Environmental Volunteer in Rio at the Tijuca Rainforest

Environmantal Volunteer in Rio at the Tijuca Rainforest
Volunteer Colber’s Sirène, from France, helping to save the forests in Brazil.

If you enjoy the outdoors consider working as an environmental volunteer in Rio de Janeiro. There are two projects for Urban Environmentalism available: one at the Tijuca Rainforest and community garden. From conservation projects to urban renewal, IKPVA has partnerships with a number of NGOs and projects. They are helping to protect Rio’s stunning landscape. Then, they are growing vegetables and salads in community gardens to alleviate hunger or donate to local crèches.

Tijuca National Forest: The World’s largest Urban Forest

You can volunteer with the reforestaion project at The Tijuca National Forest, the world’s largest urban forest. At this project, you will be helping in the three nursery. What is on your working schedule: counting species, opening and cleaning trails, cutting branches, painting fences/ signals, among other activities.

See First Hand the Ecological Challenges that Rio faces…

Destiny at the Environmental Program in Rio
Destiny

Volunteering with the environmental program gave me the opportunity to see first hand the ecological challenges that Rio faces and make a difference myself while also having the chance to witness the incredible beauty of the city and parks as I was doing it! I also loved the independence that Iko Poran gave me! – Destiny

Experience as an Environmental Volunteer in Rio

So far I have had a wonderful experience volunteering in Rio de Janeiro with Iko Poran’s Urban Environmentalism program. I am half way through my two-month stay in Rio and I already know that it will be a very valuable experience for me.

The project consists of work in Tijuca National Park and at a large community garden in a favela, where they grow almost every sort of common vegetable in Brazil. The people I work with in the communities are all incredibly kind and welcoming, not to mention they are doing work that makes a big difference for themselves and the environment. – Elisa

Experience working at the Community Garden

In the mornings I worked in an ecological garden that provided food to the poorest families in the community and to the local school, and in the afternoons I helped in what they call “the library”, which is a space where children from the neighborhood come to hang around playing, drawing, painting or learning English.

The best part of the gardening project was meeting the people who work there: nice, friendly and welcoming people, who quickly opened the door of their home to me and their hearts. – Paulina Dañino

Magnificent Landscapes in Rio

Rio de Janeiro boasts one of the most magnificent contrasting landscapes in the world. It stands out for the cascading forests on massive mountains adjacent to a world-class city. However, this contrast isn’t always mutually beneficial, as many of Rio’s treasured green spaces are damaged by urban sprawl.

As a volunteer for an environmental program you can help to support and develop some of the most precious natural spaces. Moreover, you will also help in a community vegetable garden and experiencing favela life.

 

 

 

 

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.

So far I have had a wonderful experience volunteering in Rio de Janeiro with Iko Poran’s Urban Environmentalism program. I am half way through my two-month stay in Rio and I already know that it will be a very valuable experience for me.

The project consists of work in Tijuca National Park and at a large community garden in a favela, where they grow almost every sort of common vegetable in Brazil. The people I work with in the communities are all incredibly kind and welcoming, not to mention they are doing work that makes a big difference for themselves and the environment.

Here in Rio, I have stayed in a beautiful home with the host family. The house is in an area within walking distance of some bars and restaurants and has a nice view, as well as a very comfortable living space. The family has been welcoming and make sure that I have everything I need to enjoy my time here. They also have two adorable kids and two cats, which has been great for me as well.

Overall, I recommend Iko Poran as a volunteering outlet. They offer a wide range of work that contributes to the local communities, while also assuring a fun and comfortable stay. – Elisa

 

The Environmental Program in Rio has been a great experience. The people I work with are incredibly welcoming and the work itself contributes to the local communities and the environment in an important way. Rio is also a beautiful city with a lot to offer and wonderful people to meet. Thanks for the valuable experience! – Elisa Paterson, USA

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