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Voluntour in Thailand this summer

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin and Enjoy Koh Phangan Island with the Voluntour Program!

With the Voluntour in Thailand program we offer you the best of the two worlds: combine the volunteer work with an unforgettable holiday in Thailand. Have fun, explore more of the country, make friends and live some unforgettable experiences.

Travel to Four Destinations in Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in ThailandDuring four weeks you will travel to four destinations in Thailand. Upon arrival you will spend two nights in Bangkok exploring and taking in the lights of the city. Then, in the following two weeks you will work as a volunteer work at two different volunteer projects. The first volunteer experience will be caring for elephants in Surin, the second a construction project in Sanghklaburi. Finally, you will enjoy two weeks relaxing and partying with friends on a paradise island.

Meet the magnificent Elephants during the first week

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin

For the first week you will meet and work with the magnificent, gentle elephants living in the manhout village in Surin, immersing yourself in rural culture, taking part in centuries old traditions.

  • Volunteer with Elephants in Surin
    Volunteer with elephants in Surin

Find the program to volunteer with the elephants in Thailand on IKPVA’s Homepage.

Construction Volunteer Work in Sangkhlaburi

Then you will move on to Sangkhlaburi, working tirelessly and improving the lives of those less fortunate by providing much needed help with vital construction projects.

  • Work with construction

Enjoy Paradisiac Koh Phangan Island at the end of your stay

Finally, we think, you deserve a break on the island of Koh Phangan, a world famous party destination with some of the most beautiful beaches you can imagine! Your final two weeks will be spent with sand between your toes, soaking up the rays by day, and fire shows, delicious cocktails and good friends by night.

  • Beaches at Koh Phangan
    Beaches at Koh Phangan

Voluntour in Thailand – Two weeks

Voluntour Thailand

Voluntour – Four weeks

Voluntour - Four Weeks

All transfers and accommodations are included.

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Volunteer for free! Teaching English in Colombia

Volunteer for free teaching English in Colombia, traveling to this exciting country of South America. Since Colombian people are of the kindest, most peaceful and most welcoming of the world, you will enjoy teaching English to them. While volunteering in Colombia you may visit colonial cities, the Caribbean beaches, huge mountains and the Amazonian rainforest.

Teaching English in Colombia – Free Volunteer Program

Volunteer for Free in Colombia teaching English in Ibagué

Beautiful Ibagué, Colombia

If you choose to volunteer with us in this incredible program in Colombia you will be working within a small English Institute in the beautiful city Ibagué; the capital of the department of Tolima situated in Western Colombia, just south of the famous Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados. You will spend your days teaching English and practicing conversational skills; the institute offers a variety of classes of different levels and age groups, you may be responsible for teaching within different classes. You will be expected to teach 4 hours a day, Monday to Friday.

This is an incredible opportunity to gain some real teaching experience and to discover the true Colombia. Moreover, you will be living among local people and get all the benefits of a profound cultural exchange, while helping to broaden the opportunities of your students.

In this once-in-a-lifetime program all of your accommodation, plus one meal a day is completely free of charge. You also receive free Spanish classes, and normally our volunteers spend their weekends enjoying a variety of outdoor activities with all transportation included, for example rock climbing, Salsa classes, rappelling, horse riding, and partying with the local people!

  • Volunteer for Free in Colombia teaching English in Ibagué
    Beautiful Ibagué, Colombia

Colombia: Volunteer Trip to an Emerging Country in South America

Colombia has been often vastly underestimated, due to its history and problems with security in the past.  But fortunately, over the last decade the security situation has changed dramatically for the positive. So, don’t to miss out on this charming country.

A country Blessed with Natural Beauty: Caribbean Coastline and Andean Peaks

Colombia is blessed with natural beauty. Landscapes like the Caribbean coast and beaches, the coffee plantations on the hills, the Andean summits, Amazonian jungle make the country unique for travelers.

Enjoy a Culturally Rich Country and Meet the Kindest, Most Welcoming People

Colombia: La Ciudad Perdida

Colombia: La Ciudad Perdida

While volunteering Teaching English in Colombia you may take advantage and get around in the country with it’s fascinating history. Enjoy the Caribbean beaches, walk around in the city with its colonial architecture. Visit ancient ruins of La Ciudad Perdida. The archaeological  site second only to Machu Piccu. But these are just a few of the many hidden treasures you will come across trekking through Colombia. You will experience a culturally rich country, and easily make friends with Colombians. Colombian people are of the kindest, most peaceful and most welcoming of the world; it is not uncommon for passers-by to welcome you in the street.

Colombia – a Thriving Country

Out of a troubled history, through recent years turning over a new leaf, Colombia has blossomed. Therefore, tourism is increasing and art lines the streets. 2016 marked the signing of a treaty in a historic peace process between the FARC and the government in which they agreed to a cease fire and to surrender their weapons. Bogotá is awash with new restaurants, boutiques and other small businesses capitalising on the country’s status of peace. There is so much to discover!

Volunteer for Free!

Voluntee for free in bautiful Colombia

Volunteer for free in beautiful Colombia

Volunteering is a unique way to travel. You can take part in unforgettable cultural exchanges, gain professional experience and better understand the country where you are travelling. At the same time by giving your time and effort to this cause you get to play an important role in the lives of local people, sharing your knowledge and skills.

Teaching English in Colombia – At a glance:

  • Location: Ibagué

  • Available all year round – limited spaces!!

  • Start dates of the free volunteer program: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month

  • Accommodation: Teacher’s bedroom with private bathroom & terrace

  • One meal par day for free & weekend excursions

  •  NO PROGRAM FEE: You only pay the registration fee!!

  • Included: Airport or bus terminal pickup in Ibagué city, orientation, volutneer placement, coordination and supervision of the program, and emergency support, if necessary support;

  • Minimum 4 weeks and maximum 12 weeks – 4 hours of English classes per day

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Teaching English in Rio de Janeiro

Volunteer in Brazil and  teaching English in Rio de Janeiro, learning Portuguese, and providing access to one of the world’s most spoken languages.

This incredible volunteer project allows for much more than a standard teaching job. While teaching English in Rio, you will be fully submerged into the culture of the Brazilian people – and will end up learning Portuguese as well. You will have the opportunity to create bonds with students, ranging from primary aged to the elderly, teaching them the life skill of one of the worlds most spoken languages. Therefore you will be responsible for educating and creating opportunities for local people in Rio, who may not previously of had the chance to.

Opportunities for volunteers to Teach English in Rio de Janeiro

As a volunteer in Rio, you may witness the difference in the education provided, and as an English teacher you will have the blessed opportunity to supply further education to those eager to learn. Through working in local favelas, you will allow people access to education they previously did not see as possible – an opportunity of a lifetime!

Skills needed to Teach English in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Do not allow lack of teaching experience put you off! The project thrives from allowing English speakers to lead discussions and classes, whether that be small or larger groups. Your help will hugely impact their learning, for the better! Volunteers often help each other in planning lessons and activities, allowing for a diverse learning program. The volunteer project allows you to teach and also give you the opportunity to learn the Portuguese language.

Want to volunteer in Brazil?

Find out more about volunteering in Brazil and proceed with your application.

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Volunteers Wanted to Rescue Orphaned Monkeys in South Africa

Rescue Orphaned Monkeys: Make part of the vervet monkeys animal conservation volunteer program in South Africa. We  need help with the integration of the foster moms of 23 little orphans back into the troops.

Volunteers wanted for Monkey's Wellbeing in South Africa

Volunteers wanted for Monkey’s Wellbeing in South Africa

Orphaned Vervet Monkeys from other places are given a loving home….

Volunteering protecting Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Volunteering protecting Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary in South Africa. At this special initiative, orphaned primates come from near and far and are given a loving home where they are rehabilitated and cared for until they can be released back into the wild.

With over 500 cheeky monkeys in care at any one time, this sanctuary always needs an extra pair of helping hands. Your participation will help to ensure they are all well fed, cared for and loved; and will help raise funds to maintain the place up to scratch for its gorgeous guests.

Care for Orphaned Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

This is an incredible option for those who go bananas for animals as you will get the chance to work hands on the vervet monkeys, under the guidance of experienced professionals.  At other occasions, you will be helping to carry out all the back-stage tasks which really ensure the monkeys’ wellbeing.

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with monkeys in South Africa

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with vervet monkeys in South Africa

“I’m having a wonderful time here and there is nothing that I don’t like.” Gijs van Suijlichem in our South African program

At the same time you will get to experience the amazing wildlife in the African bush, and make friends you will remember forever – some furry and some a little less so.

Highlights for Volunteers working with the Monkeys

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • Working and living with Vervet Monkeys.
  • Enjoying the bush life of South Africa
  • Meeting amazing people from all over the world.

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What about a Moon Party in Thailand this Summer whilst Volunteering?

What about a moon party in Thailand this summer whilst volunteering, making lifelong friends & giving back? Unforgettable travel experience!

 

Volunteer programs in Thailand at a glance

Our programs to volunteer in Thailand are located all over the country.

We offer Teaching, Childcare, Medical and Elephants programs in Surin and we also have an amazing Voluntour program in which in one week you care for elephants in Surin, on the second week you build  in Sanghklaburi and spend the last two weeks in Koh Phangan, the ultimate party destination.

Surin, in the Northeast, is often called the heart of Thailand; well known for its beautiful scenery and friendly local community. Sanghklaburi, in the Northwest of Thailand – on the border with Burma, is surrounded by stunning lakes, rolling mountains and dense rainforest – provides ample opportunity for you outdoorsy types.

Feel inspired?

Find out everything about affordable volunteering in Thailand!

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Brazil Medical Volunteer Program and Health Awareness

As a volunteer on the Brazil Medical Volunteer Program you will be on the front lines of educating and raising awareness for healthcare issues impacting local communities. Whether you are involved in hands on health promotion and canvassing, healthcare advising, contraceptive literacy, or leading disease awareness workshops – your work will make an immediate, positive impact on your project.

Read what Brazil Volunteers say

My overall experience was amazing, I enjoy every second of it and I learned so much about the culture. Definitely a experience that will change your life.

  • Ana Noroleyn from Texas

Find out more about Ana’s volunteer experience in Rio

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Summer Volunteer Programs & Gap Year

Summer Volunteer Programs at a glance:

  • IKPVA wants you to be able to really make the most of your time away!

  • Special promotion for summer programs starting from June to September

  • Wide range of programs including medical experience, teaching, animal conservation, sports, the amazing Voluntour in Thailand and many other options to suit your plans

  • Programs starting every week

  • Minimum duration of 3 weeks for a single destination;

  • Minimum duration of two weeks at each destination for double destination trips.

 

Animal Conservation Volunteer Programs this Summer in South Africa, Nepal, India

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Medical Summer Programs and Internship

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Volunteer Abroad in one of our Summer Volunteer Programs and GAIN EXPERIENCE!

Accomplish something amazing this summer, and improve your CV too. Whether you are on a summer break from studies or from life, volunteering or interning abroad can be at once a fulfilling and fun personal experience. The practical volunteer work may help you as well finding out about your professional vocation. Any volunteering abroad program will boost your employability. We have summer programs and internships in medical and dental projects as well as teaching and childcare, among a range of other interesting opportunities. Most of the volunteer programs are available all year round: check our full list of volunteer opportunities!

Do something you’re proud of this summer, volunteer abroad with IKPVA!

Beat the boredom and find a more memorable alternative to the bingey beach holiday. Volunteering abroad is the best and most sustainable way to travel the world, interacting with and helping local people, gaining valuable personal experience and discovering distant cultures. Use your time wisely and make a difference in the lives of less fortunate people, while gaining invaluable life perspective, lifelong friends and unforgettable memories.

Summer Programs: Medical Internships in Many Countries available

We at Iko Poran have a wide range of summer programs and internships to suit your plans. We offer special deals on multiple destinations so you can really make the most of your summer holidays, and we can also make arrangements for group volunteer projects so you can even explore new cultures with your friends by your side.

So whether you are looking to discover something incredible, make a meaningful impact, or gain professional experience we are here to help you accomplish all three. Whether you are taking part in social projects that are capable of changing lives, in environmental and wildlife programs which help nurture our earth or you’re interning in a school or hospital; step out of your comfort zone this year and do our summer programs going to places you’d never expected.

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