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Volunteer in Brazil with IKPVA – Most Affordable Volunteer Programs in Brazil!

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Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro – Overview

If you have a cheap volunteer trip to Rio de Janeiro in mind, try out some of the best and highly affordable projects to volunteer in Brazil! People are very welcoming in Rio, and some of the most exciting projects for volunteer work are waiting for you.

Rio de Janeiro is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, where the sea, mountains, forests, and lakes all merge together. Therefore, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – dubbed as “Cidade Maravilhosa” by the Cariocas, residents of Rio. Cidade Maravilhosa means the Wonderful City, as it stretches out with curving hills overlooking magnificent beaches, and protected by “Christ the Redeemer” on top of the Corcovado mountain.


Work as a Volunteer in Brazil and Support the Communities in Rio de Janeiro

Volunteer in Brazil with children at the child development program
Delphine at her Child Development programs (she came back two times!)

Your work as a volunteer in Brazil will help to improve the life of the residents of the communities in Rio (or favelas) directly.

There are so many opportunities to work as a volunteer in Brazil, from Childcare at a daycare center, Teaching English to Sports Development, including football coaching. Get involved as an Environment Protection volunteer in Brazil and help to preserve the Tijuca Rainforest. You may also experience the Brazilian health system interning in a local clinic on our Medical & Health Promotion program.

And you can also view from inside how we prepare the biggest show on earth working side by side with locals on our special Carnival Preparation program.

We are committed to long-term development, with 15 years of experience, we are able to offer you a unique experience as a volunteer in Brazil, and accompany your stay and work like nobody else.


I had a great time working with the kids and young adults in Rio de Janeiro

Bob Black with his English Class in Rio de Janeiro
Bob Black with his English Class in Rio de Janeiro

I had a great time working with the kids and young adults in Rio de Janeiro. I worked in English, Art, and dancing classes and they all had their different challenges in terms of resources available, students at different ability levels. It was very uplifting to be able to share my skills and hopefuly make a small difference to the lives of these young people.
Their enthusiasm for learning and determination to make their country a better place was inspirational. – Bob Black

About Brazil in Depth

Volunteer in Brazil on Carnival PreparationBrazil is the size of a continent and covers almost half of South America. Moreover, its great cultural diversity and a huge variety of landscapes and people leave a profound impression on everybody who chose to volunteer in Brazil.

With a tropical climate and vibrant colors. Brazil features a large variety of fauna and flora.

Brazil’s attractions range from the impenetrable jungle to a variety of different mountain ranges. In the interior, large swamplands and a network of several large rivers stretch out until they arrive at the Atlantic coast with its 8.000 kilometers of continuous beautiful beaches.


Enjoy Brazil’s Vibrant Colors and the Joyful Temper of the Brazilians as a Volunteer in Brazil

Volunteers in Brazil with many children painting a public space inside a favela

While Brazil´s natural beauty is impressive, it´s the country’s culture that captivates visitors who come to volunteer in Brazil. The cultural identity emphasizes values such as tolerance, solidarity, and the joy of living. Brazilians are warm hosts who love to laugh, sing and dance.




Sports development programme in Rio
Football equipment bought through donations.

“The Smiles on People’s Faces when I Bought Football Equipment”

My favourite memories are the smiles on people’s faces when I bought football equipment and stationary with money raised by friends and work colleagues. I was able to raise £530 in two weeks and would highly recommend raising some money through a donation website, so you can go the extra mile with supporting the locals. – Afonso, 31 years, from London


Volunteer in Brazil to Help Giving Equal Opportunities for All the Brazilians

Volunteer in Brazil with sports - football project in Brazil

As a volunteer in Brazil, you will also experience a complex country, contradictory, sometimes unfair and unequal, which reflects one of the highest concentrations of income in the world. But, at the same time, it is a land full of opportunity.

The complexity of Brazilian society accounts both for its difficulties, through its huge social contradictions, and for its great creative energy, which is necessary for Brazil to assume a place among nations more in keeping with its potential.


Local Partner Organizations in Rio de Janeiro ensure Quality and Success for your Volunteer Work in Brazil

Community Development in Brazil

IKPVA works with a wide range of local partner organizations closely involved in improving the lives of the residents of Rio’s favelas. So, all the programs to volunteer in Brazil are tailor-made for the residents of the communities in need of support and help.

Capoeira Class in Rio

In exchange, you will have a beautiful cultural experience as a volunteer in Brazil, meet open-hearted people and see them grow.




Amazing Experience as a Medical Volunteer in Rio

Ana Norleyne - trabalho voluntário no Hospital no Rio
Ana Norleyne

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

Volunteer Programs in Brazil: Wide Variety of Opportunities

Volunteers have the opportunity to choose from our nine cheap volunteer programs in Brazil, such as: Teaching EnglishSports DevelopmentCommunity DevelopmentEnvironmental Protection at Tijuca RainforestHealth Awareness & Medical InternshipsChild Development & ChildcareArts & Design,  and a special program in which you help to make costumes and decorate floats for the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro!!



Join our cheap volunteer programs in Brazil for the experience of your lifetime!

Most Affordable Fees to Volunteer in Brazil

Please Note:

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

Volunteer Program Fees Brazil

What is included in the 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 as a volunteer in Brazil
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project
  • SPECIAL: 20 hs Portuguese course for programs with 4 weeks or more

There are no hidden costs for you. These are the most affordable programs to volunteer in Brazil.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the cheapest possible prices. One of our goals is to offer cheap volunteer programs in Brazil so that more people can help to do really important work.

Participants in our cheap volunteer programs in Brazil normally find US$100 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.

*Refundable up to 60 days before the program start date according to our Terms & Conditions

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

If the duration of your program includes the New Years Eve in Rio de Janeiro, you are required to pay a surcharge of U$ 100 to cover accommodation premium prices from Dec 29 to January 2nd.

Also, Carnival in 2019 is from March 1st to 9th. If you fancy volunteering in Brazil during the Carnival week in Rio, you have to pay a surcharge of US$ 200 to cover accommodation premium prices during this period. All projects will be closed during the Carnaval.


Volunteer in Brazil – Program Details

Location in Rio de Janeiro

Our cheap volunteer programs in Brazil are based in Rio de Janeiro, which was the capital of the country until 1960.

Therefore, Rio de Janeiro is a highly cosmopolitan city. Rio de Janeiro stands out for a wide range of attractions for visitors, including its legendary Carnival.

The cultural diversity of Rio de Janeiro, with more than 400 years of history, attracts many visitors who come to work as a volunteer in Brazil.


Accommodation & Meals for Volunteers in Rio de Janeiro

As a volunteer in Brazil, you will be staying in a happy and charming Hostel located on the lower part of the Santa Teresa neighborhood.

The hostel provides many leisure areas for you as a volunteer in Brazil, free Wi-Fi everywhere, and laundry service. Breakfast is provided and there is also a fully equipped kitchen that volunteers can use to prepare other meals. All rooms have lockers (just bring your own lock).



Hospitality on Three Floors

The house in Rio for the volunteers in Brazil 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 dining area next to it, a big dining table, and even a music room. If you are here as a volunteer in Brazil and play an 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. If you fancy a private room as a volunteer in Brazil, you find them on the third floor. They are available at an extra fee.


Exclusive Room for the Volunteers

The hostel tries to book one room exclusively for the participants of our volunteer programs in Brazil. 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. While working as a volunteer in Brazil you will stay in a peaceful oasis right “next door“ to the most vibrant and picturesque area of Rio de Janeiro!


Enjoy the Vibes of Lapa’s Nightlife

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.

Enjoy walking in its winding streets with its tourist sites and have a break in on of the small bars around.


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.

During your stay as a volunteer in Brazil, you might enjoy a trip with the hundred and ten years old tram which still runs through its winding cobbled streets!


A Residential Sanctuary in the Heart of Rio de Janeiro

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 center. The Sambodromo (where the samba schools compete during Carnival) is close. To go to Rio’s beautiful beaches will take you only a short ride with the metro.

Santa Teresa prides itself of the atmosphere reminiscent of that of a small town. The artistic neighborhood also enchants visitors with its panoramic views. During your stay as a volunteer in Brazil, you will enjoy eating out in Santa Teresa. Here you can find everything from local Brazilian dishes to international cuisine.


Start & Duration

Volunteer programs in Brazil start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Participants should arrive on Sundays.

You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 24 weeks


Arrival & Orientation

Volunteers should organize to arrive at Aeroporto Internacional Antônio Carlos Jobim – Galeão – GIG.

Orientation for you as a volunteer in Brazil takes place on Monday after the arrival date.


Requirements for the volunteer projects in Brazil

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

All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance. Moreover, as a volunteer in Brazil, you are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Brazil or during orienVolunteer painting a big mural with children in our Arts project in Braziltation.


Language Requirements for your Volunteer Work in Brazil

Knowledge of basic Portuguese is desired but not mandatory to join our volunteer programs in Brazil.

Since most Brazilians do not speak good English, you will learn a lot from your volunteer project and train naturally your Portuguese.

However, there is a way to speed up your learning curve. During your stay, you can take advantage of a very affordable 20 hours Portuguese course taught at your accommodation for only U$ 150.



During your stay, you will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders.

Someone will always be available in the case of an emergency.

Please keep in mind that you are in a different country where you should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information you need during your stay as a volunteer in Brazil.

We are a local organization based in Brazil that has been receiving volunteers since 2003 without any major problem.


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