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Volunteer Work in Brazil focuses on Caring, Teaching and Sharing.

Our volunteer programs in Brazil come from the heart.

The most affordable volunteer programs in Brazil!

Volunteer in Brazil

Teach English in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Volunteer in Brazil and teach English in Rio de Janeiro, learning Portuguese, and providing access to one of the world's most spok...
Volunteer Work with Child Development
As a volunteer you will work with poor children providing them with the essential attention, support and guidance needed for healt...
Childcare & Orphanages
Working as a volunteer in Brazil in a childcare program you can be an educator, advocate or simply spend time playing and taking c...
Arts & Design
The volunteer on the Arts and Design Program in Brazil will give dancing, painting, drawing or music classes for children and adul...
Sports Programs in Rio
Be a volunteer in Brazil and compete, teach, or just play around with the locals in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, enjoying one of...
NGO Development
Help develop more impactful programs in Brazil and expand the reach of our partner organizations as a development volunteer. The m...
Community Development
Overview Our local partners in Brazil are small non profit organisations (NGOs) When working on the Community Development project...
Medical / Health Promotion
Volunteers in Brazil help in order to provide access to essential health services and education to the people of Rio de Janeiro. O...
Environment Protection
Volunteer in Brazil, experience the natural marvel of Rio de Janeiro and help protecting the environment educating local people to...
Carnival Program in Rio
The Carnival Program in Rio de Janeiro allows you to be apart of one of the most renowned fiestas in the world! The build up to th...

Testimonials of Iko Poran Volunteers in Brazil

Best Way to Brazil

If you're looking for the best way to travel to Rio, start with Iko Poran.

I couldn't believe that a program so affordable could go above and beyond my expectations. As a recent college graduate taking a gap-year before graduate school, this was my first trip traveling alone. From the moment I met Felipe and the other program participants, I knew I was in good hands and formed an Iko Poran "family" within just days of arriving.

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Two weeks in Brazil

My name is Barbora and I am from the Czech Republic. I spent 2 weeks in Rio as a volunteer at an art school Spectaculu. Everything was perfectly organised, when I came, Felipe was waiting for me at the airport and took me to the hostel. I was nicely surprised the hostel was clean and as I was in my room just with volunteers, I did not need to be worried about my things when I was not there. All the people there were very friendly and kind.

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Environmental Volunteer work in Rio

Volunteering in Rio with Iko Poran was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I came to Rio to study Sociology abroad but wanted to stay longer in order to further immerse myself in the culture and make a social impact, so I decided to volunteer with Iko Poran for two weeks after my studies were over. I was able to experience the city of Rio more in two weeks with Iko Poran than I was able to in three weeks studying! As a college student, the experience was also a wonderful addition to my resume!

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Iko Poran, the best volunteer program in Rio!

When I signed up to participate in Iko Poran program in July 2015, it was my third stay in Brazil. French but passionate about Brazilian culture and fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, I wanted to work in community development, a very common notion in Canada, that doesn't really exist in France (we have various notions instead : local developement, social work...).

Luis Felipe Murray, the director of Iko Poran, offered me to volunteer in the Reciclação project for three weeks in August. At this time, I didn't imagine that I would work with a carioca celebrity: Zoraide Francisca Gomes, better known under the name of Cris dos Prazeres, a community activist for over twenty years and founder of the PROA group and, more recently, the Reciclação project, recognized by many cariocas institutions, including UNICEF Brazil.

Context. Founded in 2013, the Reciclação project promotes the sorting of household waste and the environmental education of the Morro dos Prazeres community. This favela located in the hills of Santa Teresa is better known as the setting of the movie Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite). The Morro dos Prazeres is occupied by the police since February 2011, which means that police officers are stationed at the main entrance of the favela 24 hours a day.

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Authentic Rio!

The Olympic and Paralympic Games created special times for Rio, but I also wanted to experience another side of the city. That is why I chose to register for an Iko Poran volunteer program.
I had some concerns about the safety in Rio, but they disappeared soon after I my arrival at the nice hostel in Santa Teresa, conveniently located near to the nightlife scene of Lapa, and the safety tips of the experienced staff of Iko Poran. Doing NGO development for Iko Poran itself I was able to visit several projects they offer in Rio. The fact that there is a lot variation in small scale projects allows volunteers to make a personal contribution.

Blog - International Volunteers in Brazil

Iko Poran on Verge Magazine
The article on Verge Magazine shows how Iko Poran aims with its volunteer programs to cater to benefit the communities they serve....
Volunteer in Brazil with Child Development
Volunteer in Brazil with Child Development. It doesn't get better than this. Working with children: the volunteer can be an educat...