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Volunteer in Brazil

Experimento Brazil would like to introduce you to a multicultural nation of creative, vibrant and warm people. You are invited to live and work with people influenced by African, Native American, European and Asian cultures. Although Brazil is one of the richest economies in the world, it is one of the poorest in terms of human development standards. Volunteers can make a difference by working with non-governmental organizations throughout the country. Social service and education projects in Florianopolis, Monte Alegre do Sul and Sao Paulo are among the possibilities.

Volunteer Abroad Program Overview — Brazil

 being a volunteer is, for many, a matter of citizenship and achievement; for others, a mission one should not stay away from. For experimento Brazil, being a volunteer is to have the opportunity to engage in programs that blend personal growth, intercultural exchange and self-fulfillment through real, "hands-on" activities in amazing environments. Brazil plays a very important role when it comes to social and environmental sustainablity, Expiremento's Volunteer program concentrate on the Crititical Global issues that are present in the country.

Some typical host projects include:

Your Portuguese course will take place during the first two weeks of the program (some other students may join the class if in the same level or not) to enable you to gain a functional knowledge of the language as quickly as possible. The course will contain classroom and outside classroom activities in order to apply and practice new language knowledge. The objective of the course is to learn practical communication and create a base to build upon for further language study.

You will have 15 hours of class.  Each class may vary from one hour to one hour and a half. Our teachers know how to adapt to your learning style (not everyone learns a language in the same way!) and to develop your confidence and skills in using the language. There is also the opportunity to have your Portuguese classes in a language school, for an extra cost, at request.

Besides the classes, your foreign language skills are expected to improve quickly as you go places, talk with people, watch films, plays and live a colloquial life. In some cases, the volunteer project may coincide with the language classes, which will allow the volunteer a good opportunity to begin to use the language.

Requirements

Arrival

Your arrival will be on the weekend before your project start date.

You will be welcomed at the airport by your host family or a representative from the local office.  Classes and orientation will take place on the next weekday, either at the Experimento Office if available in the region where you are staying, or at the project site.

Expiremento has established and developed a very good relationshipwith non-governmental and independant organisations all over the country, resulting in many interesting volunteer project possibilities where participants can really add and make a difference. Each project is selected based on the group's interests to make the best possible match. For example:

Orientation

You will start by meeting the Experimento Coordinator for a cross-cultural orientation; together you will discuss your first impressions of your accommodation and the life here. Other topics like health and security measures, Brazilian cultural aspects, transportation systems and conditions, staff to contact in case of emergencies, procedures regarding classes, volunteer work, do's and don’ts and general issues will be also be covered in this meeting. An orientation packet with useful information will be given to you at this time.

The next day after your arrival orientation you will be introduced to your project. You will be informed about your working schedule and the schedule for your Portuguese classes will be determined.  So, your first weeks will be very hard. You will be working, learning a new language and also adapting to a new environment.  But do not worry, your Coordinator and host project will be in touch with you periodically during your community service and you can call him at any time to report and talk about any concerns.

Program fees 2016*

In Florianopolis With Homestay
4 weeks $2,436
6 weeks $2,683
8 weeks $2,930
10 weeks $3,178
12 weeks $3,425
24 weeks $5,459
 
In Florianopolis with Hostel Accommodations
4 weeks $2,590
6 weeks $2,819
8 weeks $3,049
10 weeks $3,281
12 weeks $3,512
24 weeks $5,536
 
In Monte Alegre do Sul with Volunteer House Accommodation
4 weeks $2,333
6 weeks $2,621
8 weeks $2,343
10 weeks $3,095
12 weeks $3,337
 
In Sao Paulo with Volunteer House or Hostel Accommodations
4 weeks $2,575
6 weeks $3,039
8 weeks $3,373
10 weeks $3,785
12 weeks $4,326
24 weeks $6,335

*Note: Published prices remain subject to change in case of major currency fluctuations. Contact your sending office.

*Programs are available for high school students, university students, as well as corporate and school groups (groups need to be larger than 8 persons).

What the program includes:

Extras (at additional cost):

What the program doesn't include:

Payment Schedule

According to the type of program. A deposit of 20% of the total program fee is required with your application. It is non-refundable upon notification of acceptance and is applied to the total program fee. The balance of the program fee is required 30 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

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