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Volunteer in Brazil: Development Projects in Marituba do Peixe Region of Brazil

Global Citizens Network

Street Address:
11000 West 78th Street
Locality:
Minneapolis
Region:
United States

Development Projects in Marituba do Peixe Region of Brazil

Country
Brazil
Locations
Marituba do Peixe
Dates of Program
Contact the Organisation
Group/Independent
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
16 Years +
Project Review

The municipality of Penedo is located in the northeast of Brazil in the state of Alagoas — an environmental reserve famous within Brazil for its beautiful white sand beaches. Penedo is located on the banks of the Rio São Francisco, locally referred to as "Velho Chico" or Old Chico. Penedo played an important role in the abolitionist movement of the 1860's, being the site of the famous escaped slave community of "Quilombo dos Palmares" which survived attacks by the Portuguese for over 100 years before emancipation in 1888. Penedo is made up of 37 towns, mostly located along the banks of the Velho Chico. Marituba do Peixe is located about 30 km up river from Penedo. The floodplains of the 4 rivers which join here are an officially-recognized Area of Environmental Protection. This floodplain is made up of an extensive lagoon and river complex, with unique wildlife and aquatic life which sustains the local inhabitants, along with the cultivation of sugar cane and rice.

Major Responsibilities

The municipality of Penedo is located in the northeast of Brazil in the state of Alagoas — an environmental reserve famous within Brazil for its beautiful white sand beaches. Penedo is located on the banks of the Rio São Francisco, locally referred to as "Velho Chico" or Old Chico. Penedo played an important role in the abolitionist movement of the 1860's, being the site of the famous escaped slave community of "Quilombo dos Palmares" which survived attacks by the Portuguese for over 100 years before emancipation in 1888.

Penedo is made up of 37 towns, mostly located along the banks of the Velho Chico. Marituba do Peixe is located about 30 km up river from Penedo. The floodplains of the 4 rivers which join here are an officially-recognized Area of Environmental Protection. This floodplain is made up of an extensive lagoon and river complex, with unique wildlife and aquatic life which sustains the local inhabitants, along with the cultivation of sugar cane and rice.

Cost/Program Fee
USD 2,080 (10 Days)
What program fee Includes

Program Fees Include:

  • Airport pick-up and in-country transportation
  • Hostel/homestay accommodations
  • Most meals
  • Cultural orientation and training
  • Basic medical/evacuation insurance
  • Contribution to community project
  • Project administration

Program Fees Do Not Include:

  • Airfare to/from host country
  • Immunizations/vaccines
  • Visas or entry/exit taxes
  • Lodging/transportation/meals during free time.
Skills/ Qualifications

GCN does not require any specific skills of its volunteers. We do, however, look for participants who are culturally sensitive, flexible, optimistic, willing to both share and learn, work well in a team setting, and above all, are open to new experiences. We ask participants to be experience-minded, not project-focused, since the “work” is actually only one part of the experience and may not always go as planned! GCN's primary focus is cross-cultural exchange, not the work project, and flexibility is key!

Arrangements for Room/Food

Lodging varies by site. Home stays with local families are arranged whenever possible. Local community centers or other community buildings have also served as places of lodging. Sleeping arrangements may be in beds, hammocks or on the floor. Some sites have electricity and indoor plumbing; others may not. Meals are prepared either by team members or by a local cook. To allow for as much immersion and insight into the culture as possible, volunteers generally live as the local people live.

Any Missing Important Information

Exploring in Your Free Time: The GCN experience is time in the host community, which allows for plenty of time to get to know the local community in your own way. It is important to note that January is approaching the peak carnival tourist season in Brazil and accommodations before or after the GCN trip, especially in Rio de Janeiro or Salvador, must be made as early as possible. Because of this, potential participants are strongly urged to sign up for this trip well in advance of the trip date.

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