Volunteering in Brazil

Volunteer Programs Brazil

Brazil is the mammoth of South America! 

Dominating nearly 50% of the South America continent and the fifth largest country in the world in terms of both land area and population (over 200 million people call Brazil home) it’s easy to understand how this incredible country encompasses such a diverse range of natural and man-made wonders.

Comprised of 26 autonomous states and crossing 3 different time zones Brazil’s culture is hugely varied and, in spite of being unified by a single language, states are often vastly different.  Lucky enough to have some 7,500 kilometres of sun-drenched coastline and several tropical islands, Brazil’s beaches and water activities are a drawcard for visitors and locals alike. Much of the coastline South of Salvador city is comprised of the Great Escarpment, rising as high as 2,700 metres in places and dividing the interior highland plateau from the coast.

In the North lies the enormous Amazon basin (covering a staggering 40% of Brazil’s total land area) and the mighty Amazon River which holds around 20% of all the world’s fresh water.  The Amazon Rainforest lies in this basin and has been labelled as ‘megadiverse’ in terms of ecological significance, owing to the huge range of plant and animal life contained within.

The Brazilian Highlands cover the Central and South-Eastern regions and include the states of Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goias and Mato Grosso.  The Southern states border neighbouring Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay and include the fertile plains of Rio Grande do Sul with its vineyards and the astounding Iguacu Falls which have to be seen to be believed.

Unlike all other Latin American countries, the official language in Brazil is Portuguese (spoken by 99% of the population).  While most of South America was colonised by Spanish conquistadors, Brazil owes its history to Portuguese settlers who began to arrive in the 1500s and retained governance until independence in 1822.  Many of the colonial villages have been perfectly preserved to this day.

Rio de Janeiro (commonly referred to as ‘Rio’) lies on the South Eastern Coastline and was the capital up until 1960 when governance was moved to centrally located Brasilia.  Rio was even named the capital of Portugal for a time in a very rare case of a colonising country moving its capital to a colony.  Rio is Brazil’s second most populous city after Sao Paulo and symbolised by the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer on Sugarloaf Mountain.  World renowned for its eponymous carnival, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and the legendary football team – and of course the 2016 Olympics.

Rio enjoys a tropical climate making it a year-round destination. Even in winter (June, July, August) the temperature averages a pleasant 18ºC (70ºF).  Summers (December, January, February) are hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching 40ºC (104ºF).  Rainfall is common year-round.

Programs

6 programs
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 419
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included

This amazing project’s aim is to help those who are actively seeking to help themselves escape their life of poverty. It serves a real need by offering free care for children in a nurturing and safe environment while their parents work or study to create a better life for their families. Complexo do Alemão favela has an exceptionally high rate…

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  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 419
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This essential program was created with a simple goal in mind. Help families in the Complexo do Alemão favela repair their homes to provide them with a safe place to live. Housing is a fundamental human right under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and everyone should have a safe, secure and habitable home. In Complexo do Alemão, this…

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  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 419
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The vibrant creative arts program in the heart of Rio de Janiero’s Complexo do Alemão favela was created with the goal of teaching a creative outlet to youth most in need. Having the opportunity to learn art techniques and immerse themselves in creative activity is a luxury many youths in the favela simply would never have had the opportunity…

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  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 419
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This sporting program, while sounding simple in goal, supports lofty ambitions. By teaching at-risk youth the skills and understanding to develop a love for sport and physical activity, it is actually achieving so much more. By promoting physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, participating students learn about the concepts of good…

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  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • from 2 weeks
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 689
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to improve the English speaking abilities of the residents of one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela (shanty town) communities: Complexo do Alemão. As is common in many of the worlds poorer communities, an ability to speak English unlocks a new world of possibilities for children and…

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  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 419
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included

This fantastic project was created with the goal of providing the residents of one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela (shanty town) communities - Complexo do Alemão, with nutritious food. It aims to teach them the skills to garden and supply fresh, healthy food for their families and community.

Sadly, the residents of Rio's favelas are…

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