Casa do Caminho
What We Need
1. Education Without Borders ("Educação Sem Fronteiras”)
To improve the quality of education received by students of rural schools that lack sufficient resources, infrastructure, and teachers.
We work with rural schools near Xerém, Rio de Janeiro and we need enthusiastic individuals to deliver lessons in two or three different schools with age groups between 6- 12 years old. Through the help of volunteers, we give lessons for free in local public schools that lack an adequate number of teachers. We teach subjects that aren’t included in the main curricula such as new languages (e.g. Spanish and English), arts, or sports. The children are also invited to join us at our main headquarters where we host a series of cultural activities. We provide a safe environment for them to play games or learn about topics such as cooking, arts, etc.
- Can speak English or Spanish
- Can speak Basic Portuguese
2. Snack With The Brothers In The Street
To offer help to homeless people living on the streets through the delivery of food.
Volunteers will travel to Rio de Janeiro and Duque de Caxias in order to help homeless people living there by delivering meals.
3. Jokes On The Way
To provide a safe environment for children to learn and have fun in order to promote comradery and community.
Every weekend, we organize games and activities for kids aged 4-14 at the headquarters of our institution. Recreations include children's games, competitions, sports, cooking lessons, handicrafts, arts, and guided outdoor walks. During the summer, the children take baths in the river and practice swimming. Parents may also participate. We aim to engage with children who live in places where there are no public spaces to gather and play. We foster coexistence, partnership, and sharing between the kids.
4. Supporting Families on Our Path
To directly help the poorest families of the region through "collective works of construction and cleaning" and psychological aid.
Volunteers will organize and execute joint tasks of construction and cleaning to fix and improve the houses of the neediest families of the region. We hope to improve their living conditions, infrastructure, and health as well as provide basic domestic utensils, which are obtained through collection campaigns and our own internal resources.
5. Finding National and International Volunteers
To find people committed to the educational and cultural development of our region and to sensitize people about the benefits of volunteering.
Spreading awareness through social media about the work we do and opportunities for participation in our projects.
All this is done with the help of our volunteers who stay with us for long-term periods in order to be able to make a significant and permanent change in the children’s lives.
When & Who
What we Provide
Housing and food will be provided for free for volunteers at the headquarters of our organization, located about 5 km away from the schools.
We do not charge any money to volunteers.
More Services we Offer
Volunteers need to be able to buy their own airplane tickets and to obtain a valid Visa.
Additional Info about Us
Casa do Caminho is a social organization based in Xerem, Brazil, a town located about 50 km away from Rio de Janeiro. We work to help and support underprivileged children in rural areas where living conditions are harsh due to inadequate infrastructure, insufficient resources for education, and cultural issues. We try to improve their quality of life and their education by means of various projects which provide opportunities for a better future.
Casa do Caminho has been around for 35 years, and we are constantly seeking to innovate and find new ways to help the community. We encourage volunteers to be proactive and suggest new projects and ideas, and many who have been with us have found it to be an amazing experience to grow and learn.