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Peter Campbell, from U.K., brought 20 football kits

Peter Campbell, from U.K., brought 20 football kits to promote a tournament at his sports project.
Thank you very much Peter!!

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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, Tanzania and Peru.

Find the opportunities for medical volunteers below:

Medical Volunteers needed in Brazil

Brazil needs medical volunteers

Brazil needs medical volunteers

Volunteer in Brazil supporting our health efforts and help to spread health awareness within low-income communities.

Health promotion and education is an integral part of furthering the goals of development. With a well-informed and healthy population, anything is possible.

However, there are extensive health problems that continue to threaten the wellbeing of the people.

As a health volunteer 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.

Experience as a Medical Volunteer in Rio

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

Ana Noroleyne working with the Red Cross in Rio

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 volunteering in Brazil

Medical Volunteers in Nepal, at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu

Volunteering in our Nepal Medical program will be one of the most challenging and most rewarding times of your life. It is a significant and generous act of humanity, but by giving your help you will also gain perspective and have a touching and unforgettable experience.

Magda from Camaxide, about her experience in Nepal:

Volunteering at a Kathmandu Hospital

Volunteering at a Kathmandu Hospital

At the hospital I was able to exchange experiences and knowledge that was beneficial to both sides and was also extremely well integrated in the hospital routines. Thank You Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center for this opportunity!!! – Magda from Camaxide

Volunteer and live in historic Kathmandu

In this placement you will be living in the historical Kathmandu city, and thus you will get to witness the peculiar way of life of its inhabitants, and immerse yourself in Nepali culture. You will get to taste the wonderful food too as you are given a traditional Nepali Style lunch everyday while you are working. You will have a local support contact who will be there for you throughout your placement.

Requirements / Qualifications:

Applicants should be medical professionals, students or trainees. Your responsibilities and the type of work you will be doing depend on the resume you provide before you start. CV is required.

Find out more about volunteering in Nepal

Medical Volunteers neede in  Surin – Thailand

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Thailand Volunteer on Medical Services

Work as a medical volunteer in Thailand – you will be placed into a small community hospital, comparable in size to most western clinics, situated in one of Thailand’s poorest provinces.

The clinic is responsible for maintaining the health and wellbeing of the local village community; approximately 7000 people, the majority of whom are from underprivileged backgrounds.

Your duties and responsibilities are subject to your competency and formal experience. Volunteers with formal medical experience will have the opportunity to practice non-intrusive care under the supervision of the Thai medical team.

Find out more about medical volunteering in Thailand

 

Medical Volunteers needed in Uganda

Medical Volunteers needed in Uganda focussing on AIDS Protection

Medical Volunteers needed in Uganda focussing on AIDS Protection

Volunteer in Uganda in our health programs. Life in Ugandan community is no different to other regions of Africa and poverty still has a large impact on the quality of life the Ugandan people are able to enjoy. One of the largest problems Ugandan communities face through is a lack of medical knowledge, supplies and education.

Health Program focussing on HIV/AIDS

The IKPVA – Uganda Medical Volunteer Placement encompasses a number of fields and medical professionals and students are sorely needed. Our priority health program areas include HIV/AIDS, adolescent sexual reproductive health, and community health (mitigation of malaria and other diseases), building the capacity of rural communities in their efforts/initiatives towards improvement of sanitation and hygiene among others. This project aims to increase healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic diseases and improve village health by providing public health projects and promoting health education.

Find out more about medical volunteering in Uganda

Medical Volunteers needed in Tanzania

Medical Volunteers in Tanzania

Medical Volunteers in Tanzania

Volunteer in Tanzania in our medical project and help to treat people and create health awareness.

In 2002 the Servants of the Poor, Daughters of Charity opened the dispensary. Primarily their mission was to attend to basic healthcare needs and education of their local communities. Within this culture, cattle is their way of life and the main source of income, when necessary. Education and healthcare was perceived as less valuable, as people resorted to traditional healing methods.

When the facility began in January 2002, people did not see their assistance as necessary, as they had already become accustomed to their own methods of care. Only when these showed negative results did people begin to use the dispensaries facilities.

Find out more about medical volunteers in Tanzania.

Medical Volunteers needed in Peru

Volunteer in Peru in our medical programs and leave your mark! You will be placed in medical centers located in disadvantaged areas around Peru, providing care mainly to low income families. These medical centers are not well equipped and most of the time there is not enough medical staff to meet all the demands of the patients.

Health Project Suitable for Medical Students

Medical Volunteers needed in Peru

Medical Volunteers needed in Peru

The health project is particularly suitable for Pre medical and Medical students who want to gain valuable clinical experience. All the volunteers in this program work alongside and in assistance of the local doctors and nurses.

Pre-med students can help the medical staff taking weight, height, blood pressure, heart rate and temperature, making beds, cleaning, preparing materials, administering vaccinations and sterilizing equipment. Med students with previous medical experience or good grasp of Spanish will be shadowing a doctor and will be asked to clean wounds, give injections, sutures, consult rooms and specialized departments, assisting doctors taking physicals and histories and drawing blood samples.

Medical Volunteering available at Arquipa, Cusco and Iquitos

You can choose between projects in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano; Cusco, the Inca capital and the archaeological capital of the Americas; and Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.

Find out more about medical volunteering in Peru

Links

Find the complete overview about medical volunteering at the IKPVA Homepage

 

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Spectaculu – Volunteer on Arts in Rio de Janeiro

Excellent partner project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where IKPVA has been placing volunteers since 2004 to work with Art & Design.
Video produced and filmed by one of the volunteers.

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Delphine loved her program last year so much that she came back this year.

Delphine loved her program last year so much that she came back this year. Volunteer in Brazil, teaching children.

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Morrinho Project: Martina 3 weeks volunteering in Rio

I spent 3 weeks in Rio volunteering for project Morrinho with Iko Poran last january. It was an amazing experience. The project I worked in was very interesting, and I got to know really nice locals and the way they lived in the favela (that has an amazing view of Rio by the way!). All the volunteers stayed at Felipe’s beautiful house, which was so comfortable and we had a beautiful terrace to get together, have dinner or a few drinks in. Rio de Janeiro is such a vibrant, beautiful and fun city to visit and it’s even better to get to know it with amazing people like the friends I made in the volunteer house.

3 weeks went by too fast…

The 3 weeks went by too fast, I wish I could have stayed more time. If you have the time and can afford it, I recommend staying at least 5-6 weeks. I made really good friends there that I really miss and I hope I can go back soon to visit them! I’m definitely considering volunteering for Iko Poran again whenever I have the chance.

  • Martina, 20 years old, from Montevideu

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See also the site of Morrinho Project

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Volunteer on Capoeira in Brazil

Learn Capoeira in the Sports Development Project in Brazil

Volunteering in Brazil on our sports program in Rio de Janeiro

Sports have become vital for Rio de Janeiro’s lower income communities, providing children and adolescents with recreational outlets. At just about every corner of Rio de Janeiro, you will find locals playing the national sport of futebol. With the few entertainment options for youth in lower income communities, sports have become an essential part of favela life, especially among children and adolescents.

Capoeira in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Capoeira in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Given the lack of entertainment and job opportunities, children are increasingly getting caught up in illegal activities. The Sports project aims to provide children with friendly competition in a safe and fun environment. Volunteers on this project have the opportunity to work with children in popular Brazilian sports, such as futebol, futsal, capoeira, and surfing.

Volunteers do not need to be sports stars to participate on this project, but a passion and enthusiasm for sports goes a long way! Volunteers are encouraged to list their preferences and skills when applying for the Sports project, but will be required to be flexible and participate in a variety of sports where required.

Please note, many of the placements are based outdoors and are dependent on good weather. In the event of bad weather, our local staff will do their best to place volunteers at other projects, such as Childcare or Community Development.

Start your volunteer experience in Brazil

If you feel ready to go, sign up as a Brazil Volunteer .

We will take you carefully step by step through the enrollment, and you will learn what will be provided with the program, costs and requirements. Have fun.

 

 

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Volunteering on Child Development in Rio – Savannah Peiser

Savannah Peiser gives an interview about her experience volunteering on child development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Why did you decide to apply for an international program?

I chose to go international because there was the dual opportunity to help those who are disadvantaged and to travel and explore Brazil. It was also a journey of discovery for me and to open up more career opportunities for my future.

Why did you choose Iko Poran Association?

I stumbled across their working abroad website, and when I spoke their colleagues in London, they made me feel relaxed and comfortable about their partnership with Iko Poran. The program also appealed to what kind of change I wanted to make, even if it was only a small change.

Little steps, along with patience, reach bigger goals.

What was your favorite part about Rio de Janeiro?

The location of the project and the hostel I was staying in were within walking distance of each other, or a 10 minute bus ride. To walk was about 40 minutes, but it was worth it to meet people and to see the beautiful surroundings. Sometimes when I finished late, I caught some beautiful sunsets. Also, it was close to the main area for social life, so on the weekends, when I didn’t work on the project, I could enjoy with fellow volunteers and people staying in the hostel.

What makes Iko Poran’s program unique?

Volunteering with child development in Rio

The smiley group of children from the morning half of the project at Ballet de Santa Teresa – my little cherubs!

It was unique for many reasons; I was the only volunteer there, so because the children were inspiring the main reason for the uniqueness of the program was the ballet classes that gave the kids a peaceful retreat from their harsh day-to-day life. Their lives are not easy, the backgrounds of their families really do make you think. Also, it made me feel grateful, but sad, that there aren’t equal opportunities. Overall, it was unique because it was thought-provoking and inspiring.

How did local staff support you throughout your program?

Luis Felipe Murray gave a great introduction to the program and made sure I was happy with the project before I began participating. The only critique I have is that during the program there could have been a little more contact, just to check up.

Volunteer with children in Brazil
The smiley group of children from the morning half of the project at Ballet de Santa Teresa – my little cherubs!

What’s one thing you wish you would have done differently?

I wish that I had brought more materials with me to engage the kids with a little more.

Describe a day in the life of your program.

I would wake up around 7 a.m. or 7:30 a.m. at the hostel, get ready and have some breakfast, and leave by 8:30 a.m. I would arrive at the project by 8:45 a.m. or sometimes 9 a.m. because the bus would be late; in the mornings, I always took the bus. Upon my arrival at the project, I would check the rota for that particular day. Always in the morning was the activities with the younger kids aged three to nine. We would have some reading and writing classes, and then painting and puzzles. At 10:30 a.m. there would be a break for juice and biscuits, then back to classes. During the writing/readings/arts classes, there would be music classes happening, with various music teachers and ballet lessons (the main class of the school). Then at 12 p.m. we would begin lunch, which would go until 2 p.m.

During lunch, once the little kids had finished eating, they would change their uniform and go off to proper school. Then the older kids aged 10 to 15 would arrive, eat their lunch, and when the afternoon teachers arrived they would begin their lessons at 2 p.m. After 2 p.m the lessons consisted of making things for the production they were performing at the end of the month. The school would close at 6 p.m. Sometimes I’d stay until the end, but most days I left after lunch. That was a nice thing about the program, there was some flexibility.

What enjoy doing on your free time?

I really enjoyed socialising with the people at the Rio Hostel Santa Teresa, the staff there were very friendly and became like my family for the month I was there. We would eat and drink together and go out on the weekends.

What type of accommodation did you have? What did you like best about it?

I stayed in the Rio Hostel & Pousada Santa Teresa. The people who worked there were like family and the other volunteers and people staying there were very friendly. From my time there, I have definitely made some real friendships.

What surprised you most about Brazil?

Nothing really surprised or shocked me about Brazil, as I already had knowledge of how life is there due to having Brazilian friends. Also, I’m from South Africa and the two countries are incredibly similar; they have the same socio-economic issues, same culture, really similar cuisine, equally beautiful beaches/wildlife/outdoor landscapes, quite similar mentalities, and the same political problems (i.e. corruption).

Do you have any packing tips for individuals headed to Brazil?

I think when it comes to packing, it’s all relative to the individual. Pack what you need.

How difficult was it to communicate with locals?

I didn’t struggle to communicate with the locals as I already had quite an extensive knowledge and practice of Portuguese. Sometimes there would be a problem with the accents of the different people, especially those from the various states of Brazil, but it wasn’t a big hindrance.

How has (and will) your time in Brazil impacted your life?

For sure it will enhance my career opportunities, and it has opened my eyes a bit more.

Would you recommend Iko Poran Association to other volunteers?

Yes, I’d definitely recommend Iko Poran! They’re a great organisation with great projects.

If you could volunteer abroad again, where would you go?

When I volunteer again, I would either come back to Brazil or go to South Africa.

About Savannah Peiser

Savannah Peiser

Savannah Peiser

Savannah was born in South Africa, but her family moved to London early on in her life. She was fortunate enough to attend a good school, and then move on to attend Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Savannah loves traveling and has traveled to many places; she thinks traveling is an education in itself.

 

 

 

 

Want do volunteer in Rio de Janeiro?

Find the complete information about volunteering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil here.

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Rio Volunteer- Interview with Patrick

Patrick was a Rio Volunteer in 2016. He is studying at the University of Bath in the UK.

Why did you choose this program?

I wanted to know the real Rio and get in touch with the locals through volunteering. This program helped me to gain first-hand experience while using my time in a meaningful way.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Iko Poran is a very professional and experienced volunteering program provider. Before my departure, I got very detailed and helpful advice ranging from visa and insurance information, to security tips. As for my inquiry emails, I always got very good answers in a timely manner. Upon my arrival, I met the welcome staff right at the airport, which made me feel warm and safe.

Before I started the volunteering, I received an orientation covering all aspects of life and volunteering work. Another thing is the guided tour of the city, which was very exciting. I got accompanied to the volunteering workplace. Iko Poran made sure I could start volunteering without any difficulty.

The living condition in the hostel was quite nice. Breakfast was provided and the coffee was amazing. Lunch and dinner were organized on our own, but there were plenty of choices in the restaurants around the hostel.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice I would like to give those who are interested in this program is: Don’t think too much and worry too much. This program is the best way to use the summer time well.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

During a typical week, I worked four days and used the three-day weekend to explore the city. The balance of work and leisure was quite nice. In a weekday, I worked about 5-6 hours.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

To be honest, the biggest fear of volunteering in Rio is about personal safety, as the violence was portrayed extensively by media. However, after I saw the city and got in touch with the people, I realized most of the fears were created by the media.

The Brazilian people are quite friendly and warm-hearted. I had the happiest time in Brazil. The best way to get rid of the fear is to see the country for yourself and get in touch with the people.

How does volunteering affect someone’s life?​

I worked with children in a low-income community. I felt that volunteers could add content to children’s after-class time. Also, we let them see and get in touch with some people from other countries, which broadened their visions.

In return, I benefited greatly in several ways. I saw another world and learned so much about this country. I began to think more broadly and critically after the volunteering.

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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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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 freedom to help in your own ways.
Working with kids was certainly a challenge but the support of other volunteers and people in charge of the projects make everything so much easier.

Volunteering in a health project

I also volunteered in a health project where people from the communities work together to inform people about important health issues.
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 Norleyne – University of Texas

Want to volunteer with the Red Cross in Rio?

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