standing with host family in traditional dress

Cultural Orientation Programs Abroad

Our cultural orientations are the perfect way to learn more about the local culture, before your volunteering project begins!

cultural orientations in kandy sri lanka

Why do a cultural orientation week?

Our orientation week’s abroad are beneficial for everyone. Not only do they allow you get to grips with your new surroundings and feel more comfortable, they also allow you to make friends with the other volunteers before your projects starts. They can be a great bonding experience, which make being on the project a lot less daunting.

For anyone that would like to understand more on the local culture, the cultural orientation week can be a great way to immerse yourself into something completely new, to experience another way of life and to interact with the local people. It’s also a chance to do a bit of exploring before the hard work begins! 

National dress

What do cultural orientations involve?

These week long experiences provide a greater insight into the local culture, rules, norms, customs, and the ‘do’s and don’ts’. You will be explained to about general safety rules, have some local language lessons, cooking classes, and more. This is an excellent way to get the most of of your project and to communicate better with local people.

The activities you do will vary from country to country but you can expect to be taken to local sights, such as mountains, viewpoints, temples, dance shows, visits to the local markets, art and craft activities and visits into the town or beach, etc (depending on location). 

group pic by temple in Nepal

Things to gain from a cultural orientation...

  • Insight into the local culture. What to do and what not to do!
  • Get familier with the local language- very beneficial on projects!
  • See some of the beautiful sights - everything is arranged.
  • Enjoy cultural activities, such as local cooking, dance, and craft classes
  • Become more confident with your new surroundings
  • Make some new friends before your project starts. 

Find Cultural Orientation Programs Abroad

Why IVI?

Make a Real Impact​

We focus on projects with genuine needs.  Community, Healthcare, Education, Childcare, Construction etc. You'll leave feeling like you truly achieved something​.

Top Rated

We were voted 'Top Overseas Volunteering Organisation 2019' by APAC insider Australia awards. We have thousands of positive testimonies

35+ Years in Operation​​

IVI is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering. Established in 1989 we have trustworthy partners that know the local needs and treat every volunteer with love.

Charity & Non Profit​​

We don't just send volunteers overseas, we run campaigns and fundraise for materials so that our impact is significant and lasting in communities that need it.

Affordable Placements​​

Why pay thousands to volunteer abroad? It shouldn't cost that much. We're a non-profit org so we're not focused on profits, we're focused on helping people​. 

Flexibility & Choice​​

We have over 100+ projects in 20 countries. Most of our programs start every week so you have options around destinations, projects and start dates. 


Culture Week, Nepal
Really enjoyed it. Great way to ease people into the program and learn more before we start. Everyone is so lovely, it feels like we are part of the family 😊

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