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Ephrat from Ethiopia bought training jackets and a new ball for the football school

Ephrat Fisseha, from Ethiopia, bought training jackets and a new ball for the football school at her Child Development project.
Thank you very much Ephrat!! Our world is a better place, because of people like you

Ephrat and the boys at the football school

Ephrat and the boys at the football school

Feel inspired to volunteer in Bazil?

Find out more about volunteer work in Brazil.

If you are into sports, you may also visit our page about football coaching abroad, where you can find projects in Argentina, Uganda and Ghana.

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Community Development – Volunteering in Argentina and now in Brazil

My fiancé and I had an incredible experience volunteering in Argentina and now in Brazil. Our project in Buenos Aires was in a very special community of which we were welcomed with open arms. The family we worked alongside we now consider our own family!! Here in Rio doing sports development has been extremely rewarding and we are learning so much about this beautiful culture and even learning capoeira with the locals!! Felipe and his family have been SO accommodating & we are having a blast living with him and his beautiful fam! HIGHLY recommend all IKP programs :)!! – Lindsey Willis, USA

About the Community Development Project in Buenos Aires

As a volunteer, you can participate in different campaigns during the year, according to the need of the community at that time.

Volunteers must be willing to participate in various activities that will arise – for example: sorting clothes, food, books, toys, etc, that come as a donation and distribute them. Moreover you can participate in children, youths and families inclusion projects or help to plan events for schools and communities, etc.

Visit our page with all the volunteer projects in Argentina

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I had a great time in Rio – Medical Volunteer

I had a great time in Rio learning about the culture and building relationships with the people in the Engenho de Rainha community. I worked with talented, passionate and hardworking health professionals who were willing to help and answer questions at all times. I really enjoyed being immersed in the community and learning about all aspects of the healthcare system in Rio de Janeiro in particular including the many challenges. This was an unforgettable experience I would highly recommend. – Jefrin

Feel inspired to work as a medical volunteer with the healthcare system in Rio?

Find the healthcare volunteer project in Rio on IKPVA’s Homepage, or go to our page with all the volunteer programs in Brazil.

You can go to our page with all the medical internship programs in more countries like Peru, India and Uganda as well.

You may also enjoy reading the review of Ana Norleyne from Texas

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Volunteering in a Clinic in Rio de Janeirio

Volunteering in a Clinic in Rio de Janeiro

From start to end, from coming off the airplane to leaving on the last day, we had the support of ...
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Medical Volunteers in Tanzania

Medical Volunteers in Tanzania

Medical Volunteers in Tanzania Become one of the medical volunteers in  Tanzania, help to treat people and create health awareness ...
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Medical Volunteers in Uganda help to prevent AIDS

Medical Volunteers in Uganda on AIDS Prevention

HenceYouCheck out the HIV/AIDS prevention program in for medical volunteers in Uganda. Since the country has been greatly affected by ...
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Medical Volunteers Needed

Medical Volunteers Needed in Brazil, Nepal, Thailand, Uganda, Tanzania and Peru

Find a unique opportunity volunteering overseas this summer on health promotion – medical volunteers needed in Brazil, Nepal, Thailand, Uganda, ...
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Volunteering at a Kathmandu Hospital

Volunteering in a Kathmandu Hospital – Nepal

It´s been a childhood dream of mine to visit Nepal and the neighboring region of Tibet. Ikoporan in association with ...
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Brazil Medical Volunteer Program

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 ...
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Ana Nrooleyne working as a medical volunteer with the Red Cross in Rio

Working with the Red Cross in Rio – Valuable experience

Volunteering with Iko Poran is definitely one of the most amazing experience I ever had. The organization gives you the ...
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New Year volunteers in Rio de Janeiro

New Year volunteers in Rio de Janeiro.
Happy 😃 2018 and Welcome to Brazil.

Felipe Murray with his volunteers on Escadaria Selarón in Lapa, Rio. A promising New Year 2018 has just arrived and the volunteers enjoyed the New Year’s Party in Rio. It is summer in the cosmopolitan city and the beaches are beautiful.

The Carioca Way Of Life

Open-hearted people will welcome you. The Carioca way of life is beyond comparison! People thrive with hapiness and spontaneity. May be this year you try out the Carnival preparation project? You can help creating the decoration for the floats and dive into sambe rhythm.

Many Volunteer Opportunities to choose from

In Rio you can teach English, work with Urban Environmentalism at the Tijuca Rainforest. The Arts and Design programs are sought after as well, you can even work with ballet classes. Or you choose to give your love and joy to the children of a day care centre or orphanage.

There a plenty of options, check it out on our homepage, the Brazil volunteer programs in full detail!

If you want to listen to the words of alumni first, check out the volunteer experiences in Rio here on our blog.

Be welcome to Rio!

 

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There is no better way to spend Christmas – Valerie and Orlando in Argentina

Valerie and Dad Orlando are spending the holidays in Argentina this year, together with Valeries mom and brother. They are helping out as volunteers in a small village with immigrants from all over South America. Valeries grandparents immigrated to Argentina many years ago. Valeries dad later took his wife and their children to Sydney to start a new life there. Now they are back, helping other immigrants. – We’ve had so much help and now we want to help others. There is no better way to spend Christmas.

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Feel inspired to volunteer in Argentina?

Find all the programs to volunteer in Argentina on IKPVA’s Homepage.

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Felipe and his family volunteer at Rio de Janeiro’s National Park

Last Sunday Iko Poran’s Founder and Director went with his family to volunteer in a community effort cleaning a riverbed at Rio de Janeiro’s National Park.

Environmental volunteers at the World’s largest Urban Rainforest in Rio

The Tijuca Rainforest is one of the natural gems of Rio de Janeiro. IKPVA volunteers have been working at the rainforest for many years now, in order to preserve the ecological so important area. What volunteers say about their experience:

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. – Elisa

See First Hand the Ecological Challenges that Rio faces….

Destiny - one of my best experiences

Volunteering with the environmental program gave me the opportunity to see first hand the ecological challenges that Rio faces and make a difference myself while also having the chance to witness the incredible beauty of the city and parks as I was doing it! I also loved the independence that Iko Poran gave me! – Destiny

 

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Ming’s Experience in Ecuador: The Smile I will Never Forget

My ‘family’ treating me so well…

Ming's Experience in Ecuador

Ming: The Smile I will Never Forget

How can this program be improved?

It will be better if the connection with local family is improved. Sometimes the internet is not good in this small village, so volunteers need someone who can speak english well.

  • Ming

Feel inspired to Volunteer in Ecuador?

Find the full cataloge with the projects to volunteer in Ecuador on our Homepage.

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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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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. – Elisa

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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!

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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