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In collaboration with local orphanages, IFRE works to offer suitable housing for the numerous, abandoned children often forced to live in the streets of Brazil . In addition to supplying shelter to these children, these partnering organizations also aim to endow these children with an education to establish some foundation and structure for these children's possibly-bright futures. Volunteers in these orphanage projects in Brazil should expect to be involved in various levels of daily operations – helping the present support staff in preparing and doling out meals for these children while serving as an example of a positive role model. Volunteers are expected to be enthusiastic about teaching various hands-on skills to these children as well as remaining mindful of their often distressing circumstances. Issues regarding sanitation, personal (and often dental) hygiene will often be addressed as volunteer help these children to not only lead a productive life but also a healthy existence.
In IFRE's Orphanage Project, volunteers will assist children in various ways – teaching English and/or other subject, organizing games, assisting the centers' staff members in feeding and caring for these often impoverished children or simply being a positive companion. Volunteers also help in developing creative programs such as art, music, dance and even recreational activities such as various sports. Additional assistance may be required with the planning of day trips, education on issues of personal hygiene, cooking and meal preparation as well as helping with various administrative duties.
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Additional Costs for Volunteers
No specific qualifications are required to join the Orphanage project in Brazil . However, interested individuals should have a passion and eagerness to help less fortunate children. While Portuguese is preferred it is not required. IFRE offers free Portuguese lessons to participants volunteering in Brazil . All volunteers are encouraged to be flexible, patient and adaptive.
IFRE manages living accommodations and meals within a volunteer hostel located in a quaint neighborhood within the city of Rio de Janeiro . The city of Rio de Janeiro is famous for a number of icons representative of Brazil – i.e. the statue of Christ the Redeemer hovering over the city, the spinning colors of the various samba schools (‘sambadoras'), numerous beaches, and more. With easy access to public transportation, volunteers have this world-class city at their fingertips. Within these accommodations, volunteers have numerous amenities such as: television, a kitchen, internet services, laundry, etc. Detailed housing information will be provided before volunteers arrive in Rio de Janeiro . IFRE manages 3 local foods a day. Occasionally, volunteers will also be required to prepare/serve their own meals.
Optional Portuguese Language: $250 (1.5 hours a day)