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The most wonderful experience

Travelling to South Africa as a volunteer was the most amazing experience I have ever had in my life.
Felipe and Allie were very nice since the beggining of the process. They were very supportive.
They accomplish what they promise.
Teaching in Doreen was the best experience I´ve has as an English teacher. You learn a lot from the kids. Everyone at creche is so nice to you.
If I could give anyone´s advice I would say: Be a volunteer in South Africa. It´s worth.

  • Cristina Queiroga, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Please visit also the testimonial of Mariana Oliveira, who has been volunteering at Doreen’s Crèche as well.

Teaching in Doreen, South Africa – Program details

Location: Masiphumelele Township, around 45 minutes from central Cape Town

Arrival airport: Cape Town (code CPT).

Shared dormitory room in volunteer house, same sex rooms

Food is not included. You will need to purchase your own food (budget approximately US$50 per week)

Available from 2 to 12 weeks.

Be a volunteer in South Africa!

Visit also the page with all the programs to volunteer in South Africa on IKPVA’s homepage.


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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.

Find out more about Brazil Volunteers

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Costa Rica – Work with Sea Turtles!

I would HIGHLY recommend this volunteer experience. I did lots of research going into this trying to find the most affordable program, and Iko Poran was definitely the most affordable. I was doing the same volunteer work as volunteers from all over the world, but I was paying much less money to do so.

Costa Rica Paige working with sea turtles

Paige working with sea turtles in Costa Rica

A fantastic time in Costa Rica

I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica with the turtles and I met many people and created memories I will never forget. I definitely recommend Iko Poran and the Sea Turtle experience in Costa Rica and I cannot wait until I volunteer with them again. Pura Vida!

  • Paige, 19 years old, Costa Rica

Find Paige’s Video from Costa Rica here:


Animal Conservation in Costa Rica: The Sea Turtle Project in Full Detail

Volunteer in Costa Rica to save sea turtles in this paradisiac community on the Caribbean cost of Costa Rica is a wonderful opportunity to help protect these endangered species. You will see giant female sea turtles nesting on the beach and baby turtles crawling out of their nests in the sand towards the ocean. It is an exciting opportunity to help a town that relies on its sea turtle population and to contribute to the growth and success of this grassroots conservation project.

Four-hour Nightly Patrols Looking for Nesting Sea Turtles

The primary work for the participants in the animal conservation volunteer program is to accompany local guides on 4-hour night patrols searching for nesting sea turtles. These patrols are part of an on-going scientific investigation so turtles are measured, checked for diseases and tagged while the eggs are collected and relocated to the project’s guarded hatchery. The presence of more people on the beach means less opportunity for the poachers, who will steal the turtle eggs and kill the turtles to sell the meat illegally. For the night patrols volunteers should be in good physical condition to walk 6 km of beach and back. They should also have good night vision as most of the work is done in the dark with only red-lensed flashlights. Some nights you will be soaked by heavy rains, other nights high tides will spray you, and always driftwood is there to trip you in the dark. But there will also be beautiful nights with a full moon, the sky full of stars and best of all nesting turtles. Day work involves hatchery duty, beach cleaning and assisting in nest exhumations and release of hatchlings. There are also a lot of other environmental projects to help with around the village.

Go for it! Wonderful Costa Rica is waiting for you!!

Start your Volunteer Experience in Costa Rica now!

Find the complete information about volunteering in Costa Rica.

We will take you step by step through the enrollment, and you will learn about everything provided with the program, costs and requirements.

Have Fun!

Paige working with sea turtles in Costa Rica

Paige working with sea turtles in Costa Rica

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Share Love and Joy

Share Love, and have a joyful experience. Love grows, when shared.

“The hostel staff and life was amazing they made me feel right at home and I met awesome people there through my whole stay, the fellow volunteers still feels like family to me, I had enough open time to check out other projects out as well and see Rio by myself!” – Evan (Pretoria, South Africa)

Cris Queiroga in South Africa

Cris Queiroga teacing children in South Africa

Cris Queiroz teaching in South Africa

“I believe that no video, no photo can express what I felt … I just have to thank God for the opportunity. Family and friends for all encouragement for me to take this trip! Everything is worth it, when the soul is not small” – Cris Queiroga

Samantha in Kenya

“Just being there with the people was a life changing experience, I had the best time in Cannan Orphanage, the kids are the most beautiful kids I’ve ever seen, teaching them and playing with them was so fulfilling.” – Samantha in Kenya

Zach Luster in Uganda

“This is an experience that will hold forever. I was able to bring water to those in need.” – Zach Luster, volunteering in Uganda

Katrijn in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“The volunteering itself was absolutely amazing, we were playing ball games with the children, rope skipping, drawing, we did some painting as well and they loved it!” – Katrijn, volunteering in Rio de Janeiro

Paige, volunteering on Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

“I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica with the turtles and I met many people and created memories I will never forget. I definitely recommend Iko Poran and the Sea Turtle experience in Costa Rica and I cannot wait until I volunteer with them again. Pura Vida!”  – Paige in Costa Rica


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