Yearly Archive 2018

ByAffordable Volunteer Abroad

How to volunteer for cheap? A guide to low-cost volunteer trips

Did you ever wonder how to make a dream come true, volunteer for cheap and make this wonderful trip? It is not always easy, to cut the cost for your travel down, and have this unique travel experience. Therefore, we have selected some of the best and most affordable volunteer trips for you. We do our best, to keep your cost low and transparent, but at the same time, we have quality in mind. Simply, we want to deliver the best travel experience for you, meaningful and rewarding volunteer work and benefits both for the local people and for you.

Read about some of the best Travel Experiences of our Alumni

Colombia – Free Volunteering!

If you are looking to volunteer for cheap, there is nothing better than a free program! Teach English in Ibagué, and explore this fasinating country!

Volunteer for Free in Colombia Teaching English in Ibagué

Volunteer for free! Teaching English in Colombia

Volunteer for free teaching English in Colombia, traveling to this exciting country of South America. Since Colombian people are of ...
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Rio de Janeiro – Cidade Maravilhosa – An authentic trip to the wonderful city and unbelievable affordable

Iko Poran runs it’s own projects in Rio de Janeiro, and therefore is most affordable. The local staff is always available and will guide you through your volunteer experience. Nathan and Lindsey from USA, first went for a volunteer trip to Argentina and worked on a building for a community, and then to Rio, for sports volunteering.

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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Lindsey Willis and Nathan volunteering in Argentina

Community Development – Volunteering in Argentina and now in Brazil

My fiancé and I had an incredible experience volunteering in Argentina and now in Brazil. Our project in Buenos Aires ...
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The people at Iko Poran are incredible

The people at Iko Poran are incredible

The people at Iko Poran are incredible. I know that the guy who runs the agency books multiple groups at ...
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Ecuador – Immersion in a Community in the Andean Cloud Forest – some of the cheapest volunteer trips!

Ming from China never will forget the smiles on the faces of the children at school. She has been teaching English and enjoyed her stay with her host family. There are also environmental projects in the cloud forest available, or you dive into an experience with local arts and crafts, developing your creativity.

Ming's Experience in Ecuador

Ming’s Experience in Ecuador: The Smile I will Never Forget

 I’m writing this review based on my experience as a one month volunteer in Ecuador. I was assigned with a ...
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Artisan Shop in Ecuador

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 ...
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Volunteer on Reforestion in Ecuador's Rainforest

Volunteer on Reforestation in Ecuador’s Cloud Forest

Work as an environmental volunteer with the reforestation of Ecuador’s cloud forest and help achivieving lang-lasting positive results both for ...
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South Africa – Make a Dream Come True, volunteer for cheap in this wonderful country!

A dream came true for Isabella from Brazil, when she first went to Cape Town, to care for the children at Doreen’s Crèche. A volunteer trip to South Africa is much cheaper, than you may think!

Isabella Neves Trip to South Africa

My trip to South Africa was an old dream…

Isabella Neves with the children My trip to South Africa was an old dream that was everything I expected and ...
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Mariana volunteering in South Africa

The best experiences of my life!

On November of 2017 I had one of the best experiences of my life doing volunteer work with children in ...
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All the smiles in South Afrcica - Sara Ferreira

South Africa: All the smiles, all the sincere “Thank you teacher”

About one of the greatest adventures. Ended up getting more then I was giving. All the smiles, all the sincere ...
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India – Exciting Volunteer Projects and a Week of Free Cultural Activities!

When Odette Crisp from Australia came to Jaipur, she was overwhelmed by the Indian culture. In the first week, she took part in many free cultural activities, including Yoga, learning Hindi, baking chapati. There was even a dance workshop! Having this in mind, this trip is really cheap regarding everything which is offered. Then Odette started teaching English to children and to women. Claire soon followed in the women empowerment project, and now even a woman from Colombia wants to come and help the women in Jaipur.

Cultural Activities in India

A week of Cultural Activities in India for our Volunteers in Jaipur

During the first week of your stay as a volunteer in India, we have included cultural activities and incredible trips ...
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Claire starts her women empowerment project

Claire starts her Women Empowerment Project in India

Claire Herbert is starting her Women Empowerment project in Jaipur. She has already made her observation visit to the school ...
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Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Women Empowerment in Jaipur – Interview with Odette Crisp

Odette Crisp, from Australia, traveled to India, and worked as a volunteer on women empowerment in Jaipur with IKPVA. In ...
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Argentina – Community Building, Football Coaching and more at very affordable prices!

In this last chapter, we come back to Nathan and Lindsey who started their trip in Buenos Aires. Read here about the exciting experiences. If you are into football, Argentina is the country! Coach boys and girls at school, and maybe, even discover a new Messi.

Valerie and Orlando in Argentina for Christmas

There is no better way to spend Christmas – Valerie and Orlando in Argentina

Valerie and Dad Orlando are spending the holidays in Argentina this year, together with Valeries mom and brother. They are ...
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Sports Volunteering in Argentina

Football and Sports Volunteering in Argentina

Travel for sports volunteering in Argentina: in our football project, you may help us discover the new Messi!! Teach Soccer, Hockey ...
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Volunteering on Childcare in Argentina

Volunteering on Childcare in Argentina

Matt and Dulce volunteering on Childcare in Argentina Volunteering on Childcare in Argentina in an Orphanage Matt & Dulcie at ...
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A week of Cultural Activities in India for our Volunteers in Jaipur

During the first week of your stay as a volunteer in India, we have included cultural activities and incredible trips in Jaipur for you. Since we want to introduce you to the Indian culture,  we offer Hindi classes, Yoga classes, a dance workshop and more. You will even learn to bake chapati.

Odette Crisp from Australia took part in the cooking workshop, learned Indian dances and even made chapati for an elephant.

You will learn about religion as well, experience Holi and Diwali celebrations, and even draw Mandalas! With this short introduction to India and the “Pink City”, as Jaipur referred to, we believe, you are ready to go ahead with your volunteer project.

Have a look at some of the recente volunteer experiences in India

Claire starts her women empowerment project

Claire starts her Women Empowerment Project in India

Claire Herbert is starting her Women Empowerment project in Jaipur. She has already made her observation visit to the school ...
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Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Women Empowerment in Jaipur – Interview with Odette Crisp

Odette Crisp, from Australia, traveled to India, and worked as a volunteer on women empowerment in Jaipur with IKPVA. In ...
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Odette Crisp volunteering on Women Empowerment in India

Odette Crisp volunteering on Women Empowerment in India

Odette Crisp, volunteer from Australia, working hard in two projects in India: Women Empowerment and Teaching Kids. Way to go ...
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Find out more about volunteering in India

Visit our page with the volunteer projects in India, read about experiences of our volunteers and choose your project.

ByAffordable Volunteer Abroad

Claire starts her Women Empowerment Project in India

Claire Herbert is starting her Women Empowerment project in Jaipur. She has already made her observation visit to the school where the women empowerment project runs. Find here some of the pictures from her arrival, traditional welcome and project.

Claire is Donating Sewing Machines for the Project

She donated sewing machines to the project and will be teaching English and stitching to the women. Within stitching she will be passing her skills of making sanitary pads-a very common hygiene issue here in India as poor women can’t afford them.

Odette’s Experience with the Women Empowerment Project

Odette Crisp, from Australia, traveled to India, and worked as a volunteer on women empowerment in Jaipur with IKPVA. In this interview she tells us, how she had the idea to do something different, apart from tourist travel as usual. Before departure, she shaved her hair to raise funds for the women and the children who were her beneficiaries. When she arrived in India and met the women, she found out pretty soon, that what they wonted most, was to learn English. She ended up falling in love with India and had an amazing experience with the women in Jaipur.

Read Odette’s interview

Feel inspired to volunteer in India?

Visit our page with the full program information about volunteer work in India, and proceed with your application.

ByAffordable Volunteer Abroad

Women Empowerment in Jaipur – Interview with Odette Crisp

Odette Crisp, from Australia, traveled to India, and worked as a volunteer on women empowerment in Jaipur with IKPVA. In this interview she tells us, how she had the idea to do something different, apart from tourist travel as usual. Before departure, she shaved her hair to raise funds for the women and the children who were her beneficiaries. When she arrived in India and met the women, she found out pretty soon, that what they wonted most, was to learn English. She ended up falling in love with India and had an amazing experience with the women in Jaipur.

Interview with Odette Crisp

Why did you choose to come here to Jaipur India?

Odi: Originally I wanted to come to India to do a Yoga course, and I decided if I was gonna come to somewhat which is só different, from Australia to travel like a typical Westener and get involved with something that I’ve never really done before, like doing something meaningful with my life. And like helping people, and being envolved in community … and experiencing something you never had is really important. Spirit….

Odi, you have been here for two weeks already. How would you describe your experience here in India?

Odi: It is here, at first it was like such a (loughing) a culture shock and I wasn’t very well adjusted about things, like a baby. But it has been like the most amazing life changing experience.

Which project did you choos from Iko Porann?

I chose the women empowerment project.

How was it?

Amazing. Like, the women and girls have been supportive, and attentive, loving and nice…

Here are some of the women… What were you teaching to them?

At first, it was Art, but then, all they wanted to know was English. Yeah.

So, can you please share, what level of English you taought and, overall, what you found out about the background of the women?

Odi: So, I think, the most important thing is to engage and find, what different levels of skills, before you kind of start teaching across – there are some women, who are illiterate – tasks and things and challenges, like to fit to everyone’s level.

Tell me three words that would describe India that you’r experiencing here?

Chaotic, amazing and beautiful.

Feel inspired to volunteer on Women Empowerment in Jaipur?

Visit our page with the full information about volunteering in Jaipur, India and proceed with your application.

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Veterinary Internship at a Five Star Game Reserve in South Africa

When you are passionate about animals, work as a volunteer with the African Wildlife and join our veterinary science internship project. The Project is located in an amazing five star game reserve  on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The internship will allow you to really understand the intricacies of a veterinary specializing in African wildlife. During your stay, you’ll be working on everything from the Big Five to the smallest animals at the bottom of the food chain. Since all of the animals are living freely in their natural environment, they are encountering the hazards that come with it!

Since you’ll be working hand in hand with the professional vets on the reserve, you’ll gain hands-on experience caring for these animals. Moreover, you will also learn about animal management and prevention of disease and injuries.

Learn about African Wildlife in the Eastern Cape Game Reserve

At this beautiful Eastern Cape game reserve, you’ll spend two fascinating weeks working with the local wildlife including big cats, elephant, antelope, giraffe and countless bird and small mammal species, and enjoying lectures and hands-on conservation management tasks.

Take Part in African Wildlife Captures

You are likely to find yourself taking part in exciting African wildlife captures, observing how the team dart, sedate, inoculate and examine animals. You’ll spend most days assisting the vets with animal care and rehabilitation in the clinic as well as heading out on emergency calls when necessary.

Work hours are usually from 07.30 to 16.30, Monday to Friday. You’ll need to wear comfortable clothes in neutral colours such as beige, khaki, brown and olive green, and comfortable shoes such as hiking boots.

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Odette Crisp volunteering on Women Empowerment in India

Odette Crisp, volunteer from Australia, working hard in two projects in India: Women Empowerment and Teaching Kids.
Way to go Odette!!

Women Empowerment in Jaipur

As a volunteer on women empowerment, you will work in one of the local NGOs operating in the urban, semi-urban & rural areas of Jaipur. There, you will be working as a volunteer in the fields of awareness, counseling and empowerment of women.

Women Empowerment in India: Sustainable Development Perspectives

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.

Teaching English in India

Odette Teaching English

Odette Teaching English

You will be teaching English at a CSR (Community school) in Jaipur, situated in the southern part of the city. Since the school is catering to children from an economically weak & marginalized area, quality English teaching with all other required amenities provided are a great advance for the young students. Our in country partners have supported the school with all the furniture, infrastructure & teaching materials like boards etc. There are around 54 students who are studying in 1st to 5th grades. As a volunteer you will teach the students the necessary things that will help them in developing their interpersonal skills. You will also help the local staff in daily operations of the school. The top-most requirement of the project is to develop the overall personality of the students by encouraging extracurricular activities, art & craft, group discussions, teaching & communication.

 

Volunteer Opportunities in India

Find out more about volunteer work in India.

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Volunteering on Costa Rica’s Beautiful Coast – Saving Sea Turtles

I had an amazing time volunteering on Costa Rica’s beautiful coast. Where at night we went on patrols to search for nests/turtles, scare off poachers (who aren’t always bad) and simply survey the beach. During the day we went on hikes to see the islands natural life and meet new people, cleaned up the beach, cleaned and prepared the hatchery and much more. I’d definitely recommend this conservation project for your next volunteer opportunity. The people were so welcoming and treated us as if we had lived there our whole lives. Everyone had a cool story and a nickname to go with it. Like mechudo and his baby blue jean poisonous dart frog… Photo will be above  – Nikita Barnard

Find out more about the Volunteer Project on Costa Rica’s beautiful coast

Go for a very special trip to volunteer in Costa Rica with this wonderful sea turtle conservation project in a paradisiac Caribbean community.
It is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself into the Spanish language at the same time you help to protect endangered species of sea turtles. You will see giant female sea turtles nesting on the beach and baby turtles crawling out of their nests in the sand towards the ocean. With your volunteer work you will also help a town that relies on its sea turtle population and to contribute to the growth and success of this grassroots conservation project.

Visit our page with the sea turle conservation project in Costa Rica.

 

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Teaching Young Monks in Nepal – Fernando Castillo

Fernando del Castillo, from Spain, teaching young monks in a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. Great work Fernando, thank you very much!!

Teaching young monks at a Buddhist Monastery

Buddhist monastery

You will be teaching at Buddhist monastery, located at Aarubari, Jorpati, Kathmandu. The athmosphere is very welcoming, and the young monks are highly motivated to learn English. While staying at the monastery with the monks, you will learn also about the Buddhist philosophy of peace and compassion.

Lammert Lettinga about his teaching experience at the monastery:

Teaching English to the child/junior monks at the Monastery has been an interesting, inspiring and educational experience for me. I only hope my pupils experienced it the same way. The atmosphere in the monastery was very welcoming, peaceful and enjoyable and so were the people in it. – Lammert Lettinga

English speaking skills will improve the professional opportunities

While learning English with you, the young monks will improve their English skills. For them, fluency in English will help bringing forward a brighter professional future. academic and professional opportunities.

Teaching English at a local school in Jarshing Pauwa, Kathmandu!

You may also choose to teach English at a local school, also close to Kathmandu. Your presence will open hearts and minds to life outside of a small village where ideas of life beyond their small corner of the world are seldom generated. Teaching the students and inspiring the teachers with new methods will leave your legacy in place.

Antonia Bozzolo: Amazing Teaching Experience

Antonia Bozzolo teaching English at School

Antonia Bozzolo

I spend a month teaching in a school in Kathmandu Nepal.
It is an amazing experience, especially if you want to put your teaching skills on the line.
I have learned not only that I love what I do, but also gained confidence and good experience.
You also get to understand a different culture and meet amazing people! – Antonia Bozzolo, Las Condes

Volunteer Work in Nepal

Find out more about volunteer work in Nepal and how to apply.

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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.
Thank you very much Ephrat!! Our world is a better place, because of people like you

Ephrat and the boys at the football school

Ephrat and the boys at the football school

Feel inspired to volunteer in Bazil?

Find out more about volunteer work in Brazil.

If you are into sports, you may also visit our page about football coaching abroad, where you can find projects in Argentina, Uganda and Ghana.

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Community Development – Volunteering in Argentina and now in Brazil

My fiancé and I had an incredible experience volunteering in Argentina and now in Brazil. Our project in Buenos Aires was in a very special community of which we were welcomed with open arms. The family we worked alongside we now consider our own family!! Here in Rio doing sports development has been extremely rewarding and we are learning so much about this beautiful culture and even learning capoeira with the locals!! Felipe and his family have been SO accommodating & we are having a blast living with him and his beautiful fam! HIGHLY recommend all IKP programs :)!! – Lindsey Willis, USA

About the Community Development Project in Buenos Aires

As a volunteer, you can participate in different campaigns during the year, according to the need of the community at that time.

Volunteers must be willing to participate in various activities that will arise – for example: sorting clothes, food, books, toys, etc, that come as a donation and distribute them. Moreover you can participate in children, youths and families inclusion projects or help to plan events for schools and communities, etc.

Visit our page with all the volunteer projects in Argentina

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