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Volunteer in Brazil: Work to Support the Local Communities of Brazil

Oyster World Wide

Street Address:
United Kingdom

Work to Support the Local Communities of Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dates of Program
Flexible Dates
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years +
Project Review

Join Oyster's lively gap year placements in Brazil, Latin America's largest and most extrovert nation. Music and dance are everywhere and there's a real passion for life (and football!). But Brazil's social problems and poverty are no secret either. Our voluntary placements involve working with kids in four different projects in Rio and Sao Paulo. Some are street-children, many are neglected; all of them live tough lives. They need trusted adults, like you, to encourage them and help them stay out of trouble with fun projects, football, surf, IT, music and more.It’s not easy; these are among our tougher placements and participants need loads of determination - but the rewards are fantastic and Brazil itself is unforgettably beautiful

Major Responsibilities

We work with four projects, two in Sao Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro. The two cities are very different; Sao Paulo is the cosmopolitan business capital of Brazil, a rich, frenetic, inland city, while Rio is its drop-dead gorgeous coastal cousin, laid-back, beach-focused and super-fit.

Cost/Program Fee
£2475 for 24 Weeks
What program fee Includes

   What is Included:


  • Interview & informal briefing
  • Placement briefing day covering care work issues and placement advice
  • Help and advice from our UK office before and after departure
  • Finding you a suitable volunteer placement, organizing your accommodation, liaising with our contacts in Romania
  • Return ticket with flexible return date (modest fee levied by airline for date changes). Reduced price if you find your own way from UK to Brasov
  • Transportation to your accommodation from the airport.
  • Accommodation costs in a shared central apartment.
  • Assistance and support from our representative whilst on your placement including regular social ‘meet ups’
  • Basic Romanian tuition
  • Donation to projects
  • Excludes food (approx. £1.50 per day)

What is Excluded:

  • A passport valid for 6 months after your planned return
  • Insurance (we can recommend a specific policy)
  • Cost of changing your return flight date if you need to (approx £30)
  • Independent travel costs or cost of journey to airport (about £5 by bus) at end of placement
  • All UK travel costs (to the interview, pre-departure course and the airport - usually a London airport)
  • If you want to combine Childcare and Bear work - medical tests before departure (expect to pay a fee to your doctor)
  • If you want to combine Childcare and Bear work - Criminal Record Bureau check (approx £30)     
  • Cost of food and going out (£25-£50 per week dependent on lifestyle)


Skills/ Qualifications

No specific skills or qualifications are required. The volunteer must be friendly and should have good communication skills.

Arrangements for Room/Food

In all cases you will live either on site or very close by in safe, secure accommodation with another volunteer. It will be basic but comfortable and in most cases food will be provided, although you may have to cater for yourself on occasions.Whichever project you volunteer for, you will develop a good social life - not just with Oyster volunteers but with other local and international volunteers at your project and elsewhere. You certainly won't be short of things to do. Sao Paulo offers great nightlife, culture and restaurants and Rio needs little introduction.

Any Missing Important Information

You will fly to Sao Paulo or Rio, to be met by Rachael or Kristina (see below), who will sort out your paperwork, show you your accommodation, show you round and enrol you in your Portuguese course (if applicable)

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