In association with a local organization, Volunteering Solutions aims to turn a former trash-burning site into a flourishing urban community garden. Sounds pretty interesting right? Well, yeah - all you have to do as a volunteer are planting, watering, harvesting & eating! Learn more about tropical urban gardening and help the local favela community in understanding the necessity of this. You'll also have to work in local schools and help them set up small gardens where the students can work.
This project seriously focuses on the goal of providing the residents of two of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela (shanty town) communities - Manguinhos and 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 being targeted by the door-to-door selling of cheap processed food options, an easy option for residents when there are is no vehicle to get to the supermarket and public transport is expensive. Most people in the poorest communities are also under-educated, making them more vulnerable to advertising from the major food and beverage companies. Most of the people end up consuming expensive processed foods that have very low nutritional value and the health issues keep soaring. Being a volunteer for the Urban Gardening Project, you can make an effective contribution towards the well being of the locals living here.
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As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and reserve your spot in the program well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and pay the application fee.
Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be active. You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in the Programs in Brazil as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer in Brazil programs together.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
The programs are located in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most popular cities in Brazil. You’ll mostly be working in and around the Favelas in Rio’s South Zone (Zona Sul) and North Zone (Zona Norte): Rocinha, Pavão-Pavãozinho, Vidigal, Complexo do Alemão, and Manguinhos.
Speaking Portuguese is not a mandatory requirement to join the programs, however, knowledge of it would be an added advantage in the program. Volunteers are advised to learn basic Portuguese.
Volunteers work for around 6-8 hrs per day for 4 days a week. Three days are off for the volunteers so that they can explore Rio on own or take a long weekend trip as well to nearby locations from Rio. During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Rio de Janeiro and other areas of Brazil. Popular tourist activities include, relaxing on the beaches of Copacabana, climbing Corcovado Mountain, visiting the statue of Christ the Redeemer, exploring Iguaçu Falls and trekking through the Amazon.
Your program coordinator or a member of the local coordinating team will take you to your placement on the first day and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program, its surroundings and other facilities around the location. From the 2nd day onwards, you’ll have to commute by yourself to the program location.
When you arrive in Rio, you will be responsible for all your daily expenses, which includes, lodging, food, transportation, and daily spending money. We would arrange your lodging and airport transportation.
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to Brazil.To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to Brazil, click here.
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.
You'll have to book your flights to Galeão International Airport, is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The airport is well connected to all major international airports in North America, South America and Europe. Here's a list of airlines that fly in and out of Rio on a regular basis: Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Edelweiss Air, Emirates, Iberia, KLM etc.
Brazil requires many tourists to obtain a visa. Also, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months. Please check with your local embassy if a Visa is required. You can also ask for assistance from our Program Advisor once you’ve applied for the volunteering project in Brazil.