• Brazil
    • Rio de Janeiro
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $570 for 2 weeks - this includes accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 01, 2023
Nov 06, 2023
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About Program

Trusted by 125,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Brazil and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For the past 5 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ in Brazil.

Our affordable projects start from $23/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 2-24 weeks. Choose from 5 projects, ranging from Community Development, Sports and a unique Carnival project all based in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Plus, you’ll stay in a dormitory-style hostel in central Rio with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $23/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 2-24 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

Carnival Volunteering at a Samba School in Brazil - Rio de Janeiro

Get your dancing shoes on and pack your bags for Brazil! Join International Volunteer HQ's Carnival project and experience one of the world's most iconic celebrations up close. As a volunteer, you'll be part of the action, helping with the intricate preparations that go into this unforgettable event. From dazzling costumes to incredible floats, there's no shortage of excitement in store.

childcare volunteer in Brazil

Ready to make a difference in the lives of Brazilian children? Join International Volunteer HQ's Childcare project in Rio de Janeiro! Help provide a safe and engaging environment for kids to learn and play while their parents work. With your support, they'll have the opportunity to thrive and grow.

Program Reviews

4.68 Rating
based on 25 reviews
  • 5 rating 76%
  • 4 rating 20%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 4%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.35
  • Support 4.6
  • Fun 4.6
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 4.35
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Yes, I recommend this program

Sports Volunteering in Rio!

Genuinely, I had am incredible two week time and adventure volunteering in Rio de Janeiro Brazil through IVHQ.org and the local Jive team. I went into this blind not knowing what to expect, and it's fair to say it left me with the impression to do it again. I had an awesome time volunteering all thanks to the incredible people and staff at the "Vila Olimpica Da Gamboa". The staff were welcoming and showed me the ways of the Rio cultures. I had the chance to to take in all the beautiful sights, sounds, and tastes of the amazing Carioca culture. You can’t say you’ve really “been” somewhere unless you attempt at least to make new connections, or plant a tree 🌲 (😅), otherwise you’re just visiting. Happy to say I didn’t visit Brazil, but I’ve “been” to Brazil because of all the connections and friends I made here in Rio from different places that will last a lifetime, I'm sure.

  • Hiking, swimming, futebol, photography, nightlife, beaches
  • Incredible staff at accommodation
  • Accommodation may not be 3 star
19 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing experience

It was a great experience in general; I met great people and places during my volunteering. This 2-month experience in Brazil helped me personally and also made me notice how blessed I am. This volunteering definitely helped me to enhance my Portuguese and also to strengthen my abilities when I am with little kids. I could say that I ended up linking being with kids. Also, you guys will have different projects to help with. What I enjoyed the most was that every day I was doing different and amazing things. I will definitely repeat it and encourage you guys to try it.

  • You will learn a lot
  • Meet great people
  • The breakfast wasnt enough
  • Expenses
33 people found this review helpful.
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IVHQ - Community Development

I had a great time in Rio de Janiero. I volunteered at a community garden in the Santa Teresa favelas. It was so beautiful. I will never forget the people I met. I learned so much about the Brazilian culture and lifestyle. I think one of the most important forms of education is travel, and I think this trip has made me way more knowledgeable. I can’t thank the locals enough for such an amazing experience. I had a great time meeting the other volunteers as well, and it was nice staying in the same hostel as them.

  • meeting new people
  • exploring different areas
  • becoming friends with the locals
  • not enough volunteer work
33 people found this review helpful.
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English teaching in the favela PPG Rio de Janeiro - IVHQ stands behind you

Walking into the favela alone for the first time with a ‘western’ mindset , lots of thoughts however the feelings of respect, community and warmth seem to be the prevailing ones. Once at the top of the favela, Childerns voices appear: ‘TIA MARIETCHI’ and two kids fly around my neck of joy. Hounestly, we are so blessed and these kids deserve all possible to have opportunities to dream and fulfill these. This is one of the main leassons learned; it’s not the English teaching in itself, but trying to offer kids the feasibility of realizing their answer to the question ‘what do you want to do when you grow up’. Or even planting a seat of confidence / inspiration and keeping them from the streets by exposing them to the most spoken language in the world. I came as the English teacher mariette and left as Tia marieti, a blessed identity that will keep me sharp going forward!

Thanks to IVHQ these learning lessons and impact makings were possible. The support, introductions, organization, website/platform and quick replies to questions were top notch. Highly recommended to have IVHQ as a trusted guide for your volunteering and, to be fair, life changing experiences. IVHQ stands behind you

  • Widening your world view and understanding
  • Many new connections that will help you further in life
  • Adventure and fun
  • Brazil is not the safest country and not even an organization can ensure 100%, gotta stay sharp
  • Back to basics. I loved it but it’s something to get used to
70 people found this review helpful.
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Miss it so much!

I absolutely loved my experience volunteering in the sports program in Rio. I have to admit, I was completely out of my element at first however I toughened up to stay and happy I did! The people are amazing and the work you do is really enriching. You make lifelong friends and get to learn so much about yourself. The program coordinators are always available and super helpful. I still think about it everyday and miss being there so much! You are absolutely sure to have an unforgettable amazing time.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve racking moment for myself was the accommodation. This was my first time traveling alone, and I never been in a hostel type accommodation before. It was hard to adapt sharing a room with so many strangers, the kitchen and especially the bathroom! However I calmed myself down and went through with it. Everything turned out and great and everyone was very respectful of eachother and our space.
109 people found this review helpful.
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Best experience in Brazil

Going to Brazil with IVHQ has been a dream come true. I've always wanted to go to Brazil and going there on the community development program made the experience a thousand times better. IVHQ was extremely helpful from the beginning until my departure from Rio. The local team was always there to assist me in anything that I needed. Meeting the other volunteers was amazing because I got to make friends from all over the world and hence, not only did I get to know the Brazilian culture but also cultures from other countries. I was placed teaching English to low resource children with cancer and having the satisfaction of knowing that they were learning another language was the best part by far. I felt that I was actually doing something significant that can change a child's life regardless of their health. I would recommend IVHQ 100% and I would volunteer abroad with them again.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to learn at least a little bit of Portuguese because very few people speak English in Brazil. Also, I would advise them to keep in mind the main point of the trip which is to volunteer and help the community.
119 people found this review helpful.
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Brazil Adventure

Brazil is the biggest country in South America, it has various amounts of people from all races, and it has many cultures. During my trip to Brazil, I was expecting it to be a good experience, and I was far from right. From the gorgeous landscapes to the affordable food Brazil definitely had a place in my heart. The local people of Rio de Janeiro, "Carioca's," are some of the nicest people on the planet. They're also some of the busiest, the metro is busy, and people are always trying to get to point A to B. IVHQ made my trip extremely affordable for me, and helped me gain a new perspective on the world. I volunteered in the childcare program, and I'll remember the people from the Cantegalo favela for the rest of my life. The impact that I made for the short two weeks is enough for my heart to last a lifetime.

What was your funniest moment?
When I went to Ilha Grande, and I thought I saw Argentina.
106 people found this review helpful.
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2 Weeks in Rio

I went to Rio de Janeiro for two weeks and it was the best two weeks of my life so far. It was easy for me to adjust to the culture because I had spent two years studying Brazil, learning Portuguese and I also have some friends that live in Niterói and Florianópolis.

I felt right at home from the minute I got there. The other volunteers were amazing and they matched my excitement and enthusiasm.

Brazil is not perfect at all and I saw this when I went to Gamboa, a favela, to teach group fitness classes. It was sad at times, but helping those people work out or simply smile and forget about their problems was an indescribable feeling.

IVHQ was the only study abroad program I could afford and I would definitely travel with them again. If you are wondering about whether or not you should travel. Just go for it. It's worth it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Learn the language if you can! Invest in the culture and history. Don't just pick a place because it sounds cool or looks pretty. Get involved and it will be worth more of your time and money.
105 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Mariah, Thanks for your lovely feedback - it's great to hear that you felt at home in Rio and enjoyed meeting the other volunteers from around the world! The local team are missing you already and said you were an incredible, dedicated volunteer! We hope to have you join another program in the future. Charlotte - IVHQ Program Manager.

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