Volunteer in Brazil

Would you like to travel affordably while gaining new perspective on your life? Have you always wanted to explore South America? Volunteering in Brazil is a perfect way to do this and more.

Brazil is an enchanting country that features rugged mountains, lush rainforest, bustling cities, and famous beaches. Visit Iguazu Falls on the border where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet, said to rival Niagara Falls in its majesty. Explore the Christ the Redeemer monument overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Or visit in time to experience Carnival, which takes place in the weeks before Easter.

Despite its beauty, Brazil is losing ground in its fight against poverty. Gentrification and increased living costs have led to growing homelessness in the cities. Black and brown Brazilians (Afro-Brasileiros) face discrimination left over from slavery, which ended only in the late 1800s. Lack of government spending on social programs, poor access to clean water and sanitation, extreme income inequality, and massive deforestation all contribute to impoverishment in Brazil.

Today, Brazil desperately needs volunteers more than ever.

This is where you can contribute when you volunteer abroad in Brazil. Help in child care, teach English or computer skills, support youth sports programs, or help with a handicraft project. Use your talents and skills to make a significant difference in the lives of disadvantaged Brazilians.

Change your life as you experience rich cultural immersion and make an actual difference in the world.

Contact us today to start your volunteer work in Brazil and get ready for a grand adventure!

Volunteer in Brazil Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information

Dates and Prices

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.

Price: 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 Childcare/Computer Teaching/Youth Athletics Teaching English/ Handicraft
  1 Week $370 $395
   2 Weeks $595 $645
   3 Weeks $845 $920
   4 Weeks $1,095 $1,195
   5 Weeks $1,345 $1,470
   6 Weeks $1,595 $1,745
   7 Weeks $1,845 $1,020
   8 Weeks $2,095 $2,295

How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodations
  • Food (only breakfast)
  • Airport pick up
  • 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.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Brazil

During your volunteer work in Brazil, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' accommodations throughout projects.

Volunteers will have the choice between two hostels – CabanaCopa situated within walking distance of Copacabana Beach, and Rio Hostel, in the heart of Santa Teresa, an artistic, historic neighborhood. Both the accommodation will have dorm-style rooms and are in safe and secure locations. Breakfast is included with the program fee for volunteers staying in both the locations. Volunteers will need to eat the rest of the meals in local restaurants. Meals in Rio are about 30-40% cheaper than New York City.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Brazil

Free time

The volunteer opportunities in Brazil are based in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most exciting cities in Brazil. Whether you enjoy admiring breathtaking views, exploring historical landmarks, relaxing on stunning beaches, dining at exquisite restaurants, venturing out into the nightlife, or taking adventure tours, Rio de Janeiro has something for everyone.

Your accommodations will be close to the world famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana and right next to Lapa, which is well known for its nightlife and creative vibe. You most definitely will experience, whether close up or from afar, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the Maracana stadium. The annual Carnival is a popular festival and draws huge crowds into the city.

During any of the volunteering programs in Brazil, volunteers will have plenty of free time in the evenings and on the weekends. While Global Crossroad does not specifically arrange activities for volunteers participating in volunteer work in Brazil, the local staff can provide good suggestions, travel tips, and assist you in making suitable travel arrangements. During your chosen volunteer abroad in Brazil program, you will have the chance to immerse themselves in the diverse, rich, and colorful culture of Brazil. This experience will be educational, eye opening, exciting, and enriching. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere, and for very good reasons.

Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Brazil



  • What are the visa procedures?


  • Who manages the volunteer projects in Brazil?
  • What are the daily schedules of the projects?
  • What language is spoken in Brazil?
  • When are the Brazil-based projects available?
  • How long can I volunteer in Brazil?


  • Who will arrange my flight to Brazil?
  • Which airport should I book my flight into?
  • When should I arrive in Brazil?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how do I know about the person?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when the program begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Brazil?
  • Which airport will I fly out of?
  • Who will drop me off at the airport?
  • Can I store my luggage if I arrive earlier than my program starts?


  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are singles rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • What are the local cuisines? Who manages food?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?


  • How safe is Brazil?
  • More about Travel Safety to Brazil
  • I am a young girl. How safe it is to travel alone when volunteering in Brazil?
  • What are the principle health risks?
  • What health precautions should I be aware of and tend to?
  • Do I need health insurance?
  • Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency while I am volunteering overseas in Brazil?
  • Is the food safe, if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Brazil?
  • What vaccinations are required?


  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where do I exchange my money and how much?
  • How much money should I bring with me while completing volunteer work in Brazil?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me during my volunteer program in Brazil?


  • How do I make contact with Global Crossroad's local representative?
  • How do I contact my family once I arrive in Brazil?
  • Are Internet services easily available?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?
  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Brazil?
  • What should I know about Brazilian religious conduct?
  • How do I respect the Brazilian people?


  • What is weather like in Brazil?
  • Average Rainfall
    • Months
    • Jan
    • Feb
    • Mar
    • Apr
    • May
    • Jun
    • Jul
    • Aug
    • Sep
    • Oct
    • Nov
    • Dec
    • Year
    • mm
    • 61.8
    • 101.5
    • 197.2
    • 252.2
    • 301.1
    • 301.8
    • 254.3
    • 156.1
    • 78.2
    • 36.4
    • 28.9
    • 39.9
    • 1812.5
    • inches
    • 2.4
    • 4.0
    • 7.8
    • 9.9
    • 11.9
    • 11.9
    • 10.0
    • 6.1
    • 3.1
    • 1.4
    • 1.1
    • 1.6
    • 71.4
  • Average Daily Temperature
  • What type of clothing is recommended?
  • What are the Official holidays in Brazil?
  • What about tipping in Brazil ?
  • Materials to Bring

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or their personal travel advisors to verify this information.

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