Brazil Childcare Volunteer!
Do you want to volunteer your time caring for and nurturing for children in need? How about traveling to Brazil to do it?
South American nation of Brazil is home to the mighty Amazon River, Carnival, Samba, world-class Football, famous white-sand beaches, and music filled Latin cities, each with their own unique flavor and culture.
Sadly, in the exciting destination of Rio De Janeiro, nearly a quarter of the population lives in poor slums called Favelas.
Though rich in culture and community, the people of the favelas are desperately poor, and many young mothers and families can’t afford the childcare they need to go back to school or work to support themselves.
That’s where you come in! International childcare volunteers in Brazil just like yourself are needed to help understaffed childcare centers give the kids the safe, caring environment they deserve.
Contact Global Crossroads to learn more about helping children in need in Brazil!
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts
You’ll be providing nurturing care and attention to low-income children so their families, often young teenage mothers, can go back to school, or go to work and make a better life for them. You’ll find yourself doing rewarding things while working as a volunteer in Brazil like:
- Playing with young children under the age of 5
- Giving children love and attention
- Introducing the kids to the English language
- Helping with meals
- Organizing extracurricular activities such as music, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
- Helping with naps
- Promoting nutrition and health
- Tutoring children
- Assisting childcare center with daily tasks
- Helping with basic maintenance of schools
- Aiding local staff as needed
While volunteering in Brazil, you will make a big impact by letting young mothers go back to school and get steady jobs. When kids are raised in a safe, healthy, and positive environment like the childcare center, they avoid the dangers youth face on the streets of the Favelas like drugs, crime, and violence, making a safer and better community over time.
*Please note: This is a community based project, and there are so many great projects in the favela communities you can get involved in. When you’re in Rio, you won’t be confined to the one project you register for and can help out in many different areas.
Volunteers in Brazil typically work on numerous projects with different partners and you’ll be able to learn about other options available upon your arrival.
Skills and Qualifications
There are no specific qualifications needed to join this project, and we welcome enthusiastic and passionate volunteers from all backgrounds and from around the world. The main requirements are a passion for working with kids, patience, kindness, and the ability to act as a good role model for the children.
Portuguese language skills will really help you in volunteering with children in Brazil. You need to love kids, be creative and playful, and dedicated to making a difference.
Every day of your volunteer abroad trip is going to be an exciting adventure immersed in a fascinating new culture. Your heart will be so full, and you will never forget the memories you are making with the disadvantaged Brazilian children in your care.
You’re probably wondering what a typical day will look like for you, so here’s a sample schedule to give you a basic idea:
- First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Brazil in childcare program, our in-country coordinator will take you to your project placement. You’ll meet the inspiring and hard-working local project staff, and the amazing kids you’re here to help!
Orientation: Learn all about the project, your hours, safety, and the ins and out of Brazilian culture and customs.
- Weekdays: Your actual schedule will vary, but typical volunteer day is as follows:
- 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Breakfast will be served at your hostel to get your day started on the right foot.
- 7.45 AM: Head out to the Brazil child care center you’ll be volunteering at. Spend the day caring and nurturing for kids, playing games, and giving these great kids the attention they deserve.
- 12.00 PM: Break for lunch. A traditional Brazilian meal (the staple of which is rice and beans) will be available for purchase at your project site. Chat with local project staff or fellow volunteers, making friends from around the world.
- 3.00 PM: When you’re done working with the kids for the day, you’ll be free to explore Rio. Hit the beach, go dancing, meet friendly locals, and discover this fascinating city.
- 6.45 PM: Head out to one of Rio’s delicious and plentiful restaurants and start tasting some of that mouthwatering Brazilian cuisine!
Brazil Childcare Volunteer: Dates and Fees
Dates: Volunteer in Brazil
All volunteer programs in Brazil start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.
Fees: Volunteer in Brazil
Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering programs in Brazil. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Brazil application and registration fee cost US $299.
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
Program fees cover:
- Food (only breakfast)
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The volunteering overseas in Brazil program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually Monday) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses.
Accommodation and Meal
During your childcare volunteering program in Brazil, you will have safe, clean, and comfortable accommodations with breakfast provided. You’ll stay in one of two hostels, one within walking distance of world-famous Copacabana Beach, and the other in the pleasant and bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will be provided breakfast, however, lunch and dinner will be your own responsibility.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
You’ll have your afternoons, evenings, and weekends free to explore exciting Brazil. Rio De Janeiro is an outstanding destination itself, and you needn’t even venture any further to have an amazing time.
On weekends you have two days off in a row though, so you might as well take advantage of the time and use it to explore other parts of the country while you’re volunteering in Brazil with children.
Safety and In Country Support
The idea of traveling abroad alone might make you feel a little nervous, but when you travel with Global Crossroad you are never alone. We are right there every step of the way making sure you have a safe and successful volunteer experience. Our in-country support team is right there in Brazil and ready to help you if you need them.
Brazil Childcare Volunteer: FAQs
You know you love kids and want to volunteer with children in Brazil , but there’s likely a few questions you need answered first. Global Crossroad is here to help. Here’s some good information you should know when traveling with us:
Arrival and departure
You must fly into Rio de Janeiro International Airport for our childcare volunteer program in Brazil. Make sure to stay in touch with our local country coordinator and inform them about your flight arrival and departure time and we’ll be happy to set up your airport pickup.
Our local representative will greet you when you land and then bring you safely to your accommodations. If you miss your flight or have a delay, just let us know and we’ll make the needed adjustments.
When you’re done with your program, you’ll need to book a taxi to the airport, or go on another adventure and do a bit of traveling after! Our local project staff will be happy to offer advice on booking transport if you need it.
You’ll need a tourist visa to volunteer abroad with us, but with a little planning ahead its not a hard feat to pull off. Depending on your nationality, you may be able to apply online by visiting this website
If you aren’t eligible for an e-visa, head to the local Brazilian embassy in your home country with your passport. The process can take a few weeks, so get started a few weeks before you plan to travel for your Brazil childcare volunteer trip. Check out this website for more information about Brazilian visa requirements and policies.
Protect yourself against unnecessary illness by getting vaccinated before you travel abroad. Make an appointment with your doctor to get up to date.
Vaccinations for hepatitis A, polio, yellow fever, typhoid, rabies, influenza, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), shingles, hepatitis B, pneumonia, measles, mumps and rubella, meningitis, and chickenpox are required for a volunteering in Brazil.
Why volunteer with kids living in slums in Brazil?
Experience the unexpected rich culture of Rio’s favelas
Rio’s favelas are home to 1/4 of the city’s massive population and have their own unique culture. The news tends to focus on the drugs, crime, and violence that go along with the community’s extreme poverty, but the favelas are also made up of families, art, music and barbequing in the streets. Experience and encourage the positive aspects of favela life while volunteering with children in Brazil.
Paint a brighter future for Brazil’s disadvantaged youth
Many girls in Rio get pregnant at a young age and can’t finish school or go to work while also properly caring for their children. Let young mothers finish school, get better paying jobs, and give their kids a safe, nurturing environment to grow and develop in. Youth raised in a positive environment will become positive, productive citizens of their community.
Give children in need a happy, safe childhood
Children in Rio’s favelas who don’t have childcare wander into the streets, and encounter a variety of dangers like violence, crime, exploitation, and more. Volunteer in Brazil childcare, and make sure those kids are well cared for, fed, safe, and having a great time while their parents are at work or school.
Travel with a purpose
Brazil is a traveler’s dream, and when you join Global Crossroad in Rio, you’re going to have an international adventure you’ll never forget. Give back and make the world a better place while you’re at it. Consider it a vacation with soul.
Contact Global Crossroad to help Brazilian children in need!
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