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Volunteer in Brazil with Volunteering Solutions and choose from the best and highly affordable volunteering opportunities. Each of these projects has been designed in a way that both the giver and the receiver gets benefitted. Aptly meant for high school and college students, as well as gap year travelers and backpackers, it'll be an immensely valuable volunteering experience in Brazil that'll probably change your way to look at life and polish your skills for a better career in the days ahead. And it just doesn't end there - Brazil has a fantastic flora and fauna, and provides shelter to some of the most iconic species including toucans, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, capybara, pink dolphins, sea turtles, etc.

Would you care to take a volunteering trip to Brazil and contribute towards the developing society?

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    Brazil - Quick Facts
  • Start Dates : All Year Round
  • Duration : 1-8 Weeks
  • Program Location : Rio De Janeiro
  • Minimum Age : 18 years+
  • Certificate - Offered after Program completion
Michael Program Country: Brazil
Program: Childcare

Every aspect of my recent trip to Rio was excellent. The logistics of the trip were all handled in advance for me. The kids were wonderful as was the project team that I volunteered with. Visiting the favela was a unique cultural experience. I found everyone I encountered to be very welcoming despite my limited ability to speak Portuguese and at no point did I feel endangered. Thanks again to everyone who made this possible and I would highly recommend the trip


Projects available in Brazil

Youth Athletic Program Rio De Janeiro | Sports Coaching
  • 1-8 Weeks
  • 18 years+

If you are sports lover and feel the zeal to coach the youth and students, then you can join the Youth Athletic Program and help to educate the...

Urban Gardening Rio De Janeiro | Community Development
  • 1-8 Weeks
  • 18 years+

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...

Manual Labour Project Rio De Janeiro | Community Development
  • 1-8 Weeks
  • 18 years+

If you wish to get your hands dirty and do some hard work for ensuring a better life for the underprivileged people living in the favela, then you...

Teaching Program Rio De Janeiro | Teaching
  • 1-8 Weeks
  • 18 years+

Being a volunteer for the English Teaching Program in Brazil, you'll have to teach the children & adults. It'll be a great opportunity for those...

Teaching Art & Painting Murals Rio De Janeiro | Teaching
  • 1-8 Weeks
  • 18 years+

For all the art lovers who wish to take a break and volunteer in Brazil, this would be a meaningful and unique step, as it'll give you the chance...

Childcare Program Rio De Janeiro | Childcare
  • 1-8 Weeks
  • 18 years+

Childcare Volunteering Project in Brazil will be a fun-filled affair, as you'll get to spend all your time with the little ones while playing,...

Rio de Janeiro in Brazil can be perfectly named as the city of contrasts, where travelers can’t help but move from one extreme to another. Whether you are looking for stunning coastlines or edgy underground nightclubs and pubs, from splendid monuments to favela societies, the city constantly leads travelers on a dynamic trajectory. Spend your weekends relaxing on the beaches or exploring Copacabana shopping district and hop on the Metro for the short ride into the historic center of town. You can also go for exploring Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro is the Christ the Redeemer statue. Don't forget to prepare your weekend travel bucket list before you kick-start your journey in Brazil.

Petrópolis – It is close to Rio de Janeiro, the Atlantic Forest and the elevation of the Serra National Park’s mountain. As compared to the blistering temperatures in Rio, Petrópolis is much milder and more of an escape. It’s actually easy to get there within an hour and a half via regular buses that run from Rio’s Bus Terminal. Remember to take the guided Bohemia Beer factory tour before heading out for the Crystal Palace which is a fancy building made entirely of glass.

Ilha Grande This is a little paradise just to the south of Rio, and you can reach it by taking a bus to Angra dos Reis and then a 30-minute boat ride to this island. This island is surrounded with water & sandy shores and covered with Atlantic forest trees that harbor monkeys and other exotic creatures. You can also visit Lagoa Azul nearby for a great snorkeling and diving experience. Here it will be possible for you to see turtles and colorful fishes. The Lopes Mendes that is known for palm-fringed sands and surfing is to the south of Rio.

Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio – Both of these areas are close to each other so, they can be visited one after the other on the same day. Arraial do Cabo has stunning clear waters with white sands, and because of its diverse marine life and old wrecks, it has been given the name ‘The Diving Capital’. From here, you can take a boat trip to visit the two gorgeous beaches of Praia do Forno and Praia do Farol. Cabo Frio is actually a bit further to the north but it is an amazing kite-surfing and regular surfing spot in Rio and has beautiful beaches with choppier waters. You can take a two and a half hours bus ride from Rio to Cabo Frio.

ParatyWith cobbled streets free of motor vehicles and clad with white-washed buildings, Paraty, which is to the south of Rio, is absolutely charming with restaurants nestled within the streets and live bands playing all over. This town attracts artists and writers towards itself and it is not really uncommon to them painting radiant images in the streets on large canvases. There are other attractions here as well as blue beaches and pristine waterfalls that you can access by boat trips.

Búzios – It is considered to be an upmarket destination because of its breath-taking sands and clear seas, as well as the famous street of Rua das Pedras which is in the center among good restaurants, and buzzing bars of the hot nightlife of Búzios. The beautiful Ferradura where you can snorkel and engage in more water sports and Geriba which is also called as a surfer’s paradise because of its large waves are two of the best beaches of Búzios. A bus from Rio to Búzios will take you less about three hours.

If you have anything else in your bucket list or planning to go & explore any of the above-mentioned places, you can simply get in touch with our Travel Experts, who can guide you better in planning your weekend tours. Drop us a mail at [email protected] mentioning your choice of weekend adventures, and we shall cater your needs.

Volunteer in Brazil - Faq's

Brazil FAQs

FAQ's Application and Program Details
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.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program.
  • Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
  • The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
  • The participant must be in good health.
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.

Accommodation and Living
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, we will take care of all your daily expenses, which includes lodging, breakfast, Orientation and airport pickup. You'll need extra money for the meals not included, daily transportation and other personal expenses.

Health and Safety
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.

Connect with Past Volunteers

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

Flights and Visa
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.

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