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Brazil, a land of contrasts, spreads itself over almost half of the land mass of South America, making it the continent’s largest country. Resource rich and boasting a strong manufacturing industry, Brazil is wealthy, ranked the tenth largest economy in the world. Despite its great wealth, the benefits are only being reaped by the privileged few and the gap between rich and poor is greater than almost anywhere else in the world and continues to grow at an alarming pace.

The rapid expansion of Brazilian megacities saw property prices increase drastically, making it impossible for a poor family to buy or rent a house downtown.  This expansion forced people to the city fringes to create their own houses and neighbourhoods. This led to the establishment of countless ‘favelas’ (slums or shantytowns). There are an estimated three million people living in favelas in Rio, and while the stereotypes of struggle and violence often ring true, mostly you will find vibrant and tightly knit neighbourhoods occupied by ordinary people trying to improve their lot in life.
Low family incomes mean that children often pitch in and help to bring in money where they can. This often severely or completely limits young people’s ability to access education in Rio. This project aims to provide a low cost education option for families in a low-income area of Rio, in an attempt to break cycles of inter-generational disadvantage and to build the capacity of young people to achieve their future goals.

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  • Teach with the support of other volunteers and experienced supervisors
  • Assist with the provision of educational opportunities to young people
  • Gain a unique insight into Brazilian culture and life in Rio de Janeiro


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Record background check with them to the project site
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Hotel Teaching Terrestrial Qualification Breakfast Family
Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Activities Teach basic English
Community projects
Cultural tours with the children
Sports activities
Educational games
General maintenance
Transport Airport pickup
Accommodation Volunteer guesthouse

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel  advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


The favelas are very densely populated and many people live in unsatisfactory living conditions, with high levels of poor nutrition, pollution and crime. Education in Brazil is free and primary level education is compulsory, with most primary schools maintained by the municipal or state authorities. Because of this system, wealthier areas tend to have vastly better schools that provide a higher quality of education than poorer areas, and many children’s learning suffers from a lack of adequate amenities and resources. This in turn results in poorer life and well-being outcomes and fuels a cycle of disadvantage that many communities and young people struggle to break free of. It also means that many young people, boys in particular, are made very vulnerable to be involved with violent gangs and criminal activities.

The project aims to offer an educational environment to young people who lack access to a basic education, and to help them gain skills and motivation required to improve their employment potential, as well as possibly helping them prepare for reintegration into a family and/or society.


This project gives you an opportunity to work with some of the most disadvantaged young people in Rio, and to help improve their futures by assisting them to access quality education and support where the would otherwise be unable to.  You will usually work within a team of 4-5 other volunteers, under the guidance of two co-ordinators, to teach English and other important disciplins to students between the ages of 3-12 who are at a level of basic or below.  Given the children’s age and language barrier, it is important to also to be creative with lesson planning and teaching, to inspire the children and make a fun and motivational, yet informative environment for them. You will receive much support in-country to help you with this.


Fly to Rio de Janeiro (GIG), where you'll be picked up by a member of in-country staff and transported to your accommodation. You will receive orientation and local information in your first few days before starting the project.


You will be staying in a locally owned and run guesthouse located within walking distance to the school.  Sharing a room with other volunteers, students or travellers you will have access to a kitchen, bathroom, and living area.  Laundry and Wi-Fi services are also available.


You will receive your breakfast daily, but you will be responsible for preparing your own lunch and dinner. This is a great opportunity to sample local dishes and experience more of Rio. There are also food storage and cooking facilities in the guesthouse that you will have access to, and there are several supermarkets located close by. Approximately USD$50 per week should be sufficient to budget for food, but will vary dependent on individual diets, how often you eat out and how many treats and luxuries you choose to buy!

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A range of adventure and cultural activities are available in central Rio and its surrounding areas including surfing the waves off Prainha, Tijuca’s rainforest, hiking trails, breath-taking views Sugarloaf Mountain or the famous ‘Christ the redeemer’ statue….or simply take the chance to just relax on the beach at Copacabana!


2 weeks € 845

3 weeks € 1.045

4 weeks € 1.245

5 weeks € 1.445

6 weeks € 1.645

7 weeks € 1.845

8 weeks € 2.195

9 weeks € 2.395

10 weeks € 2.645

11 weeks € 2.945

12 weeks € 3.145


Project start day is a Monday.


2 weeks +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel l advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)


  • 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.