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Women Empowerment in Jaipur – Interview with Odette Crisp

Odette Crisp, from Australia, traveled to India, and worked as a volunteer on women empowerment in Jaipur with IKPVA. In this interview she tells us, how she had the idea to do something different, apart from tourist travel as usual. Before departure, she shaved her hair to raise funds for the women and the children who were her beneficiaries. When she arrived in India and met the women, she found out pretty soon, that what they wonted most, was to learn English. She ended up falling in love with India and had an amazing experience with the women in Jaipur.

Interview with Odette Crisp

Why did you choose to come here to Jaipur India?

Odi: Originally I wanted to come to India to do a Yoga course, and I decided if I was gonna come to somewhat which is só different, from Australia to travel like a typical Westener and get involved with something that I’ve never really done before, like doing something meaningful with my life. And like helping people, and being envolved in community … and experiencing something you never had is really important. Spirit….

Odi, you have been here for two weeks already. How would you describe your experience here in India?

Odi: It is here, at first it was like such a (laughing) a culture shock and I wasn’t very well adjusted about things, like a baby. But it has been like the most amazing life changing experience.

Which project did you choos from Iko Porann?

I chose the women empowerment project.

How was it?

Amazing. Like, the women and girls have been supportive, and attentive, loving and nice…

Here are some of the women… What were you teaching to them?

At first, it was Art, but then, all they wanted to know was English. Yeah.

So, can you please share, what level of English you taught and, overall, what you found out about the background of the women?

Odi: So, I think, the most important thing is to engage and find, what different levels of skills, before you kind of start teaching across – there are some women, who are illiterate – tasks and things and challenges, like to fit to everyone’s level.

Tell me three words that would describe India that you’r experiencing here?

Chaotic, amazing and beautiful.

Feel inspired to volunteer on Women Empowerment in Jaipur?

Visit our page with the full information about volunteering in Jaipur, India and proceed with your application.

Read also about Claire’s beautiful experience with women empowerment in India:

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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand – Surin

Volunteer with elephants in Thailand, Surin, and join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.

The volunteer program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. The elephants are no longer needed in the timber industry to haul the tribes, and many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated. Therefore, our elephant volunteer program continues to lead the way in Surin in helping to change attitudes towards elephant care for the better.

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin and Support the Local Community

This Elephant Experience financially supports the local community and the wellbeing of the elephants. Whilst volunteering with the elephants, you will epxerience the local village life and culture. This gives you the opportunity to learn about rural Thai culture and to witness the incredible challenges that elephant communities and mahouts face in Thailand.  Spend your days close and in personal touch with these magnificent elephants.

Treating the Elephants with Respect: No Riding Policy

Since all the activities are about caring for the elephants and treating them with respect, we put our strict no riding policy. Therefore, on your work schedule you will walk the elephants through the river and bathe them. Moreover, you will plant and harvest food for the elephants and also feed them. Since we put the elephants in the first place, we base everything around a new approach to elephant care.

Meals:

Meals are included whilst at the village – please budget around $10-15 USD per day when you’re not at the village.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

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Volunteer with Football Coaching in Ghana

Go for a very special volunteer trip and volunteer with football coaching in Ghana. These boys  in Ghana kicking football are waiting for you to play with them! Ghana was 7th place in 2010 FIFA World Cup and so it takes no wonder what these kids are dreaming of: Quatar and Russia. Loved throughout the country, football is Ghana’s number one sport, and it’s not exactly hard to see why!

Great Volunteer Program for Sports Fans and Wannabe Coaches alike

Ghana Sports Development Program

Ghana Football Coaching Program

Working with local schools in rural villages, our football coaching volunteer program is great for sports fans and wannabe coaches alike. When you arrive at the project you’ll be assigned a team, and moving forward you’ll be there to coach them to sporting glory, from heading up the training session on the beach to being chief supporter on the sidelines of a match.

Football Coaching in Ghana: Foster the Talents of the Youth in the Rural Villages

The sports development program in Ghana helps youth in the rural villages to foster their talents and focus on safe and healthy after school activities. Additionally, it helps youth to gain leadership skills and discipline by becoming a part of a team, and building stronger bonds with their community.

Feel inspired to volunteer in Ghana?

Find out everything about volunteering in Ghana and how to apply!

Visit also our page with all the football coaching programs.

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Amazing Experience with turtles in Costa Rica

My experience at the turtles project was amazing. I had a lot of fun and met fantastic people from all over the world. The village is totally safe and local people are really kind.

Patrols at Night:  you’ll get to See Turtles coming slowly from the Ocean

The patrols at night were fine, you have to walk for four hours on the beach with guides, and if you’re on a lucky night you’ll get to see turtles coming slowly from the ocean, crossing the beach and laying eggs just in front of you. It’s something you want to live in your life, and something you want to protect.

  •  Marine, 21 years old, from Switzerland 

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Environmental Volunteering at Rio’s Tijuca Rainforest

Environmental Volunteering at the Tijuca National Forest helps preserving the world’s largest urban forest. You can volunteer on a reforestation project helping in the three nursery, counting species, opening and cleaning trails, cutting branches, painting fences/ signals, among other activities.

Tijuca Forest is the worlds largest urban rainforest, this program gives you, as a volunteer, the opportunity to take part in aiding the conservation of this natural beauty. You will be given the once in a lifetime chance to create alternative solutions to some of the increasing environmental issues this area faces, in response to plastics residues, waste and pollution.

If only I was born in Brazil

Iko Poran truly showed me the authentic life of a Brazilian. The warmth, the layback’d-ness, the everyday “Bon Dia’s”…. It was an experience that I will never forget. I am going to return to Brazil as soon as I can!! The people you meet, both local citizens as well as the foreign participants, have become friends I will never forget and hopefully see soon!
All in all, Iko Poran was an opportunity I would do again and again (especially to see Lola, the dorm cat).  – Eric Jin, Waterloo University

Magnificent Landscapes at the “Cidade Maravilhosa”

Rio de Janeiro boasts one of the most magnificent contrasting landscapes in the world: cascading forests on massive mountains adjacent to a world-class city. However, this contrast isn’t always mutually beneficial, as many of Rio’s treasured green spaces are damaged by urban sprawl.

Emily’s Experience with Environmental Volunteering at the Tijuca Rainforest

I was in Rio de Janeiro for 4 weeks helping out in the Tijuca rainforest and at the community garden in a favela. I met so many different people from all over the world and as a result, I not only learned about Brazil but many other cultures. It’s a great way to get to know a city and have more of a local feel and the program itself is very reasonably priced. I would definitely consider coming back to Iko Poran for volunteering again. – Emily, University of Waterloo

Environmental Volunteering helps to preserve the pristine nature of Rio’s Rainforest

As a volunteer for an environmental program you can help to support and develop some of the most precious natural spaces, while also helping in a community vegetable garden and experiencing favela life.

How to be an environmental volunteer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Find the complete information about affordable volunteering in Brazil

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Tanzania Soccer Coaching Volunteer Program

Warm up session on the Tanzania Sports volunteer program.

Tanzania Sports Volunteers coach and educate local children

Tanzania Sports Volunteer Program

Tanzania Soccer Team – warm up

The sports program helps youth in the rural villages to foster their talents and focus on safe and healthy after school activities. Additionally, it helps youth to gain leadership skills and discipline by becoming a part of a team, and building stronger bonds with their community.

Work alongside the coaches of the football (soccer) team

As a sports volunteer, you’ll work alongside the coaches of the football team to help facilitate daily practices. Additionally, the team will play matches on the weekends, where you will assist the coach. Volunteers do not need to be professionals in sports, but rather have a passion and excitement for this program. Though you will work on the weekends, you can arrange with our staff to take off certain weekends for travel if you want to see other parts of the country. Volunteers in the sports program are most successful if they combine it with another program, such as childcare or teaching, to fill their days with more activities and build stronger bonds with the community.

Tanzania Sports Program - Boy with Football

Boy with football

Become a Tanzania Sports Volunteer!

Find the full information about affordable volunteering in Tanzania. Have a look also on our page with all our sports volunteer programs!

 

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