As the largest and most populous country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is known for its ecological and cultural treasures. With its winding Atlantic coastline, expansive agricultural regions, and the Amazon River basin and rainforest, Brazil’s landscape is as diverse as its people and their culture.

Despite its natural resources and beauty, there is a great need for volunteers to support social and environmental causes in Brazil. Millions of Brazilians live below the poverty line, mostly due to social injustice and uneven economic growth. Volunteering in Brazil offers participants the opportunity to support local communities at the grassroots level.


Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Brazilian culture while aiding communities in need.



Curitiba is the capital and largest city of the eastern Brazilian state of Paraná. The historic quarter of Curitiba features preserved colonial nineteenth century buildings. Much of the center is closed to traffic, making it very pedestrian friendly. Curitiba is rich with warm and welcoming people and vibrant culture. Known as the Ecological Capital of Brazil, Curitiba is one of the most prosperous and organized cities of this country. With excellent transportation networks, visitors to Curitiba can access the country’s art and entertainment centers swiftly and efficiently. Much of Curitiba itself can be explored on foot.




Richard is an investment banker in New York. He taught English in Brazil while on the World Endeavors Teaching volunteer program.

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The various volunteer projects in Brazil may be completed in several different locations, including Curitiba.

World Endeavors volunteers in Brazil can contribute to the following projects:



Most volunteers in Brazil stay with host families, where they share space, build relationships, practice language, and learn about traditional culture, food, home rituals, and customs. Host families are welcoming and friendly, usually middle class, and are hand-picked by the World Endeavors team to ensure a safe and positive environment for the volunteer.

Dates And Costs

The World Endeavors Volunteer in Brazil program is flexible in duration, and can be tailored to last between 2 to 12 weeks.  If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks.  Admissions are rolling, and programs begin approximately once a month. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer. Our advisors work with volunteers to ensure their timeframe works adequately with the project site. This communication is a key to creating a successful program.

2016 Recommended Start Dates:

•    January 4th
•    February 15th
•    March 7th
•    April 4th
•    May 2nd
•    June 6th
•    July 4th
•    August 1st
•    September 5th
•    October 3rd
•    November 7th
•    November 28th


Program Name First Week Each Additional Week
Volunteer In Argentina $1,690 $325


  • Home stay accommodations
  • 2 meals per day
  • Portuguese language training: Two weeks of classes, 10 hours/week, for all programs four weeks and longer
  • Onsite orientation
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Cell phone rental
  • Pre-departure handbook and pre-trip guidance
  • English speaking representative in-country for your assistance
  • Volunteer placement
  • Visa Support
  • Airport pick-up and welcome
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Re-entry support and alumni services



  • Round-trip transportation to Brazil
  • Additional meals
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Daily transportation costs


How To Apply

Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad!  We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one.

For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor.  Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way.  With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.

Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. We can accommodate applications received 12 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. If your intended start date is less than 12 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.