Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad - IKPVA
Volunteer with the Iko Poran Association in Brazil and help children from low-income families in Rio de Janeiro develop their social skills and encourage them to develop
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...
Sports have become a vital outlet for Rio's lower income communities, as they provide children and adolescents with recreational opportunities. At just about every corner...
Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad offers a wide range of affordable, exciting, meaningful, rewarding and safe volunteer projects in Argentina. Our variety of programs includes...
Carnaval is an event that breaks all economic and social boundaries – a love and passion for Samba makes everyone equal. The Carnaval project allows volunteers to join
Most Affordable Volunteer Program in Brazil: from $ 260. Focused in Caring, teaching and sharing. Since 2002
Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad offers a wide range of safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer projects in Rio de Janeiro, the wonderful city. Our variety of programs includes...
Iko Poran offers safe, rewarding, and affordable volunteer programs in South Africa. Our wide range of projects include Childcare, Sports, Teaching, Marine Experience, and...
IKPVA offers a highly affordable and rewarding volunteer project in Costa Rica. The program involves sea turtle conservation in a breathtaking coastal community on the Caribbean....
Our volunteer project in Costa Rica takes place in a breathtaking costal community located on the Caribbean cost. Life is simple and relaxed. There are schools, churches,...
Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad offers artisan volunteering placements in a rural community in Ecuador. Volunteers work in a shop that sells modern and traditional jewelry and...
Iko Poran offers volunteering opportunities in community development in rural Ecuador. Through this project, volunteers can really change living conditions in the community...
Amazing experience in Rio
Submitted by Katherine - KU Leuven | October 11, 2016
I was volunteering in Rio de Janeiro for 2 weeks in a Child Development program. We were playing with between 10 and 20 kids everyday, this could be football, rope skipping, drawing,... They loved it when we prepared something special like painting or some different ball games. The kids were adorable and although two weeks is not such a long time, I learned a lot! I would recommend staying longer though, I could see that the kids got attached to us fairly quickly and I felt bad leaving them.
Felipe is really nice, I liked it that he picked me up from the airport and showed me around Rio a little bit. I didn't arrive on sunday like I was supposed to, but he didn't make a problem of it at all. That's something different from other volunteering programs I looked into.
Besides the volunteering itself, I met really nice people, also volunteers. I liked it that we stayed in the same hostel so we could go out together or to the beach during the weekends. It was probably one of the best experiences I had so far. I would definitely recommend!
Do something amazing!
Submitted by Nicky M - BATH | October 02, 2016
After a month in Rio, the city will always be with me. It makes me smile to think I did it, I have always wanted to volunteer abroad and this experience definitely did not disappoint. Though you travel alone, as soon as you arrive you are part of a new family. The volunteering programme is wonderful and eye-opening, and you have free time to explore as much of the city as you possibly can. It really is an amazing place with amazing people, I will return again one day.
If only I was born in Brazil
Submitted by Eric Jin - University of Waterloo | September 29, 2016
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).
Rio 360 degrees
Submitted by Harm - Amsterdam Netherlands | September 18, 2016
I visited Rio in a very special period: from the last days of the Olympics to the first days of the Paralympics. Between these events I registered for an Iko Poran project for a different, more authentic experience of Rio de Janeiro. Initially I wanted to contribute to the preparation of Carnaval, but since this starts later in the year, I did NGO Support. I was able to visit several Iko Poran projects. They are very diverse and small scale, so there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to make a personal contribution to a projects. Before coming to Rio I had concerns about safety, but after my arrival to the nicely located hostel and with the expert advice from the staff of Iko Poran I immediately felt at ease in Rio. It had a wonderful time!
Two weeks in Brazil
Submitted by Barbora - Charles University in Prague | September 16, 2016
My name is Barbora and I am from the Czech Republic. I spent 2 weeks in Rio as a volunteer at an art school Spectaculu. Everything was perfectly organised, when I came, Felipe was waiting for me at the airport and took me to the hostel. I was nicely surprised the hostel was clean and as I was in my room just with volunteers, I did not need to be worried about my things when I was not there. All the people there were very friendly and kind. It was my first experience as a volunteer, first time in Brazil and in a hostel and I am more than happy I chose going there through Iko Poran. During my time in Brazil, I had an amazing time and met dozens of people. It was an amazing opportunity to spent time with locals, much different than just to be a tourist. As I followed the safety rules which Felipe recommended, I did not have any single problem during my stay. Almost nobody speaks English there so it was a great challenge to practise my portuguese and in the end I noticed how much it improved. Although I worked during the week, I still found a lot of time to experience many places in Rio and get to know the people. Felipe was willing to help in every situation and also made time for us to make a barbecue with Brazilian food on the roof of the hostel. I definitely recommend Iko Poran to everybody and wish you a great time! :)