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Adriana fell in love with Brazil

Adriana Puiggros has been volunteering with children in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, and she fell in love with Brazil:

Risking my life, investing my time, working to help the children of this favela in Rio de Janeiro was undoubtedly an indescribable experience that changed my way of seeing things and life forever. It saddens me to think that I will not see these children again, at least in a long time, but I am happy for everything that has taken me. Now it’s time to close a stage in Rio, but it’s not the time to leave. Soon I will open a new stage in Brazil full of new experiences, people and places to know. I’ve fallen madly in love with this country. 😍

Original – Portuguese:

Arriscar minha vida, investir meu tempo, trabalhar para ajudar as crianças desta favela do Rio de Janeiro, foi sem dúvida alguma uma experiência indescritível que me mudou a minha forma de ver as coisas e a vida para sempre. Entristece-me pensar que já não vou voltar a ver estas crianças, pelo menos em um tempo longo, mas estou feliz por tudo o que me levou. Agora é hora de fechar uma etapa no Rio, mas não é hora de ir embora. Em breve vou abrir uma nova etapa no Brasil cheia de novas experiências, pessoas e lugares por conhecer. Este país me tem loucamente apaixonada. 😍

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South Africa: All the smiles, all the sincere “Thank you teacher”

About one of the greatest adventures.
Ended up getting more then I was giving.
All the smiles, all the sincere “Thank you teacher”, all those hugs were worth every second.
Porque no final, acabei por receber o triplo daquilo que dei.

Sara Ferreira with the children: All the smiles

Sara Ferreira with the children: All the smiles

Cada um daqueles sorrisos, cada um daqueles abraços fizeram valer cada segundo daquele lado. Aprendi que a simplicidade e a humildade são qualidades que fazem as pessoas lindas , e estes pequenos são tão ricos nisso que me fizerem sentir ridícula quando penso que tenho problemas na vida, bullshit… São pequenos adultos que irradiam amor pelo olhar e que aquecem a alma com um sorriso e talvez por isso vá sentir saudades…
❤️❤️❤️

  • Sara Ferreira de Matos

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Mariana Oliveira brings gifts for donation to the Crèche in South Africa

Mariana Oliveira, who has been volunteering with the children in South Africa, now has brought a the gifts for donation to the Crèche:

Mariana Oliveira with the childrenToday when I arrived with gifts at school for donation, I could not imagine such happiness, both of the children when they saw the presents as mine to see all those smiles and glitter in the eyes.
No doubt it was one of the happiest moments of my life! See all those kids screaming, jumping and saying “thank you, teacher”.
The schoolteachers were as happy as they were. They thanked me very much!
I told them I had help from many friends and family! Yes, this was only possible because many people helped with donations or sharing the post. We got a total of R $ 3,015.00 which converted into the African currency equals RAND 12,964.00.
With the money was bought 72 toys, cakes, juices and fruit for child, totaling RAND 10,230.00. The remainder of the money will be donated to the school for the purchase of carpet / floor carpeting where the children play.
I want to thank everyone for the trust, the help (those who made their accounts available and shared), those who contributed, those who sent a message of support … No doubt we made these children’s day much Happier !!!
Thank you – Mariana Oliveira

You can find Mariana’s post on Facebook here.

If you would like to find out more about the volunteer project at Doreen’s Crèche, find it here

Original Post in Portuguese:

Hoje quando cheguei com os presentes na escola para doação, eu não poderia imaginar tamanha felicidade, tanto das crianças quando elas viram os presentes quanto a minha de ver todos aqueles sorrisos e brilho nos olhos.
Sem dúvidas foi um dos momentos mais felizes da minha vida! Ver todas aquelas crianças gritando, pulando e dizendo “thank you, teacher”.
As professoras da escolinha ficaram tão felizes quanto eles. Elas me agradeceram muito!
Eu disse a elas que tive ajuda de muitos amigos e da família! Sim, isso só foi possível de acontecer porque muitas pessoas ajudaram com as doações ou compartilhando o post. Conseguimos um total de R$ 3.015,00 o que convertido na moeda africana equivale RAND 12.964,00.
Com o dinheiro foi comprado 72 brinquedos, bolos, sucos e frutas para criança, totalizando RAND 10.230,00. O restante do dinheiro será doado para a escola para a compra de tapete/ carpete para chão onde as crianças brincam.
Eu quero agradecer a todos pelas confiança, pela ajuda (aqueles que disponibilizaram suas contas e compartilharam), aos que contribuíram, aos que mandaram mensagem de apoio… Sem dúvida nós fizemos o dia dessas crianças muito mais Feliz!!!
Muito obrigada 

Obs. Os comprovantes estão anexados juntos com as fotos. Após a compra do carpete/tapete, eles estarão me encaminhando o último comprovante e eu estarei anexando tbm.

 

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Teaching English in Iquitos, Peru – Marco Fiorito

Over the last September, I volunteered for 2 weeks as a teaching assistant in Padre Cocha, a small community located at 20 min by boat from Iquitos, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.

The project consisted in a 2-week English course for local people of all ages and aimed at improving their everyday communication with foreigners, in order to promote tourism in the community.

Marco teaching English in the Peruvian Amazon Region

Marco teaching English in the Peruvian Amazon Region

During this period I’ve been hosted by Jorge and Jenny, the organisers of this project, at their b&b, who made me feel welcome since the very beginning and gave me all the support I could need for visiting the area.

Marco with his English Students

Marco with his English Students

Teaching has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, as put me in direct contact with the local people, who really appreciated the time and effort I put into it and who truly believed in the benefits of the program.

In my experience, two weeks have been a sufficient time to forget about my own life and to dive into this new reality, getting to know new people and appreciate their differences and similarities from my cultural background, build friendships, enjoy the jungle and, hopefully, make a difference for this community. This first course, in fact, has set the basis for a longer-term project that will continue with new volunteers and with the same enthusiasm to help the development of this marvellous place.

The pier in Padre Cocha close to Iquitos

The pier in Padre Cocha close to Iquitos

Overall, I couldn’t be more satisfied of this affordable and rewarding adventure, especially given that I’d never really considered volunteering before, and surely recommend this kind of experience to anybody.

  • Marco Fiorito, King’s University, London, UK

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Amor, Felicidade e Simplicidade – Childcare in South Africa

Eu não tenho palavras para expressar os meus sentimentos… Talvez amor, felicidade e simplicidade sejam elas.
Trabalho voluntário ❤️❤️❤️

Mariane Oliveira, Brasil

Brazilian volunteer Mariane Oliveira sharing her love and bringing joy to a childcare in South Africa. Volunteer Abroad, the best travel experience.

Mariane has published a call for donations on Facebook:

Olá pessoal! Muitos de vocês me conhecem outros não…Meu nome é Mariane, tenho 26 anos, e iniciei um projeto na África do sul com crianças carentes recentemente.
Estas não possuem muito e o que tem são extremamente simples, como alimentação, brinquedos…

Então nos últimos dias eu pensei em uma forma de ajudá-las.
Conversando com alguns amigos surgiu a ideia de arrecadar dinheiro para comprar algumas roupas, sapatos, brinquedos ou um dia com uma merenda bem gostosa para elas.

Que tal fazer parte desta ajuda? Doando 10, 20, 30 reais… Quanto você puder 

Find it on Facebook….

About Doreen’s Crèche in South Africa

Work as a South Africa child care volunteer and teach and care for children at Doreen’s Crèche. The Crêche is located at Masiphumelele Township, around 45 minutes from central Cape Town. Whilst you are volunteering with children in South Africa, you also will learn about township life, culture, and history.

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Volunteering in Rio de Janeiro with Teaching English, Art and Dance

I spent the month of October working with Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro on projects teaching English, Art, and Dance. I met some wonderful people, some of whom will hopefully remain friends forever. It was good to make a difference, even for a short while, to the lives of people who in some cases have so little. But what they may lack in resources they make up for many times in their enthusiasm for learning. I was able to contribute on a number of programmes and I think the more adaptable you are, the more you will get out of the experience. Rio de Janeiro is an amazing place, not without its problems, and you do have to take care travelling around, however one of the best aspects of the experience for me was being able to live almost like a local, travelling miles on the rattling buses, eating very economically in “local” restaurants, really feeling a part of the community. You just would not get that coming as a tourist. A tourist will get to know places….a volunteer will get to know people!

How can this program be improved?

I would have liked a brief sheet with information for the projects.
Address, contact details, history of the project, website if there was one, just to be as familiar as possible before getting struck in. Also some projects are quite far away and the prospect of getting lost was always there, although it didnt happen.

  • Bob Matt, Scotland

 

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Volunteering in Rio – Rewarding Experience

Just completed a month of volunteering in Rio de Janeiro with Iko Poran. I worked in programmes in teaching English, Art, and Dancing. It felt good to be making even a small difference in the lives of people who in many cases have so little. Iko Poran were excelent hosts and made sure my time was well spent in projects that suited my skills and abilities, as well as leaving me time for my own tourist activities, and pursuing my own drawing and painting hobby.

– Bob Black

 

Volunteering in Rio…

Volunteering in RioVolunteering in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful cities of the world – dubbed as “Cidade Maravilhosa” by the Cariocas, residents of Rio. Cidade Maravilhosa means the Wonderful City, as it stretches out with curving hills overlooking magnificent beaches, and protected by “Christ the Redeemer” on top of Corcovado.

Open-minded people at the “Wonderful City”

The residents of Rio are open-minded people and will welcome you with open hearts. Even if there is a language barrier, local people will communicate naturally with you. Pretty soon you grap some words of Portuguese. If you have any chance of learning some Portuguese before travel, the people will love it. With just a few words like “Bom dia” or “Tudo bem?” you will make local people very happy! With volunteer programs  of four weeks or more, Portuguese lessons are being provided anyway.

Go ahead with your volunteer trip to Rio!

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Volunteer Trip to Cambodia as a Childcare Volunteer

Get out of your comfort zone, go for a volunteer trip to Cambodia and make a wonderful discovery! Lucy Wooding travelled to Cambodia to volunteer as a childcare volunteer – and enjoyed it a lot!

Volunteer Trip to Cambodia as a Childcare Volunteer

Lucy Wooding with the children in Cambodia

Volunteer in Cambodia and give a meaning to the best travel experience of your life.

Albane’s Volunteer Trip

Albane from France sent us this review about her volunteer trip to Cambodia. She was also volunteering with childcare:

Childcare volunteer in Cambodia - AlbaneI took care of a class of 7 children (5-6 years old) from 9:00 a.m to 4 p.m, from Monday to Friday. Sometimes I picked them up in their shanty towns at 8 a.m with the staff. It was very hard and sad to see where they live and in such poor conditions, but it was part of the experience and I simply loved their face, their excitation when the association bus (that we used to pick them up at Home) arrived in front of their living place ( we can’t call it “a house”).

When they arrive at the Day Care Center around 9 a.m, they sing and pray with a Kmer teacher. This was so cute to see them so happy to be there and to take pleasure to sing and pray (even if they lost sometimes their concentration rapidly when they saw the volunteers next to them and they guessed that they will play games after ahah).
After that, it was “shower time” for all children. So we had to make them take a shower, put soap on their body, shampoo on their haïr, and dress them up with the association “uniform” (too cute).

Then, I taught them English until lunch time (around 11 a.m). As school facilities, I had a board, some books, pens, and thats it. I regretted not to have brought with me school support for the class when I see how much they were happy to learn. Some days, when they were very excited, I had time to do some games ( often drawings) after the lesson and before the lunch time. When they ate, I helped to clean the dishes, and other little tasks to help the staff. – Albane from France

Want to volunteer in Cambodia?

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Loving Ghana, the kids are great! Child Care Volunteer in Ghana

Loving Ghana, the kids are great. Ghanaians are so friendly, everyday is a new experience. – Jeanette Warthon, from USA

Loving Ghana! Jeanette Warthon

Child Care Volunteering in Ghana

When you volunteer in Ghana working with childcare, you will be considered a daily staff member, working Monday-Friday. On the weekends you may choose, if you want to make a trip in the country or rather stay and continue working. Your volunteer work will be focused on caring for the kids by nurturing, playing, tutoring, and teaching them. Also, you will be expected to help with various needs, chores, and duties around the children’s home. Upon acceptance into your program, you will be provided with a daily schedule to guide your tasks throughout the day.

Want to volunteer in Ghana?

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Urban Environmentalism Program in Rio de Janeiro – Elisa

So far I have had a wonderful experience volunteering in Rio de Janeiro with Iko Poran’s Urban Environmentalism program. I am half way through my two-month stay in Rio and I already know that it will be a very valuable experience for me. The project consists of work in Tijuca National Park and at a large community garden in a favela, where they grow almost every sort of common vegetable in Brazil. The people I work with in the communities are all incredibly kind and welcoming, not to mention they are doing work that makes a big difference for themselves and the environment.

Staying in a beautiful Home with the Host Family

Here in Rio, I have stayed in a beautiful home with the host family. The house is in an area within walking distance of some bars and restaurants and has a nice view, as well as a very comfortable living space. The family has been welcoming and make sure that I have everything I need to enjoy my time here. They also have two adorable kids and two cats, which has been great for me as well.

Wide Range of Volunteer Projects with Iko Poran

Overall, I recommend Iko Poran as a volunteering outlet. They offer a wide range of work that contributes to the local communities, while also assuring a fun and comfortable stay.

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