Arts & Design Volunteer in Rio

Go for a trip to Brazil and work as an arts & design volunteer in Rio de Janeirowith the chidren and adolescents of the favelas.

There’s certainly plenty to offer on an arts project that uses an invigorating mix of music, dance, and theatre to support the city’s most at-risk youth.

Working with children from a number of favelas (urban slums) your efforts will play a valuable part in helping a project desperately short of resources, while allowing you to absorb the artistic vibes of Rio.

Jissaura: Amazing Experience as an Arts & Design Volunteer in Brazil

Jissaura Taveras, an Arts & Design Volunteer in RioHad an amazing experience with Iko poran in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although I signed up to volunteer for the art and design program, I was essentially more so of a student myself because the students at the program were my age and mostly independent with their studies.

Despite this, I was accepted and treated with extreme kindness even though there was a language barrier. I made some amazing friends with the students who taught me so much about Brazilian culture, Portuguese, and art (as I am an art student myself).  – Jissaura, Parsons Design School, New York

Artistic Education for the Children of Rio’s Communities

As a volunteer for an arts program, one of your main roles will be to help educate and support the children of Rio by offering a cultural and artistic education that reinforces positive interests, in an effort to provide an escape from the omnipresent drug trade and under-employment.

 

 

 

 

Start Dates & Duration

Projects in Brazil start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Participants on our volunteer in Brazil programs should arrive on Sundays. You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 24 weeks

Orientation

Orientation takes place on Monday after the arrival date.

Fees and what is included with the volunteer program

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$199.00 on top of the program fee.Brazil Fees

What is included in the volunteer in Brazil program fee?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation plus tour in the area including some tourist sites
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • Breakfast
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project

There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Brazil.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our Brazil programs normally find US$150 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.

Free 20 hours Portuguese course for programs with 4 weeks or more!!

Volunteers staying during the New Years Eve are required to pay a surcharge of U$ 100 to cover accommodation premium prices from Dec 29 to January 2nd.

Carnaval in 2018 is from February 9th to 16th. If your chosen duration includes the Carnaval week there is surcharge of US$ 200 to cover accommodation premium prices during this period. All projects will be closed during the Carnaval.

Accommodation & Meals

As a volunteer in Brazil you may stay in one of our two accommodations, both located in Santa Teresa neighborhood.

Both houses have free Wi-Fi and laundry service. Full 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 first one is a very nice apartment/ house style where the office is and the local coordinator lives.Volunteer in Brazil - Accommodation in Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro

The house has 3 floors. On the first floor there is a really big living room, a veranda with a hammock and a big dinning table, and a small room for up to 2 guests with a small bathroom by the laundry area.

On the second floor there are 3 big guest rooms for up to 4 volunteers each and two bathrooms. Private rooms are available at an extra fee.

The third floor is a big terrace with two sides: on the left side there is a small kitchen open to a big dinning area covered; the right side is a really big open area with amazing views to the mountains of Rio, including the Corcovado Mountain with the Christ Redeemer on Top.

The supermarket is 8 minutes walking distance and bars and restaurants are 6 minutes.

Volunteer in Brazil - Accommodation in Rio de JaneiroThe other accommodation is a very nice hostel located about 10 minutes walking distance from the volunteer accommodation.

The hostel has 2 floors with a veranda at the entrance. On the first floor there are two living rooms, a dining room, and the reception.

The second floor has 3 big dorms, one of them can lodge up to 6 guests at a time and the other can lodge up to 8 volunteers each. One of the rooms is reserved only for women and the others are mixed. There are also two bathrooms with many showers and toilets in both of them.

There is one room reserved only for volunteers, but when the room is full we accommodate volunteers in other rooms. Private rooms are available at an extra fee.

There is a supermarket across the street and restaurants and bars 2 minutes walking distance.

The neighborhood Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa is a bohemian area with an intense cultural life, it is known for its unusual architecture and the hundred and ten years old tram which still runs through its winding cobbled streets.

A residential sanctuary in the heartbeat of the Mata Atlantica (Tijuca National Park), the world’s largest urban subtropical rainforest, it provides access to the Christ statue of Corcovado as well as to the city centre, Sambodromo (where the samba schools compete during Carnival) and the city´s beautiful beaches.

With an atmosphere reminiscent of that of a small town, it enchants visitors with its panoramic views and offers a variety of options for eating local dishes to international cuisine.

Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement.

All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Brazil or during orientation.

Language Requirements

Knowledge of basic Portuguese is desired but not a pre-requisite. You will already learn a lot practising in your project where nobody speaks good English, but if you would like to speed up your learning we recommend that you take advantage of a very affordable 20 hours Portuguese course taught at your accommodation for only U$ 180.

Safety

You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience. We are based in Brazil and have been receiving approximately 400 volunteers per year since 2003 and we never had any major problem.

Had an amazing experience with Iko poran in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although I signed up to volunteer for the art and design program, I was essentially more so of a student myself because the students at the program were my age and mostly independent with their studies.

Despite this, I was accepted and treated with extreme kindness even though there was a language barrier. I made some amazing friends with the students who taught me so much about Brazilian culture, Portuguese, and art (as I am an art student myself). The other volunteers who I was staying at the accommodation with were doing other programs where they were actually volunteering. Although I still had a lot of fun at my program and feel as though I made special and hopefully lifelong connections with the students, so to me it was fulfilling.

I was staying at Felipe’s home (the Director of Iko Poran), and he and his family were very nice and would check in to see if me or the other volunteers were satisfied with our program placement. We stayed in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa which had a gorgeous view of neighboring favelas and the christ of redeemer. Because the accommodation is so close to favelas, it is not the safest place but if you have common sense and listen to the directors advice you shouldn’t have any problems. I didn’t have any issues and had to commute back and fourth to my program on my own, getting back at night. Remember that if you come it isn’t for a nice luxurious vacation, but rather to make a difference helping abroad. So being able to adapt and work with what you get is essential. My only complain is that I wish I had more time getting Portuguese lessons since I stayed for 4 weeks and only received a week of it. Otherwise everything was good for me and I still got to practice Portuguese at my program. Overall its an extremely rewarding experience that helped me get out of my comfort zone and I would highly recommend it.

  • Jissaura, Parsons Design School, New York