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Brazil

 

The Amazon rainforest, samba, Bossa Nova, Carnival… Brazil is famous for its spicy, friendly culture and some of the most diverse ecology on Earth!  ELI's Brazilian volunteer projects are centered in Curitiba, a bustling city known as the ecological capital of Brazil. The city was heavily influenced by Italian, German, Polish, and Ukranian immigrants - creating a modern city like no other that has won a UNESCO prize for urban development.  Sprawling public parks and museums create the perfect backdrop for volunteers who want to experience a unique and exciting culture.  Portuguese language skills are helpful but are not a requirement. If you can keep up, Brazil is waiting!

Volunteer Programs

Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Sanctuary - Curitiba Just outside Curitiba lies a 183-acre property devoted to Brazilian flora and fauna. The organization that runs this property has painstakingly replaced non-native plants with indigenous species over the last fifteen years, and now the sanctuary is home to parrots of all colors, tortoises, tapirs, bush dogs, ocelots, pumas, jaguars, spider monkeys, and dozens of other types of animals. Some of the animals were the victims of abuse or found injured, but many of the valuable animals were rescued from the illegal pet trade. For that reason, the park is closed to the general public and the entrance is not marked. ELI volunteers help with the following activities: feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures, breeding programs, planting, monitoring behavior, assisting the full-time biologist, and visiting researchers and permanent staff as needed. Accommodations in our lovely guest house are provided on-site, along with a fully stocked fridge so that volunteers can cook all of their meals. The minimum stay is 2 weeks. Questions? Click here Participants at the wildlife sanctuary must arrive in Curitiba on a Monday before 3:30pm.

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After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.

ORPHANAGE

ORPHANAGE - CURITIBA

Tucked away in the quiet suburbs of Curitiba is a home for children - a safe haven for homeless kids and kids who have been removed from their families. For some children this is a temporary home; some of the infants will be adopted, and some of the older kids will return to live with their families. This organization takes care of infants to teenagers in the interim by providing meals, education, structure and a safe environment. It is a lively, fun center where volunteers help with taking care of the toddlers, preparing meals, tutoring and mentoring the older kids. This is a great project for someone who arrives with a lot of enthusiam but doesn't require a lot of structure. Bring your games and activity ideas! Volunteers work at least 20 hours a week, and you can choose mornings or afternoons. Note that children above 5 years old are in school during the mornings. This placement includes accommodations with a homestay family in Curitiba, it is along the bus route, and the minimum stay is 2 weeks.

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Under-Privileged Teen Program

Founded in 2001, this center develops social projects and provides customized classes to help teenagers in the community pursue higher education or secure employment. Volunteers with ELI mentor students, co-teach, prepare cultural classes/activities, teach English, and accompany students on field trips. If you have a particular skill to share, be sure to let us know! Volunteer schedules vary by curriculum; most volunteers work approximately 4 hours per day. This program includes a homestay in Curitiba. Portuguese is helpful but not required. Minimum stay 2 weeks.

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Cost & Details

Cost

Curitiba Costs


Length of Program
Program Fee
Homestay
Wildlife Project
Shared Apartment
Portuguese Classes
Homestay
2 Weeks US$1210 US$1400 US$1820
4 Weeks US$1610 US$2260 US$2720
6 Weeks US$2010 US$3120 US$3620
8 Weeks US$2410 US$3980 US$4520
10 Weeks US$2810 US$4840 US$5420
12 Weeks US$3210 US$5700 US$6320

Application Fee: $200
The application fee is a separate administrative charge for all programs. It does not apply to the program fee. (Please see our application fee refund policy here

Credit card payments: Payment by credit card will be assessed a 3.5% surcharge. This is the fee that we will be charged for the transaction. Contact us about alternative forms of payment.

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What's Included/Not Included

Program Includes:

* Pre-departure information
* Airport Pick-up
* In-Country Orientation
* Placement
* Accommodation
* Most or all meals (depending on program)
* 24/7 emergency service

Program Does Not Include:

* Round-trip airfare
* Brazilian Tourist or Intern Visa
* Return trip to airport
* Medical insurance
* Transportation to and from placement

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Start Dates

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Notes & Helpful Links

Notes & Helpful Links
Acquiring a Brazilian Tourist Visa can be a long process, get started early.  For more information, visit the Brazilian Consulate nearest you (as requirements can vary at different locations).  In Rio de Janeiro, you will fly into Galeao International Airport (GIG).  In Curitiba, you will fly into Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB).

Here's a handy tool to see what time it is in Brazil: Time Conversion Tool.  If you live in the northern hemisphere, remember that seasons are the opposite!  Check the weather in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba.

Language Requirement
Participants in ELI's Brazil programs must speak one of these languages: English, Spanish, or Portuguese.  Portuguese classes are available in Curitiba.  It is very helpful to learn at least a few Portuguese words before you arrive, check out Duolingo's free online Portuguese Language Classes.

 

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