Trip Details

There are many poor families living in Sao Paulo, with many of the villages sitting alongside, or near, the river. Most of the residents are living in wooden houses and lacking facilities such as good toilets and clean running water. Villagers here mainly work downtown but they don’t earn enough to support their families..

In this programme you will get to help these families. The kids typically only attend school for half a day, so after that you can teach them English at the community centre. Be creative, teach them an English song or play some games with them. The kids in Brazil love playing sport, especially football.

You will also be working with an environmental club where you’ll help with recycling and learn all about global warming and water pollution etc. You can also help the families with renovation or light construction such as painting or repairing chairs and tables etc. Your typical day could be a variety of these tasks, depending on what help is needed during your time here.

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the village children’s educational prospects and widen their cultural interactions
  • Develop your teamwork and skills through hands on activity
  • Provide you with experience and skills related to community development
  • Broaden your perspective to the situations of others that may not be as fortunate

Trip Itinerary

Contribute your help to kids and villagers that are living in poor areas of Manaus by engaging in different types of tasks.

Our program provides an opportunity for you to help poor local families with upgrading their lifestyle standard. You can help them with a renovation project at their home, teach the kids English at the community centre or help them with an area garbage cleanup. You might also get the opportunity to cook a nutritious meal for some of the families in the community.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Brazil 🙂

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***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***

Trip Accommodation

You will be located in São Paulo. It is a Brazilian municipality (south of the city), capital of the homonymous state and main financial, corporate and mercantile centre of South America. It is the most populous city in Brazil, the American continent, Lusofonia and the entire southern hemisphere. Jardim Ângela/ Jardim Aracati is a district in the south of the municipality of São Paulo, . It is located on the banks of the Guarapiranga Dam, on the north bank.

Accommodation & Food

You will either be staying at the participant house or  a home-stay where you will be living in a Brazilian home with one of our students. Our accommodation is basic rooms with 1-4 people per room.

Food Arrangements
All the meals served at the accommodation will be typically Brazilian, including rice dishes, potatoes, beans, spaghetti, meat, sandwiches and vegetables. Water, coffee and tea are available all day.

Sights & Surroundings
There are many things for you to do on the weekend. Museums, bars, cultural centres, restaurants, shopping places, cultural activities. There are nearby cities with beaches 90 kilometres away from the accommodation.

  • Santos beach: A famous beach which is 3 hours from your accommodation, locals favourite place for the weekends and or holidays.
  • Sao Paulo Capital: Attractions include famous parks, museums, theatres and a vibrate night life.
  • Sao Paulo Interior where there are mountains and ecological walks and camping places.
  • Hoppi Hari Park: very large park with endless mechanical games and rides
  • Mirapuera Park where there are several museums of Afro and of modern art.
  • Villa-Lobos State Park: Skating and cycling are possible here, bicycles and skates are rented.
  • Embu das Artes town: A famous handicrafts fair market close by to Sao Paulo Available every

Trip Country Info

Brazil

Capital: Brasilia
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Real (R$)
Time zone: BRT (UTC-2 to -5)

Country Information
Brazil is a huge country that possesses a great variety of natural wonders, interesting culture, a bustling nightlife, a diverse wildlife, beautiful beaches, wonderful festivals, scrumptious food, samba dancing, and much, much more.

Brazil comes from the Portuguese word for brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the Brazilian coast. Brazil is the fifth biggest country in the world and is bordered by all countries in South America except for Ecuador and Chile. This big country covers 47% of the continents land area. Brazil contains a major portion of the Amazon river basin and contains one third of Latin America’s population.

Climate
Brazil is something of an all-year round destination with temperatures rarely below 20°C, except for in the mountains and southern regions. The climate in Brazil varies from hot and dry along the coast to humid and sticky in the tropical rainforest of Amazon jungle. The summer in Brazil runs from December to February and the winter is from June to September. Since Brazil covers almost half of the South American continent the climate varies a lot between the regions.

Culture
The Brazilian culture is one of the world’s most varied and diverse as it has been greatly influenced by Portuguese and African people, as well as other European countries like Italy, Germany and Spain. This diverse cultural background has helped boast many celebrations and festivals that have become known around the world. One of them is the colourful Carnival of Brazil which is an annual carnival held 51 days before Easter. The carnival is the most famous holiday here and has become an event of huge proportions. For almost a week festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in the bigger and coastal cities. They are wearing masks and colourful costumes and dance to the beat of drums and music. During this time shops can close down to join the parade and dance their way through the city till late evening.

Portuguese is the national “language” in Brazil, but it has it’s differences when compared with European Portuguese. This is because the Brazilian Portuguese has incorporated words and phrases from the African and Indigenous people. Brazil has over 180 Indigenous languages that are mostly spoken in rural areas.

Gastronomy
The food scene in Brazil is a culinary melting pot merging influences from all over the world. It varies a lot between the regions, they have their own way of cooking and their own traditional dishes. The brazilian people love to cook with their fresh fruit and vegetables like okra, coconuts corn and beans. Many national dishes contains beans, rice or manioc (cassava) flour. A very popular dish here contains just rice and beans. In variation to rice and beans, Brazilians also eat pasta dishes and of course, pizza, usually made in a wood-fire oven with a thin, flexible crust.

Feijoada is often described as the national dish here, especially in Rio de Janeiro, as other parts of Brazil have their own regional dishes. The dish contains black beans, a variety of salted pork or beef product, and at least two types of sausages and jerked beef. In some regions vegetable or banana is added to the stew at the end of the cooking. It is usually served with white rice and oranges on a Saturday afternoon or for Sunday lunch.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa