Childcare Project

Childcare Project in Brazil

Volunteer to help the children and families of Brazil through childcare
brazilian children of a childcare center
  • Embrace your passion for working with children and helping others
  • Provide a much needed service to families working to improve their lives
  • Assist in daily operations and educational activities
  • Volunteer abroad safely & affordably

Project Summary

The young average age of conception is a grave problem facing Brazilians from low-income areas, referred to as favelas (shanty towns). Young parents often must choose between caring for their children and working to support their families, as they do not have many childcare facilities from which to choose, and the ones they do have are too expensive to afford. In Rio, IFRE has childcare volunteer opportunities in the favela community of Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro. As an IFRE volunteer, you will work with young children in the daycare (crèche) setting.

In the IFRE childcare program, you will care for these children while their parents go to school or work. In the past, our volunteers have had a positive effect on both the community and the children they’ve helped. Because of this, the local community truly appreciates the work of our volunteers. It’s time to help the future of these young children – Enroll Now .

Another positive side to Childcare in Brazil with IFRE-Brazil is that you can become a caregiver even if you’re in Rio for a small amount of time. IFRE-Brazil can place you in short-term childcare projects.


No specific qualifications are required to join the childcare in Brazil project. However, interested individuals should have a passion and eagerness to play with and work with young children. While basic Portuguese fluency is preferred, it is not required. All volunteers are encouraged to be flexible, patient and adaptive.

Volunteer Responsibilities

In the Childcare in Brazil project, volunteers will assist local daycares (creches) and childcare facilities. Volunteers can expect to play with and give love and support to young Brazilian children while their parents work or go to school. Volunteers will help with meals and naps, as well as help tutor the children. Volunteers may also lend their personal English expertise by introducing this global language to the children. Administrative duties of the daycares may also require volunteer support or recommendations. Additional education pertaining to issues of personal hygiene and sanitation is also important.


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.


  • Please provide a typical day schedule for this project

    Morning: 9 AM – 12 PM – Work with young children in smaller groups in local NGO Afternoon: 2 PM – 5 PM – Work with young children in local school and partake in classroom activities Provide support to day care / kindergarten staff, serving children ages 2-6. Your days will include playing, nurturing, helping with meals, tutoring and providing general assistance to the children and staff. This is an excellent project if you enjoy working with young children and are flexible to help with diverse activities.

  • What kind of accommodation do we get at the childcare project?

    IFRE will arrange accommodations at a local Brazilian hostel.

  • How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute daily?

    The hostel location is 45 minutes from the project with transportation available by public bus or metro.

  • Could you please send me the contact details of the host family and the project?

    Volunteers are provided contact details upon completion of their application.

  • How many children are normally at this project and what are their ages?

    Morning: 9 AM – 12 PM – Small groups of 5 students
    Afternoon: 2 PM – 5 PM – Class size range from 10-30 students

  • What are the day-to-day activities in the childcare project? What I actually do?

    • Support basic child needs
    • Provide tutoring services (if you have Portuguese language competencies)
    • Help with meals, naps, and play-time activities
    • Design and implement new activities for children
    • Network with local school staff and Community in Action team
  • How many hours a day do we work in this project?

    8 hours (including travel time)

  • Is childcare project available all-round the year? If not, when does it close for how long?

    It is not available during Christmas, New Years and Carnival.

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