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Established in 1989, IVI is a non profit international volunteer organisation specialising in affordable & meaningful projects in over 15 countries worldwide.
With over 27 years experience, we have a huge range of projects catering to various needs, budgets and timeframes. Short term, long term, first time travelers, seasoned volunteers, families, mature age volunteers…. we’ve seen it all and have a project that is just right for you! With expert dedicated support and advice every step of the way.
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I had the pleasure to work in a kindergarten in Kenya. I am 21 years old and from Hamburg, Germany. The project is located in Central Kenya. It takes about...Read more
I had the pleasure to work in a kindergarten in Kenya. I am 21 years old and from Hamburg, Germany. The project is located in Central Kenya. It takes about one hour to get there from Nairobi by car. The volunteers live in a flat together. Monica is the local manager and she helps everyone a lot to get to know the neighborhood during the first days. On my first “day of work” I had my introduction and went to Thika with her to get a local Sim Card for my smartphone. Students-lying-on-the-grass-2kindergarten students at their desk-2 Tuesday was my first day in kindergarten, but before I met the children I was introduced to the principal of the school (Kindergarten and Primary School). Later that day, I had a good welcome at the kindergarten classes. I bought some sweets from Germany as well as some balls for the kids to play with. It was overwhelming to see their happy faces. You need to know that they don’t have a lot of toys and equipment in the kindergarten. An example is the game “airplane”: They take a branch from a tree and put a leaf on it. If you hold it in your hand and run very fast, it looks like a propeller from an airplane. Furthermore, the teachers need to improvise a lot because they don’t have much equipment they can use. Due to those facts, I am even more impressed about the positive vibes in kindergarten. The children enjoy their time with friends. Students-leaving-school-2group of kindergaten kids with thier plastic drink cups-2 That’s basically what I did, too. I really enjoyed the time I had in Kenya, playing with the kids (their favorite game was that I lifted them as high as I can) as well as teaching them the letters of the alphabet or numbers. Another great memory I have are the mornings when I went from the flat to the kindergarten. It takes about 20 up to 25 minutes by feet. You need to know that it’s just a street for the cars, without any sidewalk for the people that go by feet. That’s not a problem for adults, but the children from kindergarten walk this way too. And most of them go alone, right next to the street where the cars drive like crazy up to 60 kilometers per hour. Every time I met one of the kids from kindergarten, we went the remaining part of the way together hand in hand. I had the great feeling to give kind of protection and safety. All in all, I had 3 of my best weeks ever. I met amazing people and enjoyed every day in kindergarten a lot. Thanks to the whole team in Kenya for making this possible.
It was such a beautiful experience. everybody on the island is so accommodating and welcomes you with open arms, it is difficult however to adjust to the different routines but...Read more
It was such a beautiful experience. everybody on the island is so accommodating and welcomes you with open arms, it is difficult however to adjust to the different routines but so worth it! Again, so accomodating, felt so supported the entire trip, always providing what was needed
Staying in Umasbamba was one of the greatest times I have had. I got to truly experience the culture and the family I stayed with was amazing. I helped out...Read more
Staying in Umasbamba was one of the greatest times I have had. I got to truly experience the culture and the family I stayed with was amazing. I helped out around the house and learned new things such as weaving and how to get a donkey out of a fence. I would do it all over again, even though I got sick.
Visiting pele island and interacting with the community there. Seeing the local champions be so interested in nutrition and want to learn how to help their community. Experiencing the culture...Read more
Visiting pele island and interacting with the community there. Seeing the local champions be so interested in nutrition and want to learn how to help their community. Experiencing the culture of vanuatu, even island time and understanding their circumstances and culture more the provide better advice e.g. using their healthy plate model Comments: Lynne and Marysan were amazing, super welcoming and friendly and willing to help with anything and everything. Carrun was great in making sure we were comfortable and open to all suggestions. She knew when to give space and when to step in and make sure we were safe. They all were super loving and we couldn’t have done it without any of them. The accommodation had a very good breeze but a bit difficult with the amount of power points, could suggest to bring a power board but definitely a good place for volunteers to stay at. The manager was super clean and always making sure to keep everything neat. The food provided was slightly repetitive over time and would have loved to taste more local traditional food. The traditional dishes provided were amazing but only few were provided. Improvements: A bit more organised with schedules, but completely understandable with constant changes it being difficult and some places being the first time going there.