Brazil Teaching & Community

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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 soak up 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.

Check out our Brazil Teaching and Community Project Video

Brazil's favelas are home to thousands of underprivileged children threatened by poverty and inequality. With little hope of education or help, children grow up resorting to crime or through selling cheap goods on the street to survive. As a Frontier volunteer you will bring much-needed help to these communities, teaching and helping with development projects and community outreach.



  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Give hope to the children of the favelas
  • 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 Record background check with them to the project site.


Location Brazil
Activities Teach basic English
Community projects
Cultural tours with the children
Garbage campaigns
Educational talks
Park conservation
General maintenance
Transport Pick-up from the airport
Volunteers must find their way to the project site
Accommodation Volunteer guesthouse


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training and certification
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 Frontier-Brazil Teaching & Community Project aims to shelter and protect vulnerable children and adolescents, giving priority to their education and improving their employment potential as well as possibly helping them prepare for reintegration into a family situation. It also aims to develop projects related to education, health, sports, and culture and leisure pursuits.


This fantastic project gives you a great opportunity to work with some of the most disadvantaged young people in Rio and really make a difference. You will have a chance to teach basic English skills to students at a variety of levels and ages, in informal settings such as community centres or small schools. As well as this you may be able to get involved in other community projects such as recreational activities with kids and young people, cultural tours with the children, garbage campaigns, educational talks about varied themes, park conservation, maintenance, STD and AIDS prevention and education, or any other activity that fulfils the local organisation's goals depending on which projects are in need at the time of your visit.

3. What to expect


You'll fly to Rio de Janeiro, where you'll be picked up by a friendly member of the in-country staff and transported to your accommodation providing you arrive on the first or third Sunday of the month. You will receive orientation and local information in your first few days before starting the project.


You will be accommodated in one of a number of volunteer guesthouses located close to the project's main office. Sharing a room with other volunteers, students or travellers you will have access to a kitchen, bathroom, and living area. A laundry service is also available.


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 your 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! Your accommodation has a kitchen with cookers, food lockers and refrigerators and there is a 24-hour grocery store one block from the accommodation in Rio. About $50 per week should be sufficient for basic diets but make sure you take a bit extra for treats and luxuries!


Transport to and from the project sites is not included but the cost is minimal.

4. The reviews

On the last day of project, one of the children gave a speech. She said that she was so happy peo...

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I had a great human experience  | 10 Sep 2012
I had a great human experience, dealing and working with the children, as usual what these people...

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Life in Manguiero Favela  | 3 Sep 2009
Working in the Favela was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. My best friend and v...

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A Hot Sweaty Mess  | 17 Aug 2009
Whilst searching the internet for information on Rio de Janeiro during moments when I should have...

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6. Extras


A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to central Rio and to surrounding beaches are available. Ask your local project staff to recommend local providers.

7. Dates and Costs


Project fee (3 weeks) $1,095

Extra week $295

Registration fee $395



Please arrive on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month throughout 2015

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
  • Project training
  • 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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