Voluntary work in Brazil

Information & guidance about volunteering projects in Brazil

South America’s largest country, covering almost half of the half continent, Brazil is a vast landscape brimming with a kaleidoscope of sandy white beaches, the Amazon Rainforest, waterfalls and modern cities. Home to the greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth, you can see countless iconic species such as toucans, pink dolphins and turtles or travel to the metropolises of captivating and bustling cities that offer a range of experiences unlike anywhere else has to offer.

Where to volunteer in Brazil

The best places for voluntary work in Brazil is one of the three major cities the diverse country has to offer, with each offering a different experience. São Paulo is Brazil’s capital and largest city, with a population of 20 million people it is also the third largest metropolis in the world. With the largest Italian and Japanese populations outside of their native countries, São Paulo has representation from hundreds of ethnic groups that contribute to its diverse and lively atmosphere. However, São Paulo unfortunately faces widespread poverty, meaning there is the chance to really make a positive impact as a volunteer here.

Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city, located just above the equator and encompassing breathtaking beaches, mountains and the Tijuca Rainforest, making it the perfect location for voluntary work in Brazil that is focused on environmental development. As a city that knows how to party, home to Carnival and a love of samba, you will never have a boring night in Rio.

Salvador is a great location for volunteers, known as ‘Brazil’s Capital of Happiness’ has an energy unmatched by anywhere else. With culture galore, there is still a major wealth gap in Salvador that leaves the need for volunteers to offer aid regarding community development and teaching.

Volunteering projects in Brazil

Voluntary work in Brazil covers a range of different placements; volunteers are needed in orphanages or teaching roles in schools or community centers. Volunteers don’t tend to need to know any Portuguese, but optional lessons are sometimes offered and can be of great value – think of it as a cultural and linguistic exchange! Community development projects are also in place to help the younger community, so there are roles supporting these organizations that may offer activities such as sports, art or music.

There is also the opportunity to undertake voluntary work in Brazil that benefits environmental and wildlife conservation, as volunteers work closely with animals and nature, gaining a unique experience and skill set.