One of the goals of IFRE-Brazil program is for volunteers to immerse in local culture and experience Rio intimately. Volunteer in Brazil and you will work alongside local people and make local friends. You will be placed in projects where your interest and skills will be utilized and you can make a positive difference no matter how long you volunteer.
Send us an email now, indicating your volunteering area of interest. We will happily respond with details about the amazing opportunities available. While volunteering in Brazil, you will have an experience of a lifetime!
- Childcare Project in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
- Teaching Project in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
- Teaching Computer Project in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
- Graffiti Project in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
- Youth Athletics Project in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
- Handicraft Project in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
- Music and Dance Project in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
IFRE arranges room, breakfast and supervision for volunteer for the entire duration of volunteer in Brazil program. In Brazil, our volunteers will have the choice of staying in one of two hostels. Rio Hostel is located in the downtown area and is in a safe and secure neighborhood. The neighborhood is called Santa Teresa and consists of picturesque views, charming shops, and a bohemian culture. The other hostel, CabanaCopa, is located within walking distance of the world-famous Copacabana Beach, a metro station and a beautiful natural park.
Our volunteers will find it easy to travel from both hostels to the project site as well as to other places in Rio famous for visitors, like the beaches and other attractions. In the hostels, our volunteers will have to share the room with other volunteers of same sex. Breakfast will be served in the hostels but volunteers will need to eat lunch and dinner outside. Good food is inexpensive in Brazil and readily available.
During the project, our supervisor and project will be in touch with you. The volunteer coordinator lives minutes away if you need anything. If you need any advice or have any issue you need to discuss you can talk to them or call the coordinator.
Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Volunteers is proud to offer the world’s best fee. Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not on profit. We work very hard and smart to keep our costs down, especially for the volunteers because we know the value of your donated time and efforts. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all volunteers involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Volunteers offers.
IFRE fees comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc). You will pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, what you pay will go for you or people who deserve it (not for profit).
- Fee covers only breakfast in hostel, no launch and dinner
- Airport pick-up and transfer $50
Additional costs for volunteers: International flights, visa application/extension, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment daily transportation, laundry, telephone, immunizations.
Rio is also the most visited city in South America and the reason for this is fairly simply. A benefit of volunteering in Brazil is that there so much to do and enjoy in Rio. It is filled with vibrant people, lush landscapes, and unparalleled culture. Rio is Brazil's second largest city and has a population of over 6 million and upwards of 10 million if you include the suburban areas. It has excellent beaches like the world famous Ipanema and Copacabana, where you can enjoy the sun and the sand, as well as see the Brazilians enjoy their beach life. Rio is also famous for the carnival and samba. Each year, the city hosts one of the largest carnivals in the world. You can also surf great breaks off Prainha, hike through Tijuca's rainforests, sail across Guanabára and dance the night away in Lapa. Rio is also know for the favela (scanty town) that dot the city's landscape. You can organize a tour of the favela although visiting alone is not recommended.
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is known as the greatest show on earth and takes places before Lent every year. More than 2 million people participate in the festival every day. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio. One of the main purposes of the Rio carnival parade is for samba schools to compete with each other. This competition is the climax of the whole carnival festival. Street festivals are very common during carnival and are enthusiastically participated by the local and the visiting people. People dance to the music and anyone is allowed to participate.
The city of the Rio will be the focus of the world when it will host the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the summer Olympics. For these two massive events, Rio is getting ready at breakneck speed. New roads are being built, the airport is being upgraded, different mode of communications is being upgraded and the landscape of the city is changing rapidly. The residents are also eagerly waiting to welcome hoards of visitors that will descend in Rio to watch the games.