Volunteer Opportunities in Brazil
There are many reasons why Brazil is such a popular destination for people who want to volunteer abroad. As a developing country with its history of colonization, Brazil still face many challenges, including poverty, illiteracy, and deforestation (to name a few). By providing assistance and participate in community initiatives, volunteers can have a very positive impact, and really improve the lives of the local populations.
It’s also a country filled with beautiful beaches, unique fauna and flora, and a carnival lifestyle, meaning there’s always a party going on!
Search the map below to find non-profit organizations that are the right fit for you.
Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits
Founded in 2016, EduMais is a NGO in Rio de Janeiro providing high-quality education to underprivileged children and teenagers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Motivated by the urge to prevent their many talents from going to waste, our educational programs empower at-risk young people in the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo favelas with the skills to build a future away from poverty, violence, and drugs. All nine of these programs are free for our students as we believe everyone deserves access to a good education. But to make this possible, we rely on the generosity of our wonderful donors. Join us, become a volunteer for free in Rio de Janeiro and let’s transform lives together!
How to Volunteer in Brazil
How to find volunteer opportunities in Brazil
Non-profit organizations in Brazil are constantly searching for people who can support education, health, and environmental causes. There are a lot of great options for people who want to do volunteer work while exploring the best that Brazil has to offer. Brazil’s educational infrastructure is in dire need of help. Cities such as Sao Paolo and Rio need volunteers who can teach English, provide childcare, and participate in community development projects. Away from the bustle of the city, volunteers can also choose to go to remote Brazilian villages and towns to lend their support to wildlife rescue programs and nature conservation projects.
Best time to volunteer in Brazil
Brazil is a wonderful destination any time of the year. While the country does experience its fair share of rain, most of it happens in the afternoon. From April to October, the weather remains comfortable and cool with sporadic and short-lasting showers. November to December are the dry and hot months in Rio and surrounding areas. However, even with the hot and dry weather, the New Year’s Eve beach party and fireworks show
on the Copacabana beach is something you don’t want to miss.
Essential information about Brazil
According to regulations, people visiting Brazil with a Tourist Visa
cannot participate in volunteering activities. Volunteers need to get a Temporary Work Visa by producing the required set of documents. Volunteers need to produce invitation letters received from their respective volunteer organizations in Brazil, registration documents of the NGOs, affidavit from the NGOs (stating that they take all responsibilities of the foreign volunteers), clear police reports, resumes with work experience, details describing volunteer work and locations, health insurances valid in Brazil, passports with 6 months of validity, birth certificates, and printouts of travel itinerary.
Note: the above requirements may be subject to change, so it’s important to check with your local Brazilian Embassy to ensure you have all the required documents.
People in Brazil predominantly speak Portuguese. English is often taught in private schools as a secondary language. However, English-speaking locals can be difficult to find when visiting rural areas.