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Volunteer Opportunities in Brazil

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!

Volunteer opportunities include working with animals, teaching life skills to women and children, construction, human rights, and more.

Search the map below to find non-profit organizations that are the right fit for you. 

Volunteer in Animal Care

Biodiversity Research Institute

The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.

33 Reviews

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine is an animal release center situated in the Atlantic Forest. We combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals and offer them a chance of freedom!

12 Reviews

Volunteer in Childcare

Guerreiros Da Luz

GDL is a small local charity based in Morro de São Paulo on the island of Tinharé. We are looking for volunteers to help us build and run a cultural centre. The building has already begun but we need more helping hands as we want to finish the construction as soon as possible.

Associação Vale Viver de Promoção Social

we are a charity working for better chances for children in the slums, and giving women a chance to get out of extreme poverty in the countrysite

Volunteer in Conservation Work


Iracambi is a Brazilian and US registered organisation, located in one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, The Atlantic Forest. Our objective is to discover better ways of caring for the forest, and to protect the extraordinary biodiversity found here, whilst also generating forest-based incom

2 Reviews

ETIV do Brasil

ETIV do Brasil links international volunteers with local communities to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil

1 Review

Volunteer in Human Rights Work

Federação do Povo Huni Kui do Acre - FEPHAC

Associação representativa do Povo Huni Kui no Brasil

Mudança de Cena

art, education and human rights (popular education and theater of the oppressed)

Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Casa do Caminho

We are a social organization that helps and supports underprivileged children in rural areas

5 Reviews


We make the difference in our society with wrestling and education

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.