Volunteer Frederikke Cronquist from Denmark is teaching English for tour guides in Rio de Janeiro and teaching drawing techniques for young people. Many thanks Frederikke! You make us believe that a better world is possible!
For tour guides, among other professions, learning English is essential to their work. So your help as a volunteer teacher makes all the difference in people’s lives! As a volunteer teacher, you can choose whether you prefer to teach some students or give a full class in Rio.
The best practice for volunteer teachers in Rio would be to create their own lesson plans. Often, volunteers work together, planning their English classes for future tour guides or other people who want to work with tourism.
Visit the volunteer program to teach English in Brazil on our Homepage.
When you feel like sharing your creativity and passion for the arts, take a trip to Rio de Janeiro as an arts and design volunteer. As Rio has already inspired many artists and musicians, you can find young talents and help them grow. During your stay, you will work with children and teenagers from the favelas of Rio, developing their artistic talents.
Working with children from various communities in Rio, your efforts will play a valuable role in helping a project desperately without resources, allowing you to absorb Rio’s artistic vibes.
Visit the arts volunteer program in Rio de Janeiro. While working in Brazil, you will know the country as no tour guide could show for you!
Join our organic farming volunteer project in a small village of Ecuador’s Cloud Forest. During this ecological volunteer placement, you can also learn to live in harmony with nature!
At your host family you can help feeding the animals or learn to hand-milk the cows. At the organic community farm, volunteers can work on the weeding gardens or cultivate organic vegetables.
In the Equatorian Cloud Forest, you can help creating footpaths for trekking. A great opportunity to further sustainable tourism!
After all, you can participate in several specialised farming volunteer opportunities.
A wide range of leisure activities during your free time complement this unique volunteer experience. You can choose from horse riding, bird watching, swim in rivers and waterfalls. A visit to the museum completes you volunteer trip, while you also will enjoy exploring the stunning cloud forests.
Join us for the experience of your lifetime!
Volunteers have a very personal experience with a flexible approach. During your stay, you can combine this ecological farming project with other activities, like planting trees in a reforestation effort in the Cloud Forest. A flexible volunteer placement gives you the opportunity, to combine the environmental project with teaching English at school or learning Equatorian Arts & Crafts, at the Artisan shop of the village.
Visit our page with the full details about volunteering in Ecuador, and how to sign up.
This 6-weeks volunteering experience in Padre Cocha remain like a dream, a wonderful sharing moment for me.
I was a teacher assistant at a Kindergarden, with a three-years-old children. This experience to teach to little kids was very interesting because of the difference of culture I discovered there. The education of the children at the Kindergarden is really different from a “common” Kindergarden. Of course, children always lived in the jungle, and act sometimes like if they were at home. What’s more, the teachers, because of peruvian laws, are not allowed to scream or punish the kids. So it was challenging to fine another way to make them obey. (Sometimes some sweets were enough ahaha)
Anyway, it was sooo nice to take care of them as well as teach them. After some time, they have confidence in you, they listen to you, they want to tell you their family memories and laugh with you, and show affection and respect. I really fell in love with them, their so-cute smiling faces.
The teacher I was with called Teresa was fabulous ! The best teacher for little kinds, skilled, sensible, affective, and involved. Great moments with her !!
Outside the school, I lived four weeks in the backpacker sunrise of the association. Prepare to spend time alone, you are not “part of a family” but definitely a guest. I recommend you to spend time with Louisa, a very interesting and honest person !
The two last weeks living in a family of artisans were the best of my volunteering, far ever. Time share with my family speaking, telling stories, eating all together for the morning and the lunch, chilling in the hammock, just being together.
It was so intense!!!!!!!!
I felt deeply lucky to have expérienced this with these people. I will never forget how wonderful was the family, how much you feel welcomed and integrated.
And honestly, having experience in the jungle, disconnecting with others and before all the mobile phone IS SO GREAT !!! Thats allows you to create deeper Links with everyone. So special people !
I miss the nature, thé forest, as well as people.
I definitely recommend this experience to everybody !!!! – Albane, France
Please visit the child development project at a kindergarden in Padre Cocha, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon on our official homepage. There, you find all the details, and how to sign up. On our blog, you can find also more volunteer opportunities in Peru, and how to sign up!
I spent 6 weeks on Cusco, in Perou, as a volunteer in a college with down syndrome children. All they were aged between 15 and 17 years old.
The experience was very special, challenging, and so interesting and valuable.
At the beginning, it deals more to obtain credibility and confidence from students, who can be distant when they dont know you.
After, it deals with managing the special needs of each of them, at the same time. I have a 10 children class, and all of them had very different level of handicap. It was so constructive and passioning to do that !!! Adapt to each children to make it improve and feel good.
They were very happy and artistic children, always speaking, or laughing, playing, or for some others singing and dancing. I laughed so much with them.
And meeting familles, mums of my students, I really met amazing persons!
I was living with a family in Cusco, which allowed me to become bilingual, speaking Spanish all time. You need to speak some Spanish at least in this kind of volunteering, its as useful in the family as well as at work.
My family was so lovely, always helping and advising me about my trips, and telling me stories. You will eat all the Amazing Peruvian dishes like cevicheeee !
I shared a lot with them, I definitely had the feeling to have a second family. Its a way to be perfectly immerged in the peruvian culture, it’s the best one!!!!
Thank you very much for all the persons I met which fully marked my volunteering. – Albane, France
With career in pyschology or therapy in mind, you might be interested as well in the occopational therapy program with disabled children in South Africa. Furthermore, you can go for stages on clinical psychology at the modern hospital of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
If love to work with children, have a look as well at our childcare abroad volunteer programs.
Gary Ward, from the UK, is volunteering at a Samba School in Rio de Janeiro. With the fellow Brazilian workers he is preparing costumes and the floats for the parade during the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro.
Volunteering with Iko Poran in Rio was a great decision – I had a fantastic 12 weeks in this amazing city. I helped the Grande Rio samba school with carnival preparations and taught English in a community in the west of the city. I met some fantastic people and made many new friends. I found that being a volunteer enabled me to discover more of the real Rio and its people in a way that I couldn’t have done as a tourist.
The organiser, Felipe, is incredibly helpful and does everything he can to ensure you have a great time. He’s also a big Botafogo fan and I watched two matches with him at the Olympic Stadium, which was brilliant. The support offered by Iko Poran in general is very high quality and the programme was brilliant value for money. I’m thinking of doing more volunteering and I will definitely go with Iko Poran again. – Gary
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Ever thought about traveling to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival while working as a volunteer at a Samba School? Join our Carnival project and dive deeply into Brazilian culture and society! Since we are working together with a samba school, you will participate in the preparation for the great day of the parade at the Sambódromo in Rio.
People join for rehearsal already several months before Carnival in order to construct the floats and design the Carnival costumes. You will have a deeper understanding of the work behind the scenes, since you will see how passionate the Cariocas are about Carnival. They come together in solidarity, dance and leave behind all social bounderies.
Sílvia Malheiro, from Portugal, chose to spend her Christmas helping children in Cusco, and she is loving it.
If you are looking for a truly inspiring workaway volunteer opportunity, try out our childcare program at a Kindergarten in Cuzco.
These daycares sometimes are called Wawa Wasi in Quechua as well.
The Quechua words means house of the kids. The Wawa Wasi National Peruvian Program provides comprehensive early childhood care to cover the need for day care for children under 4, children of working mothers or parents.
Moreover you can help children in Cuzco who are vulnerable, because they are living in conditions of extreme poverty.
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.
Volunteers must have a lot of love and energy to give to these children, and can expect to receive the same in kind. A flexible attitude is also vital to making the most rewarding experience.
Visit the childcare project at a kindergarten in Cuzco. on our official homepage. Find the full information about volunteering projects in Peru and how to apply here. If you are interested in volunteering with children in more countries, find our childcare volunteer projects abroad.
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 poverty, 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.
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!!!
I recently volunteered in Buenos Aires with my best friend for their community feeding project. The experience was very rewarding, working with the mothers in the kitchen. Despite us not knowing much Spanish, they were very accomodating and welcoming.
During the program you help prepare the meals by chopping up ingredients, grating the cheese, peeling potatoes etc. You then serve the meals to the people in the neighbourhood as they walk in the door. After we finished serving, we were always offered a generous meal by the ladies which we loved.
We felt some things were lost in translation between us and the volunteer coordinator, which was frustrating at times but of course it’s expected with a language and culture difference.
Overall we felt very safe all the time and the other people staying at the student hostel accomodation are absolutely lovely. – Lucy Thiess
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 Argentina 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.