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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
Visit our page with the full information about volunteering in Buenos Aires here, and sign up.
Shaden Elgalaly, volunteer from Egypt (in the center) together with Brazilian volunteer, ready to plant trees and save the forests in Brazil.
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:
among other activities.
At first I was feeling kind of afraid because of the distance and the new culture… But the experience could hardly have been better. Since we arrived, Kelly, Jenny and Felipe were taking care about us, helping with transport and giving us security tips. Truly, the city is quietter, but there are also lot of things to do. The trips in Cusco are so special, with beautiful and unique landscapes you wouldn’t see anywhere else. Moreover, being accommodated with a local family has upgraded our experience to a different point, counting on their help, their interesting conversations and their typical dishes.
Talking about the project, I’ve been in a little health centre in Cuzco. It was a less-favoured area, where I could learn a lot about diseases I hadn’t seen before so frequently and I could perform some procedures that I hadn’t tried in my country of origin. For sure, this has been a great oportunity for my personal and professional growth. It is always very enriching meeting a new health system and a different way of working, making the best with the little resources that they have and knowing the individual patient very well. The doctors were kind with us and let us explore and help them in their daily practise.
So, after all, I am really happy to have been a part of this adventure:-) – Cristina from Spain (23 years)
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Adam is probably about to discover a new Messi in Buenos Aires! While he is coaching young football talents he has not only a lot of fun, but also inspires their team spirit. The young kids obviously enjoy the football lessons with a volunteer from UK, where football has orginally been invented.
I recently returned home from 2 weeks volunteering in Villa Rodrigo Bueno, a small neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. The main aim of the programme was to use organised workshops in football, boxing and English to encourage the local kids to get involved with productive activities and become active members of their community. All in all it was a fantastic experience, and I was really well looked after by the people there.
Flor and Bautista, a husband and wife team who ran the community centre, made sure I was safe, comfortable and well fed whenever I visited them and Andrea, who was the link between Iko Poran and the neighbourhood, was in constant contact with me throughout. Taking part in the workshops with the kids was a lot of fun, and I was also invited to take part in other activities with the adults too- a midweek football tournament being a particular highlight.
I’d definitely recommend learning some Spanish before you go as nobody in the neighbourhood speaks English, so communication could be a bit tricky at times. Nevertheless, everyone I met was really hospitable and I was made to feel very welcome. Facilities in the neighbourhood are very basic and the activities are subject to weather and other factors, so be open-minded and prepared for your schedule to change at short notice.
The programme title suggests that you will be coaching sports, but in reality you are mostly just joining in with the workshops, and in some cases being coached yourself! In many ways this was probably for the best as the standard of football in the neighbourhood is ridiculously high, so I’m not sure if I could have taught them anything anyway! There are still lots of ways to make yourself useful though: helping the kids with their homework in the English workshop, unloading food deliveries, and helping to distribute food to the local residents to give a few examples. As Andrea kept telling me, the more you put yourself out there, the more everyone gets out of it. – Adam Leese, United Kingdom, 26 years
Morgan Bureau from France joined our volunteer project to save the baby sea turtles in Costa Rica and is having fun doing it. We are excited about her participation in the ecological project and would like to thank Morgan so much! Her work together with the other volunteers is a vital piece to preserve the ecological balance of the oceans and the natural beauty in Costa Rica. Since poachers prey on the baby sea turtles when they try to crawl to the water, our volunteers go for patrols during the night on the beach to protect the turtles.
Go for a very special trip to volunteer in Costa Rica with this wonderful baby sea turtle conservation project in a paradisiac Caribbean community. Help protecting the baby sea turtles crawling to sea from poachers! We have developed this very affordable marine conservation project with your budget in mind. Our prices are among the cheapest!
It is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself into the Spanish language at the same time you help to protect endangered species of sea turtles. You will see giant female sea turtles nesting on the beach and baby turtles crawling out of their nests in the sand towards the ocean.It is an exciting opportunity to help a town that relies on its sea turtle population and to contribute to the growth and success of this grassroots conservation project.
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Saving the Urban Rainforest in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most important ecological volunteer projects in Rio de Janeiro. Volunteers from all over the world joined in Rio de Janerio to help preserving the tropical forest – on the photo from left to right: Sabrina Ho, from China, Luca Klein, from Germany, George Wade, from Britain, Jawad Dabbour, from United States, Radek Machowiec, from Polland, and 3 Brazilian Volunteers saving the forests of Brazil.
The Magnificent City (Cidade Maravilhosa) wouldn’t be the same, if it had not the largest urban rainforest as a green lung to breathe. And of course, there are beautiful hiking trails through the forest and upon the top of the mountains with breathtaking views. So, preserving the Rainforest in Rio is one of the most important ecological volunteer projects to work on!
You can volunteer with the reforestaion project at The Tijuca National Forest in order to preserve the world’s largest urban rainforest. While you are volunteering on this project, you will be helping in the tree nursery. But there is more, what you can do:
among other activities.
Find here all the volunteer projects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and how to sign up.
Gabriela Lopes, from Brazil, has been celebrating San Juan with students from her Teaching Program in Peru. San Juan is a great festival in Iquitos, and the volunteer experience in the Peruvian Amazon was magnificent!
Volunteering as teaching assistent in a small village in the Peruvian Amazon is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with local people. While the students really appreciate the chance learning English from a native speaker, you will dive in a different and fascinating culture of the Peruvian Amazon. You can even participate in cultural events, like the festival of San Juan. The small community is located at only 20 min by boat from Iquitos, right in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.
We believe, both the local people and the volunteer will truly benefit from the teaching program! You can make friends with people from a different cultural background, and also offer them a unique experience, learning from a foreigner.
Last but not least, nature is absolutely fascinating in the Peruvian Amazon! Our teaching project will be long-term, with new volunteers joining as teachers. And all of them enjoyed the excepcional experience a lot!
If you feel the same enthusiasm to help developing the marvellous place, visit our page with the full information about volunteering in Peru, and proceed with you application. Be welcome!
What about volunteering in Rio de Janeiro teaching English? Rio de Janeiro is still one of the most charming volunteer destinations. Since people are very welcoming and eager to learn English from a native speaker, you will have a unique experience! While teaching young kids from the favela, you will enjoy to get around in this fascinating city. Because our volunteer organization is located in Rio de Janeiro, you will find the volunteer programs with the best cost / benefits equation with us!
Read about Alejandros experience in Rio de Janeiro teaching English to kids from a favela:
I had the oportunity to participate in a volunteer program with Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
I was an English teacher for kids in a community. I had an excelent oportunity to learn about languages, people and new cultures as well as the one to help people and build a better future. The programs that the organization has are very fun and you really feel that you are helping.
The support that the members give you is great and I would like to congratulate Felipe, who really makes you feel like at home and trully fights with all his hearth to change the present and future of communities all around the world.
This was an amazing experience and I higly recommend it for everyone who feels that he wants to help and learn. – Alejandro
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