At just about every corner of Rio de Janeiro, you will find the locals playing Brazil’s national sport: futebol; but now you can be a part of the team as a volunteer on one of our sports programs. Athletics have become vital for Rio’s lowest income communities, as they provide children and adolescents with recreational outlets in neighborhoods that offer young people very few options for entertainment.
What to Expect?
By no means do you have to be a sports star to participate in sports programs, but a talent goes a long way! Our sports projects include popular programs such as capoeira, football, basketball, and many others. 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: # 1947
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: Rio de JanerioBrazil23° 2' 21.4728" S, 43° 9' 15.4692" WBR
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
- Costs From: $500 to $1000$1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsTeach OverseasWomen's & Youth Programs
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