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Community Development Experience

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil show on map

Agency | JIVE

Community Development involves many activities and usually geared more towards volunteers who want to experience a variety of tasks while volunteering in Rio de Janeiro.

Activities include:

  • Painting

  • Putting down floors

  • Building walls

  • Giving classes on basic computer skills

  • Helping to secure an internet connection and setup an IT lab

  • we even work with a project making souvenirs, clothing accessories and clothes for a fashion designer based in a favela

We need highly driven individuals who know how to work independently. An intermediate level of Portuguese or advanced Spanish will be a huge advantage. Also since this involves such a wide range of activities, the volunteer should be flexible with a willingness to help in several activities. It would be great if you could tell us what type of activities you would be interested in doing. If you would like to work with the fashion designer in a favela please let us know so we can place you accordingly. Let us know if you have any experience in construction work because this comes as a real asset!

We work in Vila Kennedy, Barreira do Vasco and Cantagalo.

Typical day

7:30-8:00AM - Breakfast
10:00AM - Arrival at project
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - Return to project
15:00-16:00 - leave for volunteer house

Depending on your project you may work in the afternoons instead of the mornings. Therefore you would have the mornings free.

Details on Arrival

This program is available every first and third Monday of the month with exceptions in January and February. Please get in touch for further information.

Free-time activities

All volunteers will plan their free- time activities on their own. Some famous tourist attractions a few hours away from the city include: Paraty, Trindade, Ilha Grande, Búzios and Petrópolis.

Water Sports

Program 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
Education Requirements
at High School Education level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers that are willing to get dirty and do a variety of tasks.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Suitable for


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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
JIVE (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by JIVE

One Transfer (airport to the accommodation).
Full support of local coordinators (24/7 support in case of emergencies).
Safety Orientation.
Orientation in the city center.
Project placement.
Donation to the project.

**Please be aware that there is an extra fee of US$135 for those volunteers wishing to stay with us during Carnival. It 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 NGOs will close and no volunteer will be working during this week. 

Airport Pickup at Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport

All volunteers arriving by plane may arrive at Galeão International Airport (GIG) or Santos Dumon (SDU). Our driver will pick you up from one of these airports an take you to the volunteer house. For those volunteers who arriving by bus must make their own way to the volunteer house.



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:


Sheets / Linens

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

Shared bedrooms with bunkbeds, lockers, a suitcase seller, frigobar e 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:

*Please 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.

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Food & Beverages

Breakfast is served everyday and includes: whole grain bread, butter, Brazilian cheese, ham, guava jam, juice, coffee, tea, fruit, scrambled eggs and oatmeal. There are two fully running kitchens equipped with a stove, refrigerator, pots, pans, utensils, ect. We also allow our volunteers free rein of both kitchens 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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.
Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil between 3 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. JIVE will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Brazil.
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.
  Americas South America Brazil  Rio de Janeiro, Rua Joaquim Murtinho 749

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