Brazil Community Development in Rio

Trip code: BRCV

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Dishing out love and hugs aplenty to the children of the poorest favelas in Rio
  • Getting stuck in on our community project - your time will make a difference
  • Soaking up life in one of the most amazing cities in the world
  • Taking in the nightlife of Rio, one of the party capitals of the world!

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Welcome to Rio! By deciding to volunteer and spend time in the favelas of Rio, you'll be helping out underpriliveged families by looking after (and having loads of fun!) their children while their parents head to work for the day.

 

On this project you'll be at the hand of 100 small children - they'll want to play, sing and have fun with you, so if you love looking after children then this is definitely where you should volunteer!

 

These children come from very poor families, and without these centres they wouldn't be able to afford day care for their children. The majority of them work in the service industry, earning just enough to provide food for their family, let alone childcare. By helping out as a volunteer you'll be improving the care and attention for these kids as permanent staffing is limited.

 

 


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  • The project (From 3 weeks)

  • Your role as a volunteer (From 3 weeks)

  • Arrival and orientation (From 3 weeks)

  • Time to get stuck in! (From 3 weeks)

The project: From 3 weeks

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Destination info

Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world stretching across over 8.5 million sq km (3.2 million sq mi). It shares its borders with Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

 

From the tropical forests of the Amazon basin to the plateaus in the Central Highlands, Brazil’s topography is quite diverse. The coast is made up of tropical beaches, lagoons, mangroves, dunes and coral reefs. At 6 million sq km (2.3 million sq mi), the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and covers over half of Brazil’s landmass. Originating in the Andes, the main channel of the Amazon River runs from west to east in the northern part of the country. There is little seismic or volcanic activity due to Brazil's position near the centre of the South American Plate.
 

  • Location: Rio de Janiero

The projects that we work with are located at the top of the mountain in Zona Sul. Whilst you'll be volunteering, you'll work with the children who are some of the poorest residents of the favelas. As the families are unable to pay for childcare, these day centres provide an essential lifeline in providing a safe place for the children to go during the working day. They are looked after, fed, loved and educated and the mothers and parents can go out to work knowing that their children will be well looked after. 

 

The daycare centres are occupied age of two to nine years old - they all love having a laugh and enjoying your company! There are usually a minimum of 80 children to just over a 100 children per day at these centres so you can expect it to be busy with plenty to do, the days will pass by in the blink of an eye. One of the projects that we work with have children aged from small babies to 12 years of age and have nearly 200 children.

Your role as a volunteer: From 3 weeks

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Destination info

Rio De Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and is nicknamed Cidade Maravihosa or ‘Marvellous City’ and it really lives up to its name! It is probably one of the most visited cities in the Southern hemisphere and is famous for its festivities and its main carnival which seems an endless display of beautiful and outrageous costumes followed by celebrations 24/7. Alongside this you have the amazing beaches including Copacabana beach, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer standing on top of Corcovado Mountain which is now one of the seven wonders of the world, the cable car of Sugarloaf mountain and one of the world`s largest football stadiums to name a few.
 

  • Location: Rio de Janeiro

The reason why are volunteers provide such an essential help to our projects is because the numbers of staff are limited at these centres. The centres provide an essential source of help to the poorest of the residents and demand is continually growing, without the help of volunteers this would not be able to continue.

 

Your typical day will usually be a Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and your weekends will be free. As you can imagine with 100 plus children you will be kept more than busy! You will be helping the staff in all aspects of childcare including changing nappies, potty training, playing games, singing songs, preparing and serving meals, cleaning up after the children, settling them down for their afternoon nap, reading to the children, brushing teeth, teaching manners, not to mention the many hugs, cuddles, love and attention that they so crave.

 

The centres also provide a basic primary education so you'll be involved in some teaching- you'll also get stuck in on programmes related to music, dance and also sports. You're going to have the best time!
 

Arrival and orientation: From 3 weeks

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Destination info

Rio De Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and is nicknamed Cidade Maravihosa or ‘Marvellous City’ and it really lives up to its name! It is probably one of the most visited cities in the Southern hemisphere and is famous for its festivities and its main carnival which seems an endless display of beautiful and outrageous costumes followed by celebrations 24/7. Alongside this you have the amazing beaches including Copacabana beach, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer standing on top of Corcovado Mountain which is now one of the seven wonders of the world, the cable car of Sugarloaf mountain and one of the world`s largest football stadiums to name a few.
 

  • Location: Rio de Janeiro

Day 1: Arrive into Rio de Janeiro airport (airport code GIG)
Welcome to Rio! Today you'll be met at the airport and you'll be swooped over to the accommodation which is where you'll call home during your stay in Brazil. You'll have the rest of the day to rest and recover from your journey but if you're feeling adventurous then you can always head out and start exploring your surroundings!


You should arrange a flight to get you into Rio on your specified arrival date between the hours of 5am and 11pm.
 

Day 2 : Free day
Today is a free day for you to snooze/explore/relax after your long flight and you're free to go as you please. Copacabana beach is always a good shout, as is Christ the Redeemer!


Day 3: Orientation and introductions to your project
On day three you'll head out for your orientation meeting where you'll all get together. You'll cover important information such as what it`s going to be like at your project, dos and don`ts, fun things to do in Rio and how to stay safe on your trip. This is your prime opportunity to ask any burning questions that you haven`t had the chance to yet and meet your fellow volunteers!


After your meeting you will be shown the way to your project and introduced to the staff at the project who will be your day-to-day contacts, there will also be a member of the team with you who lives in the favela who will also help to show you around. You will spend the rest of your day learning the ropes and starting to get stuck into some volunteering.
 

Time to get stuck in!: From 3 weeks

Destination info

Rio De Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and is nicknamed Cidade Maravihosa or ‘Marvellous City’ and it really lives up to its name! It is probably one of the most visited cities in the Southern hemisphere and is famous for its festivities and its main carnival which seems an endless display of beautiful and outrageous costumes followed by celebrations 24/7. Alongside this you have the amazing beaches including Copacabana beach, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer standing on top of Corcovado Mountain which is now one of the seven wonders of the world, the cable car of Sugarloaf mountain and one of the world`s largest football stadiums to name a few.
 

  • Location: Rio de Janeiro

Day 4: Time to get to know the children
Now you'll really get the chance to know the kids as they'll all be after your undivided attention! You'll be working with up to 100 children from the ages of 2 to 9 years old, so expect to be immersed in all aspects of childcare during your day here. These day care centres provide essential care for children while their parents work to earn a meagre wage knowing that their pride and joy are safe. You will be doing everything from feeding to potty training, telling stories to playing games and teaching manners to brushing teeth but with all of the most beautiful smiles in return.


Day 8 and Day 9: The weekend is here!
After a hard working week you will now have the weekend free to do what you want, whether you just want to chill on the beach or something more exciting and active the choice is yours. You can get out and explore all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes that Rio has to offer or marvel at the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, wander through the stalls of a hippy market or enjoy a caipirinha - Brazil`s national cocktail! There is always plenty to do in Rio!


Following weeks
The following weeks will follow a similar pattern of working at the project and enjoying your free time. Time will fly by so make the most of every minute in this vibrant city!


Your last day
Having said your fond farewells to the children and staff at the project, taken your final photos and packed your bag full of souvenirs, you will make your own way back to the airport.
 

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What's included?

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Accommodation
  • In-country orientation
  • Local in-country team and 24 hr emergency support
  • Breakfast

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Local transport
  • Lunch and dinner not included

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

18 years. Police check required (fees apply)

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, each of our Brazil volunteer projects share the same accommodation. Therefore, if there are volunteers on our other programmes you will be able to spend your spare time and evenings with them. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

During your stay in Rio you will be accommodated in a volunteer house in the heart of the favelas and only ​a 15 minute walk to Sao Conrado beach or​ ​5​km away from Ipanema Beach.

 

You will share a dorm room with up to 3 other volunteers and the 4 of you will share a bathroom. The rooms are clean,comfortable and secure. Rooms have air-conditioning and sheets and pillows are provided. 

 

The house has a communal kitchen, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast. You are responsible for your own meals and for cleaning up after yourself, so please respect the other volunteers and make sure the house is kept clean and tidy. 

 

No need for daily transportation as the house is located within very close walking distance to the various projects. 

 

Meals

Breakfast will be provided for you if you are staying in the hostel. Lunch and dinner can easily be bought locally or at the hostel, or even bought and cooked by yourself.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. Do I need to speak Portuguese?

Be prepared that very few people speak English in Rio. You don't have to be able to speak Portuguese to take part in the project, but if you can speak the language you will get more out of your time in Brazil. We would suggest adding some Portuguese lessons to your plans. We offer a 10-hour course over 5 days that you can take part in during your time at the project. For more details please ask one of our Travel Advisors.

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2. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No. All locations have a basic pillow, pillow case and sheet.

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3. Is there a safety deposit box/safe?

In all locations there are places to keep your valuables. Please make sure that you take a lock with you.

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DBS

You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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Brazil Community Development in Rio

Verity Sayer - May 2015

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The kids, the teaching and the challenge. Living in a favela- Rochina is amazing and constantly alive. Hiking, the brazilian lifestyle and the other volunteers

 

This is a fantastic trip and the people you'll meet will be amazing, so many different characters from loads of different places. I was 18 doing this project so don't worry about being too young or inexperienced in teaching (because I had none) just be confident with everyone you meet!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

This is a teaching program, it's not just 'helping out' you plan the lessons, you stand in front of the kids and teach them new things. Don't be scared you can't speak Portuguese but if you want to get the most out of this trip you should be open to learn a little each day just by yourself, if you are teaching a class of five year olds how to say 'I have two legs' you should probably look up what that is in Portuguese. Look up Rochina before you go, it's a favela, it's one of the poorest areas in Rio but totally fine for volunteers and the brasilians are lovely.

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Adam . - January 2015

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Experience of a Lifetime

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Amazing opportunity to make a real impact where it is needed and also be surrounded by amazing people and culture. One of the best experiences of my life and can not recommend it highly enough.The project is a well run and worthwhile NGO with a great relaxed atmosphere while still getting meaningful work achieved. Cant wait to get back to Rio!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Leave all preconceptions about favelas at home.

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Sonya Seston - December 2014

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Amazing! Best experience of my life!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Living and working in a favela. Meeting amazing volunteers, kids and locals. Doing something incredibly worthwhile.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Get stuck in- this Project allowed you to do so much. The more you give, the more you get. Learn some Portuguese. Even just the basics will help you. Don't be scared, use your common sense when it comes to safety but it is a welcoming and friendly community.

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Fran Mullineux - December 2014

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An unforgettable experience with amazing people

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This was an amazing experience. Living in the heart of the favela, helping the children in terms of their development, learning English and creativity was incredibly valuable! Being there during the World Cup was just the icing on the cake!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be flexible where you can - you'll be given the opportunity to turn your hand to anything and you get so much more out of it that way, as well as benefitting them! Living in the heart of the favela is the best way to experience the community - relax and enjoy it! Ideas are never rejected - come with plenty of them!

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James Prenatt - February 2014

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Experience the culture of the Favelas and interacting with the kids was the best part.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. things in Brazil are very unorganized. Be prepared. 2. Make sure you contact the volunteer coordinator before you book through the internet, because the information isn't accurate. 3. Wear lots of suscreen.

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Emma Barnett - September 2013

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Best experience of my life!

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Volunteering, meeting new people, exploring Rio, living in a favela.

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Charlotte Robertson - August 2013

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"Amazing time, loved Rio, learnt alot, everyone should go - now!"

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Working and living in a favela was a fantastic experience. Volunteering was very worthwhile and we were made to feel part of something great with Scott driving the whole thing.

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Jacob Thorpe - May 2013

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Unforgettable experience. Amazing people, amazing city, amazing, amazing, amazing, thanks.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

EVERYTHING I had an amazing time. Before leaving everyone I spoke to on the phone were so helpful and friendly. My time in Rio was absolutely unforgettable, when I got to Rio I was actually offered many projects to choose from and given a tour of all of them so I could find the one that was best suited to me which was great. Thanks for everything. Can't wait to book my next trip!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Leave your iPhone at home! Get stuck in with your project. The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. Try to pick up the basics of the language before you go.

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