In association with a local organization, Volunteering Solutions aims to turn a former trash-burning site into a flourishing urban community garden. Sounds pretty interesting right? Well, yeah - all you have to do as a volunteer are planting, watering, harvesting & eating! Learn more about tropical urban gardening and help the local favela community in understanding the necessity of this. You'll also have to work in local schools and help them set up small gardens where the students can work.
This project seriously focuses on the goal of providing the residents of two of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela (shanty town) communities - Manguinhos and Complexo do Alemão, with nutritious food. It aims to teach them the skills to garden and supply fresh, healthy food for their families and community.
Sadly, the residents of Rio's favelas are being targeted by the door-to-door selling of cheap processed food options, an easy option for residents when there are is no vehicle to get to the supermarket and public transport is expensive. Most people in the poorest communities are also under-educated, making them more vulnerable to advertising from the major food and beverage companies. Most of the people end up consuming expensive processed foods that have very low nutritional value and the health issues keep soaring. Being a volunteer for the Urban Gardening Project, you can make an effective contribution towards the well being of the locals living here.
As a volunteer, your main roles and responsibilities would be:
Volunteers can expect to work 8 hours a day, 4 times a week. A typical day looks like the following. However, please keep in mind each day varies depending on the project and the volunteer
7:30/8 AM - 9 AM: Have breakfast at hostel and travel to the project.
9 AM - 12 PM: Begin project, working in the local community.
12 PM - 1 PM: Have lunch at a local restaurant.
1 PM - 4 PM: Continue working on the project.
4 PM - 5 PM: Clean up, prepare for departure, and return to the hostel.
Volunteering Solutions makes great efforts to provide the best of living standards to its volunteers. In Rio De Janeiro our international volunteers are picked up from the airport and put in a hostel accommodation, equipped with all modern amenities. We also make sure that we help our volunteers with their local requirements, sightseeing or weekend tours.
Volunteers are picked up from the Galeao International Airport by a representative and transferred to the volunteers' hostel accommodation by a shuttle transfer. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Brazil will have to arrive at the accommodation on own and will not be provided with a pickup.
A half day orientation will be provided by a member of the local coordinating team on the next day after arrival. The orientation would cover topics such as introduction to the program, general information about the program, safety Tips / Guidelines, customs, health guidelines, communities, projects and do’s and dont’s. You will also be given a tour of the local surrounding area which will help you in getting to know the area around.
During your volunteering journey in Brazil, you'll be living at the Cabana Copa Hostel, which is located three blocks from the famous Copacabana beach and allows for convenient access to the metro station, which is the best way to reach the favela. Volunteers will stay in 4-6 person dorm rooms with all amenities. The amenities include bed linens, breakfast, drinkable water, hot water, luggage storage, maps/tourist information, high-speed internet, 24hr security and Check-in, A/C in rooms, big individual lockers, multilingual staff, towels, and other entertainment options such as TV rooms and open-area spaces. ??
Volunteers staying at the hostel accommodation are provided with breakfast every day at the hostel. For lunch and dinner volunteers usually get together and head out to eat at one of the numerous cafe’s and restaurants and enjoy the local delicacies.
During your Free Time
Rio de Janeiro has so much to offer for travelers and there is a lot to do on the weekends and during the free time. During free time on the weekdays volunteers usually hang out and relax at the Copacabana beach area or explore the city. Since the volunteers work four days a week, you will have an extended weekend and plenty of time to go out of Rio and explore the other areas in Brazil such as Petropolis and Paraty to name a few.
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Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project and should be physically fit and prepared to work outdoors. The project is suitable for those who have a keen interest in gardening or environmental work. However, the project is available for all and does not require anyone to have a specific experience or qualifications. All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report prior to joining the program.
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.
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