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Volunteer in Brazil: Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Iko Poran

Iko Poran

Street Address:
Rua do Oriente
Rio de Janeiro

Volunteer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Iko Poran

Rio de Janeiro
Dates of Program
2nd and 4th Saturday of each Month
Age Restrictions
18-70 Years
Project Review

An unforgettable experience, full of life and joy. The perfect launchpad for an independent, worthwhile and fulfilling experience in Brasil. Our staff is always on hand to offer advice, help out with any problem or just recommend a good party. Placements are formatted according to the volunteers' abilities and interests and our partner organization necessities, in a way it is productive and rewarding for all. Volunteers partake in projects developed and operated by local partner organizations and their respective community councils. Volunteers have a unique experience of by actively participating in developing communities for a fairer world while creating a rich personal opportunity for cultural exchange. They have the chance to experience Brazil from a community perspective. Iko Poran caters to an increasing demand for better logistics in the reception, lodging, transportation and allocation of international volunteers who wish to perform in social development projects in Brazil. The goal of all the programs is to strengthen the partner insitutions, so that they can produce more significant results and reach more beneficiaries with a better quality of service. Applications for volunteer programs in Brazil are accepted from individuals willing to teach or apply any of the following skill sets at beginner or advanced levels:


  • Business & Management (Marketing, Finance, Fundraising, Entrepreneurship, etc..) 
  • Circus training (Acrobatics, Balancing, Clown, Aerials, Juggling, Choreography) 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Animation, Video 
  • Theatre (Acting, Costume design, Illumination, Carpentry, Other) 
  • Cinema (Production, Editing, Sound, Cinema history) 
  • Computer skills 
  • Martial Arts 
  • Teach English 
  • Music 
  • Youth development 
  • Other unique skill offered by the international volunteer that fulfills NGO values and objectives will also be considered.


For information on application procedures and further information about our various programs and our organization please visit our website or email us.

Major Responsibilities

The programs are formatted according to our volunteers\' abilities and interests and the partner organization necessities, in a way it is very rewarding and productive to both parties.

Cost/Program Fee
US$ 1,235 (4 Weeks), and US$ 105 for extra weeks
What program fee Includes

What is included in our programs:

  • Development of the volunteer placement together with the partner organization;
  • Initial support to locate public transportation means to and from the project;
  • Program management and administrative fee;
  • Donation to the partner organization (up to 50% of the NET placement fee ie up to R$400);
  • Orientation and information about getting around the city, guides, listings, tips, maps, health issues and safety;
  • Airport pickup by an Iko Poran representative;
  • Lodging during the first four weeks in one of our comfortable accommodation places;
  • Assistance in the case of emergencies.
  • NEW: Intensive Portuguese course on the first week of the program (20 hours, 4 per day, all books and materials included).
Skills/ Qualifications

Skills and Qualification:

  • Volunteers must be open-minded 
  • Volunteers must be flexible 
  • They must be willing to adjust to a new culture
Arrangements for Room/Food

Lodging: Our volunteers are lodged in wonderful Guest Houses in Santa Teresa, one of Rio de Janeiro's most enchanting neighborhoods. A bohemian area with an intense cultural life. It stands out for its unusual architecture and the hundred and ten years old tram which still runs through its winding cobbled streets. A residential sanctuary in the heartbeat of the Mata Atlantica (Tijuca national park), the world\'s largest urban subtropical rainforest, it provides ready access to the Christ statue of Corcovado as well as to the city center, sambadromo (the place where the samba schools compete) and beautiful beaches. With an atmosphere reminiscent of that of a small town, it enchants visitors with its panoramic views of the 'Marvellous City\', offering a variety of options for eating local dishes to international cuisine. The houses have cable TV, free Internet access 24x7, fully equipped kitchens, laundry service and cleaning service as well as many other facilities. Iko Poran volunteers stay in BIG shared rooms. Linen is provided. Please bring your own bath towel. The houses are located in the best area of Santa Teresa, walking distance to the area where all the bars and restaurants are, as well as to the supermarket, drugstore, bakery, health clinic, and easy public transportations.

Food and Meals: Brazil is a relatively inexpensive country for foreigners, but it all depends on your lifestyle. As described above, Iko Poran houses also have fully equipped kitchens where the volunteers may cook. A meal at a restaurant may be as cheap as R$ 7.00 in very nice and healthy popular restaurants or up to R$ 30.00 in nicer places.

Any Missing Important Information

Iko Poran operates in partnership with many Brazilian NGOs and formats programs to allow them to better serve their communities. The programs provide training for volunteers and communities, generate income and employment, and do so in an open ethical manner through sharing significant revenues with our partner organizations. The exchange of experiences is one of the main objectives of the programs viewing to strengthen the cultural agreement and the opening of new horizons to the beneficiaries.

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