Kenya prides itself of a rich marine life, and you can work as a volunteer with us on marine conservation. If you are used to work indepently, with initiative, this fascinating animal conservation project is for you.
In Kenya’s litoral you can even find dolphins, who need to be protected. Our main goal with this environmental project is introducing you to the fascinating marine life in Kenya and to develop environmental initiatives to preserve the fauna in the ocean. With your volunteer work you also can further sustainable tourism in order to show the natural beauty to tourists, without destroying the environment. Join us for this adventure in Africa!
The reef attracts an incredible range of fish, most of which are almost iridescent in colour and fantastically marked. Look out for the celestial blue and jade-green parrotfish, striped zebra fish, multi-coloured angelfish and the soup plate-sized butterfly fish. Clouds of tiny damselfish also often hover above the branching coral, and under deep ledges you may catch a glimpse of the magnificent lionfish with its mane of sharp spikes (a sting from this fish can be very painful). Hunting sharks, rays, turtle and starfish also hunt the reef.
Kenya’s reef and lagoons also prove popular with the endangered green, hawksbill, loggerhead, Ridley and leatherback sea turtles. Dolphins too are regular visitors to the area and can be encountered singly or in schools, above and below the waves.
If you care about our environment and marine in general, this is the project for you. The acceptance to this project will be based on evaluation of your CV and discussion with the project coordinator. We highly appreciate, if you have experience and /or education based on social science, climate adaptation!
Find all the information about volunteering in Kenya here, and how to proceed with your application.
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Saving the Urban Rainforest in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most important ecological volunteer projects in Rio de Janeiro. Volunteers from all over the world joined in Rio de Janerio to help preserving the tropical forest – on the photo from left to right: Sabrina Ho, from China, Luca Klein, from Germany, George Wade, from Britain, Jawad Dabbour, from United States, Radek Machowiec, from Polland, and 3 Brazilian Volunteers saving the forests of Brazil.
The Magnificent City (Cidade Maravilhosa) wouldn’t be the same, if it had not the largest urban rainforest as a green lung to breathe. And of course, there are beautiful hiking trails through the forest and upon the top of the mountains with breathtaking views. So, preserving the Rainforest in Rio is one of the most important ecological volunteer projects to work on!
You can volunteer with the reforestaion project at The Tijuca National Forest in order to preserve the world’s largest urban rainforest. While you are volunteering on this project, you will be helping in the tree nursery. But there is more, what you can do:
among other activities.
Find here all the volunteer projects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and how to sign up.
Enzo from France and Marsha from New York City enjoyed teaching children at Doreen’s Crèche in Cape Town South Africa. Both are teaching social development, maths, stories, counting and more. Marsha and Enzo had a lot of fun with the kids.
As a child care volunteer you will be teaching and caring for beautiful children at Doreen’s Crèche. The well-established day care centre at Masiphumelele Township, around 45 minutes from central Cape Town.
The crèche receives over 60 children aged 3-6 during the day while their parents work to earn a living. You will take care of these dynamic and energetic children, which requires a lot of work. But your love and dedication will be greatly appreciated.
During your stay at Cape Town, you also will learn about township life, culture, and history.
More experiences from our volunteers in South Africa:
Have you ever wondered, what would be the best volunteer abroad options for older adults? Most of the volunteers seem to be still in their teens or twens, just leaving college and looking for an outstanding experience overseas before going to university. But, adventures and new cultural experiences are not just limited to young people! You might be astonished, how many volunteers we recently had, who are already between fifty or sixty years old.
And, as the story goes, especially older people can bring so much needed expertise and solid knowlegde to the people in developing countries! Sometimes even a mother comes with her elder son, or a whole family goes for family volunteering. Both generations join their efforts, combine adventure spirit and wisdom for a very special volunteer experience!
I have selected some outstanding examples which might inspire and encourage you for a volunteer adventure.
Gabriela Lopes, from Brazil, has been celebrating San Juan with students from her Teaching Program in Peru. San Juan is a great festival in Iquitos, and the volunteer experience in the Peruvian Amazon was magnificent!
Volunteering as teaching assistent in a small village in the Peruvian Amazon is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with local people. While the students really appreciate the chance learning English from a native speaker, you will dive in a different and fascinating culture of the Peruvian Amazon. You can even participate in cultural events, like the festival of San Juan. The small community is located at only 20 min by boat from Iquitos, right in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.
We believe, both the local people and the volunteer will truly benefit from the teaching program! You can make friends with people from a different cultural background, and also offer them a unique experience, learning from a foreigner.
Last but not least, nature is absolutely fascinating in the Peruvian Amazon! Our teaching project will be long-term, with new volunteers joining as teachers. And all of them enjoyed the excepcional experience a lot!
If you feel the same enthusiasm to help developing the marvellous place, visit our page with the full information about volunteering in Peru, and proceed with you application. Be welcome!
What about volunteering in Rio de Janeiro teaching English? Rio de Janeiro is still one of the most charming volunteer destinations. Since people are very welcoming and eager to learn English from a native speaker, you will have a unique experience! While teaching young kids from the favela, you will enjoy to get around in this fascinating city. Because our volunteer organization is located in Rio de Janeiro, you will find the volunteer programs with the best cost / benefits equation with us!
Read about Alejandros experience in Rio de Janeiro teaching English to kids from a favela:
I had the oportunity to participate in a volunteer program with Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
I was an English teacher for kids in a community. I had an excelent oportunity to learn about languages, people and new cultures as well as the one to help people and build a better future. The programs that the organization has are very fun and you really feel that you are helping.
The support that the members give you is great and I would like to congratulate Felipe, who really makes you feel like at home and trully fights with all his hearth to change the present and future of communities all around the world.
This was an amazing experience and I higly recommend it for everyone who feels that he wants to help and learn. – Alejandro
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Rita from Portugal spent six weeks as a medical volunteer at the Children Hospital in Kathmandu. She enjoyed living with a Nepales family, and soon overcame the language barrier. At the hospital, she learned about the practises of treatment, and found her way to help the children:
It was a wonderfull experience this 6 weeks in Kathmandu, a unic experience that I will never forget. I had an opportunitiy to learn first hand about Nepalese family life and to share everything with them, like it was my own family. Be a volunteer in Konti Children Hospital it was a rewarding experience. However in the beginning I felt little frustrated. Because of the language barrier, the diferent practices from what I used too, I felt that I didn’t help as much I desire.
But then I take the opportunity to observe, discover, learn about the health cares, most common diseases in Nepal and listen all the experience and dificulties of the parent’s and all the staff of the hospital.
I start to be able to help slowly according to my capabilities.
After this experience I felt lik the Nepali people did more for me than I did for them. – Rita Gomes da Silva (Portugal)
If you choose to travel as a medical volunteer in Nepal, you will be working at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu. At the Children Hospital, you will have both the opportunity to improve your medical skills and share your special knowlegde from your hoem country. While you are working at the clinic, you will discover the most eminent health issues that Nepal faces today. You will learn a great deal while also doing really valuable work.
Find all the detail necessary at our page with the volunteer programs in Nepal, and how to apply.
Volunteers from all over the world unite to make the children smile in Rio: Mariangel Chaves Rodriguez, from Costa Rica, Iona MacTaggart, from Scotland, and Laura Vidal Llonch, from Spain came to Rio, to care for the children at a day care.
Thank you very much ladies! You make us believe that “another world is possible”!
Visit our page with the volunteer programs in Rio de Janeiro, to find out everything about our programs and how to sign up. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most charming options for volunteer vacations, and your contribution as a volunteer will be highly appreciated! You will make the children happy, as you make them feel loved and cared for. Of course the children want to play with you and also learn from you.
Even if your Portuguese is still basic, love is a universal language, and you will find your way aroung pretty soon, as people are welcoming and helpful. Check it out!
Read some testimonials from our volunteers in Rio de Janeiro:
Rita Gomes Silva, from Portugal has been treating children at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu during her medical volunteer program in Nepal.
As a medical volunteer in Nepal you will be working at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu. There, you will have both the opportunity to improve and share your medical skills. While you are working at the clinic, you will discover the most eminent health issues that Nepal faces today. You will learn a great deal while also doing really valuable work. Your volunteer work will have not anly have a positive impact on the local community but also help the further development of the Nepalese healthcare system.
The medical team at the Pediatric Hospital will decide your duties according to your abilities and experience. If you have adequate medical training or formal experience, you will be even able to practice non-intrusive care under the guidance of the local medical team of the clinic. After all, the Pediatric Hospital will welcome you as a keen learner. At the same time you will be able to share your knowledge of the medical techniques from your home country.
If you want to go for the medical internship at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu, go to our page about volunteering in Nepal, where you will find also the link for sign up.
Read more about volunteer experiences in Nepal with IKPVA:
Enzo Klein, from France, smiling and making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa.
Thank you very much Enzo!!!
Quite a few of our volunteers have already been teaching children at Doreen’s Crèche, located at Masiphumelele Township, around 45 minutes from central Cape Town. All of them enjoyed caring for these loving kids!
The crèche receives over 60 children aged 3-6 during the day while their parents work to earn a living. Taking care of these dynamic and energetic children requires a lot of work, which is why you’re your help will be greatly appreciated.
During your stay as a volunteer in South Africa, you also will learn about township life, culture, and history.
Find our complete information about volunteering in South Africa here, and how to sign up for the program.
You also may enjoy to read more testimonials form our volunteers in South Africa at Doreen’s Crèche: