Yearly Archive 2018

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Assistant Teacher in South Africa at a Primary School in Cape Town

Work as an assistant teacher at a Primary School in beautiful Cape Town! The Southern Peninsula of Cape Town with its beautiful landscape attracts many tourists every day. However, what tourists don't realize, in the same area there are still poor communities, where the residents lack education and employment.

Teaching Assistant at a Primary School in the Community

But at the very heart of the community, a primary school thrives to provide an excellent education for the children. Even with a shortage of funds, teachers dedicate themselves to provide a better future for their young students. That's where you can jump in to fill the gap, supporting the local teachers. After all, you will enjoy teaching these enthusiastic youngsters at school. With your volunteer work at this teaching internship, you really will make a difference in their lives!

Working Schedule for the Assistant Teachers at the Primary School

Assistant Teacher with the students

Assistant Teacher with the students

During the day, you’ll assist the local teachers in their classes. You can also work in parallel on other fantastic development projects in order to support the school. Bring your smile, your creativity and all your great ideas about learning in order to help these children finding their way out of poverty. While these smiling little faces will open up your heart, you will look at life in a different way. After all, you will take unforgettable memories home!

Key Benefits for the students at the Primary School:

Using and practicing your teaching skills to teach underprivileged children who really need your help
Learn about these communities, their history and culture – and how you can make a difference.
Experience beautiful Cape Town and all it has to offer.

Make a Difference for the Young Students in Cape Town

Help teach these enthusiastic youngsters and really make a difference in their lives. You’ll have the opportunity to teach children aged 6 - 18 years old. You will assist teachers in their classes and on other fantastic development projects which support the school and the rest of their community. With only 33 teachers for nearly 750 children, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain teaching experience or work alongside a teacher.

About the Teaching Internship at the Primary School in Cape Town

This is a government primary school which is open to the kids in the area who generally don’t have much money. The school is so important because there are still high levels of illiteracy. Even though funds are short, the staff at this school work hard to provide quality education for these children. So children will be able to develop their full potential. After school, they will have better job opportunities.

The teachers at school strive to foster initiative, individuality, and integrity and provide the children with the learning to be able to tackle life head-on. They teach them the power of positivity, perseverance, and ambition. Within their limited means, the kids are given a chance to have a promising future and stop the circle of poverty.
Your creativity and input are very much welcomed at the school if you have any suggestions to help improve learning in the classroom please tell the local team.

How to be an assistant teacher in South Africa

Find here start dates and location of the teaching internship. The large volunteer house in Fish Hoek will be your happy home for this internhsip. It accommodates up to 20 people (our volunteers only) in dormitory-style, same sex rooms with bunk beds, a maximum of six people per room. You will find even a pool and garden terrace - a perfect place to relax after work!

Project duration: Four or eight weeks
Location of project: Southern Peninsula, Cape Town
Arrival airport: Cape Town (airport code CPT) arrive by 4.15pm at the latest
Activities: Working as a teacher’s assistant, helping underprivileged children with learning and play activities
Working hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 2pm, weekend are free
Requirements: Minimum age 18, police check required (fees apply)
For you to organise: Flights, insurance, visas, return airport transfer (at the end of your trip)

Advice & Safety
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay and someone will always be available in case of emergency.

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Teaching Young Monks at a Buddhist Monastery: Ana Margarida from Portugal

Ana Margarida Paixão Brazão, from Portugal, teaching Young Monks in a Buddist Monastery, Nepal. The young monks in Nepal want to learn English in order to further their academic and professional opportunities. The Buddhist Monastery, where you’ll be teaching, is located within the peaceful highlands of the Kathmandu valley.

Learn about the Buddhist Ideals of Peace and Compassion

Buddhism is a religion based on the ideals of peace and compassion. As a volunteer at the monastery in Nepal you can learn much from the followers of Buddhism, especially from their mantra of a simple life. Therefore you will have the opportunity to get a close insight of Buddhist culture and spirituality. At the same time, your teaching will help the monks developing language skills and open new opportunities for their future.

How to volunteer teaching young monks in Kathmandu?

Find the teaching project at the Buddhist Monastery here, and sign Up to volunteer in Nepal with Iko Poran. The best travel experience of your life is here 

You might be interested in other teaching experiences as well, like the teaching internship in Rio de Janeiro.

Find more volunteer experiences in Nepal below:

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Wildlife Volunteering in South Africa: The Most Wonderful Three Months of My Life!

I participated in a project in South Africa, during 3 months. These are the most wonderful 3 months I have ever spent in my life. The place was magical, animals of all kinds and an extraordinary team atmosphere .. I met volunteers from around the world, really this experience taught me a lot on a personal level! I highly recommend – Imane, France

Original Testimonial in French:

J’ai participé à un projet en Afrique du Sud, d’une durée de 3 mois. Ce sont les 3 mois les plus merveilleux que j’ai pu passer de toute ma vie. L’endroit était magique, des animaux de toute sortes et une ambiance d’équipe extraordinaire.. J’ai rencontré des volontaire du monde entier, vraiment cette expérience m’a beaucoup appris sur le plan personnel ! Je recommande fortement – Imane, France

Find out more about WildlifeVolunteering in South Africa

Travel to South Africa with its fasinating landscapes and enjoy animal volunteering in the African Bush! You can choose from caring for Vervet Monkeys, monitoring the Big Five or Rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals. There is now even a new marine biology internship available, at the aquarium in Cape Town.

Visit our page of Wildlife Volunteering in South Africa, to learn more.

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First Time Volunteer Experience in Colorful, Festive Rio de Janeiro

Giulia Russo Walti from Italy went for her first time volunteer experience to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

My experience in Brazil, particularly in Rio de Janeiro, was a magnificent adventure. In a colorful city, with a lot of nature and so festive, I was able to try for the first time a volunteer experience.
Putting aside all the rumors that feel about crime in the Favelas I left and I could know a reality so different from that in Italy and yet with people so available, joyful and full of energy.
This experience has opened me to the world of volunteering, which unites people regardless of their age, culture and nationality, an experience that I wish in the life of anyone, who can teach a lot about others but also about ourselves.– Giulia Russo Walti from Rome, Italy

Are you ready for your first time volunteer experience in Brazil?

Visit our homepage with all our volunteer projects in Brazil. You may choose from teaching English to students in a favela, coaching sports and football to environmental projects in the Tijuca Rainforest. If you love arts, your creativity will be inspiring for kids at school. You may even teach dance or care for the children at a daycare.

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Teaching Young Monks at the Buddhist Monastery: Filipa from Portugal and Natasha from the US

Two young women from two different continents joined for a volunteer experience teaching young monks at a Buddhist Monastery. Find on the photo Filipa Pereira, from Portugal, and Natasha Smith, from the US, with some of their English students in Nepal. Thank you, Ladies!! The world is better because of you.

Carol Masten commented on our Facebook page:

This is so awesome!!! Natasha you have such a beautiful heart for this!!! When I just read this, the biggest smile covered my face!! Much love Natasha!!!

Teaching young monks at the Buddhist Monastery at Aarubari, Kathmandu

Go for a unique volunteer trip for teaching English at a Buddhist monastery, located at Aarubari, Jorpati, Kathmandu. Since the young monks are passionate English students, you will enjoy teaching. At the same time, you will learn about the Buddhist philosophy of peace and compassion.

The young monks in Nepal want to learn English in order to further their academic and professional opportunities. At this volunteer placement, you will teach English in a monastery located within the peaceful highlands of the Kathmandu valley.

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How to volunteer teaching English at the Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu

Visit our page with all the volunteer projects in Nepal and sign up for your volunteer trip! You can also find the Teaching English Volunteer Project in Nepal on our official homepage!

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Volunteering at a Kindergarten in Iquitos: Albane you rock!

Albane Pournin from France had joined a childcare program in Cambodia last year, this year she is joining 4 programs on a roll. In this picture, she is working as a teacher assistant in a kindergarten in Iquitos, Peru.
Albane, you rock!!

How to volunteer as a teacher assistant in the Kindergarten in Iquitos?

If you are looking for a truly inspiring workaway volunteer opportunity, try out our childcare program at a Kindergarten or Wawa Wasi in Iquitos, Cusco or Arequipa. The Quechua words means house of the kids. While the parents are working during the day, the Wawa Wasi National Peruvian Program provides comprehensive early childhood care for their children. Since children up to four years sometimes live under conditions of extreme porverty, the program provides a safe learning environment, where the children can grow. The Management Committee and the Supervisory Board perform their tasks free of charge, providing their time and social commitment in support of the children of their community.

Rewarding Volunteer Work with the Children at the Kindergarten

Since the work with the children is so rewarding, you will begin to see life in a different way. With you voluntary work, you will give the chidren the chance to socialize, play and learn new skills in a safe area. These day care centers desperately need volunteers because each of the team’s educators has to care for at least 8 children from 1 month to 4 years. So, you can fill in the gap and give the children more attention! Your role includes also to organize short indoor activities such as art & craft, reading fairytale stories, coloring, playing games, serving food, cleaning and tidying, etc.

Visit the page with the childcare volunteer project in Peru here, or check out all the volunteer projects in Peru. You might also enjoy learning about more child development programs in several countries.

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Animal Volunteering in South Africa: Pedro Henrique with his new friends

Pedro Henrique de Cerqueira from Brazil, went for a trip for animal volunteering in South Africa. As you can see on the pictures, he made new friends during the wildlife conservation program in South Africa!

Do you love Animals?

Go for a trip for wildlife volunteering in South Africa with Iko Poran! You may choose from many exciting projects, including a program to save the Vervet Monkeys, or Wildlife Rehabilitation. And of course, you can go for a safari monitoring the Big Five. And there is even a wildlife veterinary internship, in a five star game reserve at the Eastern Coast Game Reserve. Finally, there is a marine conservation volunteer project, with the Great White Shark.

Please go to our page with all the animal conservation programs in South Africa, and find out more!

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Takara Chan and Lucy Thiess, volunteers from Australia, get their hands-on preparing and serving meals to adults and children in Buenos Aires. Our world is much better because of people like them!! Thank you very much!!!

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Volunteer in Argentina helping to feed hundreds of people per day. Through this project you will be in direct contact with needy families by offering them a nice meal every day.

Volunteers are needed to cook, serve and talk to the 2,500 people that daily depend on this project to survive with some dignity. You are more than welcome to suggest any activity to help all these families, they will be very happy about it.

How to be a Community Feeding Volunteer in Argentina

Visit our page with the full information about volunteering in Buenos Aires here, and sign up.

Visit the Community Feeding Project in Buenos Aires here, and sign up. Find here also some more of the best community development projects in several countries.

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Planting Trees to Save the Tijuca Rainforest: Shade Elgalaly, Egypt

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Planting Trees: Ecological Volunteer Program to save the Urban Rainforest in Rio

You can volunteer with the reforestation project at The Tijuca National Forest, the world’s largest urban forest. While you are volunteering on this project, you will be helping in the tree nursery. But there is more, what you can do:

  • planting trees in a reforestation effort
  • counting species of tropical trees and typical plants
  • opening and cleaning hiking trails in the forest
  • cutting branches,
  • painting fences / signals,

among other activities.

How to work as an environmental volunteer in Rio de Janeiro?

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