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Brazil Favela Restoration and Construction Project

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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 programs. 

Brazil's favelas are home to thousands of underprivileged families, who suffer from poverty, neglect and poor health. Many of the older structures can be unsafe and communities are living in constant fear of their homes being cleared by the Government. Help us bring hope to this favela community by constructing new homes and renovating current structures; you will find the work deeply rewarding as you build up a relationship with the local population and make a tangible difference.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bring hope to Brazil’s favela community
  • Help renovate homes for underprivileged families
  • Make lifelong friendships & unforgettable memories
  • Immerse yourself in the spirit of Brazil!

PROJECT REQUIRMENTS

  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Records background check with them to the project site.
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FAST FACTS
Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Activities Assist in favela community development
Build better lives for disadvantaged local Brazilians
Daily manual construction and renovation work
Improving favela infrastructure and facilities
Transport Pick-up from the airport
Accommodation Volunteer guesthouse

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
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
Ground transfers to accommodation

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The aim of this project is to help renovate houses as well as other buildings for underprivileged Brazilian families in need of adequate homes living in Rio's sprawling favelas. The favela community you will be working in will be home to families of sometimes 10 or more people, living in a hut made from scraps of plywood and canvas with inadequate amenities. These unstable constructions are no force for the elements, often letting in wind and rain, in need of crucial renovation and repairs.

The project is located in a favela community in Rio de Janeiro. You will become a part of the community working closely with like-minded fellow volunteers, construction workers, and local families, giving your time to asssist in all manner of manual labour where necessary. Throughout the project you will meet many welcoming local people and make lots of new friends, all while experiencing and learning about Brazilian culture and its traditions!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Work alongside favela residents to help them realize their dreams. Help paint homes, complete landscaping projects, or support basic construction tasks.  Your manual labor assistance will allow local residents to pursue projects that they’ve been waiting to accomplish for years. Maintaining and enhancing one’s shelter is a basic need that many in this region are unable to attain. Through  your support, you will not only be assisting with diverse manual labor projects, but you will also be implementing a catalyst to help under-served residents achieve home improvement goals that they would otherwise not be able to reach. You do not need any special skills to participate in this program, just willingness and enthusiasm to join some hands-on physical work!

Some of the activities that you may get involved in incude the following:

  • Help implement manual labor projects: painting, landscaping, basic home repair
  • Provide supplies, supporting local residents
  • Prepare and lead favela based community activities
  • Network with local residents and staff
  • Monitor progress and write debriefs

The program also gives you the chance to travel around the communities you are working in, exploring the country whilst getting to know the people you are helping, who will be hard working and incredibly appreciative of your contribution to their community. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference. Volunteer to help families and communities, and experience the beautiful sights, sounds and tastes that Rio de Janeiro has to offer!

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected from the international airport at Rio de Janeiro 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. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

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.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

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!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

There are so many activities to try here that you certainly won't be short of things to do in your spare time. When you are not too busy kicking back on the Copacabana beach sipping caiparinhas why not check out our Welcome to Rio Introductory Tour, or try and catch a football game at the mind blowing Maracana Stadium! Try your hand at beach football, swimming in the beautiful warm waters, hang-gliding across the city, or just soak up the fascinating ambience of the town that combines Indian, Portuguese and Afro-Caribbean influences. For those of you continuing to travel around Brazil following the end of your project, why not venture further afield and visit the natural wonder of Iguazu Falls, spot jaguars in the Pantanal, or take a trip to explore the Amazon rainforest!

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 1,195

Extra week US$ 395

DEPARTURE DATES

Please arrive on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month throughout 2014 and 2015

Please be aware that there will only be one start date for December 2014 and 2015 which will be to arrive on the 7th December 2014 and 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.

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

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

AIRPORT INFORMATION

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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. 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 Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.


LEGAL STATEMENT
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.