Volunteer in Brazil, Environmental & Agriculture programmes in Rio de Janerio

As a volunteer for an environmental programme, you can help to support and develop some of the most precious natural spaces, while providing alternatives to low income communities for how to dispose of waste and recycle. From conservation projects to urban renewal, we have partnerships with a number of NGOs and programmes helping to protect Rio de Janerio’s stunning landscape.

Rio de Janeiro boasts one of the most magnificent contrasting landscapes in the world: cascading forests on massive mountains adjacent to a world class city. However, this contrast isn’t always mutually beneficial, as many of Rio’s treasured green spaces are damaged by urban sprawl. You can help in various areas including reforestation, forest protection, environmental awareness and recycling programs or in community (favela) gardens.

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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 2 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. Bed sheets and bath towel are provided. 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: # 1752
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Rio de Janerio 20.240-130 Rio de Janerio
    22° 52' 38.784" S, 43° 11' 53.6712" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
    Teach Overseas
    Women's & Youth Programs
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