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Project start
15 Jul 2013
Event / Project end

Event / Project duration
This project is ongoing

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Preferred skills
No qualifications needed
Number of volunteers

Minimum age
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Child welfare and Education

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Brief overview


Do you fancy working with little ones who could really use your time, energy and affection? In the northern area of Rio de Janeiro, there are many 1-5 year-old children who have wonderful spirit and are from very poor families and who could really use your help and care.

This is a very deserving placement working with young children that has a high feel-good factor!


Start Dates

All year round (except school holidays) - you choose your start and finish dates!


Minimum stay 1 week and up to 1 year, subject to visa requirements


No qualifications needed.


From £595 for 1 week, ranging to £2,695 for 12 weeks. 
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What's included

►Accommodation ►Breakfast  ►Meeting you at the Airport ►Transfer to your accommodation ►Transport to and from your project ►Full pre-departure support ►Local in-country team support and backup ►24-hr emergency support ►Free T-shirt.

What's not included

Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required, but we'll provide necessary documents and assistance), Lunch and Dinner, Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?

All our projects are open to all nationalities. 
Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged between 17 and 70+ 


We work with a public state Crèche located in the north of Rio which was established in 1983.  The Crèche provides the children with an opportunity to learn in an artistic and practical way.  Their philosophy enables every child to develop without forgetting their childhood, that is, to learn by playing. The Crèche feels that it is very important to provide the children with all the attention needed, as well as food and educational games. 

Their main objective is to look after children from the local area whose parents need to work but don’t have anywhere or anyone else to look after the children.  

When the Crèche was first established, they used to provide food, milk and teach the local mothers how to cook for the children and local community.  Then a few years later they started looking after the children themselves. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to give your assistance to children that really need and deserve it, and to bring your skills with you while developing new ones. The children love having extra people to play with and their smiles really make it worthwhile! Just a small amount of your time can really make a big difference.

"One special experience I had was with a little girl who kept herself to herself, did not speak or play with the other children. She had a bad rash and sores all over her body. She was scratching all the time. I bought her some lotions and creams to help her and she got better and better. I spent more time with her and she started talking. I got her and the other children to interact and play games together. Soon she was just one of the group and fitted in with the rest. I will never forget her and she made the experience so special for me. I really would recommend anyone to take time to be a volunteer with Travellers." Ken Russell


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Latin America.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV/resume that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • The enormous satisfaction of learning or improving your language skills.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

"You could just see in their eyes how much our project and our contribution was affecting their lives in a positive way" Canyon Cugini


As the children range from 1 to 5 years, the activities are based on helping the teachers to take care of the children, as well as developing educational games, and recreational activities.  You will mainly be playing with the children, feeding them, bathing them, reading to them and finding ways to interact and help them learn.

If you have any special skills, such as playing a musical instrument, sports, arts, etc., please let us know as the Crèche would love you to teach the children these wonderful skills.

The older children are also at the stage of learning speech, so any help improving these skills is very much appreciated.

Altogether there about 200 children, and about 25 members of staff. The work is very flexible, and the Crèche is open from 08.00 to 17.00 so you can work all day, mornings or afternoons depending on when you are needed.  The staff are extremely friendly and really appreciate your help looking after the children. It should be a hugely rewarding and satisfying placement, with lots of beaming smiles and happy children.


The main school holidays are from approximately

  • 11 July to 1 August 2013 and
  • 30 November 2013 to 2 January 2014.
  • Carnival Week

If you are unsure about how seasonal breaks may affect your placement, please ask us!

Carnaval is celebrated all over Brazil. The most famous is, of course, held in Rio, but the authentic versions can also be found outside that city. Carnaval begins at midnight on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and lasts for five days, but the whole country stops for about two weeks.

During the holidays we may be able to arrange for you to visit a local orphanage for 2.5 hours per day (excluding Fridays). Here you will be able to arrange some activities including games and arts and crafts.


You'll receive lots of care and assistance from our very friendly and helpful UK staff, from the first stage of applying all the way through to the end of your placement. We are also available 24 hours a day for any urgent matter during your time on our placement.

Travellers will send you our extremely comprehensive information pack with details on everything - ranging from where to go on your weekend travels to what to pack and extensive safety tips.

In Brazil you will have the support of our Brazil Manager and our local Organisers who will meet you at the airport. They are on call 24/7 in case of emergencies and will also be around frequently to ensure you are settled and happy on your placement. The teachers at the schools and institutes where you work are also very willing to help you during your placement with them.

If you speak some Portuguese (or even Spanish), you'll find it very beneficial, but don't be put off if languages aren't your thing! You're sure to pick up some of the basic words whilst you're there. Don't forget that we can also arrange some Portuguese lessons for you during your programme if you would like.

Additional Activities you can do while on this Project:

Add to your travel experience in Brazil by doing some additional exciting activities - you never know, you could develop a passion for Latin American dance, or learn a new skill!

  • Capoeira: A cross between a dance, a fight skill and an art form ... fascinating and fun!
  • Portuguese Lessons
  • Photography courses
  • Latin Dance Lessons 


You’ll be staying at the Art Hostel Rio, a hostel set up by an artist with a wish to create a hostel that is different to anything else in Rio. Set in a beautiful redeveloped building from the end of the 19th century, you will be surrounded by wonderful Brazilian art, dipping you straight into the culture from the first minute you arrive!

Accommodation is situated in the Flamengo region of Rio and just a short metro ride from Copacabana beach. This is a great place to be as you are only 3 minutes away from the metro station, opposite the Catete Palace and you will be able to visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue with great ease.

With 100 rooms, some decorated with an “art” theme you will be sure to meet like-minded travellers, other volunteers and artists from all over the world!  You will have access to a kitchen and a couple of communal areas, where you can relax with friends or use the internet. From time to time the hostel has live Brazilian music and there is always a fantastically vibrant, friendly atmosphere.

You’ll be staying in a dorm room; however singles and doubles are also available. If you'd like to upgrade to a double or single room, just let us know at time of booking and we can arrange it for you, but there will be a supplement for upgrading. All rooms have their own bathroom and individual locker, but you must bring your own padlock. 

You are located in the heart of Rio so there is an almost endless variety of dishes and restaurants available to you to sample - which is why we've provided the accommodation as breakfast only. Volunteers can also use the hostel’s kitchen facilities, exclusively for guests of the hostel

Food: Past experience has shown us that most of our volunteers regard eating out as one of the highlights of living in South America. Therefore, to enable you to sample the endless variety of dishes, Brazilian and otherwise while you're there, we have arranged for your accommodation to include breakfast only. The Brazilian twist to the continental breakfast is fantastic - natural fruit juice, fruits, coffee, milk, bread, cheese, ham, butter, jams, and sweet cakes (popular in Brazil for breakfast), biscuits, cereals and yogurts should also set you up for the day.

Lunch: This is the cheapest meal of the day. Volunteers often dine out together for lunch at ‘por kilo’ restaurants, which charge based on the weight of your food and can cost as little as (12 BRL) for a fantastic meal (this is at lunch time – dinner at these restaurants is more expensive (25 BRL). Another good option is to eat at cafes or ‘botecos’, where a ‘salgado’ (a type of savoury pastry filled with meat, cheese or chicken), ‘pao de queijo’ (literally ‘cheese balls’ – delicious little cheese and bread balls) and other things can cost as little as 2.50 BRL.

Dinner: Evening meals are more expensive, generally ranging from around 15-25 BRL depending on your location. A good way around spending too much money on this meal, if you have use of a kitchen at your accommodation, is to cook meals yourself. Staple foodstuff like rice, beans, a whole variety of vegetables and salads can be found very cheaply at supermarkets, and volunteers often buy large bags of rice and beans between them, then supplement this with treats to make really tasty meals.

Brazilian food and drink are some of the most diverse in the world, thanks to large immigrant groups from several continents that have made their way there. Being influenced by Portugal, the Amazon, West Africa, and Morocco, Brazilian cuisine is enticing and delicious. Many recipes are very regional and the food may contrast drastically from one part of the country to the other. Food in Brazil revolves around three key things, 1) arroz which is white rice, 2) feijao which are black or brown beans and 3) farinha which is like manioc flour. The other basic ingredients of Brazilian cuisine are coconut, chilli, onions, lime, fish, shrimp, cod and manioc.

Coconut water is a great drink option when chilling out on a Brazilian beach. You can also try the famous ‘guarana’, the Brazilian soft drink made of the Amazonian fruit or try the ‘açai’ in liquid form, which is another typically and exotic Brazilian fruit.

The Brazilian passion for food is reflected in the number of people you will see spending long, balmy evenings dining in restaurants and ‘ao ar livre / al fresco’ in the city’s buzzing streets, feasting on fare from the traditional Feijoada (black beans and pork stew) or Mariscada (seafood stew) to modern global cuisine rivaling that of any other international city! If you’re partial to a tipple, you might like to indulge in a caipiranha, Brazil’s traditional drink made with lime and cachaça, best enjoyed in the sunshine with a churrasco, which is a Brazilian barbeque of rice, meats, salads, sauces and – of course – samba the most popular Brazilian dance!

Evenings in Brazil will typically start with dinner at around 9 or 10 pm, usually at a local 'Churrascaria' on weekends. This is a traditional Brazilian BBQ where you'll help yourself to a buffet of salads, pastas and potatoes. Smartly dressed waiters then circulate the restaurant with an endless variety of flame grilled meat for you to choose from, which will be sliced straight onto your plate. A spoonful of Manioc flour (made from the locally grown cassava root) is then sprinkled on top of the meat. This gives a unique, slightly salty flavouring and is strangely moreish! The idea is eating as much as you can and you just need to pay a fee (average 40 BL).

Authentic experiences such as these are a great way to eat out affordably and provide the best opportunities to try out the variety of Brazilian cuisine available.

Area: The hostel is located only a 15 minute-walking distance away from the Arches of ‘Lapa’, ‘Cinelandia’ and ‘Flamengo’, from where you can visit Sugar Loaf Mountains (Pao de Acucar) and the Statue of Christ, the Redeemer; only 3 minutes away from ‘Catete’ Underground station, where you can catch the train and get to ‘Copacabana’ or ‘Ipanema’ beach in less than 15 minutes.

There are several banks, ATMs, supermarkets, drugstores, cinema, hotels, shops, etc., all within a couple of minutes away, which makes the area interesting and busy, even at night! The options for entertainment are endless too; one night you can choose to watch a film at the cinema, or you can just chill out with friends in a local bar or pub.


To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

As there is so much to do in Brazil, we recommend that you do some travelling around the country once your placement has finished. If this is the case, we can arrange your flights accordingly.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.


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