Gabriela Lopes, from Brazil, has been celebrating San Juan with students from her Teaching Program in Peru. San Juan is a great festival in Iquitos, and the volunteer experience in the Peruvian Amazon was magnificent!
Volunteering as teaching assistent in a small village in the Peruvian Amazon is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with local people. While the students really appreciate the chance learning English from a native speaker, you will dive in a different and fascinating culture of the Peruvian Amazon. You can even participate in cultural events, like the festival of San Juan. The small community is located at only 20 min by boat from Iquitos, right in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon.
We believe, both the local people and the volunteer will truly benefit from the teaching program! You can make friends with people from a different cultural background, and also offer them a unique experience, learning from a foreigner.
Last but not least, nature is absolutely fascinating in the Peruvian Amazon! Our teaching project will be long-term, with new volunteers joining as teachers. And all of them enjoyed the excepcional experience a lot!
Visit also our overview about volunteering in Peru, and proceed with you application. Be welcome!
What about volunteering in Rio de Janeiro teaching English? Rio de Janeiro is still one of the most charming volunteer destinations. Since people are very welcoming and eager to learn English from a native speaker, you will have a unique experience! While teaching young kids from the favela, you will enjoy to get around in this fascinating city. Because our volunteer organization is located in Rio de Janeiro, you will find the volunteer programs with the best cost / benefits equation with us!
Read about Alejandros experience in Rio de Janeiro teaching English to kids from a favela:
I had the oportunity to participate in a volunteer program with Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
I was an English teacher for kids in a community. I had an excelent oportunity to learn about languages, people and new cultures as well as the one to help people and build a better future. The programs that the organization has are very fun and you really feel that you are helping.
The support that the members give you is great and I would like to congratulate Felipe, who really makes you feel like at home and trully fights with all his hearth to change the present and future of communities all around the world.
This was an amazing experience and I higly recommend it for everyone who feels that he wants to help and learn. – Alejandro
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Rita from Portugal spent six weeks as a medical volunteer at the Children Hospital in Kathmandu. She enjoyed living with a Nepales family, and soon overcame the language barrier. At the hospital, she learned about the practises of treatment, and found her way to help the children:
It was a wonderfull experience this 6 weeks in Kathmandu, a unic experience that I will never forget. I had an opportunitiy to learn first hand about Nepalese family life and to share everything with them, like it was my own family. Be a volunteer in Konti Children Hospital it was a rewarding experience. However in the beginning I felt little frustrated. Because of the language barrier, the diferent practices from what I used too, I felt that I didn’t help as much I desire.
But then I take the opportunity to observe, discover, learn about the health cares, most common diseases in Nepal and listen all the experience and dificulties of the parent’s and all the staff of the hospital.
I start to be able to help slowly according to my capabilities.
After this experience I felt lik the Nepali people did more for me than I did for them. – Rita Gomes da Silva (Portugal)
If you choose to travel as a medical volunteer in Nepal, you will be working at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu. At the Children Hospital, you will have both the opportunity to improve your medical skills and share your special knowlegde from your hoem country. While you are working at the clinic, you will discover the most eminent health issues that Nepal faces today. You will learn a great deal while also doing really valuable work.
Find all the detail necessary at our page with the volunteer programs in Nepal, and how to apply.
Volunteers from all over the world unite to make the children smile in Rio: Mariangel Chaves Rodriguez, from Costa Rica, Iona MacTaggart, from Scotland, and Laura Vidal Llonch, from Spain came to Rio, to care for the children at a day care.
Thank you very much ladies! You make us believe that “another world is possible”!
Visit our page with the volunteer programs in Rio de Janeiro, to find out everything about our programs and how to sign up. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most charming options for volunteer vacations, and your contribution as a volunteer will be highly appreciated! You will make the children happy, as you make them feel loved and cared for. Of course the children want to play with you and also learn from you.
Even if your Portuguese is still basic, love is a universal language, and you will find your way aroung pretty soon, as people are welcoming and helpful. Check it out!
You may also have a look at our page with all childcare abroad programs in many countries.
Read some testimonials from our volunteers in Rio de Janeiro:
Rita Gomes Silva, from Portugal has been treating children at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu during her medical volunteer program in Nepal.
As a medical volunteer in Nepal you will be working at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu. There, you will have both the opportunity to improve and share your medical skills. While you are working at the clinic, you will discover the most eminent health issues that Nepal faces today. You will learn a great deal while also doing really valuable work. Your volunteer work will have not anly have a positive impact on the local community but also help the further development of the Nepalese healthcare system.
The medical team at the Pediatric Hospital will decide your duties according to your abilities and experience. If you have adequate medical training or formal experience, you will be even able to practice non-intrusive care under the guidance of the local medical team of the clinic. After all, the Pediatric Hospital will welcome you as a keen learner. At the same time you will be able to share your knowledge of the medical techniques from your home country.
If you want to go for the medical internship at the Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu, go to our page about volunteering in Nepal, where you will find also the link for sign up.
Read more about volunteer experiences in Nepal with IKPVA:
Enzo Klein, from France, smiling and making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa.
Thank you very much Enzo!!!
Quite a few of our volunteers have already been teaching children at Doreen’s Crèche, located at Masiphumelele Township, around 45 minutes from central Cape Town. All of them enjoyed caring for these loving kids!
The crèche receives over 60 children aged 3-6 during the day while their parents work to earn a living. Taking care of these dynamic and energetic children requires a lot of work, which is why you’re your help will be greatly appreciated.
During your stay as a volunteer in South Africa, you also will learn about township life, culture, and history.
You also may enjoy to read more testimonials form our volunteers in South Africa at Doreen’s Crèche:
Quando Karen da Noruega planejou sua viagem voluntária à Índia cerca de seis meses atrás, ela queria viajar junto com seu filho mais velho. Ao discutir o projeto, ambos concordaram, que eles queriam fazer algo para a educação das crianças, na escola. Enquanto pesquisava, Karen descobriu que Iko Poran estava oferecendo um projeto de ensino e construção em uma escola em Jaipur. Uma combinação perfeita, onde seu filho poderia trabalhar na construção, pintando belos sinais, enquanto ela estaria ensinando crianças e mulheres.
Karen queria criar autoconfiança para as mulheres, especialmente para elas encorajarem os filhos delas a continuar estudando na escola. Foi um sucesso e uma experiência tão gratificante! Em primeiro lugar, Karen e seu filho estavam se perguntando se enfrentariam um choque cultural. Mas, na verdade, desde o primeiro momento de sua chegada, eles foram muito bem atendidos pela organização, e todas as pessoas se mostraram amigáveis e prestativas! Ouça a entrevista completa de Karen neste vídeo:
Eu estou bem. Apenas fiquei um pouco emocionada hoje.
Bem, isso foi uma ideia há cerca de seis meses, e tenho elaborado isto desde então.
Eu queria levar meu filho mais velho no projeto juntos, para que pudéssemos fazer trabalho voluntário. Temos discutido, o que gostaríamos de fazer, onde queremos ir e concordamos que queríamos fazer um projeto na escola e fazer algo pela educação das crianças.
E então escolhemos este país e este projeto porque foi um dos países que tem projetos ambos de construção e de ensino em uma escola. E eu também queria de ensinar além dos meus alunos, as mulheres. Principalmente esninar as mulheres para dar-lhes alguma autoconfiança, assim que elas possam encorajar os filhos delas a continuarem estudando na escola. Essa é a principal razão.
Foi muito bom. Sim, do começo ao fim, muito boa informação. Nós sentimos que fomos muito bem atendidos, desde a chegada, é uma maneira muito segura de hospedar. E nós também tivemos muitas informações privilegiadas sobre o país, e fizemos tantas experiências que não teríamos como turistas. Então foi muito sólido, a organização.
A Índia é muito mais do que eu imaginava antes de vir. Eu li muito e preparei-me para o choque cultural. Choque cultural, não foi tão ruim assim. E as diferenças entre pobres e ricos são grandes, mas não são assim … sim, não vimos tantos mendigos e pessoas pobres, como pensávamos. Na verdade, as pessoas são amigáveis, mesmo que recebi avisos anteriormente, que as pessoas seriam muito … não estariam amigáveis, e estariam com medo dos estrangeiros. Sim, foi sobre isso que fomos avisados. Mas na realidade nós conhecemos tantas pessoas legais, e elas querem nos ajudar, eles eram muito amigáveis. Nós sempre fomos muito seguros.
Sim, definitivamente. A Índia é algo especial, é único, um país único, e é alguma experiência, você tem que ter essa experiência.
Obrigado por estar conosco Karen. Muito obrigado!
Obrigado por nos receber aqui!
Encontre nossas informações completas sobre todos os projetos de voluntariado na Índia aqui e como se inscrever.
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When Karen from Norway planned her volunteer trip to India about six months ago, she wanted to travel together with her elder son. While discussing the project, both agreed, that they wanted to do something for children’s education, at school. While researching, Karen found that Iko Poran was offering both a teaching and a construction project at a school in Jaipur. A perfect fit, where her son could work on construction, painting beautiful signs, while she would be teaching children, and women.
Karen wanted to build up self-confidence for the women, especially for them to encourage their children to keep on studying at school. It was a success, and such a rewarding experience! In the first place, Karen and her son were wondering, if they would experience a culture shock. But in fact, from the first moment at their arrival, they have been very well been taken care of the organisation, and all the people turned out to be friendly and helpful! Listen to Karen’s full statement on video:
I am fine. Just a bit emotional today.
Well, this was an idea about six months ago, and I have been working on it since then.
I wanted to take my elder son on the project together, so that we could do volunteer work. We have been discussing, what we like to do, where we want to go, and we agreed, that we wanted to do a project on school and to do something for children’s education.
And then we chose this country and this project because it was one of the countries that have both construction projects and teaching at school. And I also wanted to combine the teaching both with students and with women, ot teach women and give them some self-confidence, so maybe they can encourage the children to keep on studying. That’s the main reason.
It was very good. Yes, from start till end, very good information. We feel, that we are very good taken care of, from the arrival, it is very safe way to host and stamp. And we also got só much inside information about the country, and made só many experience that we wouldn’t have as tourists. Só it was very solid, the organisation.
India is só much more, than I could imagine, before I came. I have read a lot, and prepared for culture shock. Culture shock, it was not só bad. And the differences between poor and rich, they are big, but not so… yes, we haven’t seen so much of beggars and poor people, as we maybe thought. The people are friendly, I was warned, the people are very… they are not nice, they are scared. Yes, that was what we were warned about. But we met só many nice people, and they want to help us, they were very friendly. We have always been very safe.
Yeah, definitely. India is something special, it’s unique, a unique country, and it is some experience, you have to get this experience.
Thank you for having us here!
Find our complete information of all the volunteer projects in India here, and how to sign up.
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