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Volunteer Opportunities in Brazil

Volunteer Opportunities in Brazil

There are many reasons why Brazil is such a popular destination for people who want to volunteer abroad. As a developing country with its history of colonization, Brazil still face many challenges, including poverty, illiteracy, and deforestation (to name a few). By providing assistance and participate in community initiatives, volunteers can have a very positive impact, and really improve the lives of the local populations.  

It’s also a country filled with beautiful beaches, unique fauna and flora, and a carnival lifestyle, meaning there’s always a party going on!

Volunteer opportunities include working with animals, teaching life skills to women and children, construction, human rights, and more.

Search the map below to find non-profit organizations that are the right fit for you. 

Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits

Volunteer in Animal Care

IPBio - Amazon Expedition

Research, Conservation and Education

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Biodiversity Research Institute (IPBio)

The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.

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Volunteer in Childcare

Guerreiros Da Luz

GDL is a small local charity based in Morro de São Paulo on the island of Tinharé. We are looking for volunteers to help us build and run a cultural centre. The building has already begun but we need more helping hands as we want to finish the construction as soon as possible.

Volunteer in Conservation Work

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine is an animal release center situated in the Atlantic Forest. We combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals and offer them a chance at freedom!

36 Reviews

ETIV do Brasil

The mission of ETIV is to support development and environmental conservation in Brazil, with a deep focus on youth development.

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Volunteer in Human Rights Work

Pisco de Luz

Pisco de Luz assembles and installs light solar kits in low income communities with the help of volunteers.

Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Project Favela

We operate a small school in a community called Tabajaras. We are located atop a mountain here in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro Brazil. We bring together comprehensive education and youth mentoring with social entrepreneurism to create something really special for the children in our community.


Founded in 2016, EduMais is a NGO in Rio de Janeiro providing high-quality education to underprivileged children and teenagers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Motivated by the urge to prevent their many talents from going to waste, our educational programs empower at-risk young people in the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo favelas with the skills to build a future away from poverty, violence, and drugs. All nine of these programs are free for our students as we believe everyone deserves access to a good education. But to make this possible, we rely on the generosity of our wonderful donors. Join us, become a volunteer for free in Rio de Janeiro and let’s transform lives together!

How to Volunteer in Brazil

How to find volunteer opportunities in Brazil

Non-profit organizations in Brazil are constantly searching for people who can support education, health, and environmental causes. There are a lot of great options for people who want to do volunteer work while exploring the best that Brazil has to offer. Brazil’s educational infrastructure is in dire need of help. Cities such as Sao Paolo and Rio need volunteers who can teach English, provide childcare, and participate in community development projects. Away from the bustle of the city, volunteers can also choose to go to remote Brazilian villages and towns to lend their support to wildlife rescue programs and nature conservation projects.

Best time to volunteer in Brazil

Brazil is a wonderful destination any time of the year. While the country does experience its fair share of rain, most of it happens in the afternoon. From April to October, the weather remains comfortable and cool with sporadic and short-lasting showers. November to December are the dry and hot months in Rio and surrounding areas. However, even with the hot and dry weather, the New Year’s Eve beach party and fireworks show

on the Copacabana beach is something you don’t want to miss.

Essential information about Brazil

According to regulations, people visiting Brazil with a Tourist Visa

cannot participate in volunteering activities. Volunteers need to get a Temporary Work Visa by producing the required set of documents. Volunteers need to produce invitation letters received from their respective volunteer organizations in Brazil, registration documents of the NGOs, affidavit from the NGOs (stating that they take all responsibilities of the foreign volunteers), clear police reports, resumes with work experience, details describing volunteer work and locations, health insurances valid in Brazil, passports with 6 months of validity, birth certificates, and printouts of travel itinerary.

Note: the above requirements may be subject to change, so it’s important to check with your local Brazilian Embassy to ensure you have all the required documents.

People in Brazil predominantly speak Portuguese. English is often taught in private schools as a secondary language. However, English-speaking locals can be difficult to find when visiting rural areas.