In the Rio de Janeiro favela community of Barriera do Vasco there is an area nicknamed ´Uga-Uga`where families of sometimes 10 people are living in a hut made from scraps of plywood and canvas. Some don´t have a kitchen or bathroom area. These tiny unstable constructions let in the wind and especially the rain. Without protection from the elements children and elderly people suffer from being exposed to constant dampness and get sick as a consequence. Volunteer to help build houses for these families.
You can help construct a simple, small yet comfortable and safe brick house for these families. The brick house includes an area to sleep that also fuctions as the living area, a kitchen area and a separate bathroom. It also includes a roof top that can be used as a fuctional area – such as to dry clothes and where children can play. Everyone has the right to decent and safe living conditions – you can help make this a reality for families in need.
What to Expect?
You DO NOT need any special skills to particpate in this program just a willingness to particpate in some hand-ons physical work. There is a professional builder to supervise and give you directions. This program has a minimum 2 week and maximum 4 week placement. 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: # 1612
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month
- location: Barriera do Vasco Rio de JanerioBrazil22° 6' 21.5964" S, 41° 36' 58.3596" W
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately FitVery Fit
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- Costs From: $500 to $1000
- Program Type: Community Development Projects
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