Brazil Surf and Volunteer

From $1,209, 3 weeks, Brazil Trip code: BRSU

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Get stuck in on a worthwhile community project in Rio
  • Explore the city in the morning, volunteer in the afternoon
  • Brush up your own surfing skills whilst learning from champion mini-surfers from the favela
  • Experience life as a local in one of the most amazing cities in the world!

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Fancy riding the waves on the world reknowned Sao Conardo beach (aka, a surfers paradise)? On our surfing project in Rio de Janeiro you’ll be doing exactly that by volunteering on the beach in the heart of this incredible city.

 

You’ll be spending your time helping the children of the favela, by either learning to surf from the fantastic young surfers from the favela, or whilst getting involved with extra curricular activities- like teaching the little ones English, getting stuck in with music lessons or by setting up games of other cool sports.

 

Your volunteering will be done in the afternoons, so you’ll have plenty of time to see and explore Rio during your free time in the mornings and evenings too! 


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What will I be doing?

  • The Project (3-12 Weeks)

  • Your Role As A Volunteer (3- 12 weeks)

  • Arrival and Orientation (3-12 Weeks)

  • Time to Get Stuck In! (3-12 Weeks)

The Project: 3-12 Weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world stretching across over 8.5 million sq km (3.2 million sq mi). It shares its borders with Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
 
From the tropical forests of the Amazon basin to the plateaus in the Central Highlands, Brazil’s topography is quite diverse. The coast is made up of tropical beaches, lagoons, mangroves, dunes and coral reefs. At 6 million sq km (2.3 million sq mi), the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and covers over half of Brazil’s landmass. Originating in the Andes, the main channel of the Amazon River runs from west to east in the northern part of the country. There is little seismic or volcanic activity due to Brazil's position near the centre of the South American Plate. 
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro

The project was founded by a Brazilian who was born in the favela. After learning to surf with the rich kids of Rio, he went on to become a surfing champion and thrived off of the surfing scene. To help the young children within his community he decided to set up the project, which gives these kids a new hobby as well as encouraging an education.

 

By encouraging the children to attend the project, he’s been able to mentor them and by joining the project the children enter a social contract that, to continue surfing at the project, their grades must remain high at school and attend extra curricular activities at the surf school. 

Your Role As A Volunteer: 3- 12 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world stretching across over 8.5 million sq km (3.2 million sq mi). From the tropical forests of the Amazon basin to the plateaus in the Central Highlands, Brazil’s like one gigantic nature reserve, and it's range of species is ridiculously diverse. The coast is made up of tropical beaches, lagoons, mangroves, dunes and coral reefs. At 6 million sq km (2.3 million sq mi), the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and covers over half of Brazil’s landmass. Originating in the Andes, the main channel of the Amazon River runs from west to east in the northern part of the country. There is little seismic or volcanic activity due to Brazil's position near the centre of the South American Plate. 
 
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro

By helping out on the project, you are enabling more children to join in at San Conardo beach- (which can only be a good thing, right!). All of the children on the project have grown up on the favela, and live in pretty tough conditions. By giving them the chance to try out a new sport, you're giving them a chance to try out an awesome new sport!

 

Having volunteers around is also a great cultural exchange for the children from the favela; not only will they learn from you, from you’ll be learning from them too! Once you’ve taught them a thing or two we’re sure they’ll be able to show you a few tricks on the water...

Arrival and Orientation: 3-12 Weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world stretching across over 8.5 million sq km (3.2 million sq mi). From the tropical forests of the Amazon basin to the plateaus in the Central Highlands, Brazil’s like one gigantic nature reserve, and it's range of species is ridiculously diverse. The coast is made up of tropical beaches, lagoons, mangroves, dunes and coral reefs. At 6 million sq km (2.3 million sq mi), the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and covers over half of Brazil’s landmass. Originating in the Andes, the main channel of the Amazon River runs from west to east in the northern part of the country. There is little seismic or volcanic activity due to Brazil's position near the centre of the South American Plate. 
 
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro

Day 1: Welcome to the stunning Rio, Real Gappers! If your flight is due to land on Day 1 of your time on the project, then we’ll be able to pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation. You should arrange a flight to get you into Rio on your specified arrival date between the hours of 5am and 11pm. You’ll then have plenty of time to settle in and get to know the other volunteers. The hostel is located within the heart of the favela in a friendly hostel (with two to a room), so you’ll get a real culture experience and the chance to see what life is like for the locals. Seeing as though the kids you’re looking after are from the area, it’s a great way to get to know them too!

 

Day 2: Today we’ll leave you to your own devices so you can get over the jet lag and relax around Rio. You could hit the beach to check out where you’ll be volunteering, you could go shopping, sightseeing, sunbathing- the possibilities are endless! Our in-country team all live in the city so can give you the lowdown of all the best places to see.

 

Day 3 and the Orientation: On the morning or Day 3 you’ll have your orientation meeting where the team will go over all of the important info (such as what it's going to be like at your project, dos and don'ts, the best things to do in Rio and how to stay safe on your trip, etc). This is your time to ask any burning questions that you haven't yet had answered and to meet up with the other volunteers!

 

After your meeting you will be shown the way to your project and introduced to the staff who will be your day-to-day contacts; there will also be a member of the team with you who lives in the favela who will also help to show you around. The rest of the day will be your perfect chance to get stuck in and get to know the people at the project and how it all works. 

Time to Get Stuck In!: 3-12 Weeks

Destination info

Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world stretching across over 8.5 million sq km (3.2 million sq mi). From the tropical forests of the Amazon basin to the plateaus in the Central Highlands, Brazil’s like one gigantic nature reserve, and it's range of species is ridiculously diverse. The coast is made up of tropical beaches, lagoons, mangroves, dunes and coral reefs. At 6 million sq km (2.3 million sq mi), the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and covers over half of Brazil’s landmass. Originating in the Andes, the main channel of the Amazon River runs from west to east in the northern part of the country. There is little seismic or volcanic activity due to Brazil's position near the centre of the South American Plate. 
 
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro

Day 4 etc- You’ll start surfing at 2pm each day (dependant on the weather and conditions!) and then surf to your heart’s content all afternoon. The children will be very enthusiastic and are happy to show you a thing or two! The surfer who set up the project still runs the joint, so expect to learn some awesome moves from him as well.

 

The children return to the project around 5pm after a little break to attend their extra curricula activities, which you will help to run. This could be anything from an English class, a music program, beach clean up, football training, rock climbing in the local National Forest nearby... and so much more!

 

It’s weekend time! – It’s free time, time! You could go out in the evenings, go shopping, do some sunbathing or swimming in the sea... it’s completely up to you. We’d definitely recommend a visit up to the Christ the Redeemer- the view from up there is spectacular.

 

Following weeks- The following weeks will follow a similar pattern to the first- and you’ll spend the 5 afternoons a week at the project.

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What's included?

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Accommodation
  • In-country orientation
  • Local in-country team and 24 hour support
  • Breakfast each day

What's not included?

  • Flights, visas and travel insurance
  • Local transport
  • Lunch/Dinner are not included

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

17 years old.

 

Accommodation

You will be staying within the heart of the favela, in a hostel. Each room will be shared by two people, and there is a private bathroom on each floor. 

 

Meals

You will receive breakfast each day.

 

Is this trip for you?

If you're sporty and revel in the prospect of volunteering on a project which is worthwhile to the community, then this project is for you!

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. Do I need to speak Portuguese?

Be prepared that very few people speak English in Rio. You don't have to be able to speak Portuguese to take part in the project, but if you can speak the language you will get more out of your time in Brazil. We would suggest adding some Portuguese lessons to your plans. We offer a 10-hour course over 5 days that you can take part in during your time at the project. For more details please ask one of our Travel Advisors.

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2. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No. All locations have a basic pillow, pillow case and sheet.

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3. Is there a safety deposit box/safe?

In all locations there are places to keep your valuables. Please make sure that you take a lock with you.

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