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Brazil Child Care

Assist to provide desperately needed child care services to communities so that parents are able to provide for their families and children are able to access early childhood education.

Prices from US$1,045

Brazil, a land of contrasts, spreads itself over almost half of the land mass of South America, making it the continent’s largest country. Resource rich and boasting a strong manufacturing industry, Brazil is wealthy, ranked the tenth largest economy in the world. Despite its great wealth, the benefits are only being reaped by the privileged few and the gap between rich and poor is greater than almost anywhere else in the world and continues to grow at an alarming pace.

The rapid expansion of Brazilian megacities saw property prices increase drastically, making it impossible for a poor family to buy or rent a house downtown.  This expansion forced people to the city fringes to create their own houses and neighbourhoods. This led to the establishment of countless ‘favelas’ (slums or shantytowns). There are an estimated three million people living in favelas in Rio, and while the stereotypes of struggle and violence often ring true, mostly you will find vibrant and tightly knit neighbourhoods occupied by ordinary people trying to improve their lot in life.
Brazil's favelas are home to many children whose families cannot afford adequate childcare or early childhood education services. Because of this, many children accompany their parents to work or fend for themselves. Families need good quality, safe childcare services so that they are able to provide an income to support their families. This project aims to provide a low-cost, safe and enriching environment for families to leave their children while they are working.

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  • Teach with the support of other volunteers and experienced supervisors
  • Assist with the provision of educational opportunities to young people
  • Gain a unique insight into Brazilian culture and life in Rio de Janeiro


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Record background check with them to the project site


Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Activities Teach basic English
Community projects
Cultural tours with the children
Sports activities
Educational games
General maintenance
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Volunteer guesthouse


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel  advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


To ensure children get the best start in life, they need to have the opportunity to access quality educational and development services from a young age. Because of the often prohibitive cost of early childhood education and care services in Rio, many families are unable to give their children these opportunities. This can especially be the case for single-mothers and families from very low socioeconomic backgrounds. Their incomes are often reduced because of this challenge and sometimes children have to accompany their carers to work. The project aims to help the children experience a safe and nurturing environment where they can have a chance of an education, learn to interact with others and most importantly to have fun.


Ages range from 6 months to 12 years of age, and you will be expected to pitch in wherever necessary. This may include assisting them with meals, bathroom assistance and general hygiene practices. An important part of your role will be to foster a positive, fun, motivational and informative environment for children. Together with local staff, you will need to facilitate and encourage participation in a number of activities such as arts and crafts, sports, toy play, colouring, games, swimming classes and performing arts.  You may also be required to assist with general cleaning tasks and daily upkeep of the centre.


Fly to Rio de Janeiro (GIG), where you'll be picked up by a member of in-country staff and transported to your accommodation. You will receive orientation and local information in your first few days before starting the project.


You will be staying in a locally owned and run guesthouse located within walking distance to the school.  Sharing a room with other volunteers, students or travellers you will have access to a kitchen, bathroom, and living area.  Laundry and Wi-Fi services are also available.


You will receive your breakfast daily, but you will be responsible for preparing your own lunch and dinner. This is a great opportunity to sample local dishes and experience more of Rio. There are also food storage and cooking facilities in the guesthouse that you will have access to, and there are several supermarkets located close by. Approximately USD$50 per week should be sufficient to budget for food, but will vary dependent on individual diets, how often you eat out and how many treats and luxuries you choose to buy!

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A range of adventure and cultural activities are available in central Rio and its surrounding areas including surfing the waves off Prainha, Tijuca’s rainforest, hiking trails, breath-taking views Sugarloaf Mountain or the famous ‘Christ the redeemer’ statue….or simply take the chance to just relax on the beach at Copacabana!


2 weeks US$1,045

3 weeks US$1,295

4 weeks US$1,545

5 weeks US$1,795

6 weeks US$2,045

7 weeks US$2,295

8 weeks US$2,745

9 weeks US$2,995

10 weeks US$3,345

11 weeks US$3,695

12 weeks US$3,945


Project start day is a Monday.


2 weeks +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel l advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)


  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Rio de Janeiro International Apt (RJ) (GIG)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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