Monthly Archive January 2018

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Teaching English in a monastery in Kathmandu: an experience to remember!

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. At times, it was challenging to keep the kids in line by using only positive feedback and enthusiasm (because they see and undergo enough violence in their lives) but I think me and other volunteers have found a nice balance to make lessons entertaining, engaging as well as educational. It has been very rewarding to see how much progress they’ve made in the three weeks I got to teach them.

How can this program be improved?

By insuring that when volunteers are finished with the program, it is well-documented what progress they made and at what level the kids are at in their English proficiency. It took me quite some time to figure out what kind of lessons would be at the right level for the kids. – Lammert Lettinga

Feel inspired to go for a volunteer trip to Nepal?

Find here all the opportunities for volunteer work in Nepal.

Read about more volunteer experiences in Nepal:

Nepal was Alice's favorite experience as a volunteer

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Volunteering at a Buddhist Monastery

Volunteering at a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal was the Best Decision of my Life

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Filipa Pereira Portugal Natasha Smith USA with the young monks at the Buddhist Monastery

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

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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 Masiphumelele Township, South Africa. The purpose was to help, but it was much beyond that. I had a life lesson, a very great personal growth. Everyday in the morning, when we arrived at crèche (me and the other volunteers), the children were waiting for us with a smile on their faces. Receiving those smiles, hugs, and kisses every morning was the best way to start the day. Playing, teaching a few words in English, helping in the distribution of snacks, it was a better way to brighten their lives because they need more love, affection and care. They need us!
I am very thankful to Iko Poran for the whole experience. They were always there from airport pick-up to accommodation, showing me the way and placing me at the project. It was unique experience without a doubt! My thanks to everybody who is part of this organization that has been helping all who need it. – Mariane

Want to learn more about volunteering in South Africa?

Visit our page with the volunteer opportunities in South Africa.

On our page with the orphanage and childcare projects, you will find volunteer programs in more countries, like Brazil, Cambodia, Nepal, Argentina, Thailand and Peru.

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Free Sightseeing in Jaipur for our Volunteers in India

This May, June and July we offer free sightseeing in Jaipur for all our volunteers in India!

In order to introduce you to the Indian culture, we included some cultural activities, Hindi classes and incredible sightseeing  trips in Jaipur for you.

This fascinating capital of the state of Rajasthan is one of the best-planned cities of its time. Jaipur was established by the then Maharaja, Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1927. Since the graceful architecture of the city features many buildings painted in pink, Jaipur became known as “The Pink City”. Besides the beautiful architecture, Jaipur’s musicians, artisans and craftsmen contribute to the wonderful athmosphere. Today, the city attracts the travelers for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine. Moreover, there are innumerable sagas and stories of culture, traditions, practices and valour. This diverse land of rich cultural heritage is a royal treat for tourists all over the world.

Some Highlights for your Free Sightseeing Trips in Jaipur

  • Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds
  • Amber Fort, the earliest capital of erstwhile Jaipur state
  • Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory
  • City Palace, the residence of erstwhile Maharaja of Jaipur
  • Nahargarh Fort, the hunting residence of erstwhile Maharajas
  • Jaigarh Fort, the artillery storehouse of Rajput Rulers

Cultural activities in your first week at Jaipur

You may choose, whether you would like to participate in Yoga classes, learn Indian dances or have Indian cooking classes, including to bake chapati, 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.

What is unique about our volunteer programs in India?

The staff from the local organization is very welcoming and helpful, always ready to give you a hand with your program or giving you tips for your leisure activities. As Lea put it: “The people are very friendly. sometimes you can be a little bit too friendly, but it’s OK. You get used to it”.

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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 a time, yet is still able to check in on us to make sure that everything is going well. He was readily available to us throughout my groups trip. He is also really good about getting back to you if you have any questions, and he was very helpful in setting up our trip. He also makes sure that you are prepared to stay in Rio during your trip. He also had an assistant who was always with us when we volunteered. She was also really helpful throughout our trip. All in all, I had a great experience in Rio. – Armando Dominguez

Are you ready for a great experience in Rio?

Visit our page with all the volunteer opportunities in Rio and see, what you like best!

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Volunteering with Children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Iko Poran do an amazing job at putting you into contact with local communities and projects that need support. The work these projects do are extremely important in these communities and it was a privilege to be able to help with it. Everybody i worked with was very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend others to pursue a volunteer project and believe it is just as beneficial to the individual as to the community you are working with. – Lisa

Find more testimonials from childcare volunteers in Brazil

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Volunteers making children smile in Brazil

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Beautiful testimony from Paulina in Rio de Janeiro

Beautiful testimony from Paulina in Rio de Janeiro!

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Volunteering with Children in Rio – Lucy

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I had a great time in Rio – Medical Volunteer

I had a great time in Rio learning about the culture and building relationships with the people in the Engenho de Rainha community. I worked with talented, passionate and hardworking health professionals who were willing to help and answer questions at all times. I really enjoyed being immersed in the community and learning about all aspects of the healthcare system in Rio de Janeiro in particular including the many challenges. This was an unforgettable experience I would highly recommend. – Jefrin

Medical internship in Rio de Janeiro

Working as a Volunteer in the medical field in Rio de Janeiro is a great opportunity to help the poorer parts of Rio with a variety of medical issues. As a medical intern, you can work in a clinic and assist the local doctors and nurses. In addition, you can also promote health awareness in the suburbs and favelas of Rio and provide important educational work.

An open-minded medical team on site is always at your side

As our interns told us, the clinics are full of devoted doctors and nurses who really gave them an insight into how the clinic works. The whole medical team is very nice and ready to work with the volunteers, even if the volunteers are still learining Portuguese. Finally, you can have good learning experiences, shadow doctors, and learn some basic medical techniques

Immerse yourself in the culture and art of life of Rio de Janeiro during the medical internship

The Medical Volunteer Program allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and get a feel for the Brazilian health care system. But of course you also have enough free time to enjoy the vibrant life in the city center and to be on the beach of Copacabana or Ipanema!

Feel inspired to work as a medical volunteer with the healthcare system in Rio?

Find the healthcare volunteer project in Rio on IKPVA’s Homepage, or go to our page with all the volunteer programs in Brazil.

You can go to our page with all the medical internship programs in more countries like Peru, India and Uganda as well.

You may also enjoy reading the review of Ana Norleyne from Texas

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Wonderfull Experience at the Children Hospital in Kathmandu

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Great Experience in Rio de Janeiro

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone. It was fun, educational, and a new experience. We met so many people who love and care about others. The state of Rio was beautiful and we had a decent amount of free time to sight see. The program leaders were super friendly and they gave a lot of information on how to get around Rio. Overall, we made new friendships and dove into a new culture. This was by far one of the greatest experiences of my life. – Isabella

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Lea’s Volunteer Trip to India: Incredible, Unexpected and Beautiful!

Lea describes her volunteer trip to India. When asked, if she could describe her experience with three words, she would say: “Incredible, unexpected and beautiful.” She enjoyed her trip to India from the beginning: at the airport pickup, the orientation, and the volunteer projects. She has been teaching English to children and met so many friendly people – they are unbelievable friendly, she says, and want us to discover the culture.

From Lea’s interview:

If you had a chance to describe India with three words, what words would you use?

Incredible, unexpected and beautiful.

What made you smile in India?

The people are very friendly, especially to foreigners – sometimes they can be a little bit too friendly, but it’s OK. You get used to it, you can not like to be a star.

What makes us unique?

Listening to the people, they are giving us som tips and are helping us, they are very friendly, they want us discover the culture

What are the best Memories you take with you from your Project & us?

I would say everything, because it is very dificult for me to say, there is only one moment that is important, because for me it is all journey and I have a very big experience about it.

Lea discovered the culture during her volunteer trip to India

During her stay in India, Lea had Yoga classes, learned Indian dances and took part in a cooking workshop.

In order to introduce you to the Indian culture, we included some cultural activities, Hindi classes and incredible trips for you. You may choose, whether you would like to participate in Yoga classes, learn Indian dances or have Indian cooking classes, including to bake chapati, 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 is referred to, we believe, you are ready to go ahead with your volunteer project.

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New Year volunteers in Rio de Janeiro

New Year volunteers in Rio de Janeiro.
Happy ? 2018 and Welcome to Brazil.

Felipe Murray with his volunteers on Escadaria Selarón in Lapa, Rio. A promising New Year 2018 has just arrived and the volunteers enjoyed the New Year’s Party in Rio. It is summer in the cosmopolitan city and the beaches are beautiful.

The Carioca Way Of Life

Open-hearted people will welcome you. The Carioca way of life is beyond comparison! People thrive with hapiness and spontaneity. May be this year you try out the Carnival preparation project? You can help creating the decoration for the floats and dive into sambe rhythm.

Many Volunteer Opportunities to choose from

In Rio you can teach English, work with Urban Environmentalism at the Tijuca Rainforest. The Arts and Design programs are sought after as well, you can even work with ballet classes. Or you choose to give your love and joy to the children of a day care centre or orphanage.

There a plenty of options, check it out on our homepage, the Brazil volunteer programs in full detail!

If you want to listen to the words of alumni first, check out the volunteer experiences in Rio here on our blog.

Be welcome to Rio!

 

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