How it Works – Application Process – 10 Easy Steps


1 – Browse our website and choose the country to where you want to go and the program that you want to do;


2 – Fill in the application form specifying the preferred start date and duration of your program, click “Send


3 – You will receive an email within a maximum of two business days with more information about the program you have chosen. In this email will have a link for you to pay your registration fee ($ 149.00) to confirm your place in the program.


4 – You pay your registration fee and receive the preparatory material with a guide of the chosen country, our volunteer training guide, a Fundraising guide to help you raise funds for your trip, if necessary, and the personal information form.


5 – Complete the form and return it to us – we will arrange your arrival, lodging, and project together with the local volunteer coordinator.


6 – You pay the program fee to the local organization up to 30 days before the date of the beginning of the program.


7 – You send us the form with your travel information, medical data, and travel insurance.


8 – The local staff organizes your reception at the airport and book your accommodation.


9 – We help you finalize the preparations: travel insurance, visas, vaccines, and list of recommended things to travel.


10 – Get ready, pack your bags, and go!


Unforgettable travel experience is beginning!

After your arrival at the destination, we will be in touch to find out if everything is running smoothly.

If you have any other question of how it works, please contact us and we will answer within 48 hours.

Volunteer projects in 18 countries



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My name is Luis Felipe Murray (Felipe); Brazilian, married and father of two little girls.

I was born in Rio de Janeiro and always did volunteer work since I was 13 years old. First in philanthropic fairs in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and later, after graduating in Performing Arts, in favelas of Rio de Janeiro where I taught acting workshops and English.

From 1999 to 2001 I did a Masters in Executive Marketing and specialized in the social area. Then I started to teach Social Marketing courses in Universities of Rio de Janeiro.   In 2002 while teaching courses in Rio de Janeiro I joined some third sector forums over the Internet. In one of these forums, I saw an add of an international volunteer program which fee was approximately US$ 2,500 for only two weeks. I was very impressed with the expensive price and ran a big market research that really surprised me when I noticed that all the international volunteer organizations were travel agencies based in developed countries charging volunteers a hugely expensive program or registration fee to organize their programs.   Then, together with other participants of these forums, I decided to start a local non-profit organization to make international volunteering in Brazil more affordable and help foreigners to share their skills while experiencing Brazil from a local perspective.

Iko Poran was founded in December of 2002, the website was launched in July of 2003 we started to receive volunteers in November of 2003.   We gained a lot of experience during the first 11 first years and met many volunteer organizations and community groups from other countries while participating in international volunteer summits and seminars.

Then in 2014, following our Mission to strengthen local communities while promoting intercultural exchanges and strengthening a constant and growing number of partner organizations, we expanded our activities to other countries and partnered with community groups to launch Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad with the aim of making international volunteerism very affordable, safe, rewarding and effective.

Our country coordinators are locals that run their own development projects from their hearts. As an Iko Poran volunteer, you will be accepted and treated with extreme kindness by the local community and will have an unforgettable experience.

We are very happy to receive and support so many wonderful people with good intentions that travel abroad to help others. We care about your safety, the effectiveness of the program and the value of your money.

Join us today for a life-changing travel experience. You make the difference!