Envision yourself in a country of soaring architectural feats, exciting nightlife and unbelievable landscapes. The sounds of Carnival, six days of music, food and dancing, or the deafening cheers from Marcena Stadium (home of the 2014 World Cup), echo in your ears. Where are you? Brazil, of course! No other place blends outdoor adventure – from deserts to rainforests – with a backdrop of such great diversity quite like Brazil. Volunteers enjoy trying local dishes, Amazonian fruit like the açaí, and getting to know the languages and people of Brazil, one of the largest and most populous countries in South America and the world.
United Planet is the US and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Brazil, you can volunteer on a variety of projects in partnership with local organizations around the country.
Volunteers work with children of families living in poverty or who have suffered violence or abuse. Volunteers not only help the staff to supervise children, but also assist in fundraising for the project.
Work with local non-profit organizations to promote human rights and advocate for marginalized populations such as women, children and those living with physical or mental disabilities.
Assist with language lessons, art workshops, sports classes, or other recreational activities depending on your skills and experience. The goal is to keep young people in school by motivating them to learn.
Work with marginalized members of the local community to create a recycling program that will guarantee an income. In addition, volunteers can support environmental education through the arts, computer classes, and other activities.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer offers the best view of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.
Experience what people call the biggest party in the world. The Carnival lasts for six days, and each day is full of music, delicious food, and dancing.
This beautiful cathedral was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, an award-winning architect. The cathedral’s glasswork is amazing and it is a sight that words cannot begin to describe.
The energy in the Marcena Stadium during a soccer game is electrifying. Rio recently hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup and had the stadium completely refurbished.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|August 2017||$9,075||$12,445||Monday, March 6, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017|
|January 2018||$9,075||$12,445||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.