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Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro to provide care for young children in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro! Explore the beautiful beach scene of Rio and spend three days per week volunteering to make a difference in the most vulnerable communities in Rio. The goal of this project is to enable volunteers to enjoy their Brazilian travels while also helping to improve the lives of the locals who are in need. In this project volunteers will be assisting in daycare centers that provide childcare for the young parents of the favelas. Experience the excitement of Brazil and complete your travel with a sense of fulfillment!
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Location of the Project:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 8 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport (GIG)
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Volunteer Work:  Child care
Age:  Minimum age of 18
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 50 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Volunteers under the age of 18 may join this project only if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in dorm-style rooms in a hostel.
Food:  Breakfast is included each day
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunches and dinners, personal expenses.
Rio de Janeiro is the most popular destination in Brazil and South America in general, iconically represented by its landmarks and world renowned events. Also referred to as “Marvelous City”, Rio‘s vibrant energy, famous Copacabana Beach and iconic statue of Christ, that looks over the city from the top of Mount Corcovado, all make it a firm favorite on top of travel bucket lists. Don’t forget that Rio is also home to the world’s largest festival, “Carnaval” that parades through the streets with giant floats, adorned with colorful samba dancers in extravagant costumes. This southeastern seaside city is the perfect destination for volunteers who want to experience the excitement and energy of Brazil!

Interested in child care and education? Check out our other related projects here.
In Rio de Janeiro, and in the favelas in particular, the average age of giving birth is younger than in other parts of the world. This high rate of young pregnancy results in young parents being unable to pursue their careers due to the lack of childcare facilities in the favelas. As a volunteer on this project, you will be providing much needed assistance at a childcare center; therefore, enabling these young parents to study or work while supporting their new family. The children range from from the age of infant to six years old.
 
Some of your tasks may include:
  • General classroom assistance
  • Helping to feed the children 
  • Helping teachers during naptime
Sample Schedule: Volunteers will work three days per week at one of two daycare centers in the favela, usually in the morning until the afternoon for about six to eight hours. Volunteers will have the remainder of the day free for relaxing or exploring. The other four days of the week are also free for volunteers to use as they wish.

Please note: The favela youth do not speak English, so the onsite staff and local teachers will be translating when necessary. 

Holidays: This project will be closed during Carnival (February 9 -18, 2018) and Christmas (December 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019)
Internet
Internet:  Wifi is available in the hostel.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry facilities are available in the hostel.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in a hostel close to the beach and metro, so it will be easy to get to and from the project site each day. Rooms are generally shared between four to six people, mixed gender. Single gender rooms may be requested, pending availability.
Food:  Breakfast is provided each day at the hostel. Typical Brazilian street food includes fried foods such as empanadas and coxinhas (fried dumplings with shredded meat, usually chicken, inside). Brazilian desserts tend to consist mainly of chocolate, and the signature Brazilian cocktail, the caipirinha, is similar to the more well-known margarita, which is also popular in Brazil and is available often in tropical flavors such as passion fruit.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Basic level of English, Spanish or Portuguese
  • Police clearance
Rio is a city that offers non-stop fun; with a thriving nightlife scene and street parties being thrown consistently throughout the year, one could never be bored. Volunteers on this project have lots of time for exploring Rio (and more of Brazil). Listed below are a few suggestions for exploring the “Marvelous City”:
 
Copacabana Beach
Visit Brazil’s most famous tourist beach! This crystal-blue beach is outlined with the easily recognizable wave-style brick boardwalk.
 
Parque Nacional da Tijuca
The National Park of Tijuca is the remainder of the Atlantic Rainforest, one that used to surround Rio. There are trails, waterfalls and caves waiting to be explored here; perfect for the nature-loving volunteer.
 
Jardim Botânico
Located in the south of Rio is a residential neighborhood that includes a botanical garden: hence, the name. The garden leads to the Tijuca Rainforest, and contains more than 8,000 plant species.
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