Childcare Volunteer in Rio & Child Development

Volunteer in Brazil working in child development or in a childcare centre and help us save our children.

It is undoubtedly the most beneficial way to increase the quality of life for children living in Brazil. The children will appreciate your love and dedication, since not all the children have equal chances in a country with one of the most pronounced gaps between the rich and the poor.

Volunteer Work in Day Cares in Rio’s Favelas

Child Care Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro
Child Care Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro

Children in Rio de Janeiro attend school either in the morning or afternoon, leaving them unsupervised for long periods of time if their parents are at work.

There are also several crèches (daycares) inside favelas of Rio. These daycares take care of babies and children, while their parents have to work to make their living.

Therfore, the childcare projects ensure that children and babies have a safe, educational and supervised environment. So the can spend this time constructively and allow their parents to work.

Child care volunteers provide children or babies with the care and attention needed to develop their social skills, and encourage them to develop an enthusiasm for higher education, teaching them vital skills to be competitive in a rapidly developing economy.

On the Working Schedule of a Childcare Volunteer in Rio

The volunteering itself was absolutely amazing, we were playing ball games with the children, rope skipping, drawing, we did some painting as well and they loved it! There were around 10 to 20 children each day, I don’t know on what it depended if they were coming or not, but mostly it was school I think. The children were between 2 and 14 years old, they could get a bit wild at times, but they were all very sweet and always really excited to see us.

  • Katrijn

Volunteer Placements at Community Centers and Crèches

Volunteers can be placed in community centers working with children or teens or in crèches (daycares) working with babies.

These centers generally have few resources, so volunteers need to bring their initiative and creativity to make the most of the facilities available. Volunteers also teach English to the children through educational activities, such as copying, drawing games and role-play.

“Very interesting projct helping and teaching Children”

Adriana with the children at the project in Rio
Adriana with the children at the project in Rio

Great program. Very interesting project helping and teaching children. And for sure, placed in the best city ever: Rio de Janeiro. For the moment, it’s been a memorable experience, easy to learn Portuguese as it includes classes too, and flexible working times in order to be able to travel around the magnificent country, Brazil. – Adriana Puiggrós

 

 

Start Dates & Duration

Projects in Rio de Janeiro 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 3 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.

I was volunteering in Rio de Janeiro for only two weeks. My plan was to travel afterwards, so that’s why I only stayed in Rio for such a long time.

I had a great time! It started by getting picked up by Felipe at the airport, while we were driving to the hostel he explained me a little bit how the program works and what’s there to do in Lapa and Santa Teresia. I was volunteering with an Irish Couple and I thought it was really nice so I didn’t have to go somewhere by myself.

The volunteering itself was absolutely amazing, we were playing ball games with the children, rope skipping, drawing, we did some painting as well and they loved it! There were around 10 to 20 children each day, I don’t know on what it depended if they were coming or not, but mostly it was school I think. The children were between 2 and 14 years old, they could get a bit wild at times, but they were all very sweet and always really excited to see us.

  • Katrijn
Adriana with the children at the project in Rio
Adriana with the children at the project in Rio

Great program. Very interesting project helping and teaching children. And for sure, placed in the best city ever: Rio de Janeiro. For the moment, it’s been a memorable experience, easy to learn Portuguese as it includes classes too, and flexible working times in order to be able to travel around the magnificent country, Brazil. I definitely recommend the program to everyone that wants to volunteer in Rio. – Adriana Puiggrós

One of the most fulfilling and fun things I have done

Volunteering with Iko Poran in their child development program was one of the most fulfilling and fun things I have done. The program provided little resources but the program leader was extremely creative and had lots of love for the children. You definitely need to bring motivation, it was challenging work but definitely worth it. Iko Poran provides the perfect amount of support while still allowing you to be independent. I will definitely do it again when I have the chance. – Adie Friedman, Los Angeles, USA

Putting you in contact with local communities

Iko Poran do an amazing job at putting you into contact with local communities and projects that need support. The work these projects do are extremely important in these communities and it was a privilege to be able to help with it. Everybody i worked with was very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend others to pursue a volunteer project and believe it is just as beneficial to the individual as to the community you are working with. – Lisa

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