Brazil Child Care

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1. In Brief

Embrace the passion and colour of Brazil, when you visit this country of heartbreaking beauty and exotic wildlife. Relax on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro where locals and tourists alike bathe and surf in the warm waters and embrace the scintillating night life. Brazil is without a doubt one of the most bewitching destinations for those on a gap year or year out; it provides vibrant culture with great opportunities to assist worthwhile community development and conservation programmes. Brazil's favelas are home to thousands of underprivileged children, who suffer from poverty, neglect and poor health.  Bring hope to the lives of the children of the favelas, and you will find the work deeply rewarding as you build up a relationship with the deprived children.

Check out our Brazil Childcare Project Video

Brazil has a massive population and many of the inhabitants are living in poverty. Statistics suggest that the poorest 50% of the population have to exist on just 10% of the countries wealth. The violence of poverty has claimed the lives of thousands of Brazilian children- and those that are on the streets as a consequence of losing their parents are most vulnerable. Some may end up being forced into prostitution, most live below the poverty line, and preventable diseases and infant mortality claim millions of lives. Other problems such as child labour and illiteracy cause significant consequences.


  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Bring light & laughter to Brazilian children
  • Explore this South American jewel
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Basic Portuguese recommended
  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Records background check with them to the project site.


Location Brazil
Activities Educational & recreational activities
Helping out with the daily running of the centre
Become a mentor & friend
Transport Airport pick-up
Transport to project site
Accommodation Local guesthouse


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project


The reality for most children living on the streets of Brazil's towns and cities is a life of constant struggle and an uncertain future. The children's centre that you will be working in provides a vital lifeline for kids seeking to escape a precarious existence on the streets as well as a helping hand to young parents and single mothers who are able to return to work to earn money for the family. You can help give them the chance of an education, and provide them with the confidence boost and attention that they so desperately crave. Meanwhile, you are sure to enjoy a gap year or year out that will be absolutely unforgettable in this incredible city.


Whilst participating on this project you will be helping with the daily upkeep on the centre which has been set up for young children from very poor families, with many parents needing a safe local place to leave their children so they are able to go to work and generate the necessary income to support their families. Lacking the financial capacity to place their children in paid crÍches, the families rely on the stability and commitment of dedicated volunteers to enable them to progress. Working with children from all ages, your activities will be wide ranging and variable, and no two days will be the same. You will be encouraged to introduce and organise new educational and recreational activities, such as painting, sports, drama and health awareness, and in fact anything in which you have experience and which is deemed to be constructive by the centre. You may also have the opportunity to take part in the medical outreach programme that sometimes visits ther centre and where local doctors and dentists provide free appointments to the poorest members of the favela community.

What is most important is that throughout your time with the children you are showing them the support and positive direction that they need and deserve. For these underprivileged youngsters you will be filling the role of mentor, parent, friend and so much more, making this an incredibly rewarding and life changing experience for both them and you. Most volunteers work around 20 hours a week, which gives you plenty of time to explore and enjoy this fantastic city.

3. What to expect


You will be collected from the international airport at Rio de Janeiro (GIG) providing you arrive on the first or third Sunday of the month. You will then be escorted to your project accommodation where you will have all the amenities you need. 


Whilst volunteering on this project you will be accommodated in a local guesthouse where you will share a dorm room and have hot showers, wireless internet access, cable TV, communal areas and a fully equipped kitchen for preparing meals.


A great aspect of this amazing project is that it is self-catering. This is a fun element of travelling away from home and a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers. You may also wish to explore local restaurants and market stalls - the locals tend to eat late so head out for an evening meal after 9pm if you want to avoid the tourists! You can use the kitchen in the hostel to prepare meals and buy food from local grocery stores located 15 minutes from your accommodation. About $50 per week should be sufficient for basic diets but make sure you take a bit extra for treats and luxuries!


Travel from your accommodation to your work location will take up to one hour and is not included.

4. The reviews

A different side of Rio  | 18 Jul 2012
  “You walk off the plane in Rio, and your blood temperature goes up.  T...

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Experience and satisfaction outweighing just tourism  | 22 Nov 2010
The first two weeks were spent volunteering in a school in the favela of Julio Ontoni, Rio de Jan...

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Music (and Portuguese) - the language of Brazil  | 15 Sep 2010
My advice for anyone thinking about travelling to Brazil, is to “do it!” It was s...

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My Child Care Project in Uma Cidade Surprendente  | 7 Oct 2009
When I arrived in Rio de Janeiro International Airport on Monday the 24th August, after an 11 1/2...

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Living the vida louca in Rio de Janeiro  | 28 Sep 2009
So we are back at the orphanage this week. The kids are amazing. So keen to learn and it is ...

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A Cidade Maravilhosa!  | 17 Aug 2009
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6. Extras


There are so many activities to try here that you certainly won't be short of things to do in your spare time. Try scuba diving in the beautiful warm waters, swimming in forest waterfalls, hang-gliding, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing and many more! In the area local to the project site, you can visit the stunning urban beach where surfing and bathing is very popular, visit the lighthouse or the sculpture park (Sao Paulo only), or just soak up the fascinating ambience of the town that combines Indian, Portuguese and Afro-Caribbean influences.

7. Dates and Costs


Project fee (3 weeks) $1,095

Registration fee $395

Extra week $295



Please arrive on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month. 

Please be aware that there will only be one start date for December 2015 which will be to arrive on the  6th December 2015.

Those of you wanting to join this programme over the Rio Carnival week (13th February-20th February 2015) will need to pay an additional accommodation surcharge of R700 for the week which will be collected by the in-country staff. During Carnival week the project will be closed but you may get the opportunity to participate in Carnival activities.


You can join this project for a minimum of 3 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Rio de Janeiro International Apt (RJ) (GIG)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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