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If you're looking for a life-changing experience then volunteering in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro while enjoying the sites and sounds of Brazil is right for you. Spend the weekdays assisting in a community-run daycare that provides support to over 100 children and youth, and spend your free weekends touring Rio.
- 10 days hands-on volunteer project at a daycare centre in a Rio de Janeiro favela, Portuguese Lessons
- Getting to know the locals
- Volunteering at a daycare centre in a rio de janeiro favela (shanty town).
Day 1: Day 1 Rio de Janeiro Information will be posted about the volunteer program in the weeks ahead and you will be contacted by a local representative to coordinate and answer questions. Our Project Brazil tour brings you into the root of the favela community and provides an insight into the vibrant spirit of its people. Spend time volunteering in Rocinha, which is the world's largest slum area. Unable to find accommodation, or pay rent, many people have established homes on any available empty space, which in Rio usually means the slopes of the hills around which the city has grown. Here, the poor live in squatter settlements with sea views while the rich live down below. Your time living and volunteering in the favela will allow you to interact freely with the local people while having a hands-on cultural experience. The people of the favelas are largely friendly and proud people but travellers are advised never to enter a favela without a guide who is known and respected by the locals. Included Activities: Arrival Day Welcome Package Hotel
Day 2: Day 2 Rio de Janeiro (1B, 1L) Spend two weeks volunteering with "Union of Women for the Betterment of Roupa Suja" (UMPMRS) which is a community run, non-governmental, not for profit organization located in the neighborhood of Roupa Suja, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Rocinha, the largest favela in Latin America. UMPMRS’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the children and families living in the community. Portuguese lessons are included on the first two Tuesdays of the trip to help you better connect with project staff and children and locals during your stay (2 hours per 2 Saturdays). Optional activities are available in Rio on the weekend. There may be the opportunity to help with other programs. Additional Notes: The G Adventures local representative will be at the hotel on the morning of Day 2 to answer any questions and take you to the guesthouse and the daycare where you will be volunteering. Included Activities: UMPMRS Volunteer Project in Rocinha Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3: Days 3-5 Rio de Janeiro Full-day of volunteering at the community-run daycare, where there may also be chances to help out at other programs run by UMPMRS. Included Activities: UMPMRS Volunteer Project in Rocinha
Day 4: Day 6 Rio de Janeiro (1B, 1L) Return to the hotel in Copacabana for the weekend in the afternoon. Optional activities are available in Rio on the weekend. Transport: Taxicab
Day 5: Day 7 Rio de Janeiro The weekend is yours to enjoy. Optional activities are available in Rio.
Day 6: Day 8 Rio de Janeiro The weekend is yours to enjoy. Optional activities are available in Rio.
Day 7: Day 9 Rio de Janeiro (1B, 1L) Return to the favela. Included Activities: UMPMRS Volunteer Project in Rocinha Transport: Taxicab
Day 8: Days 10-12 Rio de Janeiro Continue volunteering with UMPMRS. Included Activities: UMPMRS Volunteer Project in Rocinha
Day 9: Day 13 Rio de Janeiro (1B, 1L) One last day of volunteering in the daycare before transferring to a hostel for the night. Included Activities: UMPMRS Volunteer Project in Rocinha Transport: Taxicab
Day 10: Day 14 Rio de Janeiro To add extra weeks to your volunteer experience, please ask a G Adventures agent for details.