Brazil

 ‘Brazil, lalala!’ Brazilian music, football, the carnival and famous beaches are well known world-wide. Brazil is an immense country with fascinating nature and welcoming people that love to sing and dance. The official language, Portuguese, sounds melodious and is similar to Spanish. Remember however that Brazil is also a country with a lot of inequality, corruption and huge slums. We can show you that there is more to do in the country then just enjoying a coconut at the beach, swimming with dolphins and dancing samba. This is why we offer work on projects in two different cities, namely Belo Horizonte and Foz da Iguacu.

Brazil has several vibrant cities, of which Belo Horizonte is, after São Paolo, the second largest with about 2.5 million inhabitants. Locals call this ‘mega ciudad’ Beagá (‘bra’ in Portuguese) because of the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Every Sunday, there the Feira de Arte e Artesanato, a bohemian market in the city centre where you can buy the famous ‘Namoradeiras’ girls in love from Minas Gerais. Next to this you can go see the capybaras in the ecological park or explore the impressive graffiti scene in the city.

 

Foz do Iguacu is a beautiful city in the south of Brazil. Due to its location and environment it attracts many visitors, both tourists and locals. The city’s surrounding nature is rich with many impressive waterfalls. If you’ve ever seen the great movie ‘The Mission’, you’ll remember these huge waterfalls. The Iguacu Falls are justifiable considered to be one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. . The Falls also have the largest hydroelectric power station of South America. In addition to the falls there are many more attractions to see, visit and explore. Examples are the Buddhist Temple, the birds’ park or the Dreamland wax museum. The borders with both Argentina and Paraguay lie close to the city where Marco das Três Fronteiras (triple border point) is situated. The two rivers Paraná and Iguacu flow together here and form the natural frontier.

Conditions and possibilities

We can understand that a travel to Brazil takes a lot of effort and is quite exciting, right? This is why we would like to help you with all your personal doubts. We already put a lot of relevant information on our website, but do not hesitate to contact us for other questions. We do not put any conditions to volunteers or interns except for a flexible and proactive attitude and the willingness to learn Portuguese (for some projects is a certain type of educational background required). With regards to sustainability and continuity of the projects, we prefer a minimum period of three months.  Would you like to volunteer in our organisation, we will look for one or multiple projects that suite you, depending on your preference, interests and (educational) background

                                        Project activity centre, Brazil                                                                                         Community project, Brazil

In addition to these projects, there are other interesting options. In Belo Horizante, for example, you can work as a homework tutor in a favela or organize soccer training and other sports activities for local children in a poor community where sports are their outlet to forget about. What we can all offer is too much to describe here. Let us know what you want and what background you have, then we will talk to you to find a suitable project!

Visa, insurance and safety

For a stay in South-America, you need to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months still upon arrival. For a stay shorter than 90 days, you do not need a visa. If you want to stay longer, we will bring you into contact with a local lawyer that can support you with the visa process for a small contribution. The (private) health care in Brazil is generally of good quality. If you get sick in Brazil and in need of a doctor or dentist, we will always be welcome to accompany you! It is important to have good travel insurance when you go for an internship or volunteering experience abroad. Our insurance partners would be glad to advice you about the opportunities. JoHo offers you the best-customized travel insurance! Most travellers say they felt safe in Brazil. Of course, it is always important to take into account the (obvious) precautionary measures that likewise apply in the big European cities. Bring as few valuable things as possible and hide important documents and money.

Costs

The mediation costs are 550, of which 50 go to the project where you will be active. These costs include:

  • Information package that we will send you before starting your trip about preparations, visa, travelling etc.;
  • pick-up service from the airport;
  • welcome package;
  • finding a great host family or (volunteering) home for you;
  • finding a suitable volunteering job or internship;
  • orientation day on which we will guide you through the city and to your volunteering/ internship place;
  • an English speaking local contact that is always available in case of emergency.

I am interested! What now?

Are you starting to get excited already? Then send us an e-mail without any obligation to: info@beyondsouthamerica.org Within a few days, we will invite you to talk about your preferences via Skype. Then we will come back to you with a proposal and costs scheme of a certain volunteering project/internship/language course and accommodation. If you agree with the proposal, you will have to transfer the mediation costs, in reaction to which we will send a confirmation.

Come experience Brazil together with us!