Cost & Details

Rio Costs

Rio de Janeiro
Length of Program*
Program Fee
w/ Homestay
Portuguese Classes
Homestay Only
2 Weeks US$1210 US$1800
3 Weeks US$1480 US$2330
4 Weeks US$1750 US$2860
5 Weeks US$2020 US$3390
6 Weeks US$2290 US$3920
7 Weeks US$2560 US$4450
8 Weeks US$2830 US$4980
9 Weeks US$3100 US$5510
10 Weeks US$3370 US$6040
11 Weeks US$3640 US$6570
12 Weeks US$3910 US$7100


6 Week Standard Program -
Includes 2 Weeks of Portuguese Classes and 4 Weeks of Volunteer Program
Program Fee Homestay
Rio de Janeiro US$2640

Application Fee: $200
(Please see our application fee refund policy here)

Carnival: Note that there is an extra $220 fee for accommodations in Rio 


Curitiba Costs

Length of Program
Program Fee
Wildlife Project
Shared Apartment
Portuguese Classes
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


6 Week Standard Program -
2 Weeks of Portuguese Classes
4 Weeks of Volunteer Program
Program Fee
Curitiba US$2300

Application Fee: $200
(Please see our application fee refund policy here)

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


ELI is proud to offer options in both world-famous Rio de Janeiro and the culturally rich city of Curitiba. The program fee includes accommodations with a local family.  Host families live in nicer neighborhoods, have full western style amenities, and provide breakfast daily.  Please note that in Brazil the main meal of the day is typically lunch. The only exception to this set-up is the wildlife program in Curitiba.  Participants in the wildlife program live together in the on-site guest house with full western style amenities and shared rooms.  All meals are provided on-site by a nearby, simple restaurant.

Start Dates

Arrival Dates for All Projects (except Wildlife in Curitiba) 2017: January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, November 26.  All arrivals are on a Sunday.

Arrival Dates for Wildlife in Curitiba: Participants in the Wildlife Project in Curitiba arrive on Mondays before 3:30pm. Departure must also be on a weekday.  If you need to check possible project dates, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


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