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Rio De Janeiro Community Development

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Rio De Janeiro Community Development

Help improve the quality of life of impoverished communities in the vibrant and colourful city of Rio de Janeiro

Prices from US$1,395

Embrace the passion and colour of Brazil as you visit this breath-taking country with its charismatic culture and exotic wildlife. Relax on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, where locals and tourists alike bathe and surf in its warm waters and embrace the carnival-like night life. Brazil is without a doubt one of the most desirable destinations for travellers and volunteers, and with the upcoming Olympics and football World Cup there is no better time to visit this world famous city and begin your Brazilian adventure!

Join this project today to help empower impoverished communities of Rio de Janerio by encouraging cultural awareness and education, which will altogether lead to greater social inclusion for the local communities.



  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Brazilian culture
  • Help empower local communities 
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Activities Work in the local community
Increase cultural awareness
Promote social inclusion
Accommodation Volunteer hostel


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


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.


This project offers outreach programmes in the community to teach job-related skills, encourage cultural awareness and promote social inclusion. As a volunteer you will help to empower the impoverished of Rio de Janeiro through educational programs, which aim to connect residents with academic and employment opportunities. Essentially this teaching and transfer of valuable skills and knowledge allows locals and community partners to compete more effectively in the job market. This allows people to actively help themselves by expanding their economic horizons and helping them to make more informed, wiser and healthier decisions for themselves and their families.


As a result of this project, favela residents are empowered to make a difference to their own lives as well as to goals for long-term community transformation. As a volunteer you will deliver unique perspectives and educational tools based on your own background knowledge and expertise. You may become involved in a number of outreach projects, outlined below: 

  • Music and dance initiatives
  • Graffiti art
  • Youth athletics
  • Day-care center support
  • After school programs
  • School environmental/gardening programs
  • Handicrafts for women and youth
  • English classes (must have basic Portuguese)
  • Computer and technology programs (must have basic Portuguese)
  • Tutoring services (must have basic Portuguese)
  • Renovation and community building projects

By joining this project you will gain valuable work experience, easily transferable to any future career and educational opportunities, whilst also making a valuable, positive and lasting contribution to the sustainability of one of Rio’s largest favelas. You will have the opportunity to maintain and develop outreach programmes of your own, learning how to manage change at the grassroots level as a social entrepreneur. 


You will need to make your own way to your accommodation, where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative. You will receive detailed and easy-to-follow instructions prior to your departure. You will have time to relax that night before your project begins the following day with an orientation and visit to your volunteer project. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you with any questions and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant community.


For the duration of your project you will be staying in a local hostel where you will share a dorm room with your fellow volunteers. There will be hot showers and wireless internet access and cable TV are also available. There are comfortable and spacious communal areas to relax in the evenings and during your time off, and a fully equipped kitchen for preparing meals. 


Breakfast is included but you will need to provide your own lunch and dinner. This is a fun element of travelling away from home and a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers. You may also wish to explore local restaurants and market stalls - the locals tend to eat late so head out for an evening meal after 9 pm if you want to avoid the tourists! You can use the kitchen in the hostel to prepare meals and buy food from local grocery stores located 15 minutes from your accommodation. About $80 per week should be sufficient for basic diets but make sure you take a bit extra for treats and luxuries!

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There are an endless amount of activities for you to try out so you certainly won't be short of things to do in your spare time. When you are not too busy kicking back on the Copacabana beach, sipping Caiparinhas why not check out our Welcome to Rio Introductory Tour, or try and catch a football game at the mind blowing Maracana Stadium! Try your hand at beach football, swimming in the beautiful warm waters, hang-gliding across the city, or just soak up the fascinating ambience of the town that combines Indian, Portuguese and Afro-Caribbean influences. If you plan to continue travelling around Brazil at the end of your project, why not venture further afield and visit the natural wonder of Iguazu Falls, spot jaguars in the Pantanal, or take a trip to explore the Amazon rainforest!


2 weeks US$1,395

3 weeks US$1,745

4 weeks US$2,145

Extra week US$345


Weekly. Please arrive on a Sunday.

Please be aware that the Rio Carnival will take place from the 9th February - 14th February 2018. This may affect the running of the project during this time so please check for more details

The project is not operation during the following dates:

Dec 19th 2016 - Jan. 1st 2017

Feb 19th - Mar 5th 2017 


2 weeks +


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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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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