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Valérie had a hands on Medical Volunteering Experience in Thailand

I participated in the Thailand Medical Volunteering project in Surin province and was placed at Takook Community Hospital. I had initially intended to stay 2 weeks in this program. Yet, since the first week I was there, I knew instantly that I wanted to stay longer which I did. Felipe from Iko Poran was incredibly helpful in sorting out pre-departure fees and was also available to answer all my questions.

Valérie

Valérie

As for the program, I was astonished at how hands-on it was and how incredibly lovely and welcoming the Thailand team was. I got the opportunity to partake in wound-dressing on locals of a rather indigent part of the countryside. The team gave us training in the first week, but by the second, we were given a lot of autonomy for house calls, obviously accompanied by one of the nurses. The people of the village were also incredibly friendly and giving.

Furthermore, we had plenty of time after volunteering hours and on our three-day weekends to discover other parts of Surin as well as the beautiful islands such as Koh Samet, Koh Chang, and many others.

I highly recommend this program to anyone who has not previously had much medical experience or anyone who wishes to extend their current skills to communities that cannot usually access such care. – Valérie Pierre-Louis, from France

Video of Valérie measuring blood sugar

How to join the Thailand Medical Volunteering Project?

Visit our page with the full description of the medical internship in Thailand, and sign up! You may have a look at more volunteer projects in Thailand as well.

Read about more volunteer experiences in Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand Surin

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand – Surin

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Voluntour in Thailand this summer

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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

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Teaching at school in India: Patricia and Rui from Portugal

Patricia Oliveira & Rui Falhas Santos have been teaching at school in India. Both volunteer teachers com from Portugal and are giving back & making a difference in Jaipur.

Volunteer teaching at school in India

Rui with his students in India

Rui with his students

As an assistant teacher, you’ll be teaching English at a Community school in India, situated in the southern part of Jaipur. 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.

Visit the teaching volunteer project in India on our homepage, and sign up!

On our blog, you can find more volunteer projects in India.

More volunteer experiences in India

Lailana Smith Australia caring for children in India

Lailana from Australia caring for children in India

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Joseph Guzman Teaching Children in India

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Karen's Volunteer trip to India

Karen’s Volunteer Trip to India: Friendly People, Solid Organisation, Unique Experience!

When Karen from Norway planned her volunteer trip to India about six months ago, she wanted to travel together with ...
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Painting Signs for a School in Jaipur

Painting Signs for a School in Jaipur: Construction Volunteer Experience in India

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Women's Empowerment Project India

Iko Poran Women’s Empowerment Project India – AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

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Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Interview with Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

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Caregiving and Teaching for Children at a Day Care in Cambodia

Caregiving and Teaching children in Cambodia. There are no words to describe the magic, the love, the kindness, and the gratitude you will experience. Apply today to volunteer abroad with Iko Poran. Your best travel is here 

Caregiving for Children at a Day Care in Cambodia

This project provides for you as a childcare volunteer in Cambodia a chance to make a difference to such deprived children by helping them on a day-to-day basis.

Your volunteer work schedule will include sanitation, learning, recreation and offering extracurricular activities such as drawing, painting, singing, and dancing.

The main objective of the childcare volunteer program is to bring mental, intellectual, physical and social improvement to  the orphans.

How to be a Child Care Volunteer in Cambodia

Visit our page with all programs for volunteering in Cambodia. Find the child care project in Cambodia here.

More Volunteer Experiences in Cambodia

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Volunteer Trip to Cambodia: Working in a Daycare

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A two-weeks program in a day care center in Cambodia – Albane

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NGO Development in Cambodia

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Volunteer Teaching in Cambodia

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

I must say volunteering at a buddhist monastery in Nepal was the best decision of my life. Not only do i have the oportunity to pass knowledge along, as i can hang out with the children from the monastery and the locals from the village anytime. It’s a truly immersive experience.

Daily Meditation at the Monastery before Sunrise

I can wake up at 5 am and participate in their daily meditation, which is a true privilege, at 6:30 am i watch the sunrise and take breakfast, and by 9:30 i’m starting the day in the best way, playing educational games with the kids and teaching them grammar. To get their atention, i have to create different challenges every day, so this is both stimulating for me and for them.

Nepal is a Magical Place

At night we have dinner all together and sometimes, the chosen game is to catch fireflies and watch their light. So, it’s a different routine, with new details that amaze me everyday. Nepal is a magical place and Hasantar nunnery is like home.

How can this program be improved?

I think the program can be improved by keeping track of what is being taught to the children, so that they can make progress, since teachers are constantly changing and sometimes they end up repeating the same syllabus. – Ana, 20 years old, from Portugal

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Lailana from Australia caring for children in India

We would like to thank Lailana Smith, who was caring for the children in Jaipur, India. Lailana came from Australia to India, in order to dedicate herself to educate an teach the children.
Thank you very much Lana!!

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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:

Volunteering at a Buddhist Monastery

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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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Wonderfull Experience at the Children Hospital in Kathmandu

Wonderfull Experience at the Children Hospital in Kathmandu! Rita from Portugal

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English Teacher in a Buddhist Monastery, Kathmandu

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Teaching Young Monks at a Monastery in Nepal

Teaching Young Monks in Nepal – Fernando Castillo

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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.

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 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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Teaching Children in India: Joey’s Uplifting Presence

Joseph Guzman chose to volunteer teaching children in India. With his joy and dedication he was a great and positive presence at the school class in Jaipur. We would like to thank Joey to travel the long way from the USA and really inspire the children. Great Work!

Joseph Guzman with his class in Jaipur

Find out more about teaching children in India as a volunteer

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.

Want to be a volunteer in India?

Visit the child development volunteer project in Jaipur on IKPVA’s Homepage. You can also find more projects for volunteer work in India available.

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Wonderfull Experience at the Children Hospital in Kathmandu! Rita from Portugal

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)

How to be a volunteer at the Children Hospital in Kathmandu?

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.

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Karen’s Volunteer Trip to India: Friendly People, Solid Organisation, Unique Experience!

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.

Teaching, Women Empowerment and Construction: Perfect Mix of Projects for Karen and her Son!

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:

Interview with Karen, India

Hi Karen!

Hello

How are you doing?

I am fine. Just a bit emotional today.

It’s your last day.

Yes

Karen, could you please tell me, why did you come to India?

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.

How was your experience with Iko Poran?

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.

How would you describe the India you have seen here?

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.

Would you advise other volunteers to come with us to India?

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 being with us Karen. Thank you so much!

Thank you for having us here!

Are you up for a volunteer trip to India, too?

Find our complete information of all the volunteer projects in India here, and how to sign up.

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Patricia with her students in India

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