Founded in 2002, Iko Poran is a wonderful choice for travelers looking to make a positive difference for communities around the globe. With trips to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, you can get involved in children’s development, teaching, sports, community development, NGO support, and much more.
Iko Poran also is fantastic for travelers on a budget – volunteer trips start from only $175 for your first week abroad. And this organization has a great track record, having been featured as a success case in volunteerism at a UN World Summit, being highlighted as a Public Interest Organization by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice since 2007, and earning other international recognition for work accomplished worldwide.
Iko Poran offers several different volunteer placements in Nepal, including childcare, teaching in schools or a Buddhist monastery, medical care, and an elephant experience. If you’re looking for a unique travel experience, volunteering in the monastery may be the perfect choice: on this program, you’ll teach English to local monks while learning about Buddhism and their way of life.
If you have medical training, you’re invited to take part in Iko Poran’s pediatric hospital placement in Kathmandu city, where you will have the chance to practice non-intrusive care to patients, under the supervision of local professionals. Volunteering in Nepal with Iko Poran starts from only $280 for one week, and you can apply year-round. Learn more here!
For an African adventure, check out Iko Poran’s volunteer trips throughout Uganda, where you can travel to the Fort Portal Town, Jinja Town, and Kamuli Town to work in teaching, sports, medical and health promotion, construction, environment protection, or even take on special projects such as a microfinance internship or women and girls’ empowerment workshops.
A few ways you can help include coaching sports in a youth club, building and repairing houses and schools, and teaching in a local school. Volunteering in Uganda starts from $250 for one week, and includes airport pickup, orientation and city tour, housing, and much more. Click here to learn more and apply!
- Sarah Vandenberg