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Brazil Favela Restoration Project

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Embrace the passion and colour of Brazil, when you visit this country of heartbreaking beauty and exotic wildlife. Relax on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro where locals and tourists alike bathe and surf in the warm waters and embrace the scintillating night life. Brazil is without a doubt one of the most bewitching destinations for those on a gap year or year out; it provides vibrant culture with great opportunities to assist worthwhile community development and conservation programs. 

Brazil's favelas are home to thousands of underprivileged families, who suffer from poverty, neglect and poor health. Many of the older structures can be unsafe and communities are living in constant fear of their homes being cleared by the Government. Help us bring hope to this favela community by constructing new homes and renovating current structures; you will find the work deeply rewarding as you build up a relationship with the local population and make a tangible difference.


  • Bring hope to Brazil’s favela community
  • Help renovate the community and homes for underprivileged families
  • Make lifelong friendships & unforgettable memories
  • Immerse yourself in the spirit of Brazil!


  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Records background check with them to the project site.
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Hotel Terrestrial Free Time
Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Activities Assist in favela community development
Help create better lives for disadvantaged local Brazilians
Daily manual work
Improving favela infrastructure and facilities
Transport Pick-up from the airport
Accommodation Volunteer guesthouse

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
Ground transfers to accommodation


The aim of this project is to help renovate houses, buildings and public spaces for underprivileged Brazilian families in need living in Rio's sprawling favelas. The favela community you will be working in will be home to families of sometimes 10 or more people, living in a hut made from scraps of plywood and canvas with inadequate amenities. These unstable constructions are no force for the elements, often letting in wind and rain, in need of crucial renovation and repairs.

The project is located in a favela community in Rio de Janeiro. You will become a part of the community working closely with like-minded fellow volunteers, construction workers, and local families, giving your time to asssist in different manners of manual labour where necessary. Throughout the project you will meet many welcoming local people and make lots of new friends, all while experiencing and learning about Brazilian culture and its traditions!


Work alongside favela residents to help them realize their dreams. Help paint homes, complete landscaping projects, or support basic construction tasks.  Your manual labor assistance will allow local residents to pursue projects that they’ve been waiting to accomplish for years. Maintaining and enhancing one’s shelter is a basic need that many in this region are unable to attain. Through  your support, you will not only be assisting with diverse manual labor projects, but you will also be implementing a catalyst to help under-served residents achieve home improvement goals that they would otherwise not be able to reach. You do not need any special skills to participate in this program, just willingness and enthusiasm to join some hands-on physical work!

Some of the activities that you may get involved in incude the following:

  • Help implement manual labor projects: painting, landscaping, basic home repair
  • Provide supplies, supporting local residents
  • Prepare and lead favela based community activities
  • Network with local residents and staff
  • Monitor progress and write debriefs

The program also gives you the chance to travel around the communities you are working in, exploring the country whilst getting to know the people you are helping, who will be hard working and incredibly appreciative of your contribution to their community. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference. Volunteer to help families and communities, and experience the beautiful sights, sounds and tastes that Rio de Janeiro has to offer!



You will be collected from the international airport at Rio de Janeiro providing you arrive on the first or third Sunday of the month. You will then be escorted to your project accommodation where you will have all the amenities you need. 


Whilst volunteering on this project you will be accommodated in a local guesthouse where you will share a dorm room and have hot showers, wireless internet access, cable TV, communal areas 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!

Unique Experience  | 4 Apr 2017
The volunteer work was very good; it was interesting to see that the park we cleaned on the ...

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Learnt so much  | 4 Apr 2017
Our entire group was left with a great sense of gratification with the volunteer work we did, and...

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My favorite part of volunteering with on this project was just being able to go to a favela three...

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I feel privileged to say I played a small role in a very big and important project.  | 22 Oct 2016
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There are so many activities to try here that 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. For those of you continuing to travel around Brazil following 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 £ 810

3 weeks £ 1,023

4 weeks £ 1,260

Extra week £ 199


Please arrive on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month throughout 2017

Please be aware that the Rio Carnival will take place from the 24th February - 28 February 2017. This may affect the running of the project during this time so please check for more details.


You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment 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 are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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