Carnival Assistant

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founded in 2014
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High­lights

Experience making part of this amazing event that calls everyone's attention around the world!
The Carnaval project enables volunteers to join the preparations and embrace the hard work involved in getting ready for one of biggest parties on earth! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
Carnaval is an event that breaks all economic and social boundaries – a love and passion for Samba makes everyone equal. Samba schools competing in Carnaval have a full year of intense work to prepare the many costumes, floats, music and dances for the celebration.

This project is well suited to creative volunteers with a flair for decoration and craft, as you will be helping some of the leading Samba schools in the creation of costumes and floats. Samba schools are born from the local favelas (urban slums) and most of the schools take their names from the community they represent. Each school unifies and proudly represents people from that community and all Cariocas (Rio-born Brazilians) also have their favorite school.

You do not need to have any experience in costume or stage design, just a willingness to work hard at sewing, cutting, pasting and other craft-oriented tasks to help out with the costume and float design.

While volunteers are hard at work, they can also engage in Portuguese and English language exchange with fellow workers.

Please note that the dates for Carnaval change every year (it is held 46 days before Easter). Participation in the actual parade is not included in the project, however volunteers may come across this opportunity at an additional cost by arranging this independently once in-country. This project is available between October and February each year.

Typical day

7:30-8:00AM - Breakfast
9:00 - Arrival at project
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Return from lunch break
16:00 - Leave to go back to our accommodation

Free-time activities

Volunteers can enjoy a wide range of activities in the city or even a few hours away. Usually volunteers go on trips together to famous places like Ilha Grande, Petrópolis, Paraty, Búzios and Trindade.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school education level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We need motivated, loving and caring volunteers.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by JIVE

-One Transfer (from airport to the hostel) 

-Accommodation.

-Breakfast.

-Full support of local coordinators (24/7 support in case of emergencies).
Safety Orientation.

-Orientation.

-Project placement.

-Donation to the project.

**Please be aware that there is an extra fee of US$300 for those volunteers wishing to stay with us during New year's eve and/or Carnival. Carnival festival usually takes place in February or the beginning of March. Please get in touch if you are unsure about the dates for Carnival. It is also important to remember that during Carnival, all placements will close and no volunteer will be working during this week.  

Airport Pickup at Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport

Please, let us know your flight information (arrival date, time, flight number and airport). All volunteers may arrive at Galeão International Airport (GIG) or Santos Dumont (SDU). For those volunteers arriving by land, we do not offer a pick up, but rather offer a drop off from our accommodation to the airport  at the end of their program.

Accommodation

KARIOK HOSTEL 

Is located in Gloria, in the heart of Rio de Janeiro! Glória is a neighborhood of the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Located in the border area with the Central Zone and considered as the "first" neighborhood of the South Zone. 

It is borders the neighborhoods of Lapa, Flamengo, Catete and Santa Teresa. Gloria is served by the Glória subway station, as well as being on the route of dozens of bus lines that run to all regions of Rio.

There are some of the city's main sights, such as: Flamengo Park (part), Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro and Marina da Glória that is a popular statrting point for boat tours. 

This is a place that youou get the feeling that you are in a small town with a bohemian and alternative vibe! ;)

The services at the accommodation:

• Breakfast

• Sheets / Linens

• Kitchen and dining room for you to use anytime you want.

• Shared bedrooms with bunkbeds, lockers, a suitcase seller, frigobar and a fan or air conditioning.

• WIFI in all environments 

• Spacious living rooms

• Computers for common use

• There are no laundry facilities at the hostel but you can take their clothes to a local laundromat. 

Please bear in mind that:

* Bring your oun towels or you can rent them there for R$5,00 each. Also bring your oun locks to use in the lockers. 

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast is served everyday and includes:  bread, butter, Brazilian cheese, ham, juices, cakes, coffee, tea, fruit. There is also a kitchen for the volunteers use free rein to cook any other meals. 

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio De Janeiro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Brazil provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This program is available every first and third Monday of the months of September, October, November, December, January and February. In December and during the Carnaval week, 3 weeks is the minimum period required, due to the festive seasons. 

Also be aware that there is a surcharge during these two periods. We will increase a one-off surcharge of US$300 to cover the increase in the cost of accommodation and living Brazil during these seasons.

Please get in touch for further information.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$975
3 weeks
$1,125
4 weeks
$1,280
5 weeks
$1,558
6 weeks
$1,580
7 weeks
$1,740
8 weeks
$1,900
9 weeks
$2,050
10 weeks
$2,195
11 weeks
$2,350
12 weeks
$2,500
13 weeks
$2,650
14 weeks
$2,800
15 weeks
$2,960
16 weeks
$3,110
17 weeks
$3,265
18 weeks
$3,420
19 weeks
$3,570
20 weeks
$3,720
21 weeks
$3,880
22 weeks
$4,030
23 weeks
$4,180
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4,340
Average fees
$334 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. JIVE will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with JIVE during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Carnival Assistant

The Carnaval project enables volunteers to join the preparations and embrace the hard work involved in getting ready for one of biggest parties on earth!

$334/week

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