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Community Development Volunteer Project, Brazil

2+ 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
  • Volunteer with people from around the World

Food, Lodging & Travel 

Dinning room hostel

As a volunteer in Brazil, you will be staying in a charming Hostel located on the lower part of Santa Teresa neighbourhood. The hostel has many leisure areas, free Wi-Fi and laundry service. Breakfast is provided and there is a fully equipped kitchen that volunteers can use to prepare other meals. All rooms have lockers (just bring your own lock).

The hostel has 3 floors. On the first floor there is the reception where you can always find a friendly face, a large living/TV room, a veranda with a bar and tables to chill out, a big kitchen with a dinning area next to it, a big dinning table, and even a music room; if you play any instrument you are welcome to bring it along and/or play with the instruments that the hostel already has.

Dorm hostel Brazil

On the second floor there are the shared dorms where our volunteers and other guests stay, and bathrooms. And on the third floor there are private rooms available at an extra fee. The hostel tries to book one room exclusively for the volunteers. However, when this room is full, we accommodate volunteers in other rooms.

The Santa Teresa neighbourhood is a bohemian area with an intense cultural life. The charming neighbourhood stands out for its unusual architecture. Santa Teresa prides itself of the atmosphere reminiscent of that of a small town, and also enchants visitors with its panoramic views. Moreover, Santa Teresa offers a variety of options for eating local dishes to international cuisine.

The metro station to get to Ipanema, Copacabana and other areas is only 15 minutes walking distance. Volunteers stay right next to the most vibrant and picturesque area of Rio de Janeiro. All services, such as supermarkets, drugstores, banks (ATMs), bars & restaurants, delis, fruit store, bus stops, and others are within short walking distance.

How to Get there

Volunteers should arrive to Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG), and from there a project representative will pick up the volunteer to bring to the hostel accommodation.


Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers need to be min. 18 years old.  The official language in Brazil is Portuguese and very few of the locals speak any English. If you can grasp a little, it will definitely take you a longer way and you will feel much more rewarded, and at the same time you would be able to offer more to the organisation.

Visa to Brazil

Pre-arranged visas are required for tourists of several nationalities to Brazil, including people from Australia, Canada and United States. Most Europeans do not need a visa to enter Brazil, only a passport valid for at least six months. A tourist visa usually allows volunteers to stay for 90 days per 180 days, which means tourist/volunteers cannot leave the country over night and re-enter for another 90 days. This might differ for UK nationals, who can stay in Brazil for 6 months a year, however, please check with your local embassy for updated requirements.

Health Information

Yellow Fever and Typhoid vaccinations are recommended for all volunteers. Cases of Dengue fever and Chikungunya virus have been reported, and Brazil is a country considered a risk for Zika virus transmission. Thus it is important for volunteers to bring long-sleeved clothes and insect spray to prevent mosquito bites. It is best to consult your own GP to find out about current recommended vaccinations based on your itinerary.

Community Development Volunteer Project, Brazil

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