Child development in Brazil

If you’re the type of person who has a genuine affection for young children and who wants to jump in to a high energy, life-changing experience to help develop their skills and equip them for a bright educational future - volunteering in one of our community development projects may be just the opportunity for you. Helping in child development is undoubtedly the most beneficial way to increase the life chances of children living in a country with one of the most pronounced wealth gaps in the world.

As a volunteer for one of our partner organizations, you will work with children from favelas, providing them with the essential attention, support and guidance needed for healthy child development. As a part of the program, your objective is to provide children with the care and attention needed to develop their social skills, to encourage them to develop an enthusiasm for higher education, and to teach vital skills to be competitive in a rapidly developing economy.

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What to Expect?

Volunteering with Iko Poran is for people who want to make a difference. We are a non-profit organization. Our mission is to help improve the lives of Brazil´s poorest. We believe passionately that bringing international volunteers to work in our communities can make a real difference. The volunteers get to pass on their valuable skills and experience, and to develop new ones. And the residents of the communities, young and old, get to learn more about the rest of the world. This exchange of cultures and experiences is rewarding and enriching on both sides.

Most of our volunteer placements are Individual placements, specially developed according to the volunteer's abilities and interests. They are ideal for those who are keen to become partners in a development project. The programs can last up to 24 weeks. The official language in Brazil is Portuguese therefore, we have included in the programme fee an intensive 20 hours Portuguese course that takes place in parallel with the volunteering on the first two weeks of the program. We have learned that if volunteers can manage a little Portuguese, it will definitely take them a longer way and they will feel much more rewarded. At the same time they produce more results for their partner organizations.

Program Length: From 3 to 24 weeks

Work Schedule: Volunteers may work part time or full time from 10 to 20 hours per week or more. The schedule is defined together with the partner organization and the volunteer on arrival. Accommodation: Our volunteers are lodged in an attractive Guest House in Santa Teresa, one of Rio de Janeiro's most enchanting neighborhoods. The house has TV, free 24/7 Internet access and wifi, fully equipped kitchens, laundry service and cleaning service as well as many other facilities. Iko Poran volunteers stay in shared rooms. The house is located within walking distance to bars and restaurants, as well as the supermarket, drugstore, bakery, health clinic, and easy public transport links.   

  • Program ID: # 1799
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Rio de Janerio
    22° 55' 40.9512" S, 43° 15' 11.4264" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Women's & Youth Programs
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