and traditional jewelry from natural materials, you will also get insights and culture.

The artistic production is closely linked to the history of the indigenous Yumbo people and the initiative for reforestation in the educadorian cloud forest.

Handicraft made of natural materials, which also contributes to ecological change.

So, with your volunteer work in the craft shop, you will not only help generate income for the villagers, but you will also be actively involved in environmental change in the rainforest region of Ecuador. A truly sustainable volunteer project that will also familiarize you with the culture and the Spanish language.

You can combine the work in the craft shop with other volunteer projects

Iko Poran offers a wide range of activities for volunteers in the village Last Tolas in the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Andes. You can choose whether you would rather teach English at the school, work in the vegetable gardens or nurture the herbal garden with medicinal plants. If you want to engage in ecology and environmental protection, you can plant trees as part of the reforestation project, or work in the nursery.

Sustainable ecological projects for a gentle tourism

You can even plant coffee trees and pick coffee beans or milk the cows on the farm. For gentle tourism, you can help create footpaths in the cloud forest and much more. If your heart beats for the arts, try the handicraft shop selling souvenirs, where you can also learn how to do handicrafts.

Would you like to work as a volunteer with handicrafts in Ecuador?

Find here all the information about volunteering in Ecuador, and how to enroll.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation: Volunteer with Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

If you choose to work as a volunteer with wildlife rehabilitation in South Africa holding, caring for and living with African wildlife, you’ll have an experience whicht goes beyond most people’s wildest dreams.

Rehabilitation of Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Protecting endangered 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 wildlife 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 Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteers:

  • Minimum Age: 16+ years
  • 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.
  • If you love animals and birds and be committed to their recovery and wellbeing, this volunteer project is for you!
  • 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 work as a wildlife volunteer in South Africa?

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

Find more wildlife volunteering projects in South Africa:

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Great White Shark Volunteering in South Africa

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Childcare Volunteer in India with Disabled Children

Volunteer in India with IKPVA bringing your love and affection to help us teach and play with disabled children.

Volunteering with Disabled Children at a Special Care School in Jaipur City

The project is running in the Special Care Schools of India in Jaipur city. The project is a nonresidential program for mentally disabled children. All the children live in the nearby areas of the centers. There is a special schedule for the children in which all the activities have a special timing for each age group. Hundreds of children are getting benefits from the centres. All the children are divided into the groups (Classes) as per their mental level. These schools allow them to get an education and the children are enrolled in Open School Examination patter so that they get certificates of education. There are also some vocational training classes for them as well like cooking, using some machines like coffee machines, photo copiers, washing machines; also there are courses in typing practice, making handmade artisan products, etc. Volunteers will be expected to give one to one care and assistance to the children in teaching, training, exercise, sports, writing, speaking & other daily activities.

In this project your duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Interact with the special children, local staff & other volunteers
  • Observe their activities & get to know the style of working with them
  • Teach general subjects like Math, English etc.
  • Help them in completing their home-works & class works
  • Help the local staff in preparing food and assisting the children in writing, reading, painting, support them in doing their exercises
  • Counsel their parents on proper care of the children
  • Do art & craft, music & dance kind of fun centered activities & Make learning fun & exciting for them
  • Organize local trips & Picnic for the kids with approval from the center
  • Make them feel that they are adorable & normal like other kids & helping the staff while having their lunch & to Watch over the kids when they are on the ground
  • Organize small sports competitions in which the physical training must be involved, so that they can enjoy it & it will prove beneficial for them as well.

This is an incredible opportunity to share in the lives of some loving, gentle, deserving children and help to offer them a brighter future in spite of their disabilities. You will also be living in the beautiful city of Jaipur, experiencing the vibrancy of the ‘Pink City’. This project is particularly well suited to teaching students, people with training or experience working with special-needs and anyone with a big heart and a love for children.

Want to Volunteer in India with Disabled Chidren?

Find the complete information about some of our best volunteer projects in India here, everything provided with the volunteer program, requirements and fees and proceed with the application.

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Reforestation Volunteer in Ecuador’s Cloud Forest

Work as a reforestation volunteer in Ecuador’s cloud forest in order to help achieving long-lasting positive results both for the environment and the local people. Since the local government has asked the community to plant and grow 20,000 trees to use for reforestation work across the region, you work as a reforestation volunteer is vital for the project. Alongside this, the community group have also come together and bought a piece of land, where they would like to plant coffee plants and trees to grow and use for reforestation work in the area.

Reforestation Volunteer in Ecuador: The Cloud Forest is a Vital Part of Life

The cloud forest and the trees within them form a vital part of the life and work of the community and this reforestation project will make a big difference. The community would love volunteer assistance to contribute towards this important ecological project and to the community for years to come.

Would you like to join the Community as a Reforestation Volunteer in Ecuador?

Find the complete information for volunteer work in Ecuador here. Learn about everything provided with the reforestation volunteer program, required language skills, costs involved and proceed with your application.

Find more volunteer opportunities with reforestation at rainforests:

Environmental Volunteering at Rio"s Tijuca Rainforest

Environmental Volunteering at Rio’s Tijuca Rainforest

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Jissaura has been volunteering on Arts & Design in Rio

Had an amazing experience with Iko poran in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although I signed up to volunteer for the art and design program, I was essentially more so of a student myself because the students at the program were my age and mostly independent with their studies.

I was accepted and Treated with Extreme Kindness

Jissaura volunteering on Arts & Desgin in Rio de Janeiro

Jissaura volunteering on Arts & Desgin in Rio de Janeiro

Despite this, I was accepted and treated with extreme kindness even though there was a language barrier. I made some amazing friends with the students who taught me so much about Brazilian culture, Portuguese, and art (as I am an art student myself). The other volunteers who I was staying at the accommodation with were doing other programs where they were actually volunteering. Although I still had a lot of fun at my program and feel as though I made special and hopefully lifelong connections with the students, so to me it was fulfilling.

Felipe, the Director of Iko Poran,  and his Family Were Very Nice

Jissaura at Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro

Jissaura at Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro

I was staying at Felipe’s home (the Director of Iko Poran), and he and his family were very nice and would check in to see if me or the other volunteers were satisfied with our program placement. We stayed in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa which had a gorgeous view of neighboring favelas and the christ of redeemer. Because the accommodation is so close to favelas, it is not the safest place but if you have common sense and listen to the directors advice you shouldn’t have any problems. I didn’t have any issues and had to commute back and fourth to my program on my own, getting back at night. Remember that if you come it isn’t for a nice luxurious vacation, but rather to make a difference helping abroad. So being able to adapt and work with what you get is essential. My only complain is that I wish I had more time getting Portuguese lessons since I stayed for 4 weeks and only received a week of it. Otherwise everything was good for me and I still got to practice Portuguese at my program. Overall its an extremely rewarding experience that helped me get out of my comfort zone and I would highly recommend it.

  • Jissaura, Parsons Design School, New York

Find out more about volunteering on Arts & Design in Rio de Janeiro

 

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