RíoVoluntário, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, supports several hundred volunteer organizations involved in social work, the environment and health care.
Rio-based Iko Poran links the diverse talents of volunteers with needy organizations. Iko Poran also provides housing for volunteers.
Elsewhere in Rio state, Regua accepts volunteers from all over the world for reforestation and other conservation work.
The UK-based Task Brasil (www.taskbrasil.org.uk) is another organization that places volunteers in Rio.
Visitors who enter the country as tourists are not legally allowed to take jobs. It’s not unusual for foreigners to find English-teaching work in language schools, though. It’s always helpful to speak some Portuguese, although some schools insist that only English be spoken in class. Private language tutoring may pay a little more, but you’ll have to do some legwork to get students.
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