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:
When Karen from Norway planned her volunteer trip to India about six months ago, she wanted to travel together with her elder son. While discussing the project, both agreed, that they wanted to do something for children’s education, at school. While researching, Karen found that Iko Poran was offering both a teaching and a construction project at a school in Jaipur. A perfect fit, where her son could work on construction, painting beautiful signs, while she would be teaching children, and women.
Karen wanted to build up self-confidence for the women, especially for them to encourage their children to keep on studying at school. It was a success, and such a rewarding experience! In the first place, Karen and her son were wondering, if they would experience a culture shock. But in fact, from the first moment at their arrival, they have been very well been taken care of the organisation, and all the people turned out to be friendly and helpful! Listen to Karen’s full statement on video:
I am fine. Just a bit emotional today.
Well, this was an idea about six months ago, and I have been working on it since then.
I wanted to take my elder son on the project together, so that we could do volunteer work. We have been discussing, what we like to do, where we want to go, and we agreed, that we wanted to do a project on school and to do something for children’s education.
And then we chose this country and this project because it was one of the countries that have both construction projects and teaching at school. And I also wanted to combine the teaching both with students and with women, ot teach women and give them some self-confidence, so maybe they can encourage the children to keep on studying. That’s the main reason.
It was very good. Yes, from start till end, very good information. We feel, that we are very good taken care of, from the arrival, it is very safe way to host and stamp. And we also got só much inside information about the country, and made só many experience that we wouldn’t have as tourists. Só it was very solid, the organisation.
India is só much more, than I could imagine, before I came. I have read a lot, and prepared for culture shock. Culture shock, it was not só bad. And the differences between poor and rich, they are big, but not so… yes, we haven’t seen so much of beggars and poor people, as we maybe thought. The people are friendly, I was warned, the people are very… they are not nice, they are scared. Yes, that was what we were warned about. But we met só many nice people, and they want to help us, they were very friendly. We have always been very safe.
Yeah, definitely. India is something special, it’s unique, a unique country, and it is some experience, you have to get this experience.
Thank you for having us here!
Find our complete information of all the volunteer projects in India here, and how to sign up.
You may also enjoy reading about some more volunteer experiences in Jaipur:
Jakob and Aiden from Norway went to India as construction volunteers, in order to paint signs for a school in Jaipur. They say, they enjoy their stay, it is very hot and they wanted to explore life in India. Both were painting signs for the school, also with the contact information to bring around the word about the school. In the end, they were surprised, that India was much more developed than they had thought before. And last but no least, they young men from Norway made many friends!
Visit our page with the volunteer programs in India and how to sign up!
Have a look also to our construction volunteer programs in more countries!
If you want to stand up for Women’s rights, volunteer on women empowerment in Ethiopia with Iko Poran!
Volunteer on women’s empowerment in Ethiopia with Iko Poran! You will be teaching life-skills and English to the hostel female students, to allow for them to grow personally and professionally. You will make it easier for the young women to access education, and help improving their future emplyoment opportunities.
With this volunteer placement, you will be working in the fields of awareness, counseling and empowerment of the young female students. With your volunteer work you will also help to provide sustainable development opportunities to the hostel female students, who consequently will pass what they learned to their colleagues, friends, mothers, grandmothers and other female family members – 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 Ethiopia 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.
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. During your stay, you will get to explore this beautiful country and the Ethiopia 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.
Find the full information about volunteer work in Ethiopia on our Homepage Iko Poran, and also how to sign up for the program!
Despite all the terrible news spread out by the mainstream media about Brazil, Nathab from USA participated in the capoeira class of a blind teacher in Rio de Janeiro. It turned out to be a life changing experience. As he puts it: “Don’t let the news fool you – Brazil is one of the most beautiful countries we have ever been to.” Read here his full statement:
Would highly recommend this. The people, culture, activities, and experiences will last a lifetime. I talk about them every day to this day. Felipe and his family are such amazing people. We participated in a capoeira class with a blind teacher who changed my life forever, played soccer with amazing children from the favelas to keep them away from drugs and violence, and of course enjoyed everything the beautiful country has to offer. Don’t let the news fool you – Brazil is one of the most beautiful countries we have ever been to. Of course you need to be smart and safe but that applies everywhere you are in the world! The culture and people are one of a kind and so much fun. – Nathab, Washington DC, USA
Find out more about our volunteer opportunities in Rio de Janeiro!
By working as a volunteer on the visual arts project in Addis Ababa, you can pave the way for your students to learn about the visual arts. With you they will both develop their own creativity and learn the techniques of photography, drawing and sculpture. You will empower students technically and artistically, and thus improve their chances of growing into a future profession. At the same time, you will get to explore this fascinating country and witness the Ethiopia way of life. This project is perfect for anybody willing to explore the whole range of creativity!
This project is a great opportunity for the students on the EEF education program to develop their inner creative skills. Learning about visual arts – painting, sculpture, etc, as well as photography, and being taught to come up with the ideas for a great piece of art work are as important as the art creation itself. This project can give the students an opportunity to pursue artistic vision. Whether they want to tell a story, sell a product or just capture the beauty around them, the project will fulfill their creative vision. Art and photography changes the way you see things. It’s actually quite an incredible transformation to experience. Suddenly you notice light, shapes, colours, textures, people, buildings, trees, flowers… Everything looks different around you when you start seeing the world as an artist.
For photography, volunteers would need to bring their own equipments.
Sam and his girlfriend went to Ecuador, to save an Amazon Community, and found the people were beyond amazing:
So my girlfriend and I spent a week and a few days in a little village called Las Tolas. The people there were beyond amazing! They were happy, supportive and generally loved life. They were such a good and connected community. Everyone knew everyone!
The days off from work were awesome, as we got to go to little waterfalls with the village’s personal guide, Solomon. He was very insightful and knowledgeable about basically everything in the area. From the local humming birds to the different rocks on the side of the rivers. He knew every town, and seemingly every person that inhabited it.
Our family were overly happy to have us and we were overly happy to spent time with them. We worked hard during most days, out in different farms, but I wouldn’t have traded the views for anything. Jaw-dropping stuff. It was an insane trip and I would do it again in a heart beat! Thanks for every one at Iko Poran and Las Tolas organisations for making this happen. – Sam, 22 years, Melbourne
This charming country is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the World and offers some of the greatest wonders of nature. It is a very inexpensive country with great food and friendly people. Actually, Ecuadorians are the nation’s greatest treasure: kind, warm-hearted, tranquil and generous.
Iko Poran volunteers have a different mix of opportunities in this Amazon Community inside the Rain Forest. Volunteers may teach English, work in the vegetable gardens, in the medicinal plant section, plant trees on the re-forestation project, work in the plant nursery, work in the craft workshop, plant coffee trees and pick coffee beans, hand milk cows, create footpaths in the cloud forest, and much more. Volunteers have a very personal experience with a flexible approach, which guarantees that different volunteering activities can be chosen and tried during their placements.
All of this is complemented by a wide range of leisure activities.
Join us for the experience of your lifetime!!