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Brazil Handicraft Volunteer Program!

Is the exciting destination of Brazil calling your name? How would you like to help empower disadvantaged women by teaching them a handicraft you’re passionate about?

Join Global Crossroad in Rio De Janeiro Brazil! An international hotspot, this Latin city has stunning white sand beaches, gorgeous forested mountains, a vibrant culture, and friendly people that know how to have a good time.

Unfortunately, the women living in Rio’s poor areas, called favelas, have often led extremely hard lives.

Many got pregnant on a young age, maybe didn’t finish school, and are forced to stay in negative situations since they struggle to support themselves.

While volunteering in Brazil in handicraft program, you will teach struggling Brazilian women how to make a handicraft you love and are passionate about. With your help, they will gain therapeutic benefit from doing the craft, a sense of community by coming together with other women, and they can go on to make and sell the products, becoming more self-sufficient.

Change the lives of Brazilian women in need by contacting Global Crossroad today!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

You will bring all the supplies you need and make a lesson plan for teaching poor women from Rio’s favelas how to make and market crafts. Whether your passion is making candles, creating perfume, or designing sandals, you can share that with an extraordinary group of women that need your help.

Many of the women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorders, have led difficult lives, and struggle to be confident and stand on their own. By teaching a craft you love, you are impacting the lives of these women in a big way. You’ll give them a positive outlet for their energy, and a great sense of community is created.

While volunteering in handicrafts program in Brazil, you can also help the women develop products and make a plan for selling them. Give them the skills and confidence they need to strike out on their own and lead more successful lives!

*You will have the opportunity to become involved with numerous volunteer projects while in Rio. You will not be confined to the one project you register for; there is a lot of flexibility. Volunteers typically work on numerous projects with different partners and you will be able to learn about other options available upon your arrival.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join the Brazil handicraft volunteer program, beyond speaking conversational Portuguese. The women you will be working will not speak English, so this will be key to your success in connecting with them and helping them grow.

The main requirement you will need is a passion for one or more handicrafts, and the ability and desire to pass that skill on to Brazilian women in need. You’ll also need to be able to purchase and bring along all of the supplies and materials you will need to run the class.

Brazil handicraft volunteering program is an exciting and enriching adventure. You’ll be sharing your passion with the kind and welcoming women of Rio’s favelas, and feeling great knowing you are making a huge difference.

You can expect to volunteer about 5 hours per day, Monday-Friday. You’ll get involved in a variety of activities while in Rio, so expect a variable schedule and a range of duties. You’re probably curious what a typical day looks like, so here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering teaching handicraft skills in Brazil, you will be escorted to your placement by our local coordinator and introduced to the local project staff you will be working with. You’ll meet some of the amazing women you are here to help!

Orientation: Learn all about your service project, your daily schedule, safety measures, and the customs and culture of Brazil.

  • Weekdays: A typical volunteer day might look something like this:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM​: You’ll have breakfast provided at your hostel and prepare for an exciting day volunteering abroad!
  • 7.45 AM:  Spend a beautiful day volunteering teaching handicraft to the beautiful women of Rio’s impoverished favelas, sharing your passion and offering hope for a brighter future.
  • 12.00 PM: A traditional Brazilian lunch of rice, beans, salad, and a meat will be available for purchase at your project site. Spend the time making friends with fellow volunteers and local project staff.
  • 3.00 PM: When you’re done volunteering for the day, your afternoons and evenings will be free to explore exciting Rio. Your fellow volunteers make great travel partners!
  • 6.45 PM: Head out on the town for a delicious dinner at one of Rio’s many restaurant options.

Brazil Handicraft Volunteer Program: 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.

Duration Handicraft
  1 Week $395
   2 Weeks $645
   3 Weeks $920
   4 Weeks $1,195
   5 Weeks $1,470
   6 Weeks $1,745
   7 Weeks $1,020
   8 Weeks $2,295

Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodations (Hostel)
  • 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:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • 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

Brazil handicraft volunteers will have safe, clean, comfortable accommodations all set up for them. You will stay in one of two hostels; one steps away from world-famous Copacabana beach, and the other in the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood. You’ll be served breakfast at your hostel.

Learn more about your housing and food in Brazil.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You’ll have weekends and evenings off during your Brazil volunteer program. That’s plenty of time to get out and explore the exciting country of Brazil! You’ll be within a stone’s throw of all of Rio’s exciting attractions, from stunning beaches to Salsa dancing to volleyball and paragliding. Weekends are a great chance to see more of Brazil!

Discover more about your free time and weekend travel options in Brazil!

Safety and In Country Support

If you’re new to the volunteer abroad world, thoughts of your safety while traveling are probably weighing heavily on your mind. You can rest easy when volunteering with Global Crossroad, because from pre-trip support to an in-country team right there in Brazil, we’ve got you covered every step of the way.

Learn more about our dedication to safety and our in-country team.

Brazil Handicraft Volunteer Program: FAQs:

Before you head off on your Brazil handicraft volunteer adventure, you probably have a few questions. Here are some helpful answers for you!

Arrival and departure

Rio de Janeiro International Airport is the designated point of arrival for all of our volunteers planning to work in our handicraft Brazil volunteering program. We highly advise volunteers to fly into Brazil one day before the start date of your project.

Global Crossroad provides airport pickup services to its volunteers. A local representative will be there at the airport terminal waiting to take you safely to your accommodations. Make sure to provide our local country coordinator with correct flight details for hassle-free airport pickup and inform us of delays or changes in travel plans.

When it’s time to head back home, you’ll need to book your own taxi to the airport so budget accordingly.


You might be wondering what kind of visa is needed to volunteer in Brazil program. In Brazil, you’ll just need a tourist visa. You can visit the official embassy or consulate of Brazil in your home country to get a visa. Depending on your nationality, you can skip the trip and apply for a Brazilian eVisa

Check out this website and do your research based on your home country’s requirements.


Be sure to meet with your doctor well in advance of traveling abroad and get vaccinated.

The most recommended vaccines for a handicraft volunteer trip to Brazil are Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), influenza, pneumonia, measles, mumps and rubella, polio, chickenpox, rabies, hepatitis B, shingles, meningitis, typhoid, hepatitis A, and yellow fever.

Check out this link to find out more information about these vaccinations.

Why volunteer to teach handicraft skills in Brazil?

Share your passion

You already love doing handicrafts, and now you can give back to poor women in need while doing what you love. Share your passion at this project, whatever it is!

Offer a creative outlet to suffering women

Many of the women in this program have led difficult lives and are suffering from post-traumatic stress or other problems. By volunteering teaching handicrafts in Brazil, you are offering them a creative outlet that can help them lead calmer, happier, more well-adjusted lives.

Explore Brazil

If South America has been calling your name, volunteer teaching handicrafts in Brazil and give back while you vacation abroad! Explore this exciting destination, and travel with a purpose!

Offer poor Brazilian women hope for a brighter future

The handicrafts you teach the women to make can be made again and again, packaged, marketed, and sold. You are not just teaching a craft but offering these women a valuable skill they can use to support themselves and create independent, happy, productive lives.

Get started helping impoverished women in Rio’s favelas today by contacting Global Crossroad to learn more!

Other Volunteer Opportunities In Brazil

No matter your passion or interests, we offer a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in Brazil such as
Teaching English,
Street Art,
Teaching Computer,
Youth Athletics and much more.

For more information on our exciting programs in Brazil, contact us today.

Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries

Other than this Handicraft program in Brazil, we also offer great volunteer opportunities in many countries cross the world.

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