Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad - IKPVA
Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad - IKPVA Programs
Lend a helping hand in Ecuador! Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad gives you the opportunity to participate in a broad range of affordable yet safe and exciting yet meaningful volunteer...
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
Grab this unique opportunity to volunteer with elephants in Nepal! Iko Poran, together with local partners, offers you the chance to contribute to a project aimed at caring...
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...
Help children from low-income families to develop their social skills and encourage them to develop a healthy appreciation for higher education! Volunteers are expected
Volunteer with the Iko Poran Association in Brazil and teach English to students in Rio de Janeiro. Students range from primary school age to the elderly. By teaching English...
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...
Landlocked between India and China, Nepal features a diverse geography that includes eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world (!), forested hills, and fertile plains....
Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad - IKPVA Reviews
Ecuador Volunteer experience
Submitted by Ming Pei - UC Berkeley | November 15, 2017
I'm writing this review based on my experience as a one month volunteer in Ecuador. I was assigned with a Ecuadorian family and they were very friendly and treated me as their own family. When I first got there, my Spanish was bad and my 'family' helped me bargain with the taxi driver and helped me settle down. I got the best living situation in the house which I appreciated very much but also thought I didn't deserve my 'family' treating me so well. My daily job is to teach english to the kids in the village and helped my host-family grandma do some farming job. I enjoy very much the time living there. I got the chance to feel the nature and experience this life that I will remember for the rest of my life. During the 'hard' but happy time, my Spanish improved from zero foundation to be able to understand daily conversation. I was also introduced the traditional crafting in Ecuador. I'm a world traveler and a culture lover and I have been to a lot countries during the recent years. But Ecuador is my second hometown where I find my soul, experience the real humanity regardless of language obstacles and cultural barriers. I love it and I will be back again.
Rio for 3 weeks
Submitted by Martina - udelar | February 18, 2017
I volunteered with Iko Poran for 3 weeks last January in project Morrinho. The project was very nice just as the people from the favela that worked there, and the place was simply beautiful. Even if you’re not planning to work on that project, I recommend you go visit it, it’s very close to the volunteer house. I had already been to Rio a few times before but only for a few days and staying there for 3 weeks, even if I think it wasn’t enough, allowed me to get to know the city better and I completely loved it. It’s a very active and diverse city, there’s always something different to do. Felipe’s house is really nice too and Santa Teresa is a beautiful place, with amazing views of the city. I made very good friends with the rest of the volunteers and we met very nice locals too. I felt like 3 weeks was too short, I wish I would have stayed at least a few weeks more. It was truly a completely recommendable experience. If you’re considering doing it, take the risk and go! It’s going to be worth it. The city, the beach, the parties, the friends, the projects, the whole experience was just incredible. Hope you enjoy Rio as much as me! I’m sure you will.
Child development program
Submitted by Adie Fridman - LOS ANGELES United States | December 15, 2016
Volunteering with Iko Poran in their child development program was one of the most fulfilling and fun things I have done. The program provided little resources but the program leader was extremely creative and had lots of love for the children. You definitely need to bring motivation, it was challenging work but definitely worth it. Iko Poran provides the perfect amount of support while still allowing you to be independent. I will definitely do it again when I have the chance.
Submitted by Marcela - Medellin Colombia | October 24, 2016
The project in which i participated was a very nice project, all though they didn't have many resources they work with what they had and a lot of love. I felt that they really need it the help of volunteers and in this case mine which was very rewarding.
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!