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Community Development Volunteer Project, Brazil

1+ Weeks from

minimum age

  • Experience life in one of the most beautiful cities of South America
  • Assist local efforts to further develop the communities
  • Get immersed in Brazilian culture working alongside locals
  • Meet people from around the World

Project Costs

Environmental volunteer in BrazilThe cost for a 2-week programme is £655, 3 weeks is £765, 4 weeks is £990, and every extra week past 4 weeks costs £90. The maximum volunteers can stay on the project is 24 weeks (for some only 12 weeks).

Please note! If volunteers join during the week of New Year’s Eve or Rio Carnival in February/March, there is an extra premium (£90 for New Year’s and £180 for carnival week) added to the programme cost due to higher lodging prices during those weeks.

In 2020, Rio Carnival is from 21st to 28th February. Volunteer programmes do not run during these weeks, instead volunteers will have time off to relax and enjoy the festivities. Please email charlotte@workingabroad.com if you have any questions about the costs.

What is included in the cost:

  • Accommodation in shared dorm at volunteer hostel
  • Intensive Portuguese language course for 20 hours (only for those volunteering 4+ weeks)
  • Airport pickup by a programme representative
  • Orientation and information about getting around the city, guides, listings, tips, maps, health issues and safety
  • Placement and support from partner organisation in Brazil and WorkingAbroad Projects
  • Assistance in the case of emergencies
  • Free Internet access 24×7

What is not included are your flights and travel to Brazil, in-country transportation (except for airport pickup), meals (except for breakfast which is provided at the hostel), visa costs (if necessary) and your own health and travel insurance. Please note that it is mandatory for all volunteers joining this programme to take out a medical/accident insurance to cover the duration of the programme. All volunteers will also need to do a Background Criminal check and bring a copy of it with you at the start of the project.

Payment Terms 

If you are interested in volunteering in Brazil, you will need to fill out the online application form (you can also print it out and send it to us by post) – to secure a placement on the project, please complete and submit the form including your application payment of £195. If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. However for those who are accepted, the full amount needs to be paid two months before arrival. Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on your project, Rio de Janeiro, suggested items to bring etc.

Project Dates 

Volunteers can join from 2 weeks up to 24 weeks as a maximum all year round (24 weeks is if you are from a country that can extend your tourist visa in country, if not the maximum stay is 12 weeks). The dates below are flexible, as long as volunteers arrive and leave on a Sunday. In general, volunteers work between 10 to 20 hours per week.

The programmes take place all year round, but arrival days are set to help organise airport pick-ups, accommodation and placements. Orientation takes place on the Monday and the Intensive Portuguese language course starts then too. The course is for 2 hours every day, 5 days a week for 2 weeks. The course fee is only included for volunteers joining for 4 weeks or more. Volunteers can add the language courses for an extra fee, if you are joining for 2-3 weeks.

Start End Availability
September 29th 2019 October 13th 2019
October 13th 2019 October 27th 2019
October 27th 2019 November 10th 2019
November 10th 2019 November 24th 2019
November 24th 2019 December 8th 2019
December 8th 2019 December 22nd 2019
December 15th 2019 December 22nd 2019
January 5th 2020 January 19th 2020
January 19th 2020 February 2nd 2020
February 2nd 2020 February 16th 2020
February 16th 2020 March 1st 2020 Carnival 21-28th February 2020
March 1st 2020 March 15th 2020
March 15th 2020 March 29th 2020
March 29th 2020 April 12th 2020
April 12th 2020 April 26th 2020
April 26th 2020 May 10th 2020
May 10th 2020 May 24th 2020
Community Development Volunteer Project, Brazil

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