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Most Affordable Arts & Design Program in Brazil
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Most Affordable Arts & Design Program in Brazil

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Rio for 3 weeks

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.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Two weeks in Brazil

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! :)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Unforgettable experience

Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad gave me the opportunity to work in an art project called Morrinho Project. I took part in the construction of a 3D model of a favela with bricks that we painted and we added positive words onto them in order to change people perception of the favela. The exhibition attracted a good audience and we received many congratulations. This collaboration was the best way to interact with locals and thanks to them discovering the real Brazil. Living in the same hostel as all the others volunteers was another side of the experience very complementary. We all worked in many different areas (environment, childcare,health, language lessons,etc). I will definitively recommend Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad because it made my trip excellent and a real human experience which gave me more happiness and self esteem for the rest of my life. Thanks to Felipe who is unbelievably available anytime and share his 20-years experience in volunteering with much devotion.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Best experience of my life at Spectaculu thanks to Iko Poran

I had for many years thought about volunteering abroad, but never got the courage to actually go ahead and do it .. that was until life was coming with responsibilities, my 27th birthday had hit and I realised I needed to do it. I got searching for different types of volunteering projects and then set my mind on volunteering in Brazil. I cam across Iko poran and read the great work and different projects they ran in Rio de Janeiro - The arts program seemed like a perfect fit for me with my skills and work experience in the arts field.

The whole project was amazing from start to finish, from the accommodation, the great support that Felipe Iko poran's coordinator was and the project itself. I loved every minute of my voluntary work at the Spectaculu college, the teachers, administrator and all of the students were absolutely amazing, they made me feel so welcome, they had such a passion to learn and the work they produced was outstanding!

One of the biggest things I cherished about being at this project was the warmth of everyone, there was never a time that I was left alone, everyone got me involved and they had lots of questions for me, when I gave a workshop on photography and portfolios I could feel the acute awareness of them wanting to know how to progress and do things to the best standards ... Everyone at the project would include me in every aspect of their day and the break out times the students were keen to learn about life in England and learn English :). Even the cleaner and the cook would make sure I was ok everyday giving me a hug and making sure I had eaten .. I have never felt so welcome in my life and I appreciated that so much.

I would recommend anyone who wants to volunteer to definitely work through Iko plan and anyone who has a passion for creative arts, photography and marketing to definitely give this programme a try, it was by fat the best experience of my life!

Thank you so much to everyone at Spectaculu and to Felipe at Iko poran.