Work as a volunteer at an artisan shop in Ecuador. A catalyst for change in the community the “taller” was the first group to consciously create an environmentally sustainable source of income in the community, more than 10 years ago. Mariana and Renee now sell modern and traditional jewellery and crafts made from seeds and other materials that they sustainably grow and harvest in the cloud forest.
As volunteer in Ecuador you will work in their shop and learn to make crafts and jewellery. You will be introduced to the history of reforestation efforts in the community, and the indigenous story of the Yumbo people.
If you are an artsy, want to help a low-income community and be close to their culture, this is a perfect match for you to do all of this and be immersed in a new culture and language!
Find the complete information about volunteer work in Ecuador here, and proceed with your application.
Volunteer on Women and Girls empowerment in Uganda to support women to achieve their rights, develop skills, generate income. Women in Africa, Uganda inclusive, are an economically disadvantaged group, in particular women in rural areas. The lack of economic power of the rural communities, especially among women, is a major obstacle to long-term development in Uganda.
IKPVA Uganda works with local communities to promote gender equality, help women overcome difficult circumstances, and empower them to reach their full potential, through five key programs:
Please note: volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced to participate in the women empowerment program, however volunteers with special expertise are highly appreciated.
Find the full information about volunteering in Uganda here. Learn about everything with the program provided, requirements and costs and proceed with your application.
Volunteer on jungle community Immersion in Iquitos Peru teaching to the people of Kukama Kukamiria tribe basic English and computer skills.
This project offers you the incredible opportunity to live and work within an Amazonian ethnic community. Volunteers have may teach Basic English, work in the craft workshop, plant yucca trees and pick fruits according the season, and help their host family in their daily jobs.
You will be accommodated in a basic home stay in the Kukama Reserve where the members are descendants of the Kukama Kukamiria ethnic group. Their day starts early feeding their animals, going to the farm to pick up firewood to cook, and carrying water. During the day people spend their time preparing the natural fibers to make handbags, bracelets, dream catchers, traditional masks etc. Volunteer in Peru in this immersion program to help your host family in their daily activities.
The life in this rural town is basic; you will not find the amenities you are used to. The experience here is flexible and personal, you have the freedom to take part in different activities during your placement, exploring sides of life in the jungle. This is perfect for those wanting to immerse deep with nature and find joy in the simple life. Your host family will teach you about wild plants used for medicine, food, and tools and will show you beautiful and relaxing views.
This project has so much potential for a traveller, you’ll have opportunity to go bird watching, swim in small Amazonian lakes, visit nearby ethnic groups, navigate the jungle in canoes, learn to speak the dialect, and most importantly connect with nature.
Please note that as the community is located 15 minutes by boat from Iquitos city it is important that you know to swim.
Find everything about volunteering in Peru here in full detail: costs, requirements and how to proceed with your application as a volunteer.
Environmental Volunteering at the Tijuca National Forest helps preserving the world’s largest urban forest. You can volunteer on a reforestation project helping in the three nursery, counting species, opening and cleaning trails, cutting branches, painting fences/ signals, among other activities.
Tijuca Forest is the worlds largest urban rainforest, this program gives you, as a volunteer, the opportunity to take part in aiding the conservation of this natural beauty. You will be given the once in a lifetime chance to create alternative solutions to some of the increasing environmental issues this area faces, in response to plastics residues, waste and pollution.
If only I was born in Brazil
Iko Poran truly showed me the authentic life of a Brazilian. The warmth, the layback’d-ness, the everyday “Bon Dia’s”…. It was an experience that I will never forget. I am going to return to Brazil as soon as I can!! The people you meet, both local citizens as well as the foreign participants, have become friends I will never forget and hopefully see soon!
All in all, Iko Poran was an opportunity I would do again and again (especially to see Lola, the dorm cat). – Eric Jin, Waterloo University
Rio de Janeiro boasts one of the most magnificent contrasting landscapes in the world: cascading forests on massive mountains adjacent to a world-class city. However, this contrast isn’t always mutually beneficial, as many of Rio’s treasured green spaces are damaged by urban sprawl.
I was in Rio de Janeiro for 4 weeks helping out in the Tijuca rainforest and at the community garden in a favela. I met so many different people from all over the world and as a result, I not only learned about Brazil but many other cultures. It’s a great way to get to know a city and have more of a local feel and the program itself is very reasonably priced. I would definitely consider coming back to Iko Poran for volunteering again. – Emily, University of Waterloo
As a volunteer for an environmental program you can help to support and develop some of the most precious natural spaces, while also helping in a community vegetable garden and experiencing favela life.
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