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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:

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

Two young women from two different continents joined for a volunteer experience teaching young monks at a Buddhist Monastery. Find ...
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Wonderfull Experience at the Children Hospital in Kathmandu

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 ...
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English Teacher in a Buddhist Monastery, Kathmandu

English teacher in a Buddhist Monastery and more Adventures

When Elpidio from USA first learned about Iko Poran during a stay in South America, he signed up to volunteer ...
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Teaching Young Monks at a Monastery in Nepal

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 ...
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Antonia Bozzolo Teaching in Nepal

Teaching in Kathmandu – Amazing Experience!

I spend a month teaching in a school in Kathmandu Nepal. It is an amazing experience, especially if you want ...
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Teaching English in a Buddhist Monastery

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 ...
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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 our page with thee 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.

You may also enjoy reading about some more volunteer experiences in Jaipur:

Lailana Smith Australia caring for children in India

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 ...
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Joseph Guzman Teaching Children in India

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 ...
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Painting Signs for a School in Jaipur

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

Jakob and Aiden from Norway went to India as construction volunteers, in order to paint signs for a school in ...
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Women's Empowerment Project India

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

I highly recommend Iko Poran’s Women’s Empowerment project in India! Every level of it was perfectly organized from the first ...
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Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Interview with Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Claire came with Iko Poran to Jaipur, to work with a women empowerment project. She felt, she could offer something ...
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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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Painting Signs for a School in Jaipur: Construction Volunteer Experience in India

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!

Did you like to hear about Jakob’s and Aiden’s Experience?

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!

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English teacher in a Buddhist Monastery and more Adventures

When Elpidio from USA first learned about Iko Poran during a stay in South America, he signed up to volunteer as English teacher in a Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu. But the uplifting experience with the young monks was just the beginning of more exciting travel adventures and volunteer experiences!

I was in South America December 2017 when I learned about Iko Poran. At first, I wanted to volunteer near where I was, considering that Iko Poran was Brazil-based. However, circumstances needed me to be in the Philippines in February. Fortunately, Iko Poran also had volunteering opportunities in Asia and after considering my options, I decided to volunteer as English teacher in a Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu. I registered for two weeks but ended up extending it to three weeks – March 17 to April 9, 2018. The experience was uplifting. It was my first time to work with children and it gave me optimism that the world continues to be more interconnected. While teaching, I met co-volunteers who opened my eyes to many more adventures which led me to visit Auroville, India and Bangkok, Thailand before resuming my original plan to immerse myself in Spanish-speaking countries. Now I am in Sevilla, Spain and I am looking forward to a next volunteering opportunity. I am confident working with Iko Poran will yield another outstanding outcome. – Elpidio (63), United States

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

I highly recommend Iko Poran’s Women’s Empowerment project in India! Every level of it was perfectly organized from the first email with owner Felipe to my conclusion! India can be a crazy, chaotic place, but I always felt completely safe. The on-site NGO program directors are in constant communications with you ensuring you have everything you need and they allow you to bring your best skills to empowering the women in Deep Public School. I started teaching English but I ordered a couple of sewing machines from Amazon India, which they’d never seen, they LOVED it — so we switched to sewing every day so they can sell their products.

I lived with an amazing host family, they completely adopted me making me part of the family! Stay with host family if you can, you will be completely assimilated into India much quicker. I’m a married 58 year old woman and this experience completely transformed my LIFE! The women of India need YOU, don’t wait another minute—sign up NOW!! – Claire Herbert, USA

How can this program be improved?

None!

Would you recommend this program?

Yes, I would

Want to be a volunteer in India?

Find here all of our highly affordable volunteer programs in India, and how to proceed with your application.

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Interview with Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Claire came with Iko Poran to Jaipur, to work with a women empowerment project. She felt, she could offer something special for women who are illiterate and who have almost no opportunity to do something outside home. When Claire left the USA, she had something special in mind. She had already sent a few sewing machines to Jaipur, and would see, if the women would like to learn sewing. During the project, Claire showed them how to make sanitary pads. But there is so much more to such a project. When Claire realized, her host family treated here like their own daughter, she felt so happy. As she, says, they called her their “Queen”. Listen to Claire’s interview and get some inspiration for your own projects!

Interview with Claire Herbert, about here experience in Jaipur:

Claire, can you tell me, why did you come to India?

Claire: I came to India, because I thought it was a country that had the most of what I could offer. It was so much equity to India, I never traveled this far and I have never been to India before. But when I looked in to the program, and I read the description, and I was send the powerpoint, I got a full view of what I was seeing here. And I realized, this was exactly, what I wanted to do. If I had done an orphanate job, or something else, it would have been anywhere as meaningful.

What project did you choose, and what have you done during your project?

My project was the Women Empowerment project at the public school in Jaipur. That women empowerment project is designed to help women who have nothing, illiterate, and have no opportunity going outside of their home. So bring them here, teach them what it is, they want to learn. We started with just English, but as we got a couple of sewing machines here, that I had sent here, we changed our plan, and I was started, doing an hour of… or two hours of English each day, but we switched it to one hours of English and one hours of sewing. Once they learned sewing, they wanted to do sewing all the time. (laughs) But I still kept English for just a few of them, that really could use the English as well.

How has been your experience with them?

Boy, my experience with the group is probably beyond what I could have been expected. I think, it’s not just coming to the project every day to work, but staying with the host family was key for me. Uhm, I had the ability to stay with a host family tha basically adopted me, and made me a member of the family. The accommodated every request, they also said, I was the queen of the family.

My last question, Claire, please can you tell me three ways to describe, the India, that you’ve seeing here?

The India that is here, or…

that you have seen…

That I have seen? Just chaos, is one. But I would say, quite beauty, another, that’s just two words, but that’s too bad. Because there is beauty in every heart and in every corner, but there is just só much to discover. I think, also, embracing the culture, and expected it to be chaotic, there is so much beauty around.

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