Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad: Building a fair and equal society for all.

Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad - IKPVA

About

IKPVA offers a wide range of affordable, safe and meaningful volunteer projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Our variety of programs includes Teaching, Childcare, Community Development, NGO Support, Construction, Environment Protection, Animal Conservation, Sports, Arts & Design, Medical/ Health Promotion and many special projects to match all skills and interests. Visit our website and apply online, we will answer you within 2 working days max.

Iko Poran is the only Volunteer Abroad organization based in a developing country respectively in a destination country, and also, Iko Poran is the only one that runs its own projects. We have 15 years experience and have received and coordinated thousands of volunteers.

We have created an international network to offer a wide range of possibilities for volunteers all over the world to help and contribute in the most affordable way. Our Mission is to help you leave our mark in the World!

Founded
2002
Headquarters

Rua Prefeito João Felipe, 571/ 101
Santa Teresa
Rio de Janeiro-RJ
20251-140
Brazil

Reviews

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Imane
10/10

J'ai participé à un projet en Afrique du Sud, d'une durée de 3 mois. Ce sont les 3 mois les plus merveilleux que j'ai pu passer de toute ma vie. L'endroit était magique, des animaux de toute sortes et une ambiance d'équipe extraordinaire.. J'ai rencontré des volontaire du monde entier, vraiment cette expérience m'a beaucoup appris sur le plan personnel ! Je recommande fortement

Yes, I recommend this program
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Adam
9/10

I recently returned home from 2 weeks volunteering in Villa Rodrigo Bueno, a small neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. The main aim of the programme was to use organised workshops in football, boxing and English to encourage the local kids to get involved with productive activities and become active members of their community. All in all it was a fantastic experience, and I was really well looked after by the people there. Flor and Bautista, a husband and wife team who ran the community centre, made sure I was safe, comfortable and well fed whenever I visited them and Andrea, who was the link between Iko Poran and the neighbourhood, was in constant contact with me throughout. Taking part in the workshops with the kids was a lot of fun, and I was also invited to take part in other activities with the adults too- a midweek football tournament being a particular highlight.

I'd definitely recommend learning some Spanish before you go as nobody in the neighbourhood speaks English, so communication could be a bit tricky at times. Nevertheless, everyone I met was really hospitable and I was made to feel very welcome. Facilities in the neighbourhood are very basic and the activities are subject to weather and other factors, so be open-minded and prepared for your schedule to change at short notice.

The programme title suggests that you will be coaching sports, but in reality you are mostly just joining in with the workshops, and in some cases being coached yourself! In many ways this was probably for the best as the standard of football in the neighbourhood is ridiculously high, so I'm not sure if I could have taught them anything anyway! There are still lots of ways to make yourself useful though: helping the kids with their homework in the English workshop, unloading food deliveries, and helping to distribute food to the local residents to give a few examples. As Andrea kept telling me, the more you put yourself out there, the more everyone gets out of it.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Cristina
10/10

At first I was feeling kind of afraid because of the distance and the new culture... But the experience could hardly have been better. Since we arrived, Kelly, Jenny and Felipe were taking care about us, helping with transport and giving us security tips. Truly, the city is quietter, but there are also lot of things to do. The trips in Cusco are so special, with beautiful and unique landscapes you wouldn't see anywhere else. Moreover, being accommodated with a local family has upgraded our experience to a different point, counting on their help, their interesting conversations and their typical dishes.
Talking about the project, I've been in a little health centre in Cuzco. It was a less-favoured area, where I could learn a lot about diseases I hadn't seen before so frequently and I could perform some procedures that I hadn't tried in my country of origin. For sure, this has been a great oportunity for my personal and professional growth. It is always very enriching meeting a new health system and a different way of working, making the best with the little resources that they have and knowing the individual patient very well. The doctors were kind with us and let us explore and help them in their daily practise.
So, after all, I am really happy to have been a part of this adventure :)

How can this program be improved?

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alejandro
10/10

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 comunity. 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.

How can this program be improved?
Contact with bigger organizations to whom give the services
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nathab
10/10

Would highly recommend this. The people, culture, activities, and experiences will last a lifetime. I talk about them every day to this day. Felipe and his family are such amazing people. We participated in a capoeira class with a blind teacher who changed my life forever, played soccer with amazing children from the favelas to keep them away from drugs and violence, and of course enjoyed everything the beautiful country has to offer. don’t let the news fool you - Brazil is one of the most beautiful countries we have ever been to. Of course you need to be smart and safe but that applies everywhere you are in the world! The culture and people are one of a kind and so much fun.

How can this program be improved?
It’s perfect!
Yes, I recommend this program

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