why iko poran
Registered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2002, 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 volunteer projects. Iko Poran is the real thing!!
Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad has been receiving volunteers in Brazil since 2003 and has the experience of having received thousands of volunteers with our own special recipe to satisfy and reward volunteers while achieving long-lasting positive results in our partner projects.
As explained by Iko Poran Director in a 2003 United Nations Volunteer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland:
“Iko Poran sees volunteerism as a partnership which must satisfy the volunteers involved as well as benefit the NGO concerned: fulfilled volunteers are more committed and mutuality of interests between the organization and the volunteer will produce value for each partner.”
(Check the full report of the Conference here)
Tailored Volunteer Placements
Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad and local partner organizations develop the work plan of the volunteers even before they arrive to place them in productive and rewarding programs according to their abilities and interests and the partner organizations’ necessities.
No Hidden Cost
Because Iko Poran Volunteer Abroad is a non-profit organization and not a travel agency, our application fee is one of the most affordable in this world. And, last but not least, volunteers pay their programs fees directly to the host organization, which guarantees that there are no hidden costs – your money goes directly to where it is needed.
Volunteer Organization Established in 2002
This is something we have from the very bottom of our souls and more than any other volunteer organization. We have been working for more than 15 years as a local organization receiving and accompanying volunteers in Brazil; we know the needs and interests of our volunteers. We do not only send and place the volunteers like the other agencies, but we take care from the very first contact, prepare them and guide them through this intense experience. And we even stay in touch afterward by our volunteers’ community.
We can give them superior support and advice to adapt faster to a new reality.
Safety is the number one concern of our volunteer organization. The local volunteer coordinators in our destinations frequently check all our placements, accommodations and projects to make sure they are totally safe and secure. Right after becoming a registered Iko Poran volunteer you will receive a welcome pack with security advice and training tools that will help you stay safe and make the most out of your placement. When our volunteers are abroad our local teams give them face-to-face advice and are always there to help them understand the local culture and avoid any risks. We are very committed to caring for our volunteers’ safety and security. We have been working in this area for more than 13 years with zero records of a major problem.
This is one of the great benefits that we have experienced from the very beginning. Because we are a local organization that has been receiving volunteers for 12 years before becoming an international volunteer abroad organization, we have formed hundreds of life-long friendships. On this page you can see pictures of Iko Poran Director taking volunteers to football games, or in barbecues parties, as well as when he went abroad and many of these former volunteers that are now his close friends came to meet him.
You will form strong bonds of friendships with people from the projects you will work, with your local hosts and with your fellow volunteers. And this will be a great benefit because most of the volunteers come from many different cultures and backgrounds, and you will always have a friend to meet and take you around when visiting other countries.
Even if you stay in different host families and neighborhoods, your local host coordinator will organize weekly meetings when you will be able to meet your fellow volunteers.
Rewarding & Quality Volunteer Projects
To ensure the quality of our volunteer programs, we only work with local organizations that were fully verified and are used to receive international volunteers. The hosts are passionate about having volunteers around; they love interacting and making friends with them. Our local partner organizations know that the program has to be really high quality in terms of customer service, and that goes from the very first contact to arrival, and all the way through the volunteer program to departure. But even before that, from the moment you become a registered Iko Poran volunteer, you will have access to a lot of information to help you prepare for your volunteer travel experience. You will have a dedicated program manager that will answer all your inquiries and make sure you are ready and confident for your volunteer experience
Our volunteers can be sure they will be placed to develop the activities they signed up for. Actually, the organizations in which they will work for will be introduced to them and if they have any special activity that they want to develop, their work plans will be formatted even before they arrive in the host country. This happens only after signing, registering and paying the program fee to the host organization because we do not want to create expectations that might not be fulfilled if the volunteer decides differently.
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