Medical Volunteer in Rio: Health Awareness & Education

Medical volunteer in BrazilWorking as a medical volunteer in Rio de Janeiro is a great opportunity to help the residents of the poorer parts of Rio with a variety of medical problems. You can either work in a medical clinic and support the local doctors and nurses, or choose to spread health awareness in the communities of Rio. As our volunteers told us, the clinics are filled with devoted doctors and nurses who really gave them a glimpse, how the clinic works. All the medical team is very nice and willing to work with the volunteers, even despite an eventual language barrier. Finally, you can have good learning experience shadowing doctors and learning some basic medical techniques,

The medical volunteer program really allowes you immerse yourself in the culture and get a sense of the Brazilian healthcare system. Last, but not least, you also will enjoy the vibrant life in the city centre, and the beaches!

Spreading Health Awareness in the low-income communities

As a medical volunteer in Rio de Janeiro you can both support our health efforts and help to spread health awareness within low-income communities. You will support the medical team at a hospital in order to allow for the local people to access health services more easily. In a local community, you can educate people in health questions and grow awareness.

Health promotion and education is an integral part of furthering the goals of development. With a well-informed and healthy population, anything is possible.

However, there are extensive health problems that continue to threaten the wellbeing of the people.

Educating Local People as a Medical Volunteer in Rio

As a health volunteer you will be on the front lines of educating and raising awareness for healthcare issues impacting local communities. Whether you are involved in hands on health promotion and canvassing, healthcare advising, contraceptive literacy, or leading disease awareness workshops – your work will make an immediate, positive impact on your project.

It is no secret that development countries healthcare systems are still in its early stages of development. Thus, they do not always attend well the poorest communities in these countries.

Working with the Red Cross in Rio – Valuable experience

Medical Volunteer in Rio Ana Norleyne
Ana Norleyne – University of Texas working at the Red Cross

Volunteering with Iko Poran is definitely one of the most amazing experience I ever had. The organization gives you the freedom to help in your own ways.
Working with kids was certainly a challenge but the support of other volunteers and people in charge of the projects make everything so much easier.
I also volunteered in a health project where people from the communities work together to inform people about important health issues.

  • Ana Norleyne – University of Texas

Local Organizations and NGOs contribute to Healthcare and Education

As a result, many communities rely on local organizations and NGOs for healthcare advice and education, meaning it is up to the people to provide effective health awareness. Thus, it is imperative that these organizations are staffed with dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers to execute essential health activities.

Medical Internship at a clinic in Rio

The culture was beautiful and people were all so welcoming! The clinic was filled with devoted doctors and nurses who really gave us a glimpse at how their clinic works. We had a lot of free time to explore the city and the leaders were more than willing to help. The living situation was alright and was actually a great representation of the culture. – Isabella – University of Connecticut

Portuguese not required, but a few words do wonders

It is not necessary to speak Portuguese to have an awesome experience, but if you can grasp a little you will go a much longer way.

 

 

 

 

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 will be staying in a happy and charming Hostel located on the lower part of Santa Teresa neighborhood.

The hostel has many leisure areas, free Wi-Fi everywhere, 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 house 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.

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.

All services, such as supermarkets, drugstores, banks (ATMs), bars & restaurants, delis, fruit store, bus stops, and others are literally 5 minutes walking distance

The metro station to get to Ipanema, Copacabana and other areas is only 15 minutes walking distance. Volunteers stay in a peaceful oasis right “next door“ to the most vibrant and picturesque area of Rio de Janeiro.

Lapa is Rio’s buzzing nightlife spot with lively bars, pumping nightclubs and street parties that last all night. Lapa attracts foreigners and locals every weekend to drink caipirinhas and dance out some moves with many varieties of music playing. Whilst at night it comes alive, during the day it is a quiet neighborhood where you can wander the winding streets and visit the tourist sites and small bars.

The neighborhood Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa is a bohemian area with an intense cultural life. The charming neighborhood stands out for its unusual architecture. Enjoy a trip with 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.

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.

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.

MeThe doctors and nurses were all very nice

From start to end, from coming off the airplane to leaving on the last day, we had the support of Felipe and his close friend, Regina. On the days that we volunteered at the clinic, one of them would greet us early in the morning at our hostel to pick us up and help us get there. On the days that we did not volunteer, they would still drop everything for us if we needed them. The program itself really allowed us to immerse ourselves in the culture and get a sense of the Brazilian healthcare system when we volunteered. It was a very good learning experience and a great opportunity to shadow doctors and learn some basic medical techniques, such as taking blood pressure. The doctors and nurses were all very nice and willing to work with us despite the language barrier. I was very happy with my experience with Iko Poran in Rio. – Jason Simonides

Medical Experience in Engenho de Rainha

I had a great experience with Iko Poran and the medical clinic I worked in at Engenho de Rainha. Felipe, the coordinator for Iko Poran, was phenomenal to me and my other group members and was always willing to answer questions and offer guidance. He organized transportation not only to the clinic but also day trips to various prominent landmarks in the city. He went above and beyond to help my group with any accommodations we needed and would make sure to check in on us throughout our stay. He did a great job teaching us how to act in the clinic and be safe on the streets as well which was a huge benefit. I was able to help individuals with a variety of medical problems in the poorer parts of Rio yet also experience the vibrant city life in the center of Rio and by the beaches. My two weeks in Rio was one of the most fulfilling and genuinely enjoyable experiences I have ever had. I highly recommend Iko Poran to anyone looking to volunteer abroad.- Jefrin Thomas

People were all so welcoming!

The culture was beautiful and people were all so welcoming! The clinic was filled with devoted doctors and nurses who really gave us a glimpse at how their clinic works. We had a lot of free time to explore the city and the leaders were more than willing to help. The living situation was alright and was actually a great representation of the culture. – Isabella – University of Connecticut

One of the most amazing experiences

Volunteering with Iko Poran is definitely one of the most amazing experience I ever had. The organization gives you the freedom to help in your own ways.
Working with kids was certainly a challenge but the support of other volunteers and people in charge of the projects make everything so much easier.

I also volunteered in a health project where people from the communities work together to inform people about important health issues.
My overall experience was amazing, I enjoy every second of it and I learned so much about the culture. Definitely a experience that will change your life. – Ana Norleyne, University of Texas

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